New LDV members’ survey now live: your views on education reforms, Heathrow, the reshuffle & the Coalition’s performance

The new LDV members’ survey is now live. So if you are one of the c.1,300 registered members of the Liberal Democrat Voice forum — and any paid-up party member is welcome to join — then you now have the opportunity to make your views known.

Questions we’re asking this month include:

  • what you think of free schools and academies;
  • what you make of reforms to GCSEs in England;
  • what you think about a new runway at Heathrow;
  • whether you agree with means-testing benefits for wealthier pensioners;
  • your views on Nick Clegg’s leadership and the forthcoming reshuffle;
  • how satisfied you are with leading figures within the Lib Dems;
  • and what you think of the Coalition’s performance to date.

It should take no longer than 10 minutes minutes to fill in. All registered members of the Forum should have today been e-mailed with a unique link to take you to the survey. If you haven’t received yours, or if you are signing up to the Forum now, please drop Ryan Cullen a line at [email protected]

We’ll publish the results in a few days’ time. You can access the results from our previous LDV members surveys by clicking here — and you can access a Google spreadsheet of our ‘Coalition tracker’ and ‘leading Lib Dems’ ratings here.

* Stephen was Editor (and Co-Editor) of Liberal Democrat Voice from May 2007 to Jan 2015, and writes at The Collected Stephen Tall.

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  • Kevin Tillett 19th Sep '12 - 8:11pm

    The poll is deeply flawed in making all parts of questions mandatory or not allowing for “don’t know”. For instance, when asked to review performance of LibDems, I have to put “neither satisfied nor dissatisfied” for individuals where I really have no knowledge or opinion. Worse still, I cannot leave blank my assessment of media coverage against papers etc that I never read or listen to. By putting “1” I will inevitably skew the results.

  • Stephen Tall 19th Sep '12 - 11:15pm

    @ Kevin Tillett

    I make all questions mandatory (though with Don’t know / No opinion options) because we need a good number of responses for the survey to have validity. Any survey will become skewed if only the people who care about particular topics respond!

    As for reviewing the performance of LibDems, my suggestion is to do just as you’ve done: tick the ‘neither satisfied not dissatisfied’ option (except for those LDs you do have a view on!), whether positive or negative. Though I realise that conflates those who are genuinely neutral with those who just don’t have a clue either way it does at least ensure our leading party figures know they’re not doing enough, even among our own membership, to earn positive reviews. That in itself is a useful performance indicator, I think.

    I agree it would have been better to include a ‘Don’t know / don’t read or watch’ option on the media coverage question. Better there, too, to make it a 5, I’d say, to show neutrality. But out of 500+ responses I think we’ll still get a good idea of folks’ views.

  • Being an ex par . . . . member I am not allowed to take the survey, and so I register my views here.

    – Free schools? Shouldn’t be allowed, just as was said in the manifesto
    -Reform of GCSE? A cack handed reform that reduces that chances of many who do not do well in exams but do know their stuff. Grade inflation is more down to teachers teaching to the curriculum than ‘dumbing down’ and I predict that it will continue as long as there are targets for results.
    -Runway? We do not have to build one at Heathrow. With the North being within 2 hours of London NOW we can utilise the many underused airports there. With HS2, it would be even quicker.
    -Means testing? A major reason for non take up of benefits by those who are eligable for them. Totally wrong
    -Cleggs Leadership? Laughable
    -Satisfaction with the Leadership? With the possible exception of Cable, non existant.
    Coalition Performance? Do you REALLY want to know?

  • Isn’t rating the performance of many of there ministers who have been in their jobs for a couple of weeks completely ludicrous?

  • Peter Hayes 20th Sep '12 - 9:18pm

    Agree with Kevin the lack of a don’t know / never heard of / never read the paper option on a mandatory question makes the results debatable and the likelihood of taking part in a future survey lower.

  • Stephen Tall 21st Sep '12 - 10:16am

    Peter / Kevin – I have now found out how to make the question non-mandatory, so you can now skip this question if you prefer.

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