Lib Dem support in free fall

Just 40% of Lib Dem voters approve of the Coalition's performance. The dramatic fall-off in support sees twice as many deserters switching to Labour as to the Tories.

Just two-in-five Liberal Democrat voters approve of the Coalition’s performance after two months in office. The findings by YouGov underline a dramatic fall-off in support for the Lib Dems with twice as many deserters switching to Labour as to the Conservatives.

In a commentary published today on the YouGov website, the organisation’s President, Peter Kellner writes:

“Among those who voted Lib Dem on May 6, opinions are divided: just 40% approve of the coalition’s performance, while 36% disapprove. No wonder Lib Dem support has slumped since the coalition was formed.

“Indeed, of those who voted Lib Dem on May 6, just 46% would vote for the party if an election were held now, while 18% would vote Labour, 9% Conservative and 5% for other parties; 22% are ‘don’t knows’ or ‘won’t votes’. To be sure, the Lib Dems have picked up some support from voters who like their involvement the coalition, but there are too few of these to offset the deserters. Overall, Lib Dem support is down by one-third since the election.”

On the overall performance of the Coalition, Mr Kellner writes:

“The honeymoon is over. Actually, it was never that ardent in the first place…

“Over the past four weeks, the coalition’s approval rating has slipped slowly but remorselessly. Our latest figures report a net rating of plus four (approve 41%, disapprove 37%). In just over two months, the coalition’s rating has declined to levels that were not reached for almost three years under Tony Blair.”

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45 Responses to “Lib Dem support in free fall”

  1. Wes Robinson

    RT @leftfootfwd: Lib Dem support slumps as just 40% of voters approve of the Coalition http://bit.ly/bmaFuM

  2. House Of Twits

    RT @leftfootfwd Lib Dem support slumps as just 40% of voters approve of the Coalition http://bit.ly/bmaFuM

  3. Michael Grieve

    RT @leftfootfwd Lib Dem support slumps as just 40% of voters approve of the Coalition http://bit.ly/bmaFuM

  4. Nick Panayotopoulos

    RT @HouseofTwits: RT @leftfootfwd Lib Dem support slumps as just 40% of voters approve of the Coalition http://bit.ly/bmaFuM

  5. Liza Harding

    RT @Michael_Grieve: RT @leftfootfwd Lib Dem support slumps as just 40% of voters approve of the Coalition http://bit.ly/bmaFuM

  6. Shamik Das

    There may be trouble ahead… RT @leftfootfwd: Lib Dem support slumps as just 40% of voters approve of the Coalition http://bit.ly/bmaFuM

  7. Andy Sutherland

    RT @leftfootfwd: Lib Dem support slumps as just 40% of voters approve of the Coalition http://bit.ly/bmaFuM

  8. Ben Farress

    RT @leftfootfwd: Lib Dem support slumps as just 40% of voters approve of the Coalition http://bit.ly/bmaFuM

  9. noah

    RT @leftfootfwd: Lib Dem support slumps as just 40% of voters approve of the Coalition http://bit.ly/bmaFuM

  10. Judith Haire

    RT @Michael_Grieve: RT @leftfootfwd Lib Dem support slumps as just 40% of voters approve of the Coalition http://bit.ly/bmaFuM

  11. Richard

    RT @leftfootfwd: Lib Dem support slumps as just 40% of voters approve of the Coalition http://bit.ly/bmaFuM < http://youtu.be/yj3DBcpfMNQ >

  12. bolotics

    With support for the Lib-Dems and AV falling a tactical NO vote in the AV referendum will more than likely break the back of the coalition. Labour get your leader right and a General Election isn’t that far off the horizon…

  13. noah

    RT @NaxosMinator: RT @leftfootfwd: Lib Dem support slumps as just 40% of voters approve of the Coalition http://bit.ly/bmaFuM < http: …

  14. John Kennedy

    RT @HouseofTwits: RT @leftfootfwd Lib Dem support slumps as just 40% of voters approve of the Coalition http://bit.ly/bmaFuM

  15. william haymes

    RT @leftfootfwd: Lib Dem support slumps as just 40% of voters approve of the Coalition http://bit.ly/bmaFuM

  16. Derek Mantle

    Hardly surprising. RT @leftfootfwd: Lib Dem support slumps as just 40% of voters approve of the Coalition http://bit.ly/bmaFuM

  17. Twickenham Labour

    RT @leftfootfwd: Lib Dem support in free fall http://bit.ly/bmaFuM

  18. joedgoldberg

    RT @leftfootfwd: Lib Dem support in free fall http://bit.ly/bmaFuM

  19. StephenH

    ha… how long before the oleaginous duo hatch an electoral pact to preserve each others seats?

  20. Drew Smith

    RT @leftfootfwd: Lib Dem support in free fall http://s.coop/1o2 >> As experience in #GlasgowN – although many voters saw through their fibs!

  21. Jayne Childs

    RT @leftfootfwd: Lib Dem support slumps as just 40% of voters approve of the Coalition http://bit.ly/bmaFuM

  22. Rhiannon Lowton

    RT @leftfootfwd: Lib Dem support in free fall http://bit.ly/cgWFIh

  23. Robert

    lets see I’ll have a bet that the next election will be in five years time, as for labour getting it’s leader ready you think a few thousand Liberals will make a difference, labour lost about 400,000 members, and about five million voters, I think getting a leader is not the problem it’s getting people interested enough to care.

  24. OutsideLeft

    RT @Michael_Grieve: RT @leftfootfwd Lib Dem support slumps as just 40% of voters approve of the Coalition http://bit.ly/bmaFuM

  25. Mark Walker

    RT @twickenhamclp: RT @leftfootfwd: Lib Dem support in free fall http://bit.ly/bmaFuM

  26. mike

    Lib Dems

    one night stand

    useful fools

  27. Jerry

    Condem Plan B

    ban elections in which Labour stand candidates

    democracy needs reorganisation and savings

  28. Robert

    The last bit is interesting about how Blair’s rating fell , then we had brown, so if the liberals fall is as bad as they say, and then labour does not pick up because a Miliband wins and we head back down the New labour route, it should mean the Tories should have a field day

  29. Alex Zamora

    RT @leftfootfwd Lib Dem support slumps as just 40% of LD voters approve of the Coalition: http://bit.ly/bmaFuM

  30. mrsC

    RT @leftfootfwd: Lib Dem support slumps as just 40% of voters approve of the Coalition http://bit.ly/bmaFuM

  31. Tim Holmes

    New Yougov poll shows declining Lib Dem support http://is.gd/dzwrZ Overall support down 1/3; 2 in 5 LD voters approve of coalition's record.

  32. Mr. Sensible

    Not surprised at this; the Lib Dems have ripped up most of their manifesto to form the coalition.

  33. John Ruddy

    They cant complain its lack of exposure! RT @leftfootfwd: Lib Dem support in free fall http://bit.ly/cgWFIh

  34. Keith White

    RT @jruddy99: They cant complain its lack of exposure! RT @leftfootfwd: Lib Dem support in free fall http://bit.ly/cgWFIh

  35. Kris

    I think they need a better spin doctor! RT @leftfootfwd: Lib Dem support in free fall http://bit.ly/cgWFIh

  36. Joss Garman

    Though at the same time this blog points to a membership surge for the Lib Dems: http://bit.ly/c7ji2D

  37. Lucy Chapman

    RT @leftfootfwd: Lib Dem support in free fall http://bit.ly/cgWFIh

  38. Rob

    Been Lib Dem all my life but the lack of holding out for a PR referendum means that I would only vote for the green party in the future.

    I would consider Labour if they genuinely became a ‘progressive’ party.

    However their authoritarian track record of doubling the prison population in 13 years, flagrant disregard for civil liberties and passing an unprecedented amount of legislation (6000+ new criminal offences, 50+ criminal justice acts, dna database etc) on top of presiding over an increase in inequality.. means that I find the idea of a ‘progressive’ labour party to be an oxymoron.

    I honestly despair at the state of politics in this country and am off to europe as soon as I can find an equivalent job.

  39. Nathan Empsall

    Lib Dem support in free fall | Left Foot Forward http://bit.ly/bmRY9w #bblue

  40. Andy Smart

    http://j.mp/bpHyRy Let's hope this keeps up!

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