Who’s behind YouGov’s Lib Dem presidency poll?

I’ve just been emailed, and have completed, a YouGov poll asking my thinking about the post of Lib Dem party president, which will be vacant when Simon Hughes stands down after four years in the role this autumn. Here’s a screen-grab:

You Gov screen grab

The poll itself plays a straight bat compared to previous party leadership YouGov polls I’ve filled in, where the questions sometimes seemed designed to lead (not quite ‘push-polling’ but not far short). Assuming this poll wasn’t commissioned by a newspaper – it seems hard to believe the Lib Dem presidency is considered quite important enough for that – the question arises: was it commissioned by one of the two candidates named, Lembit Opik or Ros Scott; or by a possible third candidate looking to assess the likelihood of a successful bid?

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  • Yes; Ive been a You-Gov member for several years and also received this poll and made a tidy 50p for a few seconds work!

    The Presidential vote appears to have gone very quiet, and although Lembit is always in the media these days, I havent seen much mention of his campaign for President compared with all the ‘Im 4 Ros’ stuff…

  • Martin Land 19th Jun '08 - 2:54pm

    Well, it’s not me!

  • Bibliophylax 19th Jun '08 - 6:17pm

    I got it too. 50p yay! They’ve been neglectful of me recently.

  • Tez Burke, please may I join your “NotLembit” campaign?

  • Do we need Ros? Why don’t we just elect NotLembit as President for Life?

  • I don’t mind who it is so long as it’s not Ros Scott. If pushed I would have to say I favour Lembit.

  • As a former “sources close to Lembit Öpik” I am almost certain that commissioning a YouGov opinion poll to assess his prospects isn’t the kind of thing Lembit would do.

  • Has Lembit even really got his campaign going yet?

    He is becoming a bit of a celeb….would that be a good thing or not to have him as 2nd most important person in the party?

  • You might get some negative stuff with having a celebrity… but generally it works. People vote for celebrities. Sad but true. Boris won because he’s a celebrity, not because he’s actually any good. I know its a sad state for our democracy to be in, but sometimes you have to use a system to change it. Besides, I think its almost Lembit’s turn now isn’t it?

  • Julia Glenn 20th Jun '08 - 8:58pm

    The greatest service to Liberal Democrat members and to the (understandably cynical) British public will be given by Ros Scott. She has the integrity and experience we need, the ability to relate to virtually everyone – and her Presidency won’t be one huge ego trip.

  • Duncan’s suggestion that it might be an MP testing the water could be the most likely in the circumstances. Especially as there was a question on the survey that asked me to name any Lib Dem figure that came to mind who I would like to see running (if my memory serves me right).

  • Martin Land 22nd Jun '08 - 9:28am

    The other possibility is that it’s a gossip magazine assessing Lembit’s future value before signing up a contract for his wedding! Is Lembit the Wayne Rooney of Liberalism?

  • dreamingspire 26th Jun '08 - 8:58am

    Seems like a good idea to have a peer, given the mess that is the Commons – and I like Ros, too.

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