Political Attitudes in Great Britain for July 1999

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: 2,013

  • MORI interviewed a representative quota sample of 2,013 adults aged 18+ at 167 sampling points across Great Britain.
  • Fieldwork was conducted face-to-face on 23-26 July 1999.
  • Base: All respondents, unless stated.
  • The voting intention figures exclude those who say they would not vote (13%), 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%.

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: 2,013

Conservative 28%
Labour 51%
Liberal Democrats 14%
Scottish/Welsh Nationalist 4%
Green Party 2%
Democratic/UKIP/Referendum Party 1%
Other 0%

Would not vote 13%
Undecided 6%
Refused 1%

Voting Intention over the last 12 months & Long Term Trends

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? Base: 1,006

Satisfied
Dissatisfied
Don't know
Index
%
%
%
Government
43
42
15
+1
Blair
55
33
12
+22
Hague
25
48
27
-23
Ashdown
55
16
29
+39

Satisfaction Ratings over the last 12 months & Long Term Trends

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 14 39
Common Market/EU/Europe/Single European Currency 19 30
Education/schools 10 30
Unemployment/factory closure/lack of industry 12 21
Crime/law & order/violence/vandalism 5 16
Economy/economic situation 6 13
Transport/public transport 2 11
Northern Ireland 3 10
Housing 1 8
Pollution/environment 2 8
Defence/foreign affairs 2 7
Pensions/welfare security 2 7
Poverty/inequality 2 7
Race relations/immigration/immigrants 2 7
Drug abuse 2 6
Inflation/prices 1 4
Taxation 1 4
Morality/individual behaviour 1 3
Low pay/minimum wage/fair wages * 2
Beef/BSE/Mad Cow Disease * 1
Countryside/rural life * 1
GM/GM (Genetically Modified) foods * 1
Local government/council tax 0 1
Nuclear weapons/nuclear war/disarmament 0 1
Pound/exchange rate/value of pound * 1
Scottish/Welsh Assembly/Devolution Constitutional reform * 1
AIDS * *
Animal welfare 0 *
Privatisation * *
Trade unions/strikes * *
Other 3 11
Don't know 7 7

Important Issues over the last 12 months & Long Term Trends

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 26%
Stay the same 45%
Get worse 23%
Don't know 6%
Economic Optimism Index (EOI) +3

Economic Condition over the last 12 months & Long Term Trends

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

Animal welfare 11%
Constitution / devolution 8%
Defence 12%
Education 52%
Europe 30%
Health care 61%
Housing 21%
Law and order 43%
Managing the economy 28%
Northern Ireland 15%
Pensions 32%
Protecting the natural environment 22%
Public transport 28%
Taxation 32%
Trade Unions 4%
Unemployment 42%
Other 3%
Don't know 6%

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

Con Lab Lib Dem Other None Don't Know
% % % % % %
Animal welfare 9 26 9 12 9 35
Constitution/devolution 19 31 7 4 6 33
Defence 25 30 6 2 7 30
Education 17 41 11 2 4 25
Europe 28 28 8 3 7 26
Health care 13 45 7 2 9 24
Housing 14 38 7 3 8 30
Law and order 22 34 6 2 9 27
Managing the economy 24 38 5 2 8 23
Northern Ireland 10 47 3 2* 11 27
Pensions 18 32 7 3 9 31
Protecting the natural environment 9 24 13 17 9 28
Public transport 12 37 8 5 11 27
Taxation 22 32 9 2 8 27
Trade Unions 15 42 5 2 7 29
Unemployment 13 46 7 1 9 24

* (includes main Northern Ireland parties - DUP 0%, UUP 1%, Sinn Fein *%, SDLP *%, Other N Ire party 0%)

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

Con Lab Lib Dem Other None Don't Know
% % % % % %
Animal welfare (113) 8 30 6 17 11 28
Constitution / devolution (71) 36 20 12 5 6 21
Defence (126) 29 32 5 4 6 24
Education (534) 17 41 14 2 4 22
Europe (299) 38 26 8 4 5 19
Health care (624) 13 46 8 2 9 22
Housing (210) 12 37 7 2 10 32
Law and order (441) 28 33 6 2 9 22
Managing the economy (284) 27 44 4 1 7 17
Northern Ireland (154) 10 58 2 4* 6 20
Pensions (317) 21 34 13 2 11 18
Protecting the natural environment (225) 10 16 11 23 12 28
Public transport (273) 13 33 12 7 13 22
Taxation (311) 31 30 9 1 8 21
Trade Unions (38) 18 54 6 2 4 16
Unemployment (407) 12 50 7 1 7 23

* (incl.s main Northern Ireland parties - DUP 0%, UUP 3%, Sinn Fein 0%, SDLP 0%, Other N Ire party 0%)

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