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 750 party members responded – thank you – and we’re publishing the full results.
Cameron still leading as Miliband recovers (a bit) among Lib Dems
We’ve been asking this question for over two years, and over the past year there has been quite a change in fortunes (and back again) for the two party leaders, as this graph illustrates:
Here’s the detail from this month’s survey…
Do you think David Cameron is doing well or badly as Prime Minister?
2% – Very well
44% – Well
Total well = 46% (-1%)
40% – Badly
8% – Very badly
Total badly = 48% (n/c)
7% – Don’t know
Do you think Ed Miliband is doing well or badly as leader of the Labour party?
1% – Very well
25% – Well
Total well = 25% (+15%)
50% – Badly
19% – Very badly
Total badly = 69% (-16%)
4% – Don’t know
When last we asked what Lib Dem members made of the Tory and Labour leaders, in September, David Cameron (net -1%) was a long, long way ahead of Ed Miliband (-74%). The last three months, have seen practically no change for the Tory Prime Minister: his net ratings remain negative (just) at -2%; but Mr Miliband’s have recovered since the Labour conference to -43%, his second best score of the year.
I don’t suppose either are bothered by what Lib Dem members think of them, but it’s an interesting barometer of their credibility as potential partners if there were to be another post-2015 coalition. As I customarily note, by the way, rating David Cameron’s performance as Prime Minister is a subtly different question from rating his performance as Conservative party leader (whether Mr Cameron’s ratings would be higher or lower among Lib Dem members if we asked that question, I don’t know. Though I could hazard a guess).
* 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.