MORI Political Monitor, June 2001

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

  • MORI interviewed a representative quota sample of 1,999 adults aged 18+ at 194 sampling points across Great Britain
  • Interviews were conducted face-to-face between 21-26 June 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+ [1,999]

Conservative 25%
Labour 49%
Liberal Democrats 19%
Scottish/Welsh Nationalist 3%
Green Party 1%
Democratic/UKIP/Referendum Party 1%
Other 1%
 
Lab lead ± +24
 
Would not vote 12%
Undecided 3%
Refused 2%

Q3-Q6 Are you satisfied or dissatisfied with the way the Government/Mr Blair/Mr Hague/Mr Kennedy are doing their job? Base: 1,082

  Satisfied % Dissatisfied % Don't know % Index %
Government (Q3) 45 43 12 +2
Blair (Q4) 55 37 8 +18
Hague (Q5) 23 55 22 -32
Kennedy (Q6) 59 17 24 +42

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: 1,082

  Q7 % Q7/8 %
National Health Service/Hospitals 25 58
Education/schools 12 44
Crime/law & order/violence/vandalism 11 29
Common Market/EU/Europe/Single European Currency 15 24
Race relations/immigration/immigrants 5 14
Pensions/welfare security 2 11
Transport/public transport 2 11
Economy/economic situation 3 10
Unemployment/factory closure/lack of industry 3 10
Drug abuse 2 9
Foot and mouth outbreak/farming crisis 2 7
Poverty/inequality 2 6
Housing 1 6
Pollution/environment 1 6
Morality/individual behaviour 1 4
Petrol prices/fuel 1 4
Taxation 1 4
Defence/foreign affairs 1 2
Pound/exchange rate/value of pound 1 2
Countryside/rural life * 2
Inflation/prices * 2
Low pay/minimum wage/fair wages * 2
Animal welfare * 1
Beef/BSE/Mad Cow Disease * 1
Local government/council tax * 1
Northern Ireland * 1
Nuclear weapons/nuclear war/disarmament * 1
Scottish/Welsh Assembly/Devolution Constitutional reform * 1
Privatisation 0 1
GM/GM (Genetically Modified) foods * *
AIDS 0 *
Trade unions/strikes 0 0
Other 2 8
Don't know 4 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: 1,082

  %
Improve 21
Stay the same 47
Get worse 25
Don't know 7
 
MORI EOI -4

Q10 Regardless of which party you support, which of these, if any, do you think would do the best job as leader of the Conservative Party?

  All (765) % Con Voters (158) %
Kenneth Clarke 32 29
David Davis 4 5
Iain Duncan Smith 7 13
Michael Portillo 17 25
Michael Ancram 6 12
Other 5 3
None of these 6 5
Don't know 24 8

Q11 If Kenneth Clarke and Michael Portillo were the only candidates for leader of the Conservative Party, who do you think would do the best job?

  All (1,082) % Con Voters (216) %
Kenneth Clarke 51 49
Michael Portillo 25 39
Neither 7 5
Don't know 17 7

Q12 If Iain Duncan Smith and Michael Portillo were the only candidates for leader of the Conservative Party, who do you think would do the best job?

  All (1,082) % Con Voters (216) %
Iain Duncan Smith 31 37
Michael Portillo 34 46
Neither 12 8
Don't know 24 10

Q13-Q14 On balance, do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements? Base: 1,082

"in the long term, this government's policies will improve the state of Britain's public services" (Q13)

  %
Agree 54
Disagree 32
Don't know/no opinion 14

"in the long term, this Government's policies will improve the state of Britain's economy" (Q14)

  %
Agree 58
Disagree 28
Don't know/no opinion 14

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: 1,082

Conservative 19%
Labour 35%
Liberal Democrats 15%
Scottish/Welsh Nationalist 2%
Green Party *%
UKIP 1%
Other 1%
 
Did not vote 24%
Too young *%
Can't remember *%
Refused 2%

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