Political Attitudes in Great Britain for April 2001

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: 1,935

  • MORI interviewed a representative quota sample of 1,935 adults aged 18+ at 194 sampling points across Great Britain
  • Interviews were conducted face-to-face between 19-24 April 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: 1,935

Conservative 30%
Labour 50%
Liberal Democrats 13%
Scottish/Welsh Nationalist 3%
Green Party 2%
Democratic/UKIP/Referendum Party 1%
Other 1%

Would not vote 12%
Undecided 9%
Refused 2%

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: 1,043

  Satisfied Dissatisfied Don't know Index
  % % % 177
Government 37 52 11 -15
Blair 44 46 10 -2
Hague 25 54 21 -29
Kennedy 35 20 45 +15

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? [Random]Base: 1,043

  Q7 Q7/Q8
  % %
Foot and mouth outbreak/farming crisis 30 41
National Health Service/Hospitals 13 41
Education/schools 7 32
Crime/law & order/violence/vandalism 5 19
Race relations/immigration/immigrants 6 16
Common Market/EU/Europe/Single European Currency 7 14
Unemployment/factory closure/lack of industry 5 12
Economy/economic situation 5 10
Pensions/welfare security 1 8
Petrol prices/fuel 1 7
Poverty/inequality 2 6
Drug abuse 1 6
Housing 1 5
Pollution/environment 1 5
Beef/BSE/Mad Cow Disease 1 4
Transport/public transport 1 4
Taxation * 4
Countryside/rural life 1 3
Morality/individual behaviour 1 3
Defence/foreign affairs * 3
Animal welfare * 2
Low pay/minimum wage/fair wages * 2
GM/GM (Genetically Modified) foods * 1
Inflation/prices * 1
Local government/council tax * 1
AIDS 0 1
Northern Ireland 0 1
Pound/exchange rate/value of pound * *
Scottish/Welsh Assembly/Devolution Constitutional reform * *
Nuclear weapons/nuclear war/disarmament 0 *
Privatisation 0 *
Trade unions/strikes 0 *

Other 4 13
Don't know 6 4

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: 1,043

Improve 18%
Stay the same 37%
Get worse 40%
Don't know 5%
MORI Economic Optimism Index (EOI) -22%

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 Mr Blair/Mr Hague/Mr Kennedy.Base: 1,043

  Mr Blair Mr Hague Mr Kennedy
  % % %
A capable leader 33 12 15
Good in a crisis 15 6 3
Understands world problems 22 10 8
Tends to talk down to people 25 23 3
Rather narrow minded 15 24 5
Too inflexible 16 13 3
Has sound judgement 13 5 10
More honest than most politicians 17 11 20
Down-to-earth 18 12 18
Understands the problems facing Britain 25 17 13
Patriotic 15 21 7
Has got a lot of personality 24 5 8
Rather inexperienced 11 33 25
Out of touch with ordinary people 36 28 6
No opinion 8 17 46

Q13-14 Would you describe each of the following politicians as trustworthy or not?Base: 1,043

  Tony Blair,the Prime Minister William Hague,the Conservative leader
  % %
Would describe as trustworthy 46 35
Would not describe as trustworthy 45 49
Don't know 9 16

Q15-16 Do you think that the Prime Minister, Tony Blair, is or is not in touch with what ordinary people think?Do you think that the Conservative leader, William Hague, is or is not in touch with what ordinary people think?Base: 1,043

  Tony Blair William Hague
  % %
Is in touch 43 30
Is not in touch 51 58
Don't know 6 12

Q17 Overall, are you satisfied or dissatisfied with the way the Government is handling the Foot and Mouth outbreak?Base: 1,043

  %
Satisfied 27
Dissatisfied 64
Don't know/no opinion 9

Q18 From this card, can you tell me how likely you are to get along to vote at the next Election?Base: 1,043

  %
Certain to vote 50
Very likely to vote 16
Quite likely to vote 12
Not very likely to vote 10
Certain not to vote 9
Don't know 3

Q19 Which party did you vote for at the last General Election, in May 1997? If you are not sure, or did not vote, please say so.Base: 1,043

Conservative 21%
Labour 42%
Liberal Democrats 9%
Scottish/Welsh Nationalist 2%
Referendum Party 1%
Green Party 1%
Other *%

Did not vote 16%
Too young 5%
Can't remember 2%
Refused 2%

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