Coalition suffers slump in Lib Dem support while dislike of Clegg grows

The latest Reuters/IPSOS Mori Political Monitor makes grim reading for the Liberal Democrat leadership. Though the headline voting intention figures - Conservatives 36% (-3); Labour 39% (+3); Liberal Democrats 14% (unchanged) - actually represent an improvement from their faltering performance in the Sun/YouGov daily tracker series, satisfaction and perception levels among the public leave Mr Clegg and his colleagues with plenty to think about.

The latest Reuters/IPSOS Mori Political Monitor makes grim reading for the Liberal Democrat leadership. Though the headline voting intention figures – Conservatives 36% (-3); Labour 39% (+3); Liberal Democrats 14% (unchanged) – actually represent an improvement from their faltering performance in the Sun/YouGov daily tracker series, satisfaction and perception levels among the public leave Mr Clegg and his colleagues with plenty to think about.

Only a quarter of voters believe the government is a genuine coalition in which decisions are made jointly between the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats (down from 41% in June), with nearly two-thirds of those polled believing the Conservatives are making most of the decisions – up from only a half five months ago.

Dissatisfaction with the government, meanwhile, is rife, amongst the public as a whole, and, more worryingly for Mr Clegg, amongst Liberal Democrat voters. Whilst Conservative voters seem very content with the way the government is running the country, the net satisfaction of Lib Dems has plummeted in the wake of the Comprehensive Spending Review and widespread unease over tuition fee rises.

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Amongst all voters, Labour leader Ed Miliband has the highest net satisfaction rating (+9), followed by Mr Cameron (+1) and lastly Mr Clegg (-9) – though he may console himself with the knowledge dissatisfaction with the government as a whole is even greater (-20).

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Additionally, voter concern about the extent of the government’s cuts is growing (as is acceptance of their inevitability). Those polled were most concerned about cuts to local public services, for example libraries, social care, sports facilities etc. (83%); policing (77%); public sector unemployment (73%); defence (73%); higher education (67%); benefits (54%); and social housing (52%)

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30 Responses to “Coalition suffers slump in Lib Dem support while dislike of Clegg grows”

  1. nick beall

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  2. Jonathan Davies

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  3. Shamik Das

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  4. Anthony Painter

    Coalition has a net dissatisfaction (!) rating amongst Lib Dem voters. http://bit.ly/bziJKI

  5. Ma

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  6. Andy S

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  7. Paul Seery

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  8. Charlotte MacKenzie

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  9. Christopher Leslie

    unfortunate but reassuring that lib dem voters seem to feel the same way as me bout coalition and NC http://bit.ly/dfNlIa @leftfootfwd

  10. Janice Robinson

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  11. Red Rag

    All this negativity about the coalition ….and all before the cuts start to really bite.

  12. Maureen Czarnecki

    RT @anthonypainter: Coalition has a net dissatisfaction (!) rating amongst Lib Dem voters. http://bit.ly/bziJKI

  13. Sara Beremenyi

    RT @leftfootfwd: Coalition suffers slump in Lib Dem support while dislike of Clegg grows: http://bit.ly/bziJKI reports @ShamikDas

  14. william

    The coalition have a working majority, and today’s posts(tax, a tale of two budgets,OECD forecasts,big society,IDS,immigration,public sector mutuals) contain not one shred of original thinking of an opposition party that is putting forward an agenda of a future government.Is this the best we can do?

  15. Tris

    Emigration is the only answer. The disUnited Kingdom is finished. They are all completely hopeless.

  16. isla dowds

    RT @leftfootfwd: Coalition suffers slump in Lib Dem support while dislike of Clegg grows: http://bit.ly/bziJKI reports @ShamikDas

  17. Chris

    @william

    Ermm, LFF isn’t the opposition or an alternative government.

  18. Deborah Segalini

    William, how can the opposition put forward plans for a future government now? It’s 4 and a half years away – what policy could be decided now for then?
    What we can do, as labourites, is affirm our principles, what will underlie any future policy. We have done this at conference, loudly and clearly (shame the press has not reported it); Labour MPs are doing it at every opportunity. That’s about all we can do on the positive side just now.

  19. Yasmin Qureshi

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  20. Mr. Sensible

    Totally unsurprised to see the Lib Dems suffering.

    I think that Labour is beginning to win the argument.

  21. Wendy Maddox

    Now there's a surprise – NOT!: RT @leftfootfwd: Coalition suffers slump in Lib Dem support while dislike of Clegg grows http://bit.ly/dfNlIa

  22. Duncan

    @Mr Sensible – Ah yes. The old ‘going on holiday’ maneuver. Labour aren’t ‘winning’ any ‘argument’ they’re just there. They haven’t distanced themselves from the failings of the past 13 years they’re just hanging around picking up progressives who are upset that a coalition with is five parts conservative and one part liberal can’t deliver liberal policies 100% of the time. The Labour-founded Browne commission came up with a policy the Tories loved, we improved it so it was based on an income-contingent repayment scheme (so people on average incomes actually end up paying less per month than under the Labour tuition fees scheme) but because students apparently haven’t read the policy or don’t realise that manifestos are what you plan to do in the event of a majority (including the millionaire-heir who go arrested for assaulting police officers with a fire extinguisher) public opinion has swayed to Ed Milliband because… er…. What exactly would this graduate tax look like? It’s hard to imagine how a graduate tax, which would probably have to be imposed via loan arrangements to deal with overseas students, would differ from the policy the government ended up with.

  23. Anon E Mouse

    Mr.Sensible – What argument have they won?

  24. Mr. Sensible

    Duncan you should probably ask Cable about this ‘Graduate Tax’; it was his idea as late as July.

    The fact is that the Lib Dems said they would oppose any further rise in fees, they’re now supporting it.

  25. jee_24

    The new policy is a graduate tax in all but name. You pay according to your income.

  26. Paul Jeater

    The only party leader to actually take on the argument against the cuts in public services and against university tuition fees has been Caroline Lucas. To suggest Labour at present is winning the political argument against Cameron/Clegg is wishful thinking. Sadly their approach at the moment, of simply arguing about the timing and scale of the cuts plays into the hands of the coalition.

  27. L DTUC

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  28. Chris

    @jee_24

    “The new policy is a graduate tax in all but name. You pay according to your income.”

    Ermmm, no you don’t actually. Everybody earning over £21,000 will pay 9% of their income for 30 years, its basically a poll tax on graduates as the system is currently except your pay for longer.

  29. janie_s

    you pay for longer! if we have higher education paid out of taxes, you’ll be paying til the day you die!

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