Half the Liberal Democrat party does not want deputy prime minister and party leader Nick Clegg to lead them into the next general election, according to a poll of 500 members.
The poll, conducted by website Liberal Democrat Voice, shows just 47 per cent want Clegg to remain as both party leader and deputy prime minister into the next general election.
A total of 23 per cent want Clegg to continue as DPM but resign as party leader and 9 per cent want him to resign from both posts before the election.
Nine per cent want Clegg to resign from both posts this year, while 5 per cent want him to remain as DPM but resign as party leader this year.
Seven per cent of members said they don’t know.
Liberal Democrat Voice co-editor Stephen Tall says it makes uncomfortable reading for Clegg.
But he says: “There is an upside for Nick. The survey also shows he is in little immediate danger, with only a small proportion of party members wanting him to stand down any time soon.
“That means he has time to win back discontented party members over the next year or so. The party conference, which starts in Brighton in a month, just got a whole lot more important for the Lib Dem leader.”