Political Attitudes in Great Britain for May 2000

  • MORI interviewed a representative quota sample of 1,891 adults aged 18+ at 151 sampling points across Great Britain between 18-23 May 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: 1,891

Conservative 32%
Labour 48%
Liberal Democrats 15%
Scottish/Welsh Nationalist 3%
Green Party 1%
Democratic/UKIP/Referendum Party *%
Other 1%

Would not vote 12%
Undecided 8%
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: 979

160 Satisfied Dissatisfied Don't know Index
160 % % % 160
Government 36 49 15 -13
Blair 47 42 11 +5
Hague 27 47 26 -20
Kennedy 32 15 53 +17

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: 979

160 Q7 Q7/Q8
160 % %
National Health Service/Hospitals 20 45
Crime/law and order/violence/vandalism 16 34
Education/schools 6 30
Unemployment/factory closure/lack of industry 9 23
Common Market/EU/Europe/Single European Currency 10 19
Race relations/immigration/immigrants 6 16
Pensions/welfare security 3 15
Economy/economic situation 4 11
Drug abuse 3 10
Housing 2 9
Poverty/inequality 2 9
Morality/individual behaviour 1 6
Transport/public transport * 6
Pollution/environment 1 5
Defence/foreign affairs 1 4
Taxation 1 4
GM/GM (Genetically Modified) foods 1 3
Inflation/prices 1 3
Countryside/rural life 1 2
Local government/council tax * 2
Low pay/minimum wage/fair wages 1 2
Northern Ireland * 2
Animal welfare 0 1
Beef/BSE/Mad Cow Disease * 1
Nuclear weapons/ nuclear war/disarmament * 1
Pound/exchange rate/value of pound 1 1
AIDS 0 1
Privatisation * 1
Scottish/Welsh Assembly/Devolution * 1
Trade unions/strikes 0 *

Other 3 11
Don't know 7 6

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: 979

Improve 22%
Stay the same 38%
Get worse 33%
Don't know 7%
Economic Optimism Index (EOI) -11

Q10 On balance, do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements...?

"The Conservatives are ready to form the next government"

Base: 979

160

Agree 23%
Disagree 60%
Don't know 17%
Net agree -37

"William Hague is ready to be Prime Minister"

Base: 979

160

Agree 18%
Disagree 64%
Don't know 18%
Net agree -46

Q11-16 I am going to read out some issues facing Britain today. For each one, I would like you to tell me whether you think William Hague or Tony Blair is most in tune with the views of the British public... Base: 979

160 law & order Immigration Europe The NHS Education Protecting jobs
160 % % % % % %
Blair 37 27 39 50 53 40
Hague 31 35 26 14 15 18
Neither 18 20 16 19 17 23
Don't know 14 18 19 17 15 19
Blair's lead over Hague +6 -8 +13 +36 +38 +22

Q17 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: 978

Conservative 18%
Labour 40%
Liberal Democrats 9%
Scottish/Welsh Nationalist 3%
Referendum Party *%
Green Party 1%
Other 1%

Did not vote 21%
Too young 4%
Can't remember 2%
Refused 1%

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