New LDV members’ survey now live: your views on immigration, the Lord Rennard allegations, Eastleigh, ‘secret courts’ and the Coalition

The new LDV members’ survey is now live. So if you are one of the c.1,400 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 EU migration policy;
  • what you make of the Coalition’s economic policy;
  • what you think the Eastleigh by-election result really means;
  • how you think the party leadership has handled the ‘secret courts’ debate;
  • your views on Nick Clegg’s leadership 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.

My special thanks to Ryan Cullen, our design and technical editor, who has done a magnificent job in a very short time of designing an entirely new survey system after the party’s Liberty Survey website went phut.

* 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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  • I would suggest that you don’t rely on the answers for the secret courts question which asks if you support the repeal of the legislation. I had to read it the times before I grasped whether it was asking me if I supported or opposed the legislation and the answer one has to click is counter intuitive – if you oppose the legislation you have to click support. REALLY badly worded. If I were a conspiracy theorist I would suspect it had been inserted by a leadership stooge.

  • Richard Dean 14th Mar '13 - 9:25am

    I thought the “secret courts” question was clear. I thought a different question was unclear, but I can’t remember what it was!

  • “I would suggest that you don’t rely on the answers for the secret courts question which asks if you support the repeal of the legislation.”

    It asks you if you support the repeal of a law while people are desperately campaigning to avoid the law being passed?

  • Inquests aren’t civil proceedings anyway, are they?

  • I read it, understood it correctly, and gave my answer. Lesson is: read a question before you give an answer.

  • Stuart: so did I, but my job involves surveying members of the public and you would be amazed how many times stuff like this confuses people.

    For instance a recent survey involved asking people to give the three main parties a mark out of five, but it was “where one is best and five is worst” – HUGE numbers of people didn’t grasp the bit in quotes, gave the party they hated a one and the party they loved a five, because they are used to the idea of marks out five having five as the best.

    Of course lots of people understood it too, but best practise if you want a clear answer is to ask a clear question that doesn’t have counterintuitive response options. This isn’t about the ability of the people answering the questions to read (although thanks for your instinctive knowledge on where to place the blame there), it’s about Stephen being able to get the accurate responses he wants from his surveys.

  • Paul Pettinger 14th Mar '13 - 10:59am

    The survey did not side step some recent controversies, which I think is commendable. I think the surveys are a great resource and play an important function – thank you LVD team for running them.

  • Except, Stephen, even in the survey there is no line break. It is quite confusing and I nearly clicked incorrectly. But I am hopeful it will still indicate a clear party position.

  • duncan greenland 14th Mar '13 - 12:14pm

    Am not at all sure that it is helpful to the Liberal Democrats generally or to Lord Ashdown or to our campaigns department in particular to know how many seats LibDems think we will win at the 2015 general election,but it most certainly will be helpful to those who do not wish us well

  • duncan greenland 14th Mar '13 - 12:15pm

    whatever the result of the question proves to be !

  • Lorna Dupre 14th Mar '13 - 3:32pm

    I’ve not received an invitation to participate. Should I be getting paranoid yet?

  • I have no active link to the survey but am registered so I dont know whether there are any technical problems with this.

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