Revealed: What Lib Dem members think of Ed Miliband and David Cameron

Lib 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. Some 550 party members have responded, and we’re publishing the full results.

Cameron ends the year a nose ahead of Miliband among Lib Dems

We’ve been asking this question for 15 months, and over the past year there has been quite a reversal in fortunes for the two party leaders, as this graph illustrates:

cam mili member ratings - dec 2012

Here’s the detail from this month’s survey…

Do you think David Cameron is doing well or badly as Prime Minister? (Comparison with November’s results in brackets.)

  • 1% – Very well
  • 33% – Well
  • Total well = 34% (+7%)

  • 49% – Badly
  • 14% – Very badly
  • Total badly = 63% (-6%)

  • 4% – Don’t know

Do you think Ed Miliband is doing well or badly as leader of the Labour party?

  • 2% – Very well
  • 31% – Well
  • Total well = 33% (-3%)

  • 47% – Badly
  • 17% – Very badly
  • Total badly = 64% (+4%)%

  • 4% – Don’t know

A year ago, David Cameron was recording positive net figures even among Lib Dems, while Ed Miliband was plunging the depths of popular opinion. Today, perceptions of the Tory and Labour leaders has converged among Lib Dems, both scoring near-identical negative ratings of -29% and -31% respectively. Though I don’t suppose either are bothered by what Lib Dem members think of them, it’s an interesting barometer of their credibility as potential partners if there were to be another post-2015 coalition.

As I customarily note, rating David Cameron’s performance as Prime Minister is a 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).

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* 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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  • …..As a headline “Cameron ends the year a nose ahead of Miliband among Lib Dems” is true but hardly the underlying ‘truth’…
    What the figures reveal is that there has been an almost complete reversal in the perception of Milliband and Cameron.

  • This “What the figures reveal is that there has been an almost complete reversal in the perception of Milliband and Cameron”.

  • yes, Miliband’s ‘popularity’ has risen massively from -60% to, err, -30%.

  • john mc: “yes, Miliband’s ‘popularity’ has risen massively from -60% to, err, -30%”
    still this annie: “What the figures reveal is that there has been an almost complete reversal in the perception of Milliband and Cameron”

  • john mc 4th Jan ’13 – 11:58pm……………………..yes, Miliband’s ‘popularity’ has risen massively from -60% to, err, -30%……….

    A far more pertinent remark would have been, ‘yes,Cameron’s‘popularity’ has fallen massively from +40% to, err, -30%……….
    However, I notice how, since the ‘merger’, a section of posters target their criticism at Labour; choosing to mock a 30% rise rather than a 70% fall

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