MORI Political Monitor, February 2002

Political Attitudes in Great Britain, including the Best Party on Key Issues questions

  • MORI interviewed a representative quota sample of 1,965 adults aged 18+ at 189 sampling points across Great Britain
  • Interviews were conducted face-to-face between 21-26 February 2002
  • 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+ [1,965]

  %
Conservative 28
Labour 51
Liberal Democrats 16
Scottish/Welsh Nationalist 3
Green Party 1
Democratic/UKIP/Referendum Party *
Other 1
 
Lab lead 177 +23
 
Would not vote 12
Undecided 6
Refused 1

Q3-Q6 Are you satisfied or dissatisfied with the way the Government/Mr Blair/Mr Duncan Smith/Mr Kennedy are doing their job?

Base: 1,069

  Satisfied Dissatisfied Don't know Index
  % % % 177%
Government 37 53 10 -16
Blair 46 46 8 0
Duncan Smith 27 30 44 -3
Kennedy 46 16 38 +30

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: 1,069

  Q7 Q7/8
  % %
National Health Service/Hospitals 42 72
Crime/law & order/violence/vandalism 8 28
Education/schools 6 28
Race relations/immigration/immigrants 8 18
Transport/public transport 4 18
Common Market/EU/Europe/Single European Currency 6 13
Defence/foreign affairs/international terrorism 3 11
Pensions/social security 2 10
Unemployment/factory closure/lack of industry 2 10
Economy/economic situation 3 7
Taxation 2 6
Drug abuse 1 5
Poverty/inequality 1 5
Housing 1 4
Morality/individual behaviour 1 4
Pollution/environment * 3
Inflation/prices * 2
Local government/council tax * 2
Animal welfare * 1
Countryside/rural life * 1
Foot and mouth outbreak/farming crisis * 1
Low pay/minimum wage/fair wages * 1
Nuclear weapons/nuclear war/disarmament * 1
Petrol prices/fuel * 1
Pound/exchange rate/value of pound 0 1
Northern Ireland * *
Trade unions/strikes * *
AIDS 0 *
Beef/BSE/Mad Cow Disease 0 *
GM/GM (Genetically Modified) foods 0 *
Privatisation 0 *
Scottish/Welsh Assembly/Devolution Constitutional reform 0 *
 
Other 4 10
Don't know 5 4

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: 1,069

  %
Improve 18
Stay the same 38
Get worse 39
Don't know 4
 
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Q10 Looking ahead to the next General Election, which, if any of these issues do you think will be very important to you in helping you decide which party to vote for?

Base: 1,069

  %
Health care 71
Education 48
Law and order 46
Pensions 31
Public transport 31
Taxation 30
Managing the economy 28
Unemployment 27
Europe 22
Housing 16
Protecting the natural environment 16
Defence 12
Animal welfare 6
Constitution/devolution 5
Northern Ireland 4
Trade Unions 3
Other 4
Don't know 5

Q11-26 Here is a list of problems facing Britain today and for each one, I would like you to tell me whether you think that the Conservatives, Labour, Liberal Democrat or some other party has the best policy on each.

Base: 1,069

  Con Lab Lib Dem Other None Don't know
  % % % % % %
Animal welfare 7 18 12 7 12 44
Constitution and devolution 16 23 10 2 9 41
Defence 22 34 3 1 10 30
Education 16 40 12 1 9 23
Europe 26 31 9 1 9 25
Health care 14 38 11 1 15 21
Housing 12 34 6 1 13 34
Law and order 24 31 8 * 14 23
Managing the economy 18 44 4 1 9 24
Northern Ireland 9 34 3 1 17 35
Pensions 16 30 7 1 13 33
Protecting the natural environment 10 18 18 12 12 29
Public transport 14 30 10 2 19 26
Taxation 21 33 10 * 11 25
Trade Unions 15 34 5 1 10 35
Unemployment 12 45 5 1 12 25

Q11-26 Here is a list of problems facing Britain today and for each one, I would like you to tell me whether you think that the Conservatives, Labour, Liberal Democrat or some other party has the best policy on each.

Base: All thinking each important at Q10

  Con Lab Lib Dem Other None Don't know
  % % % % % %
Animal welfare (64) 16 24 5 12 10 32
Constitution and devolution (48)* 37 19 28 0 7 9
Defence (128) 34 37 2 1 6 20
Education (526) 16 40 15 1 8 19
Europe (222) 36 29 14 1 6 13
Health care (753) 15 40 13 1 14 17
Housing (191) 9 48 6 1 11 25
Law and order (501) 30 30 7 0 14 18
Managing the economy (274) 27 44 6 * 7 16
Northern Ireland (49)* 17 45 9 0 11 17
Pensions (350) 21 33 10 * 12 25
Protecting the natural environment (176) 12 15 20 19 11 22
Public transport (315) 16 29 17 2 16 20
Taxation (298) 28 34 11 0 9 18
Trade Unions (38)* 35 31 2 0 15 18
Unemployment (291) 11 47 7 1 15 19

* NB Note small base sizes -- results should be seen as indicative only

Q27 The previous Conservative Government under John Major was accused of sleaze. Do you think the current Labour Government is more or less sleazy than the previous Conservative Government, or is there no difference between the two?

Base: (1,069)

  %
More sleazy 18
Less sleazy 22
No difference between the two Governments 54
Neither is/was sleazy 1
Don't know 4

Q28 Some people did not get along to vote at the General Election on the 7th June. Did you vote at the General Election on the 7th June?

Base: (1,069)

  %
Yes 73
No 26
Don't know / can't remember 1

Q29 Did you vote in person at a polling station, by post or by proxy?

Base: All who voted (770)

  %
In person at a polling station 95
By post 5
By proxy *
Don't know / can't remember *

Q30 Which party did you vote for at the General Election?

Base: All who voted (770)

  %
Conservative 28
Labour 51
Liberal Democrat 15
Scottish/Welsh Nationalist 3
Green *
United Kingdom Independence Party *
Other 1
Can't remember 1
Refused 2

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