Political Attitudes in Great Britain for November 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: 1,935

  • MORI interviewed a representative quota sample of 1,935 adults aged 18+ at 159 sampling points across Great Britain.
  • Fieldwork was conducted face-to-face on 19-23 November 1999.
  • Base: All respondents, unless stated.
  • The voting intention figures exclude those who say they would not vote (11%), are undecided (8%) 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: 1,935

Conservative 25%
Labour 55%
Liberal Democrats 14%
Scottish/Welsh Nationalist 3%
Green Party 1%
Democratic/UKIP/Referendum Party *%
Other *%

Would not vote 11%
Undecided 8%
Refused 2%

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: 963

160 Satisfied Dissatisfied Don't know Index
160 % % % 177
Government 44 43 13 +1
Blair 54 36 10 +18
Hague 28 47 25 -19
Kennedy 28 11 61 +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: 963

160 Q7 Q7/Q8
160 % %
National Health Service/Hospitals 15 40
Education/schools 6 29
Crime/law & order/violence/vandalism 9 24
Common Market/EU/Europe/Single European Currency 15 23
Unemployment/factory closure/lack of industry 9 21
Pensions/welfare security 4 14
Economy/economic situation 6 13
Transport/public transport 3 12
Housing 3 11
Poverty/inequality 4 10
Drug abuse 2 8
Pollution/environment 2 8
Defence/foreign affairs 2 5
Low pay/minimum wage/fair wages 1 5
Morality/individual behaviour 2 5
Race relations/immigration/immigrants 2 5
Beef/BSE/Mad Cow Disease 2 4
Inflation/prices 1 4
Northern Ireland 1 4
Taxation * 4
Countryside/rural life * 2
Local government/council tax * 2
AIDS * 1
Animal welfare * 1
GM/GM (Genetically Modified) foods * 1
Nuclear weapons/nuclear war/disarmament * 1
Pound/exchange rate/value of pound * 1
Privatisation 0 1
Scottish/Welsh Assembly/Devolution Constitutional reform * 1
Trade unions/strikes 0 *

Other 3 11
Don't know 7 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: 963

Improve 28%
Stay the same 42%
Get worse 24%
Don't know 6%
Economic Optimism Index (EOI) +4

Q10 Are satisfied or dissatisfied with the way Gordon Brown is doing his job as Chancellor of the Exchequer? - Base: 963

Satisfied 51%
Dissatisfied 29%
Don't know/no opinion 20%

Satisfaction with the Chancellor of the Exchequer Long Term Trends

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: 963

Agree 47%
Disagree 34%
Don't know/no opinion 20%

Q12 Since it was elected in May 1997, do you think that the Government has done a good job or a bad job at ... - Base: 963

160 Good job Bad job Don't know
160 % % %
managing the economy 60 24 16
handling taxation and public expenditure 36 44 20
keeping unemployment down 61 24 15

Q13 Thinking about William Hague and Michael Portillo, which one, if either, do you think would make the more capable leader of the Conservative Party? - Base: 963

Hague 33%
Portillo 25%
Someone else/other (named) 2%
Neither 21%
Don't know/no opinion 19%

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