Political Attitudes in Great Britain for May 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: 2,046

  • MORI interviewed a representative quota sample of 2,046 adults aged 18+ at 161 sampling points across Great Britain.
  • Fieldwork was conducted face-to-face on 21-24 May 1999.
  • 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%.

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: 2,046

The voting intention figures exclude those who say they would not vote (11%), are undecided (6%) or refuse to name a party (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: 1,014

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: 1,014

160 Q7 Q7/Q8
160 % %
National Health Service/Hospitals 10 33
Defence/foreign affairs 15 28
Education/schools 8 27
Common Market/EU/Europe/Single European Currency 17 26
Unemployment/factory closure/lack of industry 10 23
Crime/law & order/violence/vandalism 7 18
Economy/economic situation 5 15
Pensions/welfare security 2 11
Housing 3 9
Poverty/inequality 2 8
Drug abuse 1 6
Pollution/environment 1 6
Race relations/immigration/immigrants 2 6
Morality/individual behaviour 2 5
Inflation/prices 1 3
Low pay/minimum wage/fair wages 1 3
Nuclear weapons/nuclear war/disarmament 1 3
Taxation 1 3
Transport/public transport 1 3
AIDS 0 1
Animal welfare * 1
Countryside/rural life * 1
Local government/council tax * 1
Pound/exchange rate/value of pound * 1
Scottish/Welsh Assembly/Devolution/Constitutional reform * 1
Trade unions/strikes 0 1
Beef/BSE/Mad Cow Disease 0 *
Northern Ireland * *
Privatisation * *
Other 4 10
Don't know 7 6

An asterisk (*) denotes a figure between zero and 0.5%.

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: 1,014

Economic Optimism Index (EOI) -1

Economic Condition over the last 12 months & Long Term Trends

Q10 If there were a referendum now on whether Britain should stay in or get out of the European Union, how would you vote? Base a: 1,014 Base b: All expressing an opinion (848)

Q11 Can you tell me how likely you are to get along to vote in the European Parliamentary Elections on June 10? Base: 1,014

Q12 If you do get along to vote in the European Parliamentary Elections on June 10, which party will you vote for? (If undecided or refused at Q1) Q13 Which party are you most inclined to support? Base: 1,014 Base: All certain to vote (313)

Q14 If you do vote at the European Parliamentary elections on June 10, do you think you will vote mostly about the parties' policies on Europe or about the way the government is running the country? Base a: 1,014 Base b: All certain to vote (313)

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