Political Attitudes in Great Britain for December 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: 1,967

  • MORI interviewed a representative quota sample of 1,967 adults aged 18+ at 158 sampling points across Great Britain.
  • Fieldwork was conducted face-to-face on 10-14 December 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: 1,967

Conservative 28%
Labour 54%
Liberal Democrats 13%
Scottish/Welsh Nationalist 3%
Green Party 1%
Democratic/UKIP/Referendum Party *%
Other 1%

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: 1,007

160 Satisfied Dissatisfied Don't know Index
160
%
%
%
177
Government
45
45
10
0
Blair
57
35
7
+22
Hague
24
54
22
-30
Kennedy
29
15
56
+14

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: 1,007

160 Q7 Q7/Q8
160 % %
National Health Service/Hospitals 14 41
Education/schools 9 33
Common Market/EU/Europe/Single European Currency 22 32
Unemployment/factory closure/lack of industry 11 18
Crime/law & order/violence/vandalism 5 15
Transport/public transport 2 14
Pensions/welfare security 3 13
Economy/economic situation 5 10
Poverty/inequality 4 10
Housing 2 8
Drug abuse 1 6
Pollution/environment 1 6
Beef/BSE/Mad Cow Disease 2 5
Morality/individual behaviour 2 5
Taxation 1 5
Defence/foreign affairs 1 4
Low pay/minimum wage/fair wages 1 4
Race relations/immigration/immigrants 1 4
Inflation/prices 1 3
AIDS 1 2
Northern Ireland 1 2
Countryside/rural life * 2
GM/GM (Genetically Modified) foods * 1
Local government/council tax * 1
Nuclear weapons/nuclear war/disarmament * 1
Privatisation * 1
Scottish/Welsh Assembly/Devolution/Constitutional reform * 1
Pound/exchange rate/value of pound 0 1
Animal welfare 0 *
Trade unions/strike 0 0

Other 3 13
Don't know 6 5

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: 1,007

Improve 25%
Stay the same 45%
Get worse 24%
Don't know 6%
Economic Optimism Index (EOI) +1

Q10 Since it was elected in May 1997, do you think the government has or has not ... Base: 1,007

160 Has Has not Don't know Net
160 % % % %
Kept its promises 35 49 16 -14
Provided a strong voice for Britain in Europe 45 43 12 +2
Helped to improve your own living standards 23 69 8 -46
Improved law and order 26 61 13 -35
Improved the standard of education 47 37 16 +10
Kept taxes down 28 57 15 -29
Handled the Northern Ireland issue well 71 18 11 +53

I am now going to ask you some questions about your impressions about the twentieth century and the next century ...

Q11 Looking back over the twentieth century, which party - Conservative, Labour or Liberals - do you think has contributed most to Britain while in Government? Base: 1,007

Conservative 45%
Labour 32%
Liberals 3%
None of these 4%
Don't know 16%

Q12 Looking back over the 20th century, which two or three achievements by governments would you say have contributed most to British life? Base: 1,007

Introduction of the NHS 46%
Establishing the welfare state 18%
Winning 2nd world war 15%
Universal suffrage/votes for women 9%
Education 11%
Introduction of state pensions 8%
Joining European Community/Common Market 6%
Bringing peace to Northern Ireland 5%
Winning 1st world war 5%
Privatisation of nationalised industries (1980s/1990s) 2%
The New Deal for the Unemployed 2%
Winning the Falklands war 2%
Nationalisation of industries (post 1945) 1%
Devolution to Scotland and Wales *%
Other 15%
Don't know 28%

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