ComRes interviewed 580 Liberal Democrat councillors online between 22nd August – 6th September 2013. Data were weighted to be representative of all Liberal Democrat Councillors in England and Wales by region. ComRes is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules.
Date Published: 14 Sep 2013
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In the event of another hung parliament after the next election, Liberal Democrat councillors would prefer, by a ratio of two-to-one, to go into coalition with Labour rather than the Conservatives.
Vince Cable is the most popular candidate to take over the leadership should Nick Clegg stand down, followed by Tim Farron.
The most important issues facing the country for Liberal Democrat councillors are the economy, housing and the NHS.
A significant minority of Liberal Democrat councillors say they would vote to leave the EU irrespective of any renegotiations on membership, but more councillors believe that there should not be a referendum than think there should be one – either before or after the election.
When it comes to prospective policies, a cap on pay day loan interest rates and a Mansion Tax are most popular with Liberal Democrat councillors. At least three in five believe in scrapping Trident and reinstating the top rate of tax, while Liberal Democrat councillors are also more likely than not to support a “Burkha ban”.