UK 22 July 2010 Lib Dems hit new poll low of 13 per cent Lib Dem support at lowest level since December 2009 as Tories hit new high of 44 per cent. Print HTML If Nick Clegg is looking for consolation after yesterday's PMQs, he won't want to begin with today's YouGov poll. The poll puts the Lib Dems on just 13 per cent, their lowest rating since December 2009. Meanwhile (just to rub it in), the Tories have risen to 44 per cent, their strongest showing since October 2009. That the coalition's honeymoon is over, as YouGov's Peter Kellner wrote this week, is particularly troubling for the Lib Dems, because it appears to be them, rather than the Tories, who are being punished by voters. And while 84 per cent of Conservatives approve of the coalition, only 40 per cent of Lib Dems do. New Statesman Poll of Polls Conservative majority of 14 Unless the Lib Dems' ratings improve, we can expect tensions to grow in the run-up to the conference season. Fears that they are the convenient fall guys for George Osborne's cuts are growing by the day. The priority now for Clegg is to try, as far as possible, to maintain his party's distinctiveness. A few more "gaffes" over Iraq and other issues would do the Lib Dems no harm. It might remind some people why they voted for the party in the first place. › Ed Balls and me George Eaton is political editor of the New Statesman. Subscribe More Related articles Inside Big Ben: why the world’s most famous clock will soon lose its bong Jeremy Corbyn appoints Shami Chakrabarti to lead inquiry into Labour and antisemitism Is our obsession with class propping up the powerful?