MORI Political Monitor, October 2001

Political Attitudes in Great Britain for October 2001, including questions on reactions to 9/11

  • MORI interviewed a representative quota sample of 1,950 adults aged 18+ at 188 sampling points across Great Britain
  • Interviews were conducted face-to-face between 18-22 October 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+ [1,950]

Conservative 25%
Labour 57%
Liberal Democrats 13%
Scottish/Welsh Nationalist 2%
Green Party 1%
Democratic/UKIP/Referendum Party 1%
Other 1%
 
Lab lead 177 +32
 
Would not vote 11%
Undecided 6%
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 50 38 12 +12
Blair 65 28 7 +37
Duncan Smith 22 14 64 +8
Kennedy 45 16 39 +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: 1,016

  % %
Defence/foreign affairs/international terrorism 46 57
National Health Service/Hospitals 14 49
Education/schools 5 31
Race relations/immigration/immigrants 7 17
Crime/law & order/violence/vandalism 3 14
Economy/economic situation 3 12
Unemployment/factory closure/lack of industry 5 12
Transport/public transport 1 8
Common Market/EU/Europe/Single European Currency 2 7
Pensions/social security * 7
Poverty/inequality 1 5
Housing 1 4
Morality/individual behaviour 1 4
Nuclear weapons/nuclear war/disarmament 1 3
Drug abuse * 3
Foot and mouth outbreak/farming crisis 1 3
Low pay/minimum wage/fair wages * 3
Taxation * 2
Pollution/environment * 2
Inflation/prices * 2
Local government/council tax 0 2
Northern Ireland 0 2
Beef/BSE/Mad Cow Disease * 1
Countryside/rural life * 1
Pound/exchange rate/value of pound * 1
Privatisation 0 1
Animal welfare * 1
AIDS 0 1
Scottish/Welsh Assembly/Devolution Constitutional reform 0 *
Petrol prices/fuel * *
GM/GM (Genetically Modified) foods 0 *
Trade unions/strikes 0 0

Other 2 11
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: 1,016

  %
Improve 11
Stay the same 30
Get worse 54
Don't know 5

MORI EOI -43

Q10 On balance, do you agree or disagree with the following statement? "In the long term, this government's policies will improve the state of Britain's public services" Base: 1,016

  %
Agree 45
Disagree 42
Don't know 13

Net agree +3

Q11 Do you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush is handling the American response to the terrorist attacks on 11th September? Base: 1,016

  %
Approve 64
Disapprove 27
Don't know 9

Net approve +37

Q12 Do you approve or disapprove of the way Tony Blair is handling the British response to the terrorist attacks on 11th September? Base: 1,016

  %
Approve 68
Disapprove 25
Don't know 7

Net approve +43

Q13 Do you approve or disapprove of the way the new Leader of the Conservative Party, Iain Duncan Smith is handling his response to the terrorist attacks on 11th September? Base: 1,016

  %
Approve 45
Disapprove 10
Don't know 45

Net approve +35

Q14 The US and Brtain 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: 1,016

  %
Support 67
Oppose 23
Don't know 10

Net support +44

Q15 Now that the US has taken military action, do you support or oppose British troops being involved in the action? Base: 1,016

  %
Support 66
Oppose 28
Don't know 6

Net support +38

Q16 In principle would you be prepared to pay higher taxes to pay for British military action against Afghanistan or not? Base: 1,016

  %
Yes, prepared to pay higher taxes 40
No, not prepared to pay higher taxes 53
Don't know 7

Net prepared -13

Q17-18 I am now going to read out two statements. Please tell me whether you agree or disagree with each. Base: 1,016

  Agree Disagree Don't know Net agree
  % % % 177
September 11th has changed the world forever 81 16 3 +65
September 11th will change my life forever 35 59 6 -24

Q19 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: 1,016

Conservative 18%
Labour 40%
Liberal Democrats 10%
Scottish/Welsh Nationalist 2%
Green Party *%
UKIP 1%
Other 1%
Did not vote 23%
Too young *%
Can't remember 1%
Refused 3%

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