Political Attitudes in Great Britain for February 1998

Research study conducted for The Times Newspaper - published 26 February 1998 MORI interviewed a representative quota sample of 1,792 adults aged 18+ at 164 sampling points across Great Britain between 20-23 February 1998.

Research study conducted for The Times Newspaper - published 26 February 1998 MORI interviewed a representative quota sample of 1,792 adults aged 18+ at 164 sampling points across Great Britain between 20-23 February 1998.

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?

  %
Conservative 28
Labour 52
Lib Dem 15
Scot / Welsh Nationalist 3
Green Party 1
Referendum Party *
Other 1

Would not vote 10
Undecided 6
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 Ashdown is doing his job as Leader of the Liberal Democrats?

  Satisfied Dissatisfied Don't know
  % % %
Government 44 43 13
Blair 60 31 9
Hague 25 44 31
Ashdown 56 17 27

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?

  Q7 / 8
  %
National Health Service / Hospitals 50
Education / schools 37
Unemployment / factory closure / lack of industry 31
Defence / foreign affairs 26
Pensions / social security 19
Common Market / EU / Europe / Single European Currency 16
Crime / law & order / violence / vandalism 14
Economy / economic situation 14
Poverty / inequality 8
Housing 7
Pollution / environment 6
Northern Ireland 5
Drug abuse 3
Morality / individual behaviour 3
Race relations / immigration / immigrants 3
Inflation / prices 3
Transport / public transport 3
Taxation 3
Beef / BSE / Mad Cow Disease 2
Nuclear weapons / nuclear war / disarmament 2
Local government / council tax 1
Countryside / rural life 1
Privatisation 1
Pound / exchange rate / value of pound 1
Scottish / Welsh Assembly / Devolution *
AIDS *
Animal welfare *
Trade unions / strikes *
Other 13
Don't know 3

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?

  %
Improve 29
Stay the same 38
Get worse 27
Don't know 6

Q10 Are you satisfied or dissatisfied with the way Gordon Brown is doing his job as Chancellor of the Exchequer? - Base: 866

  %
Satisfied 44
Dissatisfied 28
Don't know / no opinion 28

Q11 On balance, do you agree or disagree with the statement that in the long term, this government's policies will improve the state of Britain's economy? Base: 866

  %
Agree 52
Disagree 31
Don't know / no opinion 17

Technical details

MORI interviewed a representative quota sample of 1,792 adults aged 18+ at 164 sampling points across Great Britain. Fieldwork was conducted face-to-face on 20-23 February 1998. Base: All respondents, unless stated. The voting intention figures exclude those who say they would not vote (10%), are undecided (6%) 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%.

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