Would you support a coalition government?
With the election only a few days away we wanted to find out what our communities thought’s on a coalition government, something that is looking increasingly inevitable. We wanted to know which parties our users would support and which parties they didn’t want to see form an alliance.
Many felt like they didn’t really have a choice on whether they would support a coalition government as it was something they felt look inevitable.
“I don’t think we really have a choice to be honest, if we support a coalition or not, how the polls are looking i’m pretty sure it will be a coalition.” (Megan, 30, London)
“For the last five years we’ve had to support a coalition government whether we like it or not so if it happened again in the next election we have to support it.” (Craig, 43, Chislehurst)
Would support coalition government
Some users felt that a coalition government was a fair government that allowed for more than one parties influence and therefore gave a voice to the smaller parties.
“I think the idea of a coalition government isn’t necessarily a bad thing. In many ways it might be better than just one party on there own.” (Elizabeth, 34, Kettering)
“I would support a coalition government. I actually think it’s the best form of government. It means that one party doesn’t get to be as transactional as it likes.” (Christopher, 52, Nantwich)
“I think after the last election it would be really unusual for us not to have a coalition this time, but I think that’s quite a positive thing for politics…it’s actually giving a validation to the smaller parties.” (Jessy, 20, Brighton)
Coalition between Labour and the SNP party
Some users spoke about how they felt about specific party combinations. These users discuss the possibility of Labour and the SNP party joining forces.
“The possibility of a Labour and SNP coalition is quite a strong possibility. I don’t think that would be such a good idea because you’ve got a party which the minority of the country have voted for, like the SNP, being able to make decisions which will affect the majority.” (Dianne, 55, Bexleyheath)
“I would support a coalition government between the Labour party and the SNP or The Labour party and The Green party because I think they have similar policies and they could potentially work together to make an amazing government.” (Jessica, 19, Coventry)
Coalition between The Conservatives and The Liberal Democrats
These users discussed the possibility of another coalition between The Conservative party and The Liberal Democrats.
“So for myself I would like it as it is at the moment, maybe a Conservative and Liberal Democrat government, they’ve started a job so let them finish.” (David, 33, Hove)
“In terms of parties I would not support, I think it would have to be the current one, Conservatives and Lib Dems, they’ve had their chance, I wasn’t very impressed with what they did so I probably wouldn’t support that particular coalition.” (Fil, 36, Chesterfield)
Wouldn’t support a coalition government
Many of our community were unsure about the prospect of another coalition government but thought that it was something out of their control and something that was highly likely to happen.
“I’d prefer a stand alone Conservative party government, I don’t think this will happen in this day and age because there are too many choices for people and too many different parties.” (David, 33, Hove)
“I’m not keen on a coalition government due to what happened last year. I think David Cameron and Nick Clegg didn’t work well as a team.” (Soni, 36, Vlora)
“I wouldn’t opt to have a coalition government because I feel there is too much conflict of interest between the different parties, there’s too much lack of understanding and agreement on certain policies. I feel like parties have to compromise a lot of their beliefs.” (Adele, 29, Liverpool)
“I think a coalition would have good and bad points. I think it would be good to have different parties to put their points across and views but obviously it could be more problematic because they could argue against each other and it could create friction between the parties.” (Ruth, 35, Basingstoke)