Political Attitudes in Great Britain for February 2000

  • MORI interviewed a representative quota sample of 1,938 adults aged 18+ at 160 sampling points across Great Britain between 17-21 February 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: 1,938

Conservative 29%
Labour 50%
Liberal Democrats 15%
Scottish/Welsh Nationalist 3%
Green Party 1%
Democratic/UKIP/Referendum Party 1%
Other *%

Would not vote 12%
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: 993

160 Satisfied Dissatisfied Don't know Index
160 % % % 160
Government 35 53 12 -18
Blair 49 42 9 +7
Hague 22 55 23 -33
Kennedy 26 15 59 +9

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: 993

160 Q7 Q7/Q8
160 % %
National Health Service/Hospitals 27 54
Education/schools 8 32
Common Market/EU/Europe/Single European Currency 15 25
Unemployment/factory closure/lack of industry 9 19
Crime/law & order/violence/vandalism 5 18
Pensions/welfare security 3 13
Race relations/immigration/immigrants 5 12
Economy/economic situation 4 11
Poverty/inequality 2 7
Housing 2 6
Northern Ireland 2 6
Drug abuse 2 6
Taxation 1 5
Transport/public transport * 5
Morality/individual behaviour 1 4
Low pay/minimum wage/fair wages 1 4
Inflation/prices * 4
Pollution/environment 1 3
Defence/foreign affairs * 3
Countryside/rural life 1 2
Local government/council tax * 2
Pound/exchange rate/value of pound * 2
Beef/BSE/Mad Cow Disease * 1
Nuclear weapons/nuclear war/disarmament * 1
GM/GM (Genetically Modified) foods * 1
Scottish/Welsh Assembly/Devolution Constitutional reform * 1
AIDS * *
Animal welfare * *
Privatisation 0 *
Trade unions/strikes 0 *

Other 3 15
Don't know 6 0

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: 993

Improve 22%
Stay the same 41%
Get worse 32%
Don't know 5%
Economic Optimism Index (EOI) -10
Q10 Are satisfied or dissatisfied with the way Gordon Brown is doing his job as Chancellor of the Exchequer? Base: 963

Satisfied 42%
Dissatisfied 36%
Don't know/no opinion 22%
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: 963

Agree 42%
Disagree 39%
Don't know/no opinion 19%

Q12 Which of these statements comes closest to your view of Mr Hague?

I like him and I like his policies 12%
I like him but I dislike his policies 17%
I dislike him but I like his policies 14%
I dislike him and I dislike his policies 36%
Don't know/no opinion 21%

Q13 Which of these statements comes closest to your view of Mr Portillo?

I like him and I like his policies 10%
I like him but I dislike his policies 9%
I dislike him but I like his policies 10%
I dislike him and I dislike his policies 37%
Don't know/no opinion 34%

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