Political Attitudes in Great Britain for November 1997

Research study conducted for The Times Newspaper MORI interviewed a representative quota sample of 1,879 adults aged 18+ at 170 sampling points across Great Britain between 21-24 November 1997.

Research study conducted for The Times NewspaperMORI interviewed a representative quota sample of 1,879 adults aged 18+ at 170 sampling points across Great Britain between 21-24 November 1997.

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?
  %
Conservative 24
Labour 56
Lib Dem 16
Scot / Welsh Nationalist 3
Green Party 1
Referendum Party *
Other *

Would not vote 8
Undecided 5
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?
  Satisfied Dissatisfied Don't know
  % % %
Government 52 28 20
Blair 70 20 10
Hague 19 53 28
Ashdown 63 14 23

 

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?
  Q7 / 8
  %
National Health Service / Hospitals 47
Education / schools 36
Unemployment / factory closure / lack of industry 34
Common Market / EU / Europe / Single European Currency 31
Crime / law & order / violence / vandalism 22
Economy / economic situation 16
Pensions / social security 13
Housing 8
Pollution / environment 7
Drug abuse 5
Race relations / immigration / immigrants 4
Morality / individual behaviour 4
Inflation / prices 4
Defence / foreign affairs 4
Transport / public transport 3
Northern Ireland 1
Taxation 1
Local government / council tax 1
Nuclear weapons / nuclear war / disarmament 1
AIDS 1
Animal welfare 1
Beef / BSE / Mad Cow Disease 1
Pound / exchange rate / value of pound 1
Countryside / rural life 1
Privatisation *
Scottish / Welsh Assembly *
Trade unions / strikes *
Other 16
Don't know 4

 

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?
  %
Improve 30
Stay the same 40
Get worse 24
Don't know 6

 

Q10 Do you think that the Labour Government is doing ...
  %
... better than you expected at the time of the election 20
... worse than you expected 16
... or about the same as you expected 58
Don't know 6

 

Q11 Since the general election in May, would you say that your standard of living has ...
  %
... improved 7
... got worse 17
... or has it stayed about the same 75
Don't know / no opinion 1

 

Q12 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"
  %
Agree 56
Disagree 27
Don't know 17

 

Q13 Since it was elected in May, do you think the government has or has not ...
  Has Has not Don't know
  % % %
Kept its promises 45 41 14
Provided a strong voice for Britain in Europe 61 25 14
Handled the Northern Ireland issue well 59 20 21
Upheld high standards in public life 55 28 17

 

Q14 Which party did you vote for at the General Election in May 1997? If you are not sure, or did not vote, please say so.
  %
Conservative 22
Labour 45
Lib Dem 13
Scot / Welsh Nationalist 2
Referendum Party 1
Green Party *
Other *

Did not vote 14
Too young 1
Can't remember *
Refused 2

Technical details

MORI interviewed a representative quota sample of 1,879 adults aged 18+ at 170 sampling points across Great Britain.Fieldwork was conducted face-to-face on 21-24 November 1997.Base: All respondents, unless stated.The voting intention figures exclude those who say they would not vote (8%), are undecided (5%) 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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