MORI Political Monitor, November 2001

Political Attitudes in Great Britain for November 2001, including questions on leader image, Afghanistan and the NHS

  • MORI interviewed a representative quota sample of 1,985 adults aged 18+ at 196 sampling points across Great Britain
  • Interviews were conducted face-to-face between 22-27 November 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+ [1,985]

Conservative 25%
Labour 56%
Liberal Democrats 15%
Scottish/Welsh Nationalist 3%
Green Party 1%
Democratic/UKIP/Referendum Party *%
Other 1%
 
Lab lead 177 +31
 
Would not vote 13%
Undecided 5%
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: 1,016

  Satisfied Dissatisfied Don't know Index
  % % % %
Government 52 38 10 +14
Blair 64 28 8 +36
Duncan Smith 24 22 54 +2
Kennedy 44 15 42 +29

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: 1,032

  % %
National Health Service/Hospitals 21 49
Defence/foreign affairs/international terrorism 26 40
Education/schools 5 29
Common Market/EU/Europe/Single European Currency 9 19
Crime/law & order/violence/vandalism 7 19
Economy/economic situation 6 15
Unemployment/factory closure/lack of industry 4 14
Race relations/immigration/immigrants 5 12
Transport/public transport 1 10
Pensions/social security 1 8
Housing 1 5
Drug abuse 1 4
Poverty/inequality 1 4
Morality/individual behaviour * 3
Low pay/minimum wage/fair wages 1 2
Nuclear weapons/nuclear war/disarmament 1 2
Countryside/rural life * 2
Foot and mouth outbreak/farming crisis * 2
Local government/council tax * 2
Petrol prices/fuel * 2
Pollution/environment * 2
Taxation * 2
Northern Ireland 0 2
Beef/BSE/Mad Cow Disease * 1
GM/GM (Genetically Modified) foods * 1
Inflation/prices * 1
AIDS 0 1
Animal welfare 0 1
Pound/exchange rate/value of pound * *
Privatisation 0 *
Scottish/Welsh Assembly/Devolution Constitutional reform 0 *
Trade unions/strikes 0 0

Other 3 13
Don't know 4 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: 1,032

  %
Improve 14
Stay the same 37
Get worse 43
Don't know 5

MORI EOI -29

Q10-12 Here is a list of things both favourable and unfavourable that have been said about various politicians. I would like you to pick out all those statements that you feel fit Mr Blair/Mr Duncan Smith/Mr Kennedy. Base: 1,032

  Mr Blair Mr Duncan Smith Mr Kennedy
  % % %
A capable leader 51 10 24
Good in a crisis 44 4 5
Understands world problems 39 6 14
Tends to talk down to people 19 7 4
Rather narrow minded 9 7 7
Too inflexible 11 6 4
Has sound judgement 22 7 14
More honest than most politicians 25 8 25
Down-to-earth 25 9 26
Understands the problems facing Britain 33 9 18
Patriotic 27 15 12
Has got a lot of personality 28 3 12
Rather inexperienced 6 31 17
Out of touch with ordinary people 28 10 5

No opinion 5 50 41

Q13 Do you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush is handling the American response to the terrorist attacks on 11th September? Base: 1,032

  %
Approve 66
Disapprove 24
Don't know 10

Net approve +42

Q14 Do you approve or disapprove of the way Tony Blair is handling the British response to the terrorist attacks on 11th September? Base: 1,032

  %
Approve 71
Disapprove 23
Don't know 6

Net approve +48

Q15 The US and Britain launched military strikes against Afghanistan in response to the terrorist attacks on 11th September. Do you support or oppose taking military action against Afghanistan? Base: 1,032

  %
Support 70
Oppose 22
Don't know 8

Net approve +48

Q16 Now that the US has taken military action, do you support or oppose British troops being involved in the action? Base: 1,032

  %
Support 69
Oppose 24
Don't know 7

Net approve +45

Q17 Do you agree or disagree that the approach of George W Bush and Tony Blair to the crisis is helping to make the world a safer place? Base: 1,032

  %
Agree 69
Disagree 26
Don't know 10

Net approve +38

Q18 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: 1,032

Conservative 19%
Labour 40%
Liberal Democrats 11%
Scottish/Welsh Nationalist 2%
Green Party *%
UKIP 1%
Other 1%
Did not vote 22%
Too young 4%
Can't remember 1%
Refused 1%

Q19 Overall, how satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the NHS? Base: 1,032

  %
Very satisfied 17
Fairly satisfied 43
Neither satisfied nor dissatisfied 10
Fairly dissatisfied 19
Very dissatisfied 11
Don't know 1

Satisfied 60
Dissatisfied 30
Net satisfied +30

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