How has Nick Clegg’s apology over tuition fees gone down with the public? New polling data from Survation tells us the immediate reaction.
First, people think Nick Clegg was right to say sorry:
Nick Clegg right to say sorry for making his broken pledge not to raise university fees: 72%
Nick Clegg wrong to say sorry for making his broken pledge not to raise university fees: 16%
Second, it has improved his standing amongst Liberal Democrat leaners but not overall:
How has your opinion of him changed as a result of this apology? (Net improved minus worsened scores)
Current Lib Dem voters +40%
2010 Lib Dem voters +9%
UPDATE: With the advantage of hindsight, there was a huge problem lurking between those two findings: people though Clegg should apologise but also, unless they were still Liberal Democrats, were not moved much by when he did. Yet the apology was pretty fulsome one.