Lib Dem Voice polled our members-only forum before conference to discover what Lib Dem members think of various political issues, the Coalition, and the performance of key party figures. More than 550 party members have responded, and we’re publishing the full results.
74% of members continue to support Coalition with Conservatives
LDV asked: Do you support or oppose the Lib Dems being in the Coalition Government with the Conservatives? (Comparison with August 2012′s figures)
74% (-3%) – Support
21% (+3%) – Oppose
5% (n/c) – Don’t know / No opinion
Support for the Coalition remains high, at 74%, in spite of, well, everything. The net support rating, at +53% (down 6% on August), is the lowest we’ve yet recorded: as recently as February it was +71%. So while overall support for the Coalition is still solid (amazingly so, in fact, considering all that’s happened), the trend over the past few months is markedly down.
Approval of Coalition Government’s record dips to just +4%
LDV asked: Do you approve or disapprove of the Coalition Government’s record to date? (Comparison with August 2012′s figures)
47% (-11%) – Approve
43% (+8%) – Disapprove
10% (+3%) – Don’t know / No opinion
The net approval for the Coalition’s record to date has taken a further big hit, down to just +4% now: that’s down an astonishing 19% since August, and is by far the lowest figure we’ve yet recorded in these surveys. As recently as February, net approval stood at a far healthier +40%. Again the trend, perhaps unsurprisingly at the government’s mid-term mark, is downwards.
We shall see in our next survey whether this week’s conference, generally reckoned to have been a low-key success for the party, provides a boost to these figures.
* 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.