Fixing the economy is the top priority, according to survey of Lib Dem members

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 550 party members responded, and we’re currently publishing the full results.

Fix the economy, protect the environment – those are the priorities for government according to Liberal Democrat party members in our latest survey. Perhaps most surprising in the results is the high showing for improving public transport, appearing above health and schools, most likely reflecting people’s views about the current relative state of those different public services.

LDV asked: On a scale of 1 to 10 where 1 is unimportant and 10 is very important please rate the following objectives for the government…

Delivering job creation and prosperity: 8.8 average
Cutting taxes for the least well-off: 8.3
Cutting the deficit: 8.3
Fighting climate change: 7.8
Improving public transport: 7.6
Controlling inflation: 7.5
Tackling the social conditions that contributed to the recent riots: 7.3
Improving the NHS: 7.2
Building more houses: 7.2
A fair deal for pensioners: 6.9
Cutting crime: 6.8
An elected House of Lords: 6.3
Reforming schools: 5.4
Managing immigration: 4.8

  • Over 1,200 Lib Dem paid-up party members are registered with Some 550 responded to the latest survey, which was conducted between 11th and 15th September.
  • Please note: we make no claims that the survey is fully representative of the Lib Dem membership as a whole. However,’s surveys are the largest independent samples of the views of Lib Dem members across the country, and have in the past accurately predicted the winners of the contest for Party President, and the result of the conference decision to approve the Coalition agreement.
  • The full archive of our members’ surveys can be viewed at
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  • It would be very interesting on the next survey to also ask whether or not the participant is a voting rep at conference. I think this list of priorities is a very good one and should inform future policy priorities. It’s quite refreshing to see Lords reform relatively low down the list compared with improving public transport and creating jobs.

  • John Carlisle 7th Oct '11 - 9:22am

    I agree with Maria, although I would like to have seen the NHS moved to the top of the list. PLEASE.
    If we follow Nick Clegg’s push on construction we can resolve the jobs, houses and improving public transport in one fell swoop. And , if we follow Vince Cable’s Improving Construction strategy, working with the Cabinet Office, we can do that at a 20% cost reduction AND better quality.

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