MPs' Motives 1994-2009

Q In general whose interests do you think MPs put first: their own, their constituents', their party's, or the country's? Q In general whose interests do you think MPs should put first: their own, their constituents', their party's, or the country's?

Q In general, whose interests do you think MPs put first: their own, their constituents’, their party’s, or the country’s?

  10-11 January 1994 23-26 May 1996 12-17 January 2006 3-6 January 2008† 29-31 May 2009
  % % % % %
Their/his own 52 56 45 55 62
Their/his party's 26 27 28 34 21
Their/his constituents'  11 7 9 6 7
The country's  5 5 14 4 5
Other 1 1 1 n/a 1
None of these/don't know 5 4 3 1 4

Base: c. 800-1,600 GB adults aged 18+, except †Base: c. 1,070 UK (GB & NI) adults aged 16+

 

Q In general, whose interests do you think MPs should put first: their own, their constituents’, their party’s, or the country’s?

  23-26 May 1996 29-31 May 2009
  % %
Their/his own * 1
Their/his party's 3 3
Their/his constituents' 48 43
The country's 46 52
Other * 1
None of these/don't know 3 1

Base: c. 1,000-1,600 GB adults aged 18+

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