MORI Political Monitor, July 2001

Political Attitudes in Great Britain, July 2001, including questions on the Conservative leadership election

  • MORI interviewed a representative quota sample of 2,084 adults aged 18+ at 193 sampling points across Great Britain
  • Interviews were conducted face-to-face between 19-23 July 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+ [2,084]

Conservative 25%
Labour 52%
Liberal Democrats 17%
Scottish/Welsh Nationalist 3%
Green Party 1%
Democratic/UKIP/Referendum Party 1%
Other 1%
 
Lab lead 177 +27
 
Would not vote 13%
Undecided 5%
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: 1,067

  Satisfied Dissatisfied Don't know Index
  % % % %
Government 42 47 11 -5
Blair 51 41 8 +10
Kennedy 46 15 39 +31

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: 1,067

  % %
National Health Service/Hospitals 24 52
Education/schools 8 34
Crime/law & order/violence/vandalism 13 32
Common Market/EU/Europe/Single European Currency 13 20
Race relations/immigration/immigrants 7 17
Economy/economic situation 5 12
Unemployment/factory closure/lack of industry 5 11
Transport/public transport 2 11
Pensions/welfare security 1 10
Pollution/environment 3 8
Poverty/inequality 2 6
Housing 1 6
Drug abuse 1 5
Taxation 1 5
Morality/individual behaviour 2 4
Foot and mouth outbreak/farming crisis 1 4
Countryside/rural life 1 3
Petrol prices/fuel * 3
Defence/foreign affairs 1 2
Inflation/prices 1 2
Local government/council tax * 2
Low pay/minimum wage/fair wages * 2
Northern Ireland * 1
Nuclear weapons/nuclear war/disarmament * 1
Scottish/Welsh Assembly/Devolution Constitutional reform * 1
Beef/BSE/Mad Cow Disease 0 1
GM/GM (Genetically Modified) foods 0 1
Pound/exchange rate/value of pound 0 1
Privatisation 0 1
AIDS * *
Animal welfare 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? Base: 1,067

  %
Improve 18
Stay the same 45
Get worse 33
Don't know 5

MORI EOI -15

Q10 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: 1,067

  %
Liberal Democrats 40
Conservatives 34
Neither 19
Other *
Don't know 8

Q11 As you may know, members of the Conservative Party will be voting this summer on who should be the next leader of the party. Do you happen to know the names of the two candidates who will be on their ballot paper?

  All Con Voters
  1,067 209
  % %
Michael Ancram 1 2
Kenneth Clarke 61 79
David Davis 2 2
Iain Duncan Smith 43 59
William Hague 1 2
Michael Portillo 7 7
Other 1 1
Don't know 33 16

Q12 Who do you think would do the best job as leader of the Conservative Party - Kenneth Clarke or Iain Duncan Smith?

  All Con Voters
  1,067 209
  % %
Kenneth Clarke 46 48
Iain Duncan Smith 20 35
Neither 7 3
Other * 0
Don't know 27 14

Q13-14 And still thinking about Kenneth Clarke and Iain Duncan Smith, who do you think would do the best job at ...

... uniting the Conservative Party?

  All Con Voters
  1,067 209
  % %
Kenneth Clarke 38 39
Iain Duncan Smith 22 36
Neither 8 6
Other 1 1
Don't know 31 19

... increasing Conservative support across the country?

  All Con Voters
  1,067 209
  % %
Kenneth Clarke 48 56
Iain Duncan Smith 17 30
Neither 6 1
Other 1 0
Don't know 29 12

Q15 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: 1,067

Conservative 21%
Labour 37%
Liberal Democrats 12%
Scottish/Welsh Nationalist 2%
Green Party 1%
UKIP 1%
Other 1%
 
Did not vote 22%
Too young *%
Can't remember *%
Refused 3%

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