Labour-Lib Dem coalition preferred to Tory-Lib Dem deal, suggests poll

Vince Cable Speech

A recent YouGov poll found that the public’s preferred option for a future coalition would be one between Labour and the Lib Dems.

The poll, conducted between the 13th and 15th September and released on the 18th, asked respondents a variety of questions to do with the Liberal Democrats ahead of the party’s autumn conference which took place at the weekend.

One question asked to respondents was:

“Imagine there was another hung Parliament after the next election, and either the Conservatives or the Labour party had enough seats to form a coalition with the Liberal Democrats. If you had to choose, which would you prefer to see?”

Just shy of four in ten voters (38%) said their preferred option would be a Labour-Liberal Democrat coalition. In contrast, 32% said they would prefer a Conservative-Liberal coalition while a further 30% said they did not know.

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As for Liberal Democrat voters themselves, the poll suggests that 51% would prefer for their party to go into coalition with Labour – more than double the 25% who would prefer a repeat of the 2010-2015 coalition.

Other key findings of the poll:

  • 30% of poll respondents said the Lib Dems were right to go into coalition with the Tories. 16% said the party were wrong but forgiven while a further 22% said they were wrong but not forgiven. This bodes well for the party, who suffered heavily in the 2015 election for their coalition with the Conservatives.
  • Just 27% of Brits think the government should keep the UK inside the EU – including 46% of Liberal Democrat voters.
  • Most voters have yet to make up their mind on Vince Cable. For example, the poll found that 56% said they did not know whether he was a decisive or indecisive leader, and 50% said they did not know whether he was strong or weak.

Analysis:

At the last election, Tim Farron’s Liberal Democrats ruled out going into coalition with either party. The party now has a new leader, and Jeremy Corbyn has a realistic chance of becoming prime minister.

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At the Liberal Democrat conference, Sir Vince Cable made it clear that he wanted to take his party back into government, but the question is: would another coalition – with the Liberal Democrats once again as a junior partner – be the way to do it?

The full results of the YouGov poll can be accessed here.