Political Attitudes in Great Britain for August 1999

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: 1,862

  • MORI interviewed a representative quota sample of 1,862 adults aged 18+ at 165 sampling points across Great Britain.
  • Fieldwork was conducted face-to-face on 20-23 August 1999.
  • Base: All respondents, unless stated.
  • The voting intention figures exclude those who say they would not vote (13%), are undecided (7%) 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%.

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: 1,862

Conservative 27%
Labour 49%
Liberal Democrats 17%
Scottish/Welsh Nationalist 3%
Green Party 2%
Democratic/UKIP/Referendum Party 0%
Other 0%

Would not vote 13%
Undecided 7%
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: 1,006

160
Satisfied
Dissatisfied
Don't know
Index
160
%
%
%
177
Government
39
49
13
-10
Blair
49
39
12
+10
Hague
20
52
28
-32
Kennedy
21
10
69
+11

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: 910

160 Q7 Q7/Q8
160 % %
National Health Service/Hospitals 14 41
Education/schools 10 30
Common Market/EU/Europe/Single European Currency 14 25
Unemployment/factory closure/lack of industry 12 24
Crime/law & order/violence/vandalism 6 19
Economy/economic situation 5 13
Pensions/welfare security 3 11
Race relations/immigration/immigrants 6 10
Poverty/inequality 2 9
Housing 2 8
Transport/public transport 2 7
Inflation/prices 1 6
Pollution/environment 2 6
Defence/foreign affairs 2 5
Drug abuse 1 5
Taxation 1 5
Morality/individual behaviour 1 4
GM/GM (Genetically Modified) foods * 3
Low pay/minimum wage/fair wages * 3
Countryside/rural life * 2
Northern Ireland * 2
Animal welfare * 1
Beef/BSE/Mad Cow Disease * 1
Local government/council tax * 1
Nuclear weapons/nuclear war/disarmament * 1
Pound/exchange rate/value of pound - 1
Privatisation - 1
AIDS * *
Scottish/Welsh Assembly/Devolution/Constitutional reform - *
Other 5 10
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: 1,006

Improve 19%
Stay the same 43%
Get worse 31%
Don;t know 7%
Economic Optimism Index (EOI) -12

Q10 Who is the British politician in the picture, and what job does he do? Base: 1,006

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160 Note: These are not the actual pictures used during the questioning.
Who is this British politician?
160 % % % % % %
Tony Blair 98 * - * - -
William Hague - 84 * * * *
Gordon Brown * * 45 * 1 2
Charles Kennedy - * - 40 * -
Michael Portillo - - - - 42 *
John Prescott - - * * * 57
Frank Dobson - - - - - -
Jack Straw * * * * * -
John Redwood - - - - * -
Peter Mandelson - - * - 2 *
Robin Cook - - - - - -
Simon Hughes - - * * * -
David Blunkett - - * * - -
Other * * 1 1 2 2
Don't know 2 15 40 58 54 39
What job does he do?
160 % % % % % %
Prime Minister 97 * - * - *
Leader of Conservative Party * 56 - * * *
Opposition Leader * 30 - * 1 -
Chancellor of the Exchequer * * 47 * 1 6
Leader of the Liberal Democrats * 1 1 44 * *
Former Conservative Minister/MP - - * * 6 *
Deputy Prime Minister - * 1 * * 42
Minister for Environment * - - - * 2
Minister for Transport - * * 1 * 21
Minister for the Regions - - * * - 1
Defence Secretary - - * * * *
Foreign Secretary - * * * * *
Home Secretary - - 1 - - 1
Minister for Education - * * * * *
Minister for Health - - - - * *
MP/Member of Parliament * * * 1 2 1
Other 1 * 2 2 16 1
Don't know 2 14 48 51 73 32
Correct 98 84 47 45 6 58

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