Four in ten Lib Dem voters oppose British coalition: poll

27th July 2010, Comments 0 comments

Four in ten people who voted for Britain's junior coalition partners, the Liberal Democrats, would not have done so if they knew they would join forces with the Conservatives, a poll has suggested.

Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg had the choice of joining either with the Conservatives or the Labour party after May's inconclusive election, and many were suprised when he joined his centrists with the centre-right Tories.

Although he is now deputy prime minister and his party holds several cabinet positions, there are concerns among some Lib Dem lawmakers that they have abandoned their core values -- and are losing their core support.

A BBC survey, released late Monday, reveals that just 58 percent of Lib Dem voters would have backed Clegg's party if they had known they would go into power with the Tories.

This compared to 86 percent of Conservative supporters, ensuring that overall, three quarters of those who voted Tory or Lib Dem back the coalition, led by Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron.

Some 60 percent of Lib Dem voters said the party had weakened its identity by entering the coalition and they no longer knew what it stood for, compared to just 34 percent who believed it was stronger now than before.

The poll was conducted by ComRes, who interviewed 1,009 people by telephone between Friday and Sunday.

A compilation of surveys by UK Polling Report suggests the Lib Dems have on average 14 percent support, compared to 23 percent in May's election.

Tory support has gone up from 36 percent in May's election to an average of 43 percent now.

© 2010 AFP

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