Who’s up, who’s down? How party members rate the performances of leading Lib Dems

by Stephen Tall on October 6, 2014

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 735 party members responded – thank you – and we’re publishing the full results.

LDV asked: How would you rate the performances of the following leading Liberal Democrats and government ministers?

Full results are published below, but here’s two key lists for those who want to cut to the chase… (with comparison to April 2013 ratings in brackets)

Top 5 Lib Dem performers in the Government:

 

  • Steve Webb +67%
  • Lynne Featherstone +63%
  • Vince Cable +60%
  • Norman Lamb +54%
  • Norman Baker +53%

For the second successive survey, it’s pensions minister Steve Webb who tops our poll as the most popular Lib Dem in government. And we have a new entry at number two: Lynne Featherstone knocks Vince Cable off the runner-up spot – to be fair to Vince, this is less due to a decline in his popularity and more to do with the kudos Steve and Lynne are getting for delivering pensions reform and same-sex marriage from their respective ministerial positions. Norman Lamb and Norman Baker remain perennial favourites of the party faithful. Among the rest, Simon Hughes is earning good reviews in his justice ministry post, up 15% to 43%.

Bottom 5 Lib Dem performers in the Government:

  • David Laws +21%
  • Danny Alexander +9%
  • Dan Rogerson +9%
  • Baroness (Jenny) Randerson +8%
  • Nick Clegg +7%

David Laws is recovering strongly from the miserly +2% his ratings stood at last December – he’s now up at +21%, having spent much of the year differentiating himself from Michael Gove. Danny Alexander‘s ratings have taken a tumble, down 16% to +9% (he’s certainly not feeling the benefit of the recovery yet). Both Dan Rogerson and Jenny Randerson suffer not so much from unpopularity as anonymity in their ministerial office: 71% and 81% respectively of party members rank them neither favourably nor unfavourably. The same can’t be said of Nick Clegg – his performance as DPM polarises opinion among party members, with 48% satisfied, but 41% dissatisfied.

As I note each time: “the list stands as a reminder to all our Lib Dem ministers of the value of communicating effectively with party members about the work they’re undertaking on behalf of the party, even if it isn’t making the front pages.”

As promised, here are the results in full …

Lib Dem cabinet ministers and government ministers:

Steve Webb: Minister, Department for Work and Pensions

43% – Very satisfied

30% – Satisfied

21% – Neither satisfied nor dissatisfied

4% – Dissatisfied

2% – Very dissatisfied

Net satisfaction +67% (-3%)

Lynne Featherstone: Minister, Department for International Development

30% – Very satisfied

39% – Satisfied

25% – Neither satisfied nor dissatisfied

4% – Dissatisfied

2% – Very dissatisfied

Net satisfaction +63% (=)

Vince Cable: Secretary of State, Business, Innovation and Skills

26% – Very satisfied

47% – Satisfied

13% – Neither satisfied nor dissatisfied

9% – Dissatisfied

4% – Very dissatisfied

Net satisfaction +60% (-3%)

Norman Lamb: Minister, Department of Health

27% – Very satisfied

36% – Satisfied

28% – Neither satisfied nor dissatisfied

6% – Dissatisfied

3% – Very dissatisfied

Net satisfaction +54% (+4%)

Norman Baker: Minister, Home Office

19% – Very satisfied

42% – Satisfied

31% – Neither satisfied nor dissatisfied

6% – Dissatisfied

2% – Very dissatisfied

Net satisfaction +53% (+7%)

Edward Davey: Secretary of State, Energy and Climate Change

18% – Very satisfied

44% – Satisfied

23% – Neither satisfied nor dissatisfied

10% – Dissatisfied

4% – Very dissatisfied

Net satisfaction +48% (+7%)

Jo Swinson: Minister, Business, Innovation and Skills

20% – Very satisfied

37% – Satisfied

32% – Neither satisfied nor dissatisfied

7% – Dissatisfied

3% – Very dissatisfied

Net satisfaction +47% (-2% since December 2013 (we didn’t include Jo while she was absent from office on maternity leave)

Simon Hughes: Minister, Ministry of Justice

13% – Very satisfied

41% – Satisfied

34% – Neither satisfied nor dissatisfied

7% – Dissatisfied

4% – Very dissatisfied

Net satisfaction +43% (+15%)

Don Foster: Lib Dem Chief Whip

8% – Very satisfied

29% – Satisfied

54% – Neither satisfied nor dissatisfied

6% – Dissatisfied

4% – Very dissatisfied

Net satisfaction +27% (+1%)

Alistair Carmichael: Secretary of State, Scotland

12% – Very satisfied

30% – Satisfied

42% – Neither satisfied nor dissatisfied

11% – Dissatisfied

4% – Very dissatisfied

Net satisfaction +27% (-7%)

Lord (Jim) Wallace: Lib Dem Leader, House of Lords

8% – Very satisfied

25% – Satisfied

61% – Neither satisfied nor dissatisfied

5% – Dissatisfied

2% – Very dissatisfied

Net satisfaction +26% (+4%)

Baroness (Susan) Kramer: Minister, Department of Transport

7% – Very satisfied

30% – Satisfied

52% – Neither satisfied nor dissatisfied

10% – Dissatisfied

2% – Very dissatisfied

Net satisfaction +25% (-1%)

Stephen Williams: Minister, Department for Communities and Local Government

8% – Very satisfied

27% – Satisfied

55% – Neither satisfied nor dissatisfied

6% – Dissatisfied

4% – Very dissatisfied

Net satisfaction +25% (+7%)

Tom Brake: Lib Dem Leader of the Commons

7% – Very satisfied

22% – Satisfied

66% – Neither satisfied nor dissatisfied

4% – Dissatisfied

2% – Very dissatisfied

Net satisfaction +23% (=)

David Laws: Minister, Department for Education (jointly with the Cabinet Office)

12% – Very satisfied

35% – Satisfied

27% – Neither satisfied nor dissatisfied

15% – Dissatisfied

11% – Very dissatisfied

Net satisfaction +21% (+8%)

Danny Alexander: Chief Secretary to the Treasury

13% – Very satisfied

34% – Satisfied

15% – Neither satisfied nor dissatisfied

20% – Dissatisfied

18% – Very dissatisfied

Net satisfaction +9% (-16%)

Dan Rogerson: Minister, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

3% – Very satisfied

16% – Satisfied

71% – Neither satisfied nor dissatisfied

7% – Dissatisfied

3% – Very dissatisfied

Net satisfaction +9% (+3%)

Baroness (Jenny) Randerson: Minister, Wales Office

3% – Very satisfied

12% – Satisfied

81% – Neither satisfied nor dissatisfied

3% – Dissatisfied

1% – Very dissatisfied

Net satisfaction +8% (-3%)

Nick Clegg: Deputy Prime Minister

15% – Very satisfied

33% – Satisfied

10% – Neither satisfied nor dissatisfied

20% – Dissatisfied

21% – Very dissatisfied

Net satisfaction +7% (-3%)

Other leading Lib Dems:

Tim Farron: Party President

35% – Very satisfied

37% – Satisfied

16% – Neither satisfied nor dissatisfied

8% – Dissatisfied

4% – Very dissatisfied

Net satisfaction +60% (+3%)

Kirsty Williams: Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats

23% – Very satisfied

28% – Satisfied

45% – Neither satisfied nor dissatisfied

2% – Dissatisfied

2% – Very dissatisfied

Net satisfaction +47% (-5%)

Willie Rennie: Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats

15% – Very satisfied

27% – Satisfied

49% – Neither satisfied nor dissatisfied

6% – Dissatisfied

3% – Very dissatisfied

Net satisfaction +33% (-3%)

Caroline Pidgeon: Leader of the Liberal Democrat group on the London Assembly

11% – Very satisfied

25% – Satisfied

60% – Neither satisfied nor dissatisfied

3% – Dissatisfied

1% – Very dissatisfied

Net satisfaction +33% (+1%)

Malcolm Bruce: Deputy Leader of the Parliamentary Party in the House of Commons

8% – Very satisfied

25% – Satisfied

56% – Neither satisfied nor dissatisfied

8% – Dissatisfied

4% – Very dissatisfied

Net satisfaction +21% (+1%)

Tim Gordon: Lib Dem Chief Executive

8% – Very satisfied

22% – Satisfied

55% – Neither satisfied nor dissatisfied

10% – Dissatisfied

5% – Very dissatisfied

Net satisfaction +15% (-4%)

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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.