Political Attitudes in Great Britain for March 2001

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: 1,945

  • MORI interviewed a representative quota sample of 1,945 adults aged 18+ at 189 sampling points across Great Britain
  • Interviews were conducted face-to-face between 22-27 March 2001
  • Data are weighted to match the profile of the population
  • Results are based on all respondents unless otherwise stated
  • 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: 1,945

Conservative 31%
Labour 50%
Liberal Democrats 14%
Scottish/Welsh Nationalist 3%
Green Party 1%
Democratic/UKIP/Referendum Party *%
Other 1%

Would not vote 11%
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: 1,013

  Satisfied Dissatisfied Don't know Index
  % % % 177
Government 40 51 9 -11
Blair 47 46 7 +1
Hague 25 53 22 -28
Kennedy 40 22 38 +18

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: 1,013

  Q7 Q7/Q8
  % %
Foot and mouth outbreak/farming crisis 35 49
National Health Service/Hospitals 11 37
Education/schools 7 29
Common Market/EU/Europe/Single European Currency 7 17
Crime/law & order/violence/vandalism 5 16
Race relations/immigration/immigrants 4 10
Unemployment/factory closure/lack of industry 3 10
Economy/economic situation 5 9
Pensions/welfare security 1 8
Transport/public transport * 6
Beef/BSE/Mad Cow Disease 2 5
Poverty/inequality 2 5
Drug abuse 1 5
Taxation * 5
Housing 1 4
Petrol prices/fuel 1 4
Pollution/environment 1 4
Countryside/rural life 1 3
Inflation/prices 1 2
Morality/individual behaviour 1 2
Animal welfare * 2
Low pay/minimum wage/fair wages * 2
Defence/foreign affairs * 1
GM/GM (Genetically Modified) foods * 1
Local government/council tax * 1
Northern Ireland 0 1
Pound/exchange rate/value of pound 0 1
AIDS 0 *
Nuclear weapons/nuclear war/disarmament 0 *
Privatisation 0 *
Scottish/Welsh Assembly/Devolution Constitutional reform 0 *
Trade unions/strikes 0 *

Other 6 17
Don't know 4 3

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: 1,013

Improve 15%
Stay the same 35%
Get worse 44%
Don't know 6%
MORI Economic Optimism Index (EOI) -29%

Q10 Are you satisfied or dissatisfied with the way Gordon Brown is doing his job as Chancellor of the Exchequer?Base: 1,013

Satisfied 55%
Dissatisfied 32%
Don't know / no opinion 13%
Net satisfied +23%

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: 1,013

Agree 48%
Dissagree 36%
Don't know / no opinion 16%
Net agree +12%

Q12 Do you think the Budget proposals are a good thing or a bad thing ...?Base: 1,013

  for youpersonally? for the countryas a whole?
  % %
Good 42 52
Bad 30 25
Don't know/no opinion 28 23

Net goog +12 +27

Q13 Overall, are you satisfied or dissatisfied with the way the Government is handling the Foot and Mouth outbreak?Base: 1,013

Satisfied 18%
Dissatisfied 69%
Don't know / no opinion 13%

Q14 Can you tell me how likely you are to get along to vote at the next Election?Base: 1,013

  %
Certain to vote 49
Very likely to vote 17
Quite likely to vote 13
Not very likely to vote 7
Certain not to vote 12
Don't know 2

Q15 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: 1,013

Conservative 21%
Labour 44%
Liberal Democrats 9%
Scottish/Welsh Nationalist 2%
Referendum Party *%
Green Party *%
Other *%

Did not vote 15%
Too young 5%
Can't remember 1%
Refused 1%

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