The polling that should worry LibDem HQ!
I’m not talking about the voting intention figures. Although, I do think that if Nick Clegg wants to make the LibDems 1 of 3 parties of government, we need to be polling around 20% between elections.
This post isn’t about those polls though.
Lord Ashcroft has had some polling done in Corby where there is a by-election on November 15th.
The poll does show we’ve lost a significant amount of support but at this point, we’re used to that.
What is worrying is who the voters said was the best party on key issues.
On growing the economy, creating jobs, cutting the deficit and the debt, the NHS, schools, Europe, crime, welfare and immigration, the LibDems hovered between 6-8%.
The only issue where the LibDems did well was on protecting the environment where 26% said the Liberal Democrats had the right approach.
This is only Corby voters so can’t be applied nationally. Ipsos-Mori did a national poll a few weeks ago and the results were practically identical.
If we are truly turning into a true party of government, those numbers should be a lot higher.
These figures correlate to the support that the LibDems are achieving in the national voting intention polls particularly with YouGov.
If we want to be 1 of 3 parties of government then the LibDems need to be challenging for the top spot in some of these categories.
These reports show how far away we are from being a true party of government.