YouGov’s poll for the Sun this morning asked people their preference on the coalition deal. 20% wanted the Conservatives to govern as a minority, 33% wanted a pact or coalition between the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats (giving a total of 53% wanting a Conservative led government), 39% of respondents backed the Labour, Lib Dem, SNP, etc rainbow coalition.

YouGov also asked whether people would prefer FPTP or a proportional system. 38% backed FPTP, 47% proportional representation – this was a repeat of a question YouGov asked a week or so before the general election, and there has not been any significant change in opinion.

689 Responses to “Public coalition preferences”

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  1. @ PAM F

    Unless I am mistaken, if you join now you will be eligible to vote for the new leader :-)

  2. Matt
    @Richard O,

    I love William Hague!

    I expect the Tories have had to give way on quite a few policy areas. I wouldn’t be too upset by that though – I think it was always going to be inevitable.

    I wonder if the electoral boundary changes will still go ahead?
    am delighted we are in, but need to tread carefully, as we don’t want another 1992.
    Hague is a clever guy, I have no worries there. I also expect this is a good opportunity to ditch Grayling.
    Fire Up the Quattro!

  3. Bullman

    The real worry is the Banks being sold off for diddly squat.

  4. “It seems to me (contrary to what everyone seems to think) that GO has a golden future. We’ve had the bust -now the boom.”

    That’s a good point, Howard. Everyone, myself include, seems to have assumed that the economic crisis will continue, and maybe even deteriorate. Although the public spending cuts will undoubtedly be very deep, I think we may well see the UK’s finances (and economy) improve within 4 years.

  5. Apparently 1000 people have joined labour since yesterday and 2000 in the last 2 days. They say 1 person is joining every 15 seconds.

  6. @Howard……………Because we’re human ! For a moment I mis-read your comment and thought you were alluding to our furry foxy friends, time to dust down the huntin’ red methinks ! :-)

  7. @billy
    iam truly glad you have sorted out your internal conflict.
    now maybe in your enlightened state you can stop judging people on face value in favour of how they do in government.
    bad luck on the result big guy….im rooting for ya

  8. “am delighted we are in, but need to tread carefully, as we don’t want another 1992.
    Hague is a clever guy, I have no worries there. I also expect this is a good opportunity to ditch Grayling.
    Fire Up the Quattro!”

    Agree with you about 1992. I’m very pleased we are in power, even if tough times lie ahead. One bit of advice though – don’t worry if opinion polls look bad well before the next GE. This usually happens with most incumbents. Once the GE gets closer, the incumbent party tends to do much better (though, not always).

  9. If GB thought so much of our troops ,Why did he not equip them properly?We have lost good soldiers because of it.Words are so cheap.He has also left us bankrupt

  10. @ Bullman

    I understand I am being unfair to Osborne and should give him a chance. However I think that, his time in opposition, he showed, at least to me, that he was bit of a sneering slimeball – consequently I personally dislike him.

    However, I’m perfectly happy for him to prove me wrong and show that he is economically competent.

  11. excellent tweet on BBC. If Clegg deputy PM, he will actually be PM when DC takes paternity leave!!


  12. @Billy………….Very true, I don’t believe in all the syrupy stuff either, but I suppose it’s the culture now.

  13. @billy
    then iam sorry for my wayword comments…
    only time will tell if he is worthy or not

  14. @ Bullman

    No probs :)

  15. @ GARRY K

    :-) Welcome Home :-)

    I’m hoping that everybody who signs up will be active members. Collectively, we members should keep a firm grip on our party & make sure we are truly & fairly represented.

    Of course we are not all the same & sometimes the opions & ideas of others will win the day. Let’s all make sure those decisions are made democractically; so that once a fair decision is taken, we can all get behind it.

    Sorry for the speech – I only meant to say: “Welcome home” :-)


    I hope you are heartened by all the people joining Labour!

  17. @Sue…………….Three bottles!!! :-)

  18. On this sad day, it is good to hear so many re-joining the Labour Party.

    I also re-joined the Party after Gordon became PM having left the party in 2003.

    Who will I vote for ? I hope we get a credible woman candidate.

  19. @ ASH

    I am stunned & I do hope the enthusiasm lasts. What I want most of all is people to get involved – even if it is just checking their local MP’s website for news or events every now & again.

    But right now, this is amazing & about the only thing that could have lifted my spirits 8-)

    I’m think I just saw an elephant on the horizon ;-)

  20. @Amber……….I’m almost tempted to join, you’re great ! :-)

    if you are able to check the tweets for #libdem and #labour try and look at the difference between the two!

  22. With all this talk of joining the Labour party.

    Does anyone know at what point, if any, will the Labour party stop new members voting for the leader? i.e. is there a cut off to prevent someone joining during a leadership election purely to try to influence who is elected (and potentially not in the interest of true Labour supporters).

  23. My opinion is Nick Robinson is an embaressment to the BBC

  24. Epochery you say :
    They say 1 person is joining every 15 seconds.

    Isn’t that person getting sick of it

    the old ones are the best :)

  25. Jack Jackson
    My opinion is Nick Robinson is an embaressment to the BBC

    why? surely he is a model of impartiality from what I have seen?

  26. Breaking news.

    5 LD cabinet members including Clegg as deputy PM.

    That Lib negotiating team was good!

  27. I feel like I’ve just stumbled upon a Labour lovefest. Concerned I might be tempted to join if I stick around…

    “UKPollingReport is a site for non-partisan discussion of elections and polls.”

    Hard to believe.

  28. Richard O

    You shouldn’t draw conclusion

  29. The dream scenario

    Of course, it was inevitable. Two sets of modernisers surfacing simultaneously transformed the Conservative and Liberal Democrats into an oddly-harmonious hybrid. Although bitterly derided by the parties’ old guards, the desire to democratise the country and reduce the debt found surprisingly easy expression.

    The honeymoon period of the Cameron Premiership was brief as reality surfaced, the cuts bit, and unemployment hit 3 million. But this was not the 80’s and the unemployed were scattered, not concentrated: individuals suffered, but communities and extended families less so. There was civil unrest, and polls dived, but those with longer memories and an eye for the news gave thanks that it wasn’t worse. Cameron’s “Big Society” concept was derided, but it proved a handy framework for policies coping with the realities of a smaller state.

    Defence was ably negotiated and (an unnoticed feature of this coalition) predicted arguments simply didn’t happen. When the UK left the European Defence Agency and pursued bilateral relationships with the US/French, the Liberal dog did not bark because NATO commonality meant that this rupture was more symbolic than real. When the modernisation of the Trafalgar-class submarines was postponed, the Conservative dog was silenced as the more fiscally-minded Tories gave thanks that the £15billion bill was also postponed. Max Hastings spoke eloquently in the Telegraph in favour of the 2011 Strategic Defence Review, with the (indefinite) postponement of the 2nd Queen-Elizabeth class aircraft carrier in favour of more (and much cheaper) Ocean-class helicopter carriers. The “drones and boots” camp comprehensively won, with UK forces transforming themselves from a Cold War stance to a fleeter, nimbler configuration: fewer tanks in Germany, more helicopters in Afghanistan.

    Civic reform proved a similarly easy win: both sides found themselves pushing against an open door. The Conservatives met Liberal approval for their accountabilty-transparency-democracy agenda, and many towns and cities found themselves with elected Mayors and police chiefs. Liberal approval for electoral reform proved harder to come by, but even there some surprising allies were found, with Phillip Blond supporting AV. Cameron allowed his party a free vote but kept his government scrupulously neutral following Wilson’s example in the 60’s and 70’s. The 2012 AV referendum was won narrowly and so was the 2013 Referendum Act.

    Europe was as ever the open sore, with Liberals cordially loathing Foreign Secretary Hague’s approach to the EU, and Hague’s Le Monde characterisation as “M’sieu Non” was repeated, often unkindly. But Hague laughed it off and his relentless approach bore some fruit, with some competence repatriation being the price of signing up to the Germany-driven 2014 Treaty of Dublin – ironically passed in the Commons only with the support of the Liberals, who knew and desperately wanted the EU reforms it implied. It remains a source of friction, but thoughtful commentators note the kudos that Europhile allies lend to Cameron during European Council negotiations.

    The markets reacted well to the ConDem alliance and, after a long plateau between 2010 and 2011, the pound recovered to its 2004 level of $1.70.

    The most obvious difference was the creation of an English Assembly, planned to be sited in a refurbished Battersea Power Station, compete with Norman Foster dome. The first elections (under PR!) are planned for 2016.

    As for the future, the outcome is uncertain: the Conservatives are currently second in the polls but the gap is narrow and computer models in CCHQ yield tantalising hints that AV may act to their advantage. The Liberals are also squeezed, with many on the left cursing their names, and rumours that the party may split between Conservative and Labour persist. But again, glimpses of success via AV exist, as do rumours of a de-facto electoral pact in the South-West.

    The 2014 elections will be interesting…

  30. Sorry Tony E – Amber and I have mystical powers. It’s part of our leadership campaign.

  31. I’m also heartened by those taking the opportunity to engage with their political parties. Whatever happens over the next few years, all the parties need to be taken back from the hands of the Westminster elite and become (in that most cliched phrase) bottom up not top down.

    However I hope those all rushing to (re-)join the Labour party will be asking their next branch meeting why so many of the now ex-cabinet were more concerned with positioning themselves for the leadership race than for Government; why you include in a negotiating team people like Mandelson who, let us say, don’t have a reputation for straightforwardness; and why so many MPs were opposed to a system that might undermine their nice safe seats.

    Whenever Labour starts complaining in the next few years about government actions, the obvious reply is going to be “You had the chance, and you bottled it”. The SNP is already using this with the next Holyrood elections in mind.

    So good luck to all those (re-)entering the Labour fray and having to deal with the Old and New Labour attitudes above. If you can change things you’ll make the Party and the country better

  32. @ KEN

    Thank you – you are adorable too :-)

    I doubt you’ll ever ‘Come home’ but I forgive you ;-)

  33. Amber & Friends

    Heartfelt thanks for all your kind wishes

    Please pray for my mum -her service is at 9.00am Wed 12th

    Miss you all

    al x

  34. @Epochery,
    @Garry K,
    @Julian Gilbert,
    @Tony Montana,
    @Chris Lane,
    @Pam F

    I note your wishes to (re)join the Labour party. Good. I thoroughly approve of political engagement. Please note the following.

    1) The upcoming days will be harsh. Over the next few days you will see hated enemies in Cabinet posts, and as the reality of loss sinks in, it will hurt. Keep the faith.

    2) You need to consider Labour philosophy. New Labour was designed as a reforming movement, and all of the reforms were welcome. But you cannot fix the NHS twice, you cannot legalise civil partnership twice, you cannot devolve power to Wales, Scotland and NI twice. New Labour has come to the end of its philosophical lifespan. You must now devise a new approach, one that is consistent with Labour philosophy and can cope with the new realities we find ourselves in. If you can do that, your interregnum will be brief and you will be back in in 2015. If not, not.

    3) The upcoming leadership election is crucial. Don’t rush it – you have time. Use the time to test new ideas, perform thought experiments, try and see what would happen. Labour can ill-afford another coronation.

    4) Think strategically. In 1997 Blair had a chance to permanently realign the left thru electoral reform. He did not, the Jenkins Commission was ignored and senior Liberals (I’m thinking of Ashdown here) were alienated, to fatal effect. You now have to live with the results of that. Many of you will hate the LIBs for the ConDem alliance. Do not. Convert where feasible, ally when effective. Cameron has achieved a political realignment. Your task now is to achieve another one.

    So get out there. Prosletyse, leaflet, network, campaign.

    And come up with something that will work.

  35. @ AL J

    We miss you very much. You are in my thoughts – & prayers – every day.

    I imagine that you have family & friends around you; I do not want to think you are alone at such a time.

    I am simply & sincerely hoping that someday you will feel strong enough to join us all again.

  36. @Al J

    You have my sincere sympathies and thoughts. I have reposted your service notice on the latest thread.

  37. Hilarious to see so many saying they’re rushing to join the Labour party – especially after Blunkett and Reid demonstrated so clearly the burning hatred so many in the labour Party have for Liberals, the burning hatred that made any progressive alliance impossible, both now and in 97 when it was first dreamed up by Mandy.

    What I wonder do people think the Liberals should have done? Brought the Tories down and let them romp home in a new election? 10 years of unrestrained Tory rule would be the result. But then there are always those who just want to vent spleen from the sidelines, without ever wishing to attempt to do good for the country.

    I left Labour in 2001, when it was clear they weren’t bluffing and they’d abandoned socialism once and for all. Would I rejoin a party that includes the likes of Blunkett, that requested the head of the prison service bring the army in to machine-gun prisoners? Never. Never in a 1000 years. Labour backbenchers have blocked every attempt to bring in PR – real democracy – so they can keep their neo-Tory snouts in the trough.

    This is not the government i wanted, but already it’s shaping up a lot better – and a lot more socialist – than 13 years of New labour betrayal. DC appears to be trying to educate and improve his own kind, surely that’s an improvement. Or do those flocking back to Labour just want to continue their blind hatred for those they consider to be ‘not like us’ . Maybe if we do finally get PR Labour will have to put aside their absurd class hatred, and become a socialist party speaking for those of us on the left who want real improvements in this country. Maybe.

  38. Al J,

    My prayers are with you….. xx

  39. There is not cut off point for voting on the new leader. If you join today your vote will count.

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