MORI Political Monitor, August 2001

Political Attitudes in Great Britain for August 2001, including questions on the Conservative leadership election and on attitudes to private sector provision of public services

  • MORI interviewed a representative quota sample of 1,840 adults aged 18+ at 189 sampling points across Great Britain
  • Interviews were conducted face-to-face between 23-28 August 2001
  • 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
  • Poll conducted by MORI on behalf of The Times

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 respondents 18+ [1,840]

Conservative 25%
Labour 53%
Liberal Democrats 16%
Scottish/Welsh Nationalist 3%
Green Party 2%
Democratic/UKIP/Referendum Party 1%
Other 1%
 
Lab lead 177 +28
 
Would not vote 13%
Undecided 6%
Refused 1%

Q3-Q6 Are you satisfied or dissatisfied with the way the Government/Mr Blair/Mr Kennedy are doing their job? [Q5 refers to the Conservative Party leader] Base: 972

  Satisfied Dissatisfied Don't know Index
  % % % %
Government 40 48 12 -8
Blair 49 43 9 +6
Q5 n/a n/a n/a n/a
Kennedy 43 14 42 +29

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: 972

  % %
National Health Service/Hospitals 23 54
Education/schools 10 35
Race relations/immigration/immigrants 11 23
Common Market/EU/Europe/Single European Currency 12 22
Crime/law & order/violence/vandalism 7 22
Economy/economic situation 8 13
Unemployment/factory closure/lack of industry 5 13
Transport/public transport 1 9
Pensions/social security 1 8
Foot and mouth outbreak/farming crisis 3 7
Housing 1 6
Poverty/inequality 2 5
Taxation 1 5
Drug abuse 1 4
Morality/individual behaviour 1 4
Pollution/environment 1 4
Low pay/minimum wage/fair wages * 3
Petrol prices/fuel 0 3
Animal welfare 1 2
Inflation/prices 1 2
Beef/BSE/Mad Cow Disease * 2
Defence/foreign affairs * 2
Local government/council tax * 2
Countryside/rural life 0 2
GM/GM (Genetically Modified) foods * 1
Northern Ireland * 1
Pound/exchange rate/value of pound * 1
Privatisation * 1
AIDS 0 1
Nuclear weapons/nuclear war/disarmament 0 *
Scottish/Welsh Assembly/Devolution Constitutional reform 0 *
Trade unions/strikes 0 0

Other 4 14
Don't know 5 5

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: 972

  %
Improve 12
Stay the same 39
Get worse 43
Don't know 6

MORI EOI -31

Q10 Who do you think would do the best job as leader of the Conservative Party - Kenneth Clarke or Iain Duncan Smith?

  All Con Supporters
  (972) (185)
  % %
Kenneth Clarke 39 36
Iain Duncan Smith 23 41
Neither 12 10
Other * 2
Don't know 25 11

And still thinking about Kenneth Clarke and Iain Duncan Smith, who do you think would do the best job at ...

Q11 ... uniting the Conservative Party?

  All Con Supporters
  (972) (185)
  % %
Kenneth Clarke 34 34
Iain Duncan Smith 23 40
Neither 13 11
Other * 1
Don't know 30 14

Q12 ... increasing Conservative support across the country?

  All Con Supporters
  (972) (185)
  % %
Kenneth Clarke 46 48
Iain Duncan Smith 20 35
Neither 7 3
Other * 0
Don't know 27 14

Q13-17 As you know, some public services are provided by the public sector (through government, the NHS, local councils etc). Other public services are provided by private sector companies. Which of the following categories best fits your view on how they should be provided. Base: 972

  Q13 Q14 Q15 Q16 Q17
  Schools Hospitals Pensions Public sector utilities like water and gas Trains
  % % % % %
The service should be provided entirely by private sector companies 2 3 6 15 9
The service should be provided mostly by private sector companies 3 3 7 13 7
The service should be provided by a mixture of private sector companies and the public sector 28 29 39 22 21
The service should be provided mostly by the public sector 20 19 13 16 17
The service should be provided entirely by the public sector 44 45 30 30 40
None of these * * * * 1
Don't know 3 2 5 3 4

Private sector 5 6 13 28 16
Public sector 64 64 43 46 57
Net public sector (+%) +59 +58 +30 +18 +41

Q18 Which party did you vote for at the General Election on 7th June 2001? If you are not sure, or did not vote, please say so. Base: 972

Conservative 20%
Labour 37%
Liberal Democrats 10%
Scottish/Welsh Nationalist 2%
Green Party 1%
UKIP 1%
Other 1%
 
Did not vote 26%
Too young *%
Can't remember 1%
Refused 2%

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