Liberal Democrat party is underperforming, with only Danny Alexander surging ahead in popularity stakes, according to our poll of influential City figures.
Respondents were asked to rate the party’s performance, compared to their expectations when the coalition came to power. Overall, the 356 people polled ranked the party’s performance as 29 per cent below their expectations, with only 20 per cent billing the Lib Dems as better than they had thought they would be.
Business secretary Vince Cable came in for the most scorching criticism, with an overall net score of -51 per cent and claims from respondents that he was “anti business”.
Party leader Nick Clegg and Chris Huhne received negative ratings of -13 per cent and -41 per cent respectively, while Danny Alexander got a positive net score of 21 per cent.
Asked how much influence the Lib Dems have in shaping government policy, 76 per cent said it had “a lot” or “some” influence. Most respondents (56 per cent) said they thought the economy is at least “somewhat likely” to recover before the next election, but 70 per cent think the Lib Dems would get little or no credit.