James Forsyth

Sky News survey has the Lib Dems down to 8 percent

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It is just one poll and of the Sky News Panel but a survey to mark the Coalition’s 100 days has the Lib Dems down to 8 percent. (One note of caution, the sample seems to have more Tory voters from the last election than you would expect).


The Lib Dem’s falling poll ratings is rapidly becoming the biggest political problem facing the coalition. Combine it with the fact that The Sun’s You Gov poll today shows a plurality in favour of keeping first past the post and you have a pretty toxic brew for the Liberal Democrats.


If AV is rejected in a referendum next May and at the same time the Lib Dems take a pasting in the Scottish parliamentary Welsh assembly and English local elections than Lib Dems will start demanding from their leader with increasing volume what they are getting out of Coalition beyond providing cover for Tory cuts. 

Written byJames Forsyth

James Forsyth is Political Editor of the Spectator. He is also a columnist in The Sun.

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