Lib Dem members back plain cigarette packaging, but more evenly divided on minimum alcohol pricing

by Stephen Tall on August 3, 2013

Lib Dem Voice has polled our members-only forum  to discover what Lib Dem members think of various political issues, the Coalition, and the performance of key party figures. More than 600 party members have responded, and we’re publishing the full results.

Two-thirds of Lib Dem members back plain cigarette packaging

Do you support or oppose banning brightly coloured branding and packaging for cigarettes and introducing plain packs?

    40% – Strongly support
    26% – Tend to support

    Total support = 66%
    17% – Tend to oppose
    11% – Strongly oppose

    Total oppose = 28%
    5% – Don’t know

Two-thirds of Lib Dem members back a ban on plain cigarette packaging; a little more than one-quarter are opposed. The proposal was due to be implemented by the Coalition, but has been dropped, sparking controversy over the involvement of Lynton Crosby, David Cameron’s senior campaign strategist. The plain packing ban proposal is strongly backed by Lib Dem MPs such as Stephen Williams, but is deeply unpopular among liberatarian Lib Dems such as Liberal Vision.

Lib Dem members back minimum alcohol pricing by 53% to 42%

Do you support or oppose introducing a minimum price for alcohol of about 45p per unit? This would mean the minimum price for a bottle of wine would be about £4.29, the minimum price for a bottle of spirits would be about £11.81 and the minimum price for a twelve can pack of lager would be about £9.50

    30% – Strongly support

    23% – Tend to support

    Total support = 53%

    23% – Tend to oppose

    19% – Strongly oppose

    Total oppose = 42%

    3% – Don’t know

A much closer result on the issue of minimum alcohol pricing: a majority support it (53%), but a hefty minority of 42% are opposed. Again, this proposal was dropped recently by the Coalition — in fact, I made Lib Dem home office minister Jeremy Browne my CentreForum Liberal Hero of the Week for his statement setting out why the government was pausing.

  • 1,500 Lib Dem paid-up party members are registered with Just over 600 responded to the latest survey, which was conducted between 19th and 23rd July.
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  • * Stephen Tall is Co-Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice, a Research Associate for the liberal think-tank CentreForum, and also writes at his own site, The Collected Stephen Tall.

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