Political Attitudes in Great Britain for January 1998

Research study conducted for The Times Newspaper - published 29 January 1998 MORI interviewed a representative quota sample of 1,870 adults aged 18+ at 161 sampling points across Great Britain between 23-26 January 1998.

Research study conducted for The Times Newspaper - published 29 January 1998 MORI interviewed a representative quota sample of 1,870 adults aged 18+ at 161 sampling points across Great Britain between 23-26 January 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? - Base: 1,870

  %
Conservative 28
Labour 54
Lib Dem 14
Scot / Welsh Nationalist 3
Green Party 1
Referendum Party *
Other *

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

  Satisfied Dissatisfied Don't know
  % % %
Government 46 38 15
Blair 60 29 11
Hague 22 45 33
Ashdown 56 15 29

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 42
Education / schools 37
Unemployment / factory closure / lack of industry 32
Common Market / EU / Europe / Single European Currency 23
Pensions / social security 23
Crime / law & order / violence / vandalism 19
Economy / economic situation 14
Housing 10
Poverty / inequality 9
Northern Ireland 8
Pollution / environment 7
Drug abuse 5
Morality / individual behaviour 5
Race relations / immigration / immigrants 4
Defence / foreign affairs 4
Beef / BSE / Mad Cow Disease 3
Inflation / prices 3
Transport / public transport 3
Taxation 3
Local government / council tax 2
Nuclear weapons / nuclear war / disarmament 1
Countryside / rural life 1
Scottish / Welsh Assembly / Devolution 1
Privatisation 1
Pound / exchange rate / value of pound 1
AIDS 1
Animal welfare *
Trade unions / strikes *
Other 10
Don't know 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?

  %
Improve 27
Stay the same 38
Get worse 28
Don't know 7

I am now going to read out a series of statements. For each one, I would like you to tell me, using this card, the extent to which you agree or disagree with it.

Q10 The state pension should be limited to those without an adequate private pension. Q11 There should be tax concessions for women with young children who stay at home to look after them. Q12 People in paid employment should be required, by law, to take out insurance to provide for their accommodation needs in old age. Base: 904

  Q.10 Q.11 Q.12
  % % %
Strongly agree 8 32 9
Tend to agree 20 38 33
Neither agree nor disagree 7 10 10
Tend to disagree 31 12 22
Strongly disagree 32 7 24
Don't know 2 1 2

Q13 Benefits, such as Child Benefit should be available to all, at the same rate, regardless of income. Q14 Benefits, such as Maternity Benefit should be available to all, at the same rate, regardless of income. Base: 904

  Q13 Q14
  % %
Strongly agree 27 30
Tend to agree 22 27
Neither agree nor disagree 4 6
Tend to disagree 25 23
Strongly disagree 21 12
Don't know 1 2

Technical details

MORI interviewed a representative quota sample of 1,870 adults aged 18+ at 161 sampling points across Great Britain. Fieldwork was conducted face-to-face on 23-26 January 1998. Base: All respondents, unless stated. The voting intention figures exclude those who say they would not vote (10%), 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%.

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