Political Attitudes in Great Britain for December 2000

  • MORI interviewed a representative quota sample of 1,984 adults aged 18+ at 196 sampling points across Great Britain between 7-12 December 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: 1,984

Conservative 34%
Labour 46%
Liberal Democrats 14%
Scottish/Welsh Nationalist 3%
Green Party 1%
Democratic/UKIP/Referendum Party 1%
Other 1%

Would not vote 13%
Undecided 8%
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: 1,073

160 Satisfied Dissatisfied Don't know Index
160 % % % 177
Government 34 54 12 -20
Blair 43 50 7 -7
Hague 25 52 23 -27
Kennedy 35 18 47 +17

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: 1,073

160 Q7 Q7/Q8
160 % %
National Health Service/Hospitals 18 45
Education/schools 8 29
Common Market/EU/Europe/Single European Currency 17 26
Crime/law & order/violence/vandalism 11 26
Transport/public transport 4 14
Petrol prices/fuel 3 11
Economy/economic situation 4 10
Pollution/environment 4 9
Pensions/welfare security 2 9
Race relations/immigration/immigrants 3 8
Unemployment/factory closure/lack of industry 3 7
Drug abuse 2 7
Taxation 2 7
Housing 1 7
Morality/individual behaviour 2 5
Poverty/inequality 2 5
Defence/foreign affairs * 3
Countryside/rural life 1 2
Inflation/prices * 2
Local government/council tax * 2
Low pay/minimum wage/fair wages * 2
Pound/exchange rate/value of pound * 2
Beef/BSE/Mad Cow Disease * 1
GM/GM (Genetically Modified) foods * 1
Nuclear weapons/nuclear war/disarmament * 1
Trade unions/strikes 0 0
Animal welfare 0 *
AIDS * *
Northern Ireland * *
Privatisation * *
Scottish/Welsh Assembly/Devolution Constitutional reform * *

Other 4 12
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: 1,073

Improve 22%
Stay the same 44%
Get worse 28%
Don't know 6%
MORI Economic Optimism Index (EOI) -6%

When Tony Blair became Prime Minister in May 1997 he said 'Things can only get better'.

Q10a Since the General Election in May 1997, how, if at all, would you say things have changed for Britain as a whole? Would you say that things have got better or worse, or have things stayed the same?

Q10b Since the General Election in May 1997, how, if at all, would you say things have changed for you personally? Would you say that things have got better or worse, or have things stayed the same? Base: 1,073

160 Britain Personally
160 Q10a Q10b
160 % %
Much better 5 5
A little better 27 19
Stayed the same 34 46
A little worse 20 20
Much worse 11 9
Don't know 3 2

Better 32 24
Worse 31 29
Net better (+) +1 -5

Q11 As you may know, there has been considerable disruption to rail services and travel by road over the last few months. Which of these, if any, do you think is most to blame for recent disruption to transport in Britain? Base: 1,073

160 %
The Labour Government 24
The Previous Conservative Government 33
Railtrack 45
The train companies 36
The fuel protestors 8
Global warming 6
Other 5
None of these 1
Don't know 3

Q12 And to what extent, if at all, have you personally been affected by recent disruption to transport in Britain? Base: 1,073

A great deal 7%
A fair amount 16%
Not very much 33%
Not at all 44%
Don't know 1%

A great deal/fair amount 23%
Not very much/at all 77%
Net a great deal/fair amount (177) -54%

Q13 Which party did you vote for at the last General Election, in June 1997? If you are not sure, or did not vote, please say so. Base: 1,073

Conservative 22%
Labour 42%
Liberal Democrats 9%
Scottish/Welsh Nationalist 2%
Referendum Party *%
Green Party *%
Other 1%

Did not vote 17%
Too young 4%
Can't remember 1%
Refused 1%

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