Revealed: What Lib Dem members think of Ed Miliband and David Cameron

by Stephen Tall on December 22, 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. Some 750 party members responded – thank you – and we’re publishing the full results.

Cameron still leading as Miliband recovers (a bit) among Lib Dems

We’ve been asking this question for over 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:

cam mili member ratings - dec 2013

Here’s the detail from this month’s survey…

Do you think David Cameron is doing well or badly as Prime Minister?

    2% – Very well
    44% – Well
    Total well = 46% (-1%)
    40% – Badly
    8% – Very badly
    Total badly = 48% (n/c)
    7% – Don’t know

Do you think Ed Miliband is doing well or badly as leader of the Labour party?

    1% – Very well
    25% – Well
    Total well = 25% (+15%)
    50% – Badly
    19% – Very badly
    Total badly = 69% (-16%)
    4% – Don’t know

When last we asked what Lib Dem members made of the Tory and Labour leaders, in September, David Cameron (net -1%) was a long, long way ahead of Ed Miliband (-74%). The last three months, have seen practically no change for the Tory Prime Minister: his net ratings remain negative (just) at -2%; but Mr Miliband’s have recovered since the Labour conference to -43%, his second best score of the year.

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).

  • 1,500 Lib Dem paid-up party members are registered with 749 responded to the latest survey, which was conducted between 14th and 18th December.
  • Please note: we make no claims that the survey is fully representative of the Lib Dem membership as a whole. However,’s surveys are the largest independent samples of the views of Lib Dem members across the country, and have in the past offered accurate guides to what party members think.
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  • * Stephen Tall is Co-Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice, and editor of the 2013 publication, The Coalition and Beyond: Liberal Reforms for the Decade Ahead. He is also a Research Associate for the liberal think-tank CentreForum and writes at his own site, The Collected Stephen Tall.

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