MORI Political Monitor, November 2000

Political Attitudes in Great Britain for November 2000

  • MORI interviewed a representative quota sample of 1,972 adults aged 18+ at 195 sampling points across Great Britain between 23-28 November 2000.
  • Results are based on all respondents unless otherwise stated
  • Data are weighted to the known population profile
  • 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: 1,972

Conservative 33%
Labour 48%
Liberal Democrats 13%
Scottish/Welsh Nationalist 3%
Green Party 1%
Democratic/UKIP/Referendum Party *%
Other 1%

Would not vote 13%
Undecided 8%
Refused 1%

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 Kennedy is doing his job as leader of the Liberal Democrats? Base: 1,030

  Satisfied Dissatisfied Don't know Index
  % % % 177
Government 35 53 12 -18
Blair 42 49 9 -7
Hague 26 52 22 -26
Kennedy 34 16 50 +18

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: 1,030

  Q7 Q7/Q8
  % %
National Health Service/Hospitals 20 46
Common Market/EU/Europe/Single European Currency 17 27
Education/schools 6 27
Petrol prices/fuel 6 17
Pollution/environment 6 14
Pensions/welfare security 2 14
Crime/law & order/violence/vandalism 4 13
Economy/economic situation 5 12
Unemployment/factory closure/lack of industry 4 10
Taxation 3 9
Transport/public transport 2 9
Race relations/immigration/immigrants 3 6
Housing 2 6
Defence/foreign affairs 1 6
Poverty/inequality 1 6
Drug abuse 1 5
Low pay/minimum wage/fair wages 1 4
Morality/individual behaviour 1 4
Inflation/prices 1 3
Beef/BSE/Mad Cow Disease * 3
Countryside/rural life * 2
GM/GM (Genetically Modified) foods * 2
Local government/council tax * 2
Privatisation 0 1
AIDS * 1
Animal welfare * 1
Pound/exchange rate/value of pound * 1
Scottish/Welsh Assembly/Devolution Constitutional reform * 1
Northern Ireland 0 *
Nuclear weapons/nuclear war/disarmament * *
Trade unions/strikes * *

Other 5 18
Don't know 8 0

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: 1,030

Improve 22%
Stay the same 43%
Get worse 28%
Don't know 7%
MORI Economic Optimism Index (EOI) -6%

Q10 Are you satisfied or dissatisfied with the way Gordon Brown is doing his job as Chancellor of the Exchequer? Base: 1,030

Satisfied 41%
Dissatisfied 44%
Don't know / no opinion 15%
Net satisfied -3%

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: 1,030

Agree 43%
Dissagree 42%
Don't know / no opinion 15%
Net agree +1%

Q12 Since it was elected in May 1997, do you think the Government has done a good job or a bad job at ... Base: 1,030

  Good job Bad job Don't know Net good job
  % % % (177)
Managing the economy 52 32 15 +20
Handling taxation and public expenditure 34 51 15 -17
Keeping unemployment down 65 21 14 +44

Q13 Looking at this card, how would you describe the current state of the British economy? Base: 1,030

Very good 8%
Fairly good 64%
Fairly poor 19%
Very poor 4%
Don't know / no opinion 5%

Good 72%
Poor 23%
Net good +49%

14a And which one or two of these, if any, do you think should receive most credit for the good state of the British economy at the moment? Base: All who think the British economy is in a good state at the moment (740)

Tony Blair 19%
Gordon Brown 31%
The Bank of England 18%
The previous Conservative Government 15%
The world economy 16%
European Union 5%
British businesses and workers 43%
Other 1%
No-one 2%
Don't know 8%

14b And which one or two of these, if any, do you think should receive most blame for the poor state of the British economy at the moment? Base: All who think the British economy is in a poor state at the moment (232)

Tony Blair 52%
Gordon Brown 36%
The Bank of England 6%
The previous Conservative Government 25%
The world economy 12%
European Union 18%
British businesses and workers 7%
Other 4%
No-one 1%
Don't know 5%

15 Which party did you vote for at the last General Election, in May 1997? If you are not sure, or did not vote, please say so. Base: 1,030

Conservative 21%
Labour 43%
Liberal Democrats 10%
Scottish/Welsh Nationalist 2%
Referendum Party *%
Green Party *%
Other *%

Did not vote 18%
Too young 3%
Can't remember 2%
Refused 1%

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