By 40% to 39% men say Rennard should be allowed to remain in LDs. By 43% to 27% women say he shouldn’t

January 22nd, 2014

What we have is a gender and a generational divide

There’s a YouGov poll in the Times this morning in which there’s the first detailed questioning on whether Lord Rennard he should be allowed to stay with the Lib Dems or leave following the allegations of sexual harassment

According to the paper’s report 40% said he should stay and 39% said he should leave. Among women, the split was 43% leave with only 27% saying he should stay.

Amongst Lib Dems voters, where the sample size is probably too small to do a gender split, 32% said he should “remain in the Liberal Democrats as it has not been proved that he’s done anything wrong”, while 47% believed that he should leave because “he is damaging the wider organisation”.

    So Clegg’s actions yesterday appear to be in line with Lib Dem voters specifically and women generally

The full dataset is not yet available but my guess is that the older age groups will be more supportive of the peer than younger ones.

Given that the cohort of Lib Dem peers is much more male than female and also much older than the adult population as a whole then the polling highlights the challenge facing the party in dealing with such a sensitive issue.

Mike Smithson

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