Political Attitudes in Great Britain for April 2000

  • MORI interviewed a representative quota sample of 1,860 adults aged 18+ at 155 sampling points across Great Britain between 13-18 April 2000.
  • Results are based on all respondents unless otherwise stated
  • Data are weighted to the known population profile
  • 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: 1,860

Conservative 27%
Labour 51%
Liberal Democrats 15%
Scottish/Welsh Nationalist 4%
Green Party 2%
Democratic/UKIP/Referendum Party 1%
Other 1%

Would not vote 13%
Undecided 9%
Refused 1%

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 Kennedy is doing his job as Leader of the Liberal Democrats? Base: 973

160 Satisfied Dissatisfied Don't know Index
160 % % % 160
Government 38 52 10 -14
Blair 52 41 7 +11
Hague 24 51 25 -27
Kennedy 34 16 50 +18

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: 973

160 Q7 Q7/Q8
160 % %
National Health Service/Hospitals 26 53
Education/schools 8 35
Unemployment/factory closure/lack of industry 9 21
Race relations/immigration/immigrants 7 19
Common Market/EU/Europe/Single European Currency 9 17
Crime/law & order/violence/vandalism 5 16
Pensions/welfare security 3 14
Economy/economic situation 4 11
Housing 3 10
Poverty/inequality 4 9
Drug abuse 1 7
Taxation 1 6
Transport/public transport 1 6
Morality/individual behaviour 2 5
Pollution/environment 2 5
Defence/foreign affairs * 3
Countryside/rural life * 2
GM/GM (Genetically Modified) foods * 2
Inflation/prices * 2
Low pay/minimum wage/fair wages * 2
Northern Ireland * 2
Scottish/Welsh Assembly/Devolution Constitutional reform * 1
Nuclear weapons/nuclear war/disarmament 0 1
Pound/exchange rate/value of pound 0 1
Animal welfare * *
Privatisation * *
Beef/BSE/Mad Cow Disease 0 *
Local government/council tax 0 *
AIDS 0 0
Trade unions/strikes 0 0

Other 5 13
Don't know 9 7

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: 973

Improve 20%
Stay the same 43%
Get worse 33%
Don't know 4%
Economic Optimism Index (EOI) -13

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: 973

160 Mr Blair Mr Hague Mr Kennedy 160
A capable leader 43% 11% 16%
Good in a crisis 20% 4% 3%
Understands world problems 28% 9% 8%
Tends to talk down to people 23% 23% 2%
Rather narrow minded 11% 21% 2%
Too inflexible 16% 16% 2%
Has sound judgement 17% 7% 10%
More honest than most politicians 20% 11% 17%
Down-to-earth 20% 10% 16%
Understands the problems facing Britain 31% 14% 10%
Patriotic 20% 25% 8%
Has got a lot of personality 32% 5% 9%
Rather inexperienced 9% 35% 23%
Out of touch with ordinary people 27% 32% 5%
No opinion 7% 21% 51%

Q13a In the election for Mayor, voters will have two votes, one for their first choice as Mayor and one for their second choice. If you had a vote, which of these candidates would be your first choice? Q13b And who would your second choice be? - Base: London adults (119)

160 13a First choice 13b Second choice
Ken Livingstone - Independent 38% 8%
Frank Dobson - Labour Party 12% 6%
Steven Norris - Conservative Party 10% 11%
Susan Kramer - Liberal Democrats 8% 13%
Darren Johnson - Green Party 2% 6%
Geoffrey Ben-Nathan - Independent 2% 0%
Damian Hockney - UKIP 1% 2%
Ram Gidoomal - Christian Peoples' Alliance 1% *%
Geoffrey Clements - Natural Law 1% 0%
Ashwinkumar Tanna - Independent 0% 2%
Michael Newland - BNP 0% 1%

Another candidate 0% 1%
Would not vote 8% 14%
Undecided 15% 31%
Refused 2% 3%

Q13c As you may know,in May there are elections in London to elect a Mayor. In the election for Mayor, voters will have two votes, one for their first choice as Mayor and one for their second choice. If you had a vote, which of these candidates would be your first choice? - Base: adults outside London (854)

Ken Livingstone - Independent 29%
Frank Dobson - Labour Party 14%
Steven Norris - Conservative Party 9%
Susan Kramer - Liberal Democrats 8%
Darren Johnson - Green Party 3%
Geoffrey Ben-Nathan - Independent 1%
Ram Gidoomal - Christian Peoples' Alliance 1%
Geoffrey Clements - Natural Law *%
Damian Hockney - UKIP *%
Ashwinkumar Tanna - Independent *%
Michael Newland - BNP 0%

Another candidate 1%
Would not vote 18%
Undecided 16%
Refused 1%

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