MORI Political Monitor, April 1999

Political Attitudes in Great Britain for April 1999, including questions on leader image and the situation in Kosovo

  • MORI interviewed a representative quota sample of 1,966 adults aged 18+ at 162 sampling points across Great Britain.
  • Fieldwork was conducted face-to-face on 23-26 April 1999.
  • Base: All respondents, unless stated.
  • The voting intention figures exclude those who say they would not vote (9%), are undecided (7%) or refuse to name a party (1%).
  • All figures are in percentages. Where percentages do not sum to 100, this may be due to multiple responses, the exclusion of don't knows or computer rounding.
  • Data were weighted to match the profile of the population.
  • An asterisk (*) denotes a figure between zero and 0.5%.

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: 1,966

The voting intention figures exclude those who say they would not vote (9%), are undecided (7%) or refuse to name a party (1%).

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 Hague is doing his job as leader of the Conservative Party? Q6 Are you satisfied or dissatisfied with the way Mr Ashdown is doing his job as Leader of the Liberal Democrats? - Base: 1,072

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: 1,072

 Q7Q7/8
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National Health Service/HospitalsEducation/schoolsDefence/foreign affairsUnemployment/factory closure/lack of industryCrime/law & order/violence/vandalismCommon Market/EU/Europe/Single European CurrencyEconomy/economic situationDrug abusePoverty/inequalityRace relations/immigration/immigrantsPensions/welfare securityHousingTaxationInflation/pricesLow pay/minimum wage/fair wagesNuclear weapons/nuclear war/disarmamentPollution/environmentMorality/individual behaviourTransport/public transportNorthern IrelandScottish/Welsh Assembly/Devolution/Constitutional reformCountryside/rural lifeLocal government/council taxPound/exchange rate/value of poundAIDSBeef/BSE/Mad Cow DiseaseAnimal welfarePrivatisationTrade unions/strikesOtherDon't know 9918136752431221131***1*****00067 3431282720151399876554443322111*****95

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: 1,072

Economic Optimism Index (EOI) -8

Q10-12 Here is a list of things both favourable and unfavourable that have been said about various politicians. I would like you to pick out all those statements that you feel fit ... - Base: 1,072

Mr Blair Mr Hague Mr Ashdown
A capable leader 51% 10% 39%
Good in a crisis 33% 3% 18%
Understands world problems 38% 9% 29%
Tends to talk down to people 18% 20% 5%
Rather narrow minded 6% 18% 5%
Too inflexible 10% 12% 5%
Has sound judgement 26% 6% 24%
More honest than most politicians 27% 12% 34%
Down-to-earth 24% 8% 31%
Understands the problems facing Britain 37% 11% 28%
Patriotic 29% 21% 34%
Has got a lot of personality 37% 5% 27%
Rather inexperienced 12% 46% 5%
Out of touch with ordinary people 16% 34% 6%
No opinion 8% 25% 24%

Q13 Are you satisfied or dissatisfied with the way the Government is handling the crisis in Kosovo? - Base: 1,072

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