MORI Political Monitor, September 2001

Political Attitudes in Great Britain for September 2001, including questions on party image and government reactions to 9/11

  • MORI interviewed a representative quota sample of 1,958 adults aged 18+ at 193 sampling points across Great Britain
  • Interviews were conducted face-to-face between 20-25 September 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+ [1,958]

Conservative 27%
Labour 53%
Liberal Democrats 15%
Scottish/Welsh Nationalist 3%
Green Party 1%
Democratic/UKIP/Referendum Party *%
Other 1%
 
Lab lead 177 +26
 
Would not vote 11%
Undecided 5%
Refused 2%

Q3-Q6 Are you satisfied or dissatisfied with the way the Government/Mr Blair/Mr Duncan Smith/Mr Kennedy are doing their job? Base: 1,011

  Satisfied Dissatisfied Don't know Index
  % % % %
Government 54 36 10 +18
Blair 67 26 6 +41
Duncan Smith 15 15 70 0
Kennedy 47 15 38 +32

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: 1,011

  % %
Defence/foreign affairs/international terrorism 48 60
National Health Service/Hospitals 8 43
Education/schools 4 30
Race relations/immigration/immigrants 12 27
Crime/law & order/violence/vandalism 3 15
Economy/economic situation 3 15
Unemployment/factory closure/lack of industry 2 11
Common Market/EU/Europe/Single European Currency 2 9
Pensions/social security 1 7
Transport/public transport * 5
Nuclear weapons/nuclear war/disarmament 2 4
Drug abuse 1 4
Housing 1 4
Poverty/inequality 1 4
Taxation 1 3
Foot and mouth outbreak/farming crisis * 3
Pollution/environment * 3
Morality/individual behaviour 1 2
Inflation/prices * 2
Low pay/minimum wage/fair wages * 2
Petrol prices/fuel * 2
Beef/BSE/Mad Cow Disease * 1
Countryside/rural life * 1
Local government/council tax * 1
Northern Ireland * 1
Pound/exchange rate/value of pound 0 1
Privatisation 0 1
Animal welfare * *
Scottish/Welsh Assembly/Devolution Constitutional reform * *
Trade unions/strikes * *
AIDS 0 *
GM/GM (Genetically Modified) foods 0 *

Other 4 11
Don't know 3 3

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: 1,011

  %
Improve 8
Stay the same 22
Get worse 64
Don't know 6

MORI EOI -56

Q10-12 Here is a list of things both favourable and unfavourable that have been said about various political parties.

Read through the list slowly keeping the ... Party in mind. Every time you come to a statement that fits your ideas or impressions of the ... Party just tell me the letter next to it. You may pick as many or as few as you like. You don't have to be certain, just pick the letters next to the statements you feel fit the ... Party. Base: 1,011

  Conservative Party Labour Party Liberal Democrat Party
  % % %
Keeps it promises 5 8 6
Understands the problems facing Britain 17 32 20
Represents all classes 7 25 22
Looks after the interests of people like us 9 18 12
Moderate 12 23 31
Extreme 15 3 2
Concerned about the people in real need in Britain 9 24 21
Has a good team of leaders 5 29 12
Will promise anything to win votes 35 32 13
Out of touch with ordinary people 42 21 6
Has sensible policies 11 25 28
Too dominated by its leader 7 23 4
Professional in its approach 10 22 16
Divided 42 9 4
No opinion 18 10 35

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: 1,011

  %
Approve 63
Disapprove 24
Don't know 12

Q14 Do you approve or disapprove of the way Tony Blair is handling the British response to the terrorist attacks on 11th September? Base: 1,011

  %
Approve 72
Disapprove 19
Don't know 9

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: 1,011

Conservative 21%
Labour 40%
Liberal Democrats 10%
Scottish/Welsh Nationalist 2%
Green Party 1%
UKIP 1%
Other 1%
 
Did not vote 21%
Too young *%
Can't remember 1%
Refused 3%

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