Lib Dem members’ favourite political blogs ranked

Lib Dem Voice polled our members-only forum before conference to discover what Lib Dem members think of various political issues, the Coalition, and the performance of key party figures. More than 550 party members have responded, and we’re publishing the full results.

Guardian’s CiF tops poll: almost half Lib Dem members read it

LDV asked: Which other politics blogs (if any) do you read? Please tick all that apply.

Five points worth noting, I think:

  • Interesting to see the dominant market position of Comment is Free, with 46% of Lib Dem members in our survey reading it;
  • Also interesting to note how Huffington Post has quickly established itself;
  • Almost four-in-five (78%) Lib Dem members read at least one political blog;
  • Group blogs now dominate the blogosphere — UK Polling Report and Nick Robinson are the only one-man-band blogs read by more than one-in-10 of you;
  • Of the 8% who specified ‘Others’ only Daily Kos was mentioned more than once (along with some Lib Dem bloggers).
  • Over 1,200 Lib Dem paid-up party members are registered with More than 550 responded to the latest survey, which was conducted between 19th and 22nd September. NB: most responses received before Nick Clegg’s apology broadcast.
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    • paul barker 6th Oct '12 - 2:28pm

      While I am glad to see so many reading Con Home its a pity that we seem to be getting most of our labour news from Cif. I would reccomend labour uncut (moderate) & labour list (soft-left) as the best sources.

    • Dave Page

      Guardian is ‘Labour’ is it?

      Who did they support at the next election, and continue to support in editorials?

      I post on CiF and suggest it is the most left-wing of the blogs and your current popularity (or lack of it) on there is due to your own party’s actions and support of Tory policies more than any great desire for the return of Labour.

    • @Dave Page
      “Wonder what that says about the viewpoints of respondents.”
      Probably nothing as it is perfectly possible that the 30% who read Con Home also read CIF and may also read Guido or the whole lot. If it has to say something, perhaps it is that LDV readers like to take a broad view of politics.

      I agree with Paul Barker though, it does seem a shame that some blogs aren’t as popular as CIF and would recommend Labour Uncut or Labour List. But there again I would also recommend John Redwood’s Diary as he often has an interesting (and sensible) viewpoint.

    • @bazzasc

      “Who did they support at the next election”
      Slip of the keyboard there by any chance? 😀

    • Chris_sh

      Either that or just gross stupidity….lol

    • Surely ‘Guardian-reading’ used to be almost a cliche in relation to the Lib Dems?

    • so only me admitted to reading peter hitchens blog then?


    • Martin Lowe 9th Oct '12 - 8:04pm

      One thing to bear in mind is that someone reading a blog/source doesn’t necessarily mean they agree with it.

      I suspect I’m not the only person who reads around to understand the rationale of others.

      (I draw the line at Guido though – I don’t want to give him the site hits)

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