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

lib dem conf votingLib Dem Voice polled our members-only forum recently to discover what Lib Dem members think of various political issues, the Coalition, and the performance of key party figures. Over 500 party members have responded, 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 three key lists for those who want to cut to the chase… (with comparison to November 2012 ratings in brackets)

Top 5 Lib Dem performers in the Government:

  • Vince Cable +67% (UP 2%)
  • Edward Davey +61% (UP 9%)
  • Steve Webb +56% (DOWN 1%)
  • Michael Moore +47% (DOWN 1%)
  • Norman Lamb +43% (no change)

Vince Cable tops our poll again with a net satisfaction rating of +66%, an impressive figure albeit some way from the +87% he reached last August. Ed Davey’s high profile and combativeness at the energy department sees his rating boosted to +61%, leap-frogging Steve Webb. The only person to drop out of the top 5 is Lynne Featherstone, perhaps reflecting her switch from the home office to international development; her place is occupied by Norman Lamb.

Bottom 5 Lib Dem performers in the Government:

  • Jeremy Browne +19% (DOWN 6%)
  • Nick Clegg +17% (UP 1%)
  • Danny Alexander +13% (DOWN 1%)
  • David Laws +9% (DOWN 10%)
  • Baroness (Jenny) Randerson +8% (DOWN 4%)

Just one change in the Bottom 5 this month: Jeremy Browne, still carving his role at the home office, slips down the table, replacing David Heath. David Laws’ rating slips back close to its pre-conference level. Jenny Randerson’s obscurity to most members (hence her low overall rating) sees her rooted to the bottom.

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.”

And here’s how other leading Lib Dems score:

  • Tim Farron +64% (DOWN 2%)
  • Simon Hughes +44% (DOWN 10%)
  • Kirsty Williams +41% (UP 3%)
  • Caroline Pidgeon +35% (DOWN 4%)
  • Willie Rennie +34% (DOWN 4%)
  • Tim Gordon +30% (DOWN 1%)
  • Fiona Hall +21% (DOWN 5%)

For no obvious reason — other than perhaps the fading of the post-conference afterglow — all but one prominent Lib Dems outside government see their ratings fall. The exception is Kirsty Williams, the party’s leader in Wales. Otherwise the overall placings remain the same as last month.

As promised, here are the results in full …

Lib Dem cabinet ministers and government ministers:

Vince Cable – Secretary of State, Business, Innovation and Skills
Very satisfied 33%
Quite satisfied 44%
Dissatisfied 7%
Very dissatisfied 3%
Don’t know / No opinion 13%
Net satisfaction +67% (+2%)

Edward Davey – Secretary of State, Energy and Climate Change
Very satisfied 25%
Quite satisfied 47%
Dissatisfied 9%
Very dissatisfied 2%
Don’t know / No opinion 17%
Net satisfaction +61% (+9%)

Steve Webb – Minister, Department for Work and Pensions
Very satisfied 25%
Quite satisfied 37%
Dissatisfied 4%
Very dissatisfied 2%
Don’t know / No opinion 32%
Net satisfaction +56% (-1%)

Michael Moore – Secretary of State, Scotland
Very satisfied 20%
Quite satisfied 33%
Dissatisfied 3%
Very dissatisfied 3%
Don’t know / No opinion 41%
Net satisfaction +47% (-1%)

Norman Lamb – Minister, Department of Health
Very satisfied 18%
Quite satisfied 35%
Dissatisfied 8%
Very dissatisfied 2%
Don’t know / No opinion 37%
Net satisfaction +43% (n/c)

Lynne Featherstone – Minister, Department for International Development
Very satisfied 15%
Quite satisfied 36%
Dissatisfied 7%
Very dissatisfied 2%
Don’t know / No opinion 40%
Net satisfaction +42% (-11%)

Jo Swinson – Minister, Business, Innovation and Skills
Very satisfied 17%
Quite satisfied 33%
Dissatisfied 6%
Very dissatisfied 3%
Don’t know / No opinion 33%
Net satisfaction +41% (-5%)

Norman Baker – Minister, Department for Transport
Very satisfied 13%
Quite satisfied 37%
Dissatisfied 7%
Very dissatisfied 2%
Don’t know / No opinion 41%
Net satisfaction +41% (-7%)

Alistair Carmichael – Deputy Chief Whip, Commons
Very satisfied 15%
Quite satisfied 22%
Dissatisfied 4%
Very dissatisfied 1%
Don’t know / No opinion 56%
Net satisfaction +32% (n/c)

Don Foster – Minister, Department for Communities and Local Government
Very satisfied 8%
Quite satisfied 29%
Dissatisfied 9%
Very dissatisfied 3%
Don’t know / No opinion 51%
Net satisfaction +25% (-5%)

Tom Brake – Deputy Leader of the Commons
Very satisfied 8%
Quite satisfied 21%
Dissatisfied 4%
Very dissatisfied 2%
Don’t know / No opinion 65%
Net satisfaction +23% (-7%)

David Heath – Minister, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Very satisfied 5%
Quite satisfied 25%
Dissatisfied 8%
Very dissatisfied 2%
Don’t know / No opinion 60%
Net satisfaction +22% (-1%)

Lord (Tom) McNally – Minister, Ministry of Justice (and Deputy Leader of the Lords)
Very satisfied 6%
Quite satisfied 28%
Dissatisfied 10%
Very dissatisfied 4%
Don’t know / No opinion 51%
Net satisfaction +20% (-6%)

Jeremy Browne – Minister, Home Office
Very satisfied 8%
Quite satisfied 26%
Dissatisfied 9%
Very dissatisfied 8%
Don’t know / No opinion 50%
Net satisfaction +19% (-6%)

Nick Clegg – Deputy Prime Minister
Very satisfied 21%
Quite satisfied 32%
Dissatisfied 20%
Very dissatisfied 16%
Don’t know / No opinion 12%
Net satisfaction +17% (+1%)

Danny Alexander – Chief Secretary to the Treasury
Very satisfied 15%
Quite satisfied 35%
Dissatisfied 19%
Very dissatisfied 18%
Don’t know / No opinion 14%
Net satisfaction +13% (-1%)

David Laws – Minister, Department for Education (jointly with the Cabinet Office)
Very satisfied 10%
Quite satisfied 26%
Dissatisfied 15%
Very dissatisfied 12%
Don’t know / No opinion 37%
Net satisfaction +9% (-10%)

Baroness (Jenny) Randerson – Minister, Wales Office
Very satisfied 3%
Quite satisfied 8%
Dissatisfied 2%
Very dissatisfied 1%
Don’t know / No opinion 86%
Net satisfaction +8% (-4%)

Other leading Lib Dems:

Tim Farron, Party President
Very satisfied 38%
Quite satisfied 36%
Dissatisfied 7%
Very dissatisfied 3%
Don’t know / No opinion 17%
Net satisfaction +64% (-2%)

Simon Hughes, Deputy Leader of the Parliamentary Party in the House of Commons
Very satisfied 20%
Quite satisfied 38%
Dissatisfied 11%
Very dissatisfied 3%
Don’t know / No opinion 29%
Net satisfaction +44% (-10%)

Kirsty Williams, Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats
Very satisfied 16%
Quite satisfied 27%
Dissatisfied 1%
Very dissatisfied 1%
Don’t know / No opinion 56%
Net satisfaction +41% (+3%)

Caroline Pidgeon, Leader of the Liberal Democrat group on the London Assembly
Very satisfied 13%
Quite satisfied 25%
Dissatisfied 2%
Very dissatisfied 1%
Don’t know / No opinion 59%
Net satisfaction +35% (-4%)

Willie Rennie, Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats
Very satisfied 15%
Quite satisfied 26%
Dissatisfied 5%
Very dissatisfied 2%
Don’t know / No opinion 51%
Net satisfaction +34% (-4%)

Tim Gordon, Lib Dem chief executive
Very satisfied 10%
Quite satisfied 28%
Dissatisfied 5%
Very dissatisfied 3%
Don’t know / No opinion 54%
Net satisfaction +30% (-1%)

Fiona Hall, Leader of the UK Lib Dem MEPs
Very satisfied 7%
Quite satisfied 20%
Dissatisfied 3%
Very dissatisfied 3%
Don’t know / No opinion 68%
Net satisfaction +21% (-5%)

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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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One Comment

  • Helen Flynn 2nd Jan '13 - 8:15am

    I am really surprised that Norman Baker is not in top 5. Not only did he impressively survive the reshuffle, he really is achieving at the DfT, and doing sensible things. Transport continues to be a low profile policy area, where it should correctly be right up there with BIS, Energy, and all departments concerned with the economy and getting us out of the slump. How do people get to work, education, and how do goods flow around the economy?

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