MORI Political Monitor, January 2002

Political attitudes in Great Britain, including assessment of the government's record since 1997 and of the state of Britain's railways

  • MORI interviewed a representative quota sample of 1,955 adults aged 18+ at 196 sampling points across Great Britain
  • Interviews were conducted face-to-face between 24-28 January 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+ [1,985]

  %
Conservative 27
Labour 51
Liberal Democrats 16
Scottish/Welsh Nationalist 3
Green Party 1
Democratic/UKIP/Referendum Party *
Other 1
 
Lab lead 177 +24
 
Would not vote 12
Undecided 7
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: 1,015

  Satisfied Dissatisfied Don't know Index
  % % % 177%
Government 43 45 12 -2
Blair 51 39 10 +12
Duncan Smith 25 33 42 -8
Kennedy 53 16 31 +37

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: 1,015

  Q7 Q7/8
  % %
National Health Service/Hospitals 40 66
Education/schools 6 32
Crime/law & order/violence/vandalism 6 23
Transport/public transport 2 22
Race relations/immigration/immigrants 8 16
Defence/foreign affairs/international terrorism 6 13
Common Market/EU/Europe/Single European Currency 5 13
Economy/economic situation 6 12
Unemployment/factory closure/lack of industry 3 9
Pensions/social security 1 6
Poverty/inequality 1 6
Drug abuse 2 5
Morality/individual behaviour 2 4
Housing 1 3
Taxation * 3
Nuclear weapons/nuclear war/disarmament 1 2
Privatisation 1 2
Foot and mouth outbreak/farming crisis * 2
Inflation/prices * 2
Local government/council tax * 2
Low pay/minimum wage/fair wages * 2
Northern Ireland * 2
Petrol prices/fuel * 2
Pollution/environment * 2
Pound/exchange rate/value of pound * 2
Countryside/rural life * 1
Animal welfare * *
AIDS 0 *
Beef/BSE/Mad Cow Disease 0 *
GM/GM (Genetically Modified) foods 0 *
Trade unions/strikes 0 *
Scottish/Welsh Assembly/Devolution Constitutional reform 0 0
 
Other 3 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: 1,015

  %
Improve 17
Stay the same 42
Get worse 37
Don't know 4
 
MORI EOI -20

Q10-16 Since it was first elected in May 1997, do you think the government has or has not ...

Base: 1,015

  Has Has Not Don't know Net has
  % % % 177
Kept its promises 29 58 13 -29
Provided a strong voice for Britain in Europe 52 38 10 +14
Helped to improve your own living standards 36 57 7 -21
Improved law and order 27 63 10 -36
Improved the standard of education 35 48 17 -13
Kept taxes down 45 40 15 +5
Handled the Northern Ireland issue well 45 40 15 +5

Q17 How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with railways in Britain at the moment?

Base: 1,015

  All Users
  1,015 547
  % %
Very satisfied 1 1
Fairly satisfied 9 12
Neither satisfied nor dissatisfied 15 8
Fairly dissatisfied 27 33
Very dissatisfied 38 44
Don't know 10 2
 
Satisfied 10 13
Dissatisfied 65 77
Net satisfied -55 -64

Q18 You said that you were very/fairly satisfied with railways in Britain. Which of these, if any, do you think should receive most credit for the current state of Britain's railways?

Base: All satisfied (90)

  %
The current Labour Government 23
The previous Conservative Government 13
Railtrack 13
The train operating companies 30
Trade unions 11
Other 2
Don't know 20

Q19 You said that you were very/fairly dissatisfied with railways in Britain. Which of these, if any, do you think should receive most blame for the current state of Britain's railways?

Base: All dissatisfied

  All Users
  (642) (412)
  % %
The current Labour Government 26 27
The previous Conservative Government 46 47
Railtrack 35 38
The train operating companies 32 34
Trade unions 10 9
Other 2 1
Don't know 4 3

Q20 How frequently, if at all, do you or members of your household use railways in Britain?

Base: 1,015

  %
Every day 7
At least once a week 8
At least once a month 14
Within the last 6 months 16
Within the last year 11
Longer ago 26
Never used 18
 
User (within the last year) 56

Q21 Which of these two parties do you think is providing the most effective opposition to the Labour Government at the present time -- the Liberal Democrats or the Conservatives?

Base: 1,015

  %
Liberal Democrats 32
Conservatives 43
Neither of them 15
Other 1
Don't know 10

Q22 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: 1,015

  %
Yes 72
No 27
Don't know / can't remember 1

Q23 Did you vote in person at a polling station, by post or by proxy?

Base: All who voted (736)

  %
In person at a polling station 96
By post 3
By proxy 1
Don't know / can't remember *

Q24 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: All who voted (736)

  %
Conservative 25
Labour 49
Liberal Democrat 18
Scottish/Welsh Nationalist 2
Green *
United Kingdom Independence Party 1
Other 1
Can't remember 2
Refused 3

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