Political Attitudes in Great Britain for March 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: 1,907

  • MORI interviewed a representative quota sample of 1,907 adults aged 18+ at 158 sampling points across Great Britain.
  • Fieldwork was conducted face-to-face on 19-22 March 1999.
  • Base: All respondents, unless stated.
  • The voting intention figures exclude those who say they would not vote (10%), 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%.

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: 1,907

160 %
Conservative Labour Liberal Democrats Scottish/Welsh Nationalist Green Party Democratic Party UK Independence Party Referendum Party
Other Would not vote Undecided Refused
27 54 13 3 1 * * *
* 10 6 2

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: 974

160 Satisfied Dissatisfied Don't know Index
160 % % % %
Government Blair Hague Ashdown 47 61 24 53 41 29 50 18 12 10 26 29 +6 +32 -26 +35

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: 974

160 Q7 Q7/8
160 % %
National Health Service/Hospitals Common Market/EU/Europe/Single European Currency Education/schools Unemployment/factory closure/lack of industry Crime/law & order/violence/vandalism Economy/economic situation Pensions/welfare security Poverty/inequality Housing Race relations/immigration/immigrants Morality/individual behaviour Taxation Pollution/environment Drug abuse Inflation/prices Defence/foreign affairs Northern Ireland Transport/public transport Low pay/minimum wage/fair wages Local government/council tax Animal welfare Beef/BSE/Mad Cow Disease Nuclear weapons/nuclear war/disarmament Pound/exchange rate/value of pound Scottish/Welsh Assembly/Devolution/Constitutional reform Countryside/rural life AIDS Privatisation Trade unions/strikes Other Don't know 12 24 9 11 6 7 3 3 1 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 * * * * * * * * * * 0 0 4 7 37 32 29 25 16 15 10 10 7 5 5 5 5 5 4 4 3 3 3 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 * * * 9 6

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: 974

160 %
Improve Stay the same Get worse Don't know
Economic Optimism Index
26 37 32 5
-6

Economic Condition over the last 12 months & Long Term Trends

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

160 %
Satisfied Dissatisfied Don't know/no opinion 50 33 17

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

160 %
Agree Dissagree Don't know/no opinion 49 32 19

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

160 Good Bad Don't know/ no opinion
160 % % %
... for you personally? ... for the country as a whole? 36 46 42 33 22 21

Q13 If there were a referendum now on whether Britain should be part of a Single European Currency, how would you vote? - Base: 974

160 %
In favour Against Don't know/no opinion 31 56 13

Q14 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: 974

160 %
Conservative Labour Liberal Democrats Scottish/Welsh Nationalist Referendum Party Green Party Other
Did not vote Too young Can't remember Refused
19 47 12 2 1 * 1
14 2 1 2

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