Political Attitudes in Great Britain for March 2000

  • MORI interviewed a representative quota sample of 1,728 adults aged 18+ at 155 sampling points across Great Britain between 23-28 March 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: 1,728

Conservative 29%
Labour 50%
Liberal Democrats 14%
Scottish/Welsh Nationalist 4%
Green Party 1%
Democratic/UKIP/Referendum Party 1%
Other 1%

Would not vote 13%
Undecided 9%
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: 824

160 Satisfied Dissatisfied Don't know Index
160 % % % 160
Government 37 51 12 -14
Blair 47 43 10 +4
Hague 26 49 25 -23
Kennedy 30 16 54 +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: 824

160 Q7 Q7/Q8
160 % %
National Health Service/Hospitals 28 57
Education/schools 10 37
Common Market/EU/Europe/Single European Currency 11 20
Crime/law & order/violence/vandalism 6 20
Unemployment/factory closure/lack of industry 7 18
Race relations/immigration/immigrants 4 13
Pensions/welfare security 2 12
Drug abuse 2 10
Poverty/inequality 3 9
Housing 2 9
Economy/economic situation 3 7
Pollution/environment 1 6
Morality/individual behaviour 1 5
Taxation 1 5
Low pay/minimum wage/fair wages 1 4
Transport/public transport * 4
Inflation/prices 1 3
Defence/foreign affairs 1 2
GM/GM (Genetically Modified) foods 1 2
Northern Ireland * 2
Countryside/rural life 1 1
Pound/exchange rate/value of pound 1 1
Local government/council tax * 1
Nuclear weapons/nuclear war/disarmament * 1
Animal welfare 0 1
AIDS 0 *
Beef/BSE/Mad Cow Disease 0 *
Privatisation 0 *
Scottish/Welsh Assembly/Devolution Constitutional reform 0 *
Trade unions/strikes 0 *

Other 5 12
Don't know 8 7

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: 824

Improve 25%
Stay the same 40%
Get worse 30%
Don't know 5%
Economic Optimism Index (EOI) -5

Q10 Are satisfied or dissatisfied with the way Gordon Brown is doing his job as Chancellor of the Exchequer? Base: 824

Satisfied 48%
Dissatisfied 37%
Don't know/no opinion 15%

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: 824

Agree 42%
Disagree 39%
Don't know/no opinion 19%

Q12 Do you think the Budget proposals are a good thing or a bad thing ...? Base: 824

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

Good a) 26% b) 48%
Bad a) 49% b) 27%
Don't know/no opinion a) 25% b) 25%

Q13 Can you tell me how likely you are to get along to vote at the next Election? Base: 824

Certain not to vote 9%
Not very likely to vote 9%
Quite likely to vote 13%
Very likely to vote 17%
Certain to vote 49%
Don't know/no opinion 3%

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