Political Attitudes in Great Britain for April 1998

Research study conducted for The Times Newspaper - published 24-27 April 1998 MORI interviewed a representative quota sample of 1,926 adults aged 18+ at 164 sampling points across Great Britain between 30 April 1998.

Research study conducted for The Times Newspaper - published 24-27 April 1998 MORI interviewed a representative quota sample of 1,926 adults aged 18+ at 164 sampling points across Great Britain between 30 April 1998.

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: 1,926

 %
Conservative27
Labour55
Lib Dem14
Scot / Welsh Nationalist3
Green Party1
Referendum Party*
Other*

Would not vote9
Undecided5
Refused1

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 Ashdown is doing his job as Leader of the Liberal Democrats? - Base: 930

 SatisfiedDissatisfiedDon't know
 %%%
Government543214
Blair682210
Hague274231
Ashdown521830

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: 930

 Q7 / 8
 %
Education / schools39
National Health Service / Hospitals35
Unemployment / factory closure / lack of industry31
Common Market / EU / Europe / Single European Currency23
Crime / law & order / violence / vandalism21
Economy / economic situation14
Pensions / social security13
Northern Ireland10
Drug abuse9
Poverty / inequality9
Pollution / environment8
Housing6
Morality / individual behaviour6
Race relations / immigration / immigrants6
Defence / foreign affairs5
Inflation / prices3
Taxation3
Transport / public transport3
Countryside / rural life2
Nuclear weapons / nuclear war / disarmament2
Beef / BSE / Mad Cow Disease1
Local government / council tax1
Pound / exchange rate / value of pound1
AIDS*
Animal welfare*
Privatisation*
Scottish / Welsh Assembly / Devolution*
Trade unions / strikes*
Other11
Don't know4

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: 930

 %
Improve28
Stay the same38
Get worse27
Don't know7

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 ... - Base: 930

 Mr BlairMr HagueMr Ashdown
 %%%
A capable leader531134
Good in a crisis25314
Understands world problems37923
Tends to talk down to people13207
Rather narrow minded5156
Too inflexible794
Has sound judgement24821
More honest than most politicians291128
Down-to-earth291029
Understands the problems facing Britain441428
Patriotic262230
Has got a lot of personality42523
Rather inexperienced20467
Out of touch with ordinary people13308
Don't know / no opinion62424

Q13 Which of these statements best describes your opinion on the present system of governing Britain? - Base: 996

 %
Works extremely well and could not be improved4
Could be improved in small ways but mainly works well37
Could be improved quite a lot39
Needs a great deal of improvement15
Don't know5

The System of Government - Trends

Which of these statements best describes your opinion on the present system of government Britain? - Base: c. 1,000 - 2,000

 Crowther Hunt  2-3 April24-27 AprilChange
 1973199119951997199897-98
 %%%%%177%
Works extremely well and could not be improved54324+2
Could be improved in small ways but mainly works well4329192637+11
Could be improved quite a lot3540404039-1
Needs a great deal of improvement1423352915-14
Don't know45335+2
Works well4833222841+13
Could be improved4963756954-15
1991 and 1995 'State of the Nation' MORI / Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust Ltd

Technical details

MORI interviewed a representative quota sample of 1,926 adults aged 18+ at 164 sampling points across Great Britain. Fieldwork was conducted face-to-face on 24-27 April 1998. Base: All respondents, unless stated. The voting intention figures exclude those who say they would not vote (9%), are undecided (5%) or refuse to name a party (1%). All figures are in percentages. Where percentages do not sum to 100, this may be due to multiple responses, the exclusion of don't knows or computer rounding. Data were weighted to match the profile of the population. An asterisk (*) denotes a figure between zero and 0.5%.

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