Political Attitudes in Great Britain for July 2000

  • MORI interviewed a representative quota sample of 2,019 adults aged 18+ at 185 sampling points across Great Britain between 20-24 July 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: 2,019

Conservative 33%
Labour 49%
Liberal Democrats 12%
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: 1,039

160 Satisfied Dissatisfied Don't know Index
160 % % % 177
Government 29 59 12 -30
Blair 42 50 8 -8
Hague 29 49 22 -20
Kennedy 31 19 50 +12

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? Random Base: 1,039

160 Q7 Q7/Q8
160 % %
National Health Service/Hospitals 22 51
Crime/law and order/violence/vandalism 15 34
Education/schools 7 34
Common Market/EU/Europe/Single European Currency 11 19
Unemployment/factory closure/lack of industry 7 17
Pensions/welfare security 3 14
Transport/public transport 2 13
Economy/economic situation 5 12
Race relations/immigration/immigrants 4 11
Taxation 3 11
Poverty/inequality 2 8
Housing 1 7
Drug abuse 2 6
Inflation/prices 1 5
Morality/individual behaviour 1 5
Pollution/environment 1 5
Low pay/minimum wage/fair wages * 3
Pound/exchange rate/value of pound 1 2
Defence/foreign affairs * 2
Local government/council tax * 2
Animal welfare * 1
Beef/BSE/Mad Cow Disease * 1
Countryside/rural life * 1
Northern Ireland * 1
Nuclear weapons/ nuclear war/disarmament * 1
Scottish/Welsh Assembly/Devolution * 1
GM/GM (Genetically Modified) foods 0 1
AIDS * *
Privatisation * *
Trade unions/strikes 0 *

Other 4 13
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: 1,039

Improve 23%
Stay the same 40%
Get worse 33%
Don't know 4%
MORI Economic Optimism Index (EOI) -10

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: 1,039

Animal welfare 8%
Constitution / devolution 6%
Defence 10%
Education 52%
Europe 26%
Health care 67%
Housing 15%
Law and order 54%
Managing the economy 29%
Northern Ireland 8%
Pensions 35%
Protecting the natural environment 19%
Public transport 27%
Taxation 36%
Trade Unions 3%
Unemployment 35%
Other 3%
Don't know 4%

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: 1,039

160 Con Lab Lib Dem Other None Don't Know
160 % % % % % %
Animal welfare 8 18 12 7 14 42
Constitution/devolution 23 22 8 2 8 38
Defence 32 24 2 1 10 31
Education 20 43 7 1 9 20
Europe 28 25 7 1 10 28
Health care 16 42 7 1 13 21
Housing 15 32 4 1 13 34
Law and order 31 25 5 1 13 25
Managing the economy 26 35 4 1 10 24
Northern Ireland 13 39 3 1 17 28
Pensions 20 25 7 1 17 31
Protecting the natural environment 9 17 16 14 13 30
Public transport 12 37 7 3 16 26
Taxation 28 25 9 1 12 26
Trade Unions 15 37 4 1 10 34
Unemployment 10 48 5 1 13 24

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 saying each issue is very important

160 Con Lab Lib Dem Other None Don't Know
160 % % % % % %
Animal welfare (76) 7 33 10 10 11 29
Constitution / devolution (63) 30 27 17 4 11 11
Defence (106) 41 26 2 1 12 18
Education (539) 19 45 8 1 9 18
Europe (257) 37 27 11 3 8 14
Health care (702) 17 43 8 1 12 19
Housing (157) 13 31 7 4 14 31
Law and order (562) 38 24 5 1 12 20
Managing the economy (297) 32 34 4 1 9 20
Northern Ireland (81) 18 35 3 0 20 24
Pensions (377) 23 22 10 1 22 23
Protecting the natural environment (204) 7 13 21 18 17 23
Public transport (279) 11 41 9 4 17 18
Taxation (369) 36 22 8 1 13 20
Trade Unions (30) 17 40 11 0 14 18
Unemployment (361) 9 47 6 1 11 26

Q17 Which party did you vote for at the last General Election, in June 1997? If you are not sure, or did not vote, please say so. Base: 1,039

Conservative 21%
Labour 45%
Liberal Democrats 8%
Scottish/Welsh Nationalist 2%
Referendum Party 1%
Green Party *%
Other 1%

Did not vote 16%
Too young 3%
Can't remember 2%
Refused 1%

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