Political Attitudes in Great Britain for March 1998

Research study conducted for The Times Newspaper - published 27 March 1998 MORI interviewed a representative quota sample of 1,879 adults aged 18+ at 165 sampling points across Great Britain between 20-23 March 1998.

Research study conducted for The Times Newspaper - published 27 March 1998 MORI interviewed a representative quota sample of 1,879 adults aged 18+ at 165 sampling points across Great Britain between 20-23 March 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: 1,879

  %
Conservative 28
Labour 53
Lib Dem 14
Scot / Welsh Nationalist 3
Green Party 1
Referendum Party *
Other 1

Would not vote 11
Undecided 6
Refused 2

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: 974

  Satisfied Dissatisfied Don't know
  % % %
Government 46 38 16
Blair 62 28 10
Hague 27 43 30
Ashdown 54 16 30

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: 974

  Q7 / 8
  %
National Health Service / Hospitals 47
Education / schools 42
Unemployment / factory closure / lack of industry 34
Common Market / EU / Europe / Single European Currency 22
Economy / economic situation 19
Pensions / social security 17
Crime / law & order / violence / vandalism 13
Poverty / inequality 7
Pollution / environment 7
Housing 6
Drug abuse 5
Morality / individual behaviour 4
Defence / foreign affairs 4
Transport / public transport 4
Taxation 4
Northern Ireland 3
Race relations / immigration / immigrants 3
Inflation / prices 3
Beef / BSE / Mad Cow Disease 2
Local government / council tax 2
Pound / exchange rate / value of pound 2
Nuclear weapons / nuclear war / disarmament 1
Countryside / rural life 1
Scottish / Welsh Assembly / Devolution 1
Privatisation *
AIDS *
Animal welfare *
Trade unions / strikes *
Other 10
Don't know 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: 974

  %
Improve 30
Stay the same 36
Get worse 26
Don't know 8

Q10 Are satisfied or dissatisfied with the way Gordon Brown is doing his job as Chancellor of the Exchequer? - Base: 974

  %
Satisfied 56
Dissatisfied 24
Don't know / no opinion 20

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: 974

  %
Agree 54
Disagree 29
Don't know / no opinion 17

Q12 Do you think the Budget proposals are a good thing ... Base: 974

a) for you personally? b) for the country as a whole?

  a) for you personally? b) for the country as a whole?
  % %
Good thing 33 57
Bad thing 39 22
Don't know 28 21

Q13 Which party did you vote for at the General Election in May 1997? If you are not sure, or did not vote, please say so.

  %
Conservative 22
Labour 46
Lib Dem 10
Scot / Welsh Nationalist 2
Green Party *
Referendum Party 1
Other 1

Did not vote 14
Too young 1
Can't remember 1
Refused 2

Technical details

MORI interviewed a representative quota sample of 1,879 adults aged 18+ at 165 sampling points across Great Britain. Fieldwork was conducted face-to-face on 20-23 March 1998. Base: All respondents, unless stated. The voting intention figures exclude those who say they would not vote (11%), are undecided (6%) or refuse to name a party (2%). 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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