Political Attitudes in Great Britain for October 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: 1,965

  • MORI interviewed a representative quota sample of 1,965 adults aged 18+ at 155 sampling points across Great Britain.
  • Fieldwork was conducted face-to-face on 22-25 October 1999.
  • Base: All respondents, unless stated.
  • The voting intention figures exclude those who say they would not vote (12%), 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: 1,965

Conservative 28%
Labour 56%
Liberal Democrats 11%
Scottish/Welsh Nationalist 3%
Green Party 2%
Democratic/UKIP/Referendum Party 1%
Other *%

Would not vote 12%
Undecided 8%
Refused 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 Kennedy is doing his job as Leader of the Liberal Democrats? Base: 924

160
Satisfied
Dissatisfied
Don't know
Index
160
%
%
%
177
Government
42
45
13
-3
Blair
53
37
10
+16
Hague
25
53
22
-28
Kennedy
23
13
64
+10

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: 924

160 Q7 Q7/Q8
160 % %
National Health Service/Hospitals 14 41
Common Market/EU/Europe/Single European Currency 22 34
Education/schools 9 31
Unemployment/factory closure/lack of industry 7 17
Crime/law & order/violence/vandalism 6 16
Pensions/welfare security 3 12
Poverty/inequality 4 11
Transport/public transport 2 10
Economy/economic situation 3 9
Housing 3 9
Race relations/immigration/immigrants 3 8
Drug abuse 2 7
Pollution/environment 2 7
Defence/foreign affairs 1 5
Inflation/prices 1 5
Beef/BSE/Mad Cow Disease 1 4
Countryside/rural life 1 3
Morality/individual behaviour 1 3
Taxation 1 3
Low pay/minimum wage/fair wages * 2
Northern Ireland 1 2
Pound/exchange rate/value of pound * 2
Animal welfare * 1
GM/GM (Genetically Modified) foods * 1
Local government/council tax * 1
Nuclear weapons/nuclear war/disarmament * 1
Scottish/Welsh Assembly/Devolution Constitutional reform * 1
Privatisation 0 1
AIDS 0 *
Trade unions/strikes * *

Other 3 10
Don't know 8 7

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: 924

Improve 21%
Stay the same 44%
Get worse 28%
Don't know 7%
Economic Optimism Index (EOI) -7

Economic Condition over the last 12 months & Long Term Trends

Q10-12 Here is a list of things both favourable and unfavourable that have been said about various politicians. I would like you to pick out all those statements that you feel fit ... Base: 924

160 Mr Blair Mr Hague Mr Kennedy 160
A capable leader 44% 12% 10%
Good in a crisis 23% 4% 2%
Understands world problems 28% 9% 6%
Tends to talk down to people 23% 21% 2%
Rather narrow minded 10% 21% 2%
Too inflexible 11% 14% 1%
Has sound judgement 15% 6% 7%
More honest than most politicians 21% 11% 11%
Down-to-earth 19% 11% 12%
Understands the problems facing Britain 34% 16% 9%
Patriotic 17% 25% 6%
Has got a lot of personality 32% 6% 8%
Rather inexperienced 8% 38% 22%
Out of touch with ordinary people 24% 35% 3%
No opinion 8% 17% 59%

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