MORI Political Monitor, July 1997

Including questions on the Budget, satisfaction with the Chancellor and the government's economic policies

  • MORI interviewed a representative quota sample of 1,901 adults aged 18+ at 167 sampling points across Great Britain.
  • Fieldwork was conducted face-to-face on 25-28 July 1997.
  • Data were weighted to match the profile of the population.
  • An asterisk (*) denotes a figure between zero and 0.5%.
  • Base: All respondents, unless stated.
  • Research study conducted for The Times 25-28 July 1997
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?
  %
Conservative 23
Labour 57
Lib Dem 15
Scot / Welsh Nationalist 3
Green Party 1
Referendum Party *
Other 1

Would not vote 7
Undecided 3
Refused 2

 

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?
  Satisfied Dissatisfied Don't know
  % % %
Government 53 20 27
Blair 70 11 19
Hague 21 24 55
Ashdown 62 11 27

 

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?
  Q7 Q7/8
  % %
Unemployment/factory closure/lack of industry 17 34
Education/schools 16 49
National Health Service/Hospitals 14 46
Common Market/EU/Europe/Single European Currency 14 23
Economy/economic situation 9 19
Crime/law & order/violence/vandalism 7 23
Pensions/welfare security 3 13
Morality/individual behaviour 2 6
Housing 1 8
Pollution/environment 1 7
Drug abuse 1 6
Northern Ireland 1 4
Race relations/immigration/immigrants 1 4
Inflation/prices 1 4
Transport/public transport 1 4
Scottish/Welsh Assembly 1 2
Taxation 1 2
Defence/foreign affairs * 2
AIDS * 1
Beef/BSE/Mad Cow Disease * 1
Countryside/rural life * 1
Nuclear weapons/nuclear war/disarmament * 1
Pound/exchange rate/value of pound * 1
Animal welfare * 1
Local government/council tax * 1
Privatisation 0 *
Trade unions/strikes 0 *
Other 3 11
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?
  %
Improve 35
Stay the same 32
Get worse 25
Don't know 8

 

Q10 Can you tell me whether you are satisfied or dissatisfied with the way Gordon Brown is doing his job as Chancellor of the Exchequer? Base: 1,000
  %
Satisfied 52
Dissatisfied 20
Don't know/no opinion 28

 

Q11 On balance, do you agree or disagree with the statement that "in the long term, this government's policies will improve the state of Britain's economy"? Base: 1,000
  %
Agree 57
Disagree 24
Don't know / no opinion 18

 

Q12 Do you think the Budget proposals are a good thing or a bad thing ... ... for you personally? ... for the country as a whole? Base: 1,000
  For you For the country
  % %
Good 29 56
Bad 37 20
Don't know / no opinion 34 25

 

Q13 Which party did you vote for at the General Election in May 1997? If you are not sure, or did not vote, please say so.
  %
Conservative 21
Labour 46
Lib Dem 13
Scot / Welsh Nationalist 2
Referendum Party 2
Green Party *
Other *
Did not vote 14
Too young *
Can't remember *
Refused 2

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