What do The Independent, Channel 4 and BBC Radio all have in common?

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.

BBC Radio, Channel 4 and The Independent top our poll for best-quality political coverage

LDV asked: How would you rate the quality of political coverage in the following UK-wide media outlets on a scale of 1-10 (where 1 is very poor and 10 is outstanding).

Rated positively…

BBC Radio
Not good quality = 22%
Good quality = 78%
Net quality = +56%

Channel 4
Not good quality = 26%
Good quality = 74%
Net quality = +48%

The Independent/Independent on Sunday
Not good quality = 28%
Good quality = 72%
Net quality = +44%

BBC TV
Not good quality = 29%
Good quality = 71%
Net quality = +42%

Financial Times
Not good quality = 36%
Good quality = 64%
Net quality = +28%

The Guardian/Observer
Not good quality = 41%
Good quality = 59%
Net quality = +18%

ITV
Not good quality = 52%
Good quality = 48%
Net quality = +4%

The Times/Sunday Times
Not good quality = 51%
Good quality = 49%
Net quality = +2%

Rated negatively…

Daily/Sunday Telegraph
Not good quality = 57%
Good quality = 43%
Net quality = -14%

Sky News
Not good quality = 58%
Good quality = 42%
Net quality = -16%

Commercial radio
Not good quality = 80%
Good quality = 20%
Net quality = -60%

Daily Mail/Mail on Sunday
Not good quality = 94%
Good quality = 6%
Net quality = -88%

Daily Mirror/Sunday Mirror
Not good quality = 96%
Good quality = 4%
Net quality = -92%

Daily Express/Sunday Express
Not good quality = 97%
Good quality = 3%
Net quality = -94%

The Sun/Sun on Sunday
Not good quality = 98%
Good quality = 2%
Net quality = -96%

Daily Star/Daily Star Sunday
Not good quality = 99%
Good quality = 1%
Net quality = -98%

Not many surprises in these results. BBC radio tops our poll of Lib Dem members as the most trusted source of political coverage, some way ahead of Channel 4 and The Independent. Interestingly BBC TV’s political coverage, though it polls fairly strongly, is only in fourth place. The FT, Guardian, ITV and Times also record net positive ratings fr the quality of their reporting.

The Telegraph is the only so-called quality newspaper to score negative ratings. Aptly enough, Sky News ranks somewhere between the Torygraph and commercial radio. The tabloid press bring up the rear on a spectrum of heavy negativity.

  • Over 1,200 Lib Dem paid-up party members are registered with LibDemVoice.org. 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.
  • 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 offered accurate guides to what party members think.
  • For further information on the reliability/credibility of our surveys, please refer to FAQs: Are the Liberal Democrat Voice surveys of party members accurate? and polling expert Anthony Wells’ verdict, On that poll of Lib Dem members.
  • The full archive of our members’ surveys can be viewed at www.libdemvoice.org/category/ldv-members-poll
  • * Stephen was Editor (and Co-Editor) of Liberal Democrat Voice from 2007 to 2015, and writes at The Collected Stephen Tall.

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    4 Comments

    • C’mon Stephen, BBC Radio +56%, not +66%

    • Maria Pretzler 15th Oct '12 - 1:30pm

      Can I just point out that BBC radio doesn’t merely consist of local radio, as the interpretation in this post seems to suggest? I bet that I am not the only person who expressed high satisfaction with BBC Radio thinking of their national radio coverage, especially via Radio 4, not (merely) their local radio stations!

    • Stephen Tall 15th Oct '12 - 8:10pm

      Thanks for both comments – I’ve updated the figures/text accordingly!

    • Kirsten de Keyser 18th Oct '12 - 1:18pm

      Bit late and a trifle pedantic perhaps, but shouldn’t The Times/Sunday Times be minus 2%
      The Times/Sunday Times
      Not good quality = 51%
      Good quality = 49%
      Net quality = +2%

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