by Stephen Tall on August 11, 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.
Cameron bounces back as Miliband’s stock falls further among Lib Dems
We’ve been asking this question for almost two years, and over the past year there has been quite a change in fortunes (and back again) for the two party leaders, as this graph illustrates:
Here’s the detail from this month’s survey…
Do you think David Cameron is doing well or badly as Prime Minister?
0% – Very well
48% – Well
Total well = 48% (+22%)
38% – Badly
9% – Very badly
Total badly = 47% (-23%)
5% – Don’t know
Do you think Ed Miliband is doing well or badly as leader of the Labour party?
1% – Very well
19% – Well
Total well = 20% (-10%)
52% – Badly
23% – Very badly
Total badly = 75% (+11%)
5% – Don’t know
When last we asked what Lib Dem members made of the Tory and Labour leaders, in March 2013, Ed Miliband (net -34%) was ahead of David Cameron (-44%) — albeit both were in negative territory. The last three months, though, have seen a big change. Mr Cameron’s net ratings are positive (just) at 1%; but Mr Miliband’s have plummeted to -55%, the lowest they’ve been since March 2012.
I don’t suppose either are bothered by what Lib Dem members think of them, but it’s an interesting barometer of their credibility as potential partners if there were to be another post-2015 coalition. As I customarily note, by the way, rating David Cameron’s performance as Prime Minister is a subtly different question from rating his performance as Conservative party leader (whether Mr Cameron’s ratings would be higher or lower among Lib Dem members if we asked that question, I don’t know. Though I could hazard a guess).