The British public has swiftly re-focused on domestic affairs since the end of the war in Iraq, and Tony Blair has found a rise in his satisfaction ratings to be short lived.
Last month's MORI Political Monitor saw Blair with his first positive rating (of +2 points) since January 2002: 47% of British people were satisfied with the job he is doing as Prime Minister compared to 45% who were dissatisfied. But this positive rating has slipped to a -16 in May: 38% are satisfied and 54% dissatisfied.
Labour's lead on the Tories has also closed somewhat. The figures, based on those absolutely certain to vote, show Labour on 39% (down four), the Conservatives on 31% (up two) and the Lib Dems on 22% (up one). Although still with a negative rating, Iain Duncan Smith's rating has improved slightly, from a -25 points rating last month to -21 points now. Currently, 23% of the public are satisfied with his performance, with 44% dissatisfied. Among Conservative supporters, Mr Duncan Smith records a positive rating (46:35) for the first time since September 2002.
The NHS remains at the top of the list of issues named as most important to Britain today (39%), followed by race/immigration (33%) and education (30%). Europe has risen from seven per cent last month to 22% this month, reflecting broad publicity in the press on this issue. For the second month in a row, defence and foreign affairs is mentioned by around a quarter (24%) down from around two-thirds during the first three months of the year.
- MORI interviewed a representative quota sample of 1,793 adults aged 18+ at 185 sampling points across Great Britain.
- Fieldwork was conducted face-to-face on 22-28 May 2003.
- Data are weighted to match the profile of the population.
- Results are based on all respondents unless otherwise stated
- An '*' indicates a finding of less than 0.5%, but greater than zero
Q1 How would you vote if there were a General Election tomorrow? IF UNDECIDED OR REFUSED AT Q1 Q2 Which party are you most inclined to support? Base: All absolutely certain to vote (971)
|Liberal Democrats (Lib Dem)||22|
|Lab lead (177%)||+8|
|Would not vote||*|
Q1 How would you vote if there were a General Election tomorrow? IF UNDECIDED OR REFUSED AT Q1 Q2 Which party are you most inclined to support? Base: 1,793 British adults 18+
|Liberal Democrats (Lib Dem)||22|
|Lab lead (177%)||+15|
|Would not vote||12|
Q3-6 Are you satisfied or dissatisfied with the way the Government / Mr Blair / Mr Duncan Smith / Mr Kennedy are doing their job? Base: 931 British adults 18+
Q7 What would you say is the most important issue facing Britain today? Q8 What do you see as other important issues facing Britain today? Base: 931 British adults 18+
|National Health Service/Hospitals||12||39|
|Crime/law & order/violence/vandalism||6||25|
|Defence/foreign affairs/international terrorism||13||24|
|Common Market/EU/Europe/Single European Currency||13||22|
|Unemployment/factory closure/lack of industry||4||8|
|Nuclear weapons/nuclear war/disarmament||1||3|
|Low pay/minimum wage/fair wages||*||3|
|Local government/council tax||*||2|
|Pound/exchange rate/value of pound||*||1|
|Scottish/Welsh Assembly/Devolution Constitutional reform||*||*|
|Beef/BSE/Mad Cow Disease||0||*|
|Foot and mouth outbreak/farming crisis||0||*|
|GM/GM (Genetically Modified) foods||0||*|
Q9 Do you think that the general economic condition of the country will improve, stay the same, or get worse over the next 12 months? Base: 931 British adults 18+
|Stay the same||42|
|MORI Economic Optimism Index [EOI]||-24|
Q10 And how likely would you be to vote in an immediate General Election, on a scale of 1 to 10, where 10 means you would be absolutely certain to vote, and 1 means that you would be absolutely certain not to vote? Base: 1,793 British adults 18+
|10 -- absolutely certain to vote||53|
|1 -- absolutely certain not to vote||11|