Ipsos MORI's October Political Monitor shows that Labour retains a small voting intentions lead over the Conservatives among the 56% of the electorate who say they are absolutely certain to vote. Tony Blair has also seen a rise in the proportion of the public satisfied with his performance as Prime Minister, up from 26% in early September to 32% now, though a majority of the public remain dissatisfied (60%) with him. The proportion of the public satisfied with David Cameron as Conservative party leader stands at 31%, exactly the same as first measured by Ipsos MORI in January of this year. However the proportion dissatisfied with Cameron has almost doubled over this time, from 17% to 32%. More than a third (37%) say they don't know if they are satisfied or dissatisfied with Cameron.
Race relations / immigration is seen by the British public as the single most important issue facing the country, as it has been for the past three months.
Ipsos MORI's Economic Optimism Index has also improved since the summer. It now stands at -23, up from -33 measured in July this year.
- Ipsos MORI interviewed a representative quota sample of 2,014 adults aged 18+ at 188 sampling points across Great Britain.
- Fieldwork was conducted face-to-face on 12-16 October 2006.
- Data are weighted to match the profile of the population
Voting -- all absolutely certain to 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: All 'absolutely certain to vote' (1,113)
|Liberal Democrats (Lib Dem)||18|
|UK Independence Party||2|
|Lab lead (+%)||+2|
|Would not vote||1|
Voting -- all
Q1 How would you vote if there were a General Election tomorrow?IF UNDECIDED OR REFUSED AT Q1Q2 Which party are you most inclined to support?Base: All naming a party (2,014)
|Liberal Democrats (Lib Dem)||18|
|UK Independence Party||1|
|Lab lead (+%)||+9|
|Would not vote||12|
Q3 Are you satisfied or dissatisfied with the way the Government is running the country?Q4 Are you satisfied or dissatisfied with the way Mr Blair is doing his job as Prime Minister?Q5 Are you satisfied or dissatisfied with the way Mr Cameron is doing his job as leader of the Conservative Party?Q6 Are you satisfied or dissatisfied with the way Sir Menzies Campbell is doing his job as leader of the Liberal Democrats?Base: 982 British adults 18+
Q3 Are you satisfied or dissatisfied with the way the Government is running the country?Q4 Are you satisfied or dissatisfied with the way Mr Blair is doing his job as Prime Minister?Q5 Are you satisfied or dissatisfied with the way Mr Cameron is doing his job as leader of the Conservative Party?Q6 Are you satisfied or dissatisfied with the way Sir Menzies Campbell is doing his job as leader of the Liberal Democrats?Base: All party supporters
Q7 What would you say is the most important issue facing Britain today? (Spontaneous)Q8 What do you see as other important issues facing Britain today? (Spontaneous)Base: 982 British adults 18+
|National Health Service/Hospitals||13||38|
|Defence/foreign affairs/international terrorism||20||37|
|Crime/law & order/violence/vandalism||10||30|
|Unemployment/factory closure/lack of industry||2||6|
|Common Market/EU/ Europe/EURO/Constitution||1||3|
|Nuclear weapons/nuclear war/disarmament||1||3|
|Local government/council tax||*||2|
|Low pay/minimum wage/fair wages||*||2|
|Public services in general||*||2|
|GM/GM (Genetically Modified) foods||1||1|
|Foot and mouth outbreak/farming crisis||*||1|
|Bird flu/Flu pandemic||*||*|
|Pound/exchange rate/value of pound||*||*|
|Tsunami/South East Asia||0||*|
|Scottish/Welsh Assembly/Devolution Constitutional reform||0||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: 982 British adults 18+
|Stay the same||47|
|Economic Optimism Index [EOI]||-23|
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: 2,014 British adults 18+
|10 -- absolutely certain to vote||56|
|1 -- absolutely certain not to vote||11|