Political Attitudes in Great Britain for January 2000

  • MORI interviewed a representative quota sample of 2,015 adults aged 18+ at 158 sampling points across Great Britain between 20-25 January 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: 2,015

Conservative 30%
Labour 50%
Liberal Democrats 15%
Scottish/Welsh Nationalist 3%
Green Party 1%
Democratic/UKIP/Referendum Party *
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: 1,006

160 Satisfied Dissatisfied Don't know Index
160 % % % 160
Government 37 51 12 -14
Blair 53 38 9 +15
Hague 19 56 25 -37
Kennedy 28 14 58 +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: 1,006

160 Q7 Q7/Q8
160 % %
National Health Service/Hospitals 42 70
Education/schools 4 32
Crime/law & order/violence/vandalism 7 24
Common Market/EU/Europe/Single European Currency 11 22
Unemployment/factory closure/lack of industry 8 20
Pensions/welfare security 2 12
Economy/economic situation 4 11
Housing 2 9
Poverty/inequality 2 8
Drug abuse 2 8
Transport/public transport 1 7
Race relations/immigration/immigrants 1 7
Morality/individual behaviour 2 5
Pollution/environment 1 5
Taxation 1 5
Low pay/minimum wage/fair wages 1 4
Defence/foreign affairs * 4
Inflation/prices * 3
Northern Ireland * 2
Nuclear weapons/nuclear war/disarmament * 2
Countryside/rural life * 1
GM/GM (Genetically Modified) foods * 1
Pound/exchange rate/value of pound * 1
Scottish/Welsh Assembly/Devolution Constitutional reform * 1
Animal welfare * 1
Trade unions/strikes * 1
Local government/council tax 0 1
Beef/BSE/Mad Cow Disease 0 *
Privatisation 0 *
AIDS 0 0
Other 3 11
Don't know 5 4

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: 1,006

Improve 27%
Stay the same 41%
Get worse 25%
Don't know 6%
Economic Optimism Index (EOI) +2

Q10 Looking ahead to the next General Election, which, if any of these issues do you think will be very important to you in helping you decide which party to vote for? Base: 1,006

Health care 71%
Education 55%
Law and order 49%
Unemployment 36%
Pensions 31%
Taxation 30%
Managing the economy 28%
Public transport 26%
Europe 24%
Protecting the natural environment 21%
Housing 18%
Defence 13%
Animal welfare 9%
Northern Ireland 8%
Constitution / devolution 7%
Trade Unions 4%
Other 1%
Don't know 5%

Q11-26 I am going to read out a list of problems facing Britain today and for each one, I would like you to tell me whether you think that the Conservatives, Labour, Liberal Democrats or some other party has the best policy on each. Base: 1,006

160 Con Lab Lib Dem Other None Don't Know
160 % % % % % %
Animal welfare 8 19 10 7 12 44
Constitution/devolution 17 28 6 4 7 38
Defence 27 24 4 1 9 35
Education 15 44 11 1 7 22
Europe 25 28 8 2 8 29
Health care 15 38 7 1 15 24
Housing 13 35 5 1 10 36
Law and order 22 31 5 2 12 28
Managing the economy 22 40 4 1 9 24
Northern Ireland 10 49 1 1 10 29
Pensions 13 30 6 1 13 37
Protecting the natural environment 11 20 15 12 9 33
Public transport 10 34 7 2 15 22
Taxation 22 29 9 1 10 29
Trade Unions 13 41 3 1 9 33
Unemployment 8 52 5 1 11 23

Q11-26 I am going to read out a list of problems facing Britain today and for each one, I would like you to tell me whether you think that the Conservatives, Labour, Liberal Democrats or some other party has the best policy on each. Base = All those thinking issues very important

160 Con Lab Lib Dem Other None Don't Know
160 % % % % % %
Animal welfare (100) 10 24 7 5 18 36
Constitution / devolution (70) 35 27 13 6 4 15
Defence (135) 38 22 2 4 10 24
Education (548) 14 48 13 1 6 18
Europe (248) 31 29 12 3 9 16
Health care (718) 14 41 8 1 16 20
Housing (188) 10 47 4 3 11 25
Law and order (503) 26 33 5 2 14 20
Managing the economy (281) 24 46 4 2 7 17
Northern Ireland (84) 12 53 1 4 11 19
Pensions (331) 17 31 7 1 17 27
Protecting the natural environment (219) 14 13 22 17 8 26
Public transport (257) 14 32 14 2 18 20
Taxation (295) 29 27 9 2 10 23
Trade Unions (39) 13 55 0 7 9 16
Unemployment (361) 7 57 2 1 12 21

Q27 Which party did you vote for at the last General Election, in May 1997? If you are not sure, or did not vote, please say so. Base: 1,006

Conservative 21%
Labour 42%
Liberal Democrats 11%
Scottish/Welsh Nationalist 2%
Green Party *
Referendum Party 1%
Other 1%

Did not vote 15%
Too Young 3%
Can't remember 2%
Refused 1%

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