LDV survey shows recovery in Lib Dem members’ approval ratings for Coalition’s record

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.

Lib Dem members’ approval of Coalition recovers

LDV asked: Do you approve or disapprove of the Coalition Government’s record to date?

  • 66% – Approve
  • 25% – Disapprove
  • 9% – Don’t know

That 66%/25% split gives a net approval rating of +41% . We’ve been tracking this question since the formation of the Coalition, so we can see how this result has changed over the last 15 months:

The figures shows that net approval for the Coalition, though significantly down from the heady days of the Rose Garden press conference, has recovered significantly since the party’s disastrous U-turn on tuition fees, and is back now above +40%.

High confidence the Coalition will last the course

LDV asked: How long do you expect the coalition government will last?

    • 0% – It will end this year, 2011
    • 10% – It will last another year or two, until 2012-13
    • 11% – It will last another three years, until 2014
    • 77% – It will last the full term, until 2015
    • 2% – Don’t know

    Here’s another one we’ve been tracking over the months since the Coalition was formed. And our sample of party members’ confidence the Lib/Con pact will last the full parliament is as high now as it’s ever been:

    April 2011: 72% confidence in full term
    January: 72%
    November 2010: 77%
    August: 71%
    May 2010: 63%

    Of course, this confidence in the durability of the Coalition does not equate to confidence that the Coalition will benefit the party, as we saw in the first part of our members’ survey, with a majority predicting the Lib Dems will suffer in 2015 as a result.

      • Over 1,200 Lib Dem paid-up party members are registered with LibDemVoice.org. 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, LibDemVoice.org’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 www.libdemvoice.org/category/ldv-members-poll
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  • Another one of those polls that doesn’t tell you anything.Those left who are not so feed up they have already left or dropped out, agree with the current state of affairs.

    The Liberal Democrats may have cheered themselves up with the PR advertising marketing spin of the conference, and polls such as these but is that really going to convince the electorate or cut it in the real world ?

    I have always noted that after a oil spill disaster an oil company will have lots of green advertising, a bank suffering scandal with follow with an advertising blitz. It doesn’t change the fact that there was a oil spill or a scandal. The damage in the real world is done.

  • Jack, did you notice that it points out quite clearly that the poll regarding confidence in the Coalition lasting the full term did not mean it was necessarily a good thing for the party? So why do you think this poll is just part of the PR spin to cheer them up? It clearly doesn’t cheer them up because, as in part you point out, there are plenty of caveats to attach to the numbers, one of which is clarifiedfor the express purpose of not permitting people to get cheered up without cause.

    The one about the confidence in the current record fits your complaints though of course.

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