Political Attitudes in Great Britain for May 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: 1,832

Research study conducted for The Times Newspaper - published 28 May 1998 MORI interviewed a representative quota sample of 1,832 adults aged 18+ at 155 sampling points across Great Britain between 21-24 May 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: 1,832

  %
Conservative 26
Labour 55
Lib Dem 14
Scot / Welsh Nationalist 3
Green Party 1
Referendum Party 0
Other 1

Would not vote 9
Undecided 6
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 Ashdown is doing his job as Leader of the Liberal Democrats? Base: 905

  Satisfied Dissatisfied Don't know
  % % %
Government 52 31 17
Blair 67 23 10
Hague 21 46 33
Ashdown 51 17 32

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: 905

  Q7 / 8
  %
National Health Service / Hospitals 49
Education / schools 39
Unemployment / factory closure / lack of industry 30
Common Market / EU / Europe / Single European Currency 22
Crime / law & order / violence / vandalism 20
Economy / economic situation 13
Pensions / social security 12
Northern Ireland 11
Housing 7
Poverty / inequality 7
Pollution / environment 6
Drug abuse 5
Inflation / prices 5
Defence / foreign affairs 4
Transport / public transport 4
Morality / individual behaviour 3
Race relations / immigration / immigrants 3
Taxation 3
Local government / council tax 2
Beef / BSE / Mad Cow Disease 1
Countryside / rural life 1
Nuclear weapons / nuclear war / disarmament 1
Pound / exchange rate / value of pound 1
Privatisation 1
Scottish / Welsh Assembly / Devolution 1
AIDS *
Animal welfare *
Trade unions / strikes *
Other 11
Don't know 5

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: 905

  %
Improve 26
Stay the same 39
Get worse 25
Don't know 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: 905

  %
Animal welfare 12
Constitution / devolution 8
Defence 12
Education 62
Europe 26
Health care 66
Housing 23
Law and order 45
Managing the economy 34
Northern Ireland 15
Pensions 36
Protecting the natural environment 22
Public transport 23
Taxation 32
Trade Unions 5
Unemployment 50
Other 1
Don't know 5

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 Democrat or some other party has the best policy on each. - Base: 905

  Con Lab Lib Dem Other None Don't know
  % % % % % %
Animal welfare 5 18 7 7 9 54
Constitution / devolution 15 32 6 2 5 40
Defence 25 28 5 1 6 35
Education 11 53 9 1 6 20
Europe 16 40 5 1 7 31
Health care 11 49 9 1 8 22
Housing 11 38 5 1 8 37
Law and order 18 37 4 * 10 31
Managing the economy 19 40 4 1 8 28
Northern Ireland 7 58 1 1 6 27
Pensions 17 27 6 * 10 40
Protecting the natural environment 9 22 15 11 9 34
Public transport 6 39 6 3 10 36
Taxation 21 34 7 1 8 29
Trade Unions 14 42 3 1 6 34
Unemployment 11 48 6 1 8 26

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 Democrat or some other party has the best policy on each. - Base: All those thinking issues very important

  Con Lab Lib Dem Other None Don't know
  % % % % % %
Animal welfare 5 26 7 10 11 41
Constitution / devolution 26 41 12 7 6 8
Defence 41 24 4 2 3 26
Education 10 58 10 1 6 15
Europe 26 43 9 1 8 13
Health care 11 50 10 1 8 20
Housing 12 41 8 2 12 25
Law and order 22 41 5 1 10 21
Managing the economy 27 43 4 1 7 18
Northern Ireland 8 79 1 0 2 10
Pensions 19 33 6 * 10 32
Protecting the natural environment 11 25 17 15 10 22
Public transport 3 50 10 5 12 20
Taxation 32 36 6 1 6 19
Trade Unions 22 49 6 0 0 23
Unemployment 10 52 7 1 11 19

Technical details

MORI interviewed a representative quota sample of 1,832 adults aged 18+ at 155 sampling points across Great Britain. Fieldwork was conducted face-to-face on 21-24 May 1998. Base: All respondents, unless stated. The voting intention figures exclude those who say they would not vote (9%), are undecided (6%) or refuse to name a party (1%). 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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