At last, some good news polls

Perhaps we should try not having a leader more often? The last three polls have shown support for the Lib Dems on the up after the nadir of mid-October.

* Today’s Guardian ICM (compared with last poll): Tories 40%(-3), Labour 35%(-1), Lib Dem 18%(+4).
* Yesterday’s Independent ComRes poll: Tories 41%(+7), Labour 33%(-4), Lib Dem 16%(+1)
* Sunday’s Observer Ipsos-Mori poll: Tories 40%(-1), Labour 41%(+3), Lib Dem 13%(+2)

Whether this is the result of the extra publicity caused by Ming’s resignation and subsequent leadership contest, or whether it’s a return to a more steady-state position after the ups-and-downs of the conference season and the election that never was, is a moot point.

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9 Comments

  • Blimey, it looks like Ming was more unpopular than anyone thought. Also, a seemingly trivial point, but I do think it was a mistake having someone with a knighood- however deserved- leading a so-called progressive liberal party.

  • Letters From A Tory 31st Oct '07 - 9:39am

    How can it be a moot point? Surely the Lib Dems need to know what causes their poll ratings to fluctuate?!?! Distinguishing between extra publicity and leadership candidates (including their policies) sounds pretty fundamental if the Lib Dems want to rebuild.

  • Bonkalot Jones 31st Oct '07 - 12:28pm

    Hmmm.. now there is a thought. The Tories did very well without any policies for a considerable time.

    However, consider the example of Belgium, who seemed to cope pretty well without any Government at all…

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/markmardell/2007/09/divided_belgium.html

  • Bonkalot Jones 31st Oct '07 - 12:32pm

    On a slightly more serious note.. and speaking as a floating voter, despite all my criticisms of things Lib Dem, I have voted for them in the past. I might be tempted again if Nick Clegg wins, as I now hear he is opposed to the ID card project to the point of civil disobedience.

    http://www.order-order.com/2007/10/clegg-id-cards-i-will-defy-law.html

    Great work ! Why can’t that other fellow ‘Whune?’ have that sort of bottle about him ??

  • I wouldn’t describe any polls showing us at between 4 and 9 points down on the last election as ‘good news’…

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