Political Attitudes in Great Britain for October 2000

  • MORI interviewed a representative quota sample of 2,010 adults aged 18+ at 195 sampling points across Great Britain between 19-23 October 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: 2,010

Conservative 32%
Labour 45%
Liberal Democrats 17%
Scottish/Welsh Nationalist 4%
Green Party 1%
Democratic/UKIP/Referendum Party 1%
Other 1%

Would not vote 13%
Undecided 9%
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: 1,044

160 Satisfied Dissatisfied Don't know Index
160 % % % 177
Government 29 61 10 -32
Blair 37 55 8 -18
Hague 28 51 21 -23
Kennedy 34 19 47 +15

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: 1,044

160 Q7 Q7/Q8
160 % %
National Health Service/Hospitals 18 44
Education/schools 6 25
Common Market/EU/Europe/Single European Currency 13 24
Petrol prices/fuel 9 22
Crime/law and order/violence/vandalism 6 19
Pensions/welfare security 5 19
Transport/public transport 2 12
Race relations/immigration/immigrants 4 10
Unemployment/factory closure/lack of industry 4 10
Economy/economic situation 4 9
Taxation 3 9
Poverty/inequality 2 8
Drug abuse 2 7
Housing 1 5
Morality/individual behaviour 1 5
Defence/foreign affairs 1 4
Inflation/prices 1 4
Pollution/environment 1 4
Low pay/minimum wage/fair wages 1 2
Local government/council tax * 2
Pound/exchange rate/value of pound 1 1
Beef/BSE/Mad Cow Disease * 1
Countryside/rural life * 1
Northern Ireland * 1
Nuclear weapons/ nuclear war/disarmament * 1
Privatisation * 1
GM/GM (Genetically Modified) foods 0 *
AIDS 0 *
Animal welfare 0 *
Scottish/Welsh Assembly/Devolution 0 *
Trade unions/strikes 0 *

Other 6 22
Don't know 8 0

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: 1,044

Improve 18%
Stay the same 42%
Get worse 31%
Don't know 9%
MORI Economic Optimism Index (EOI) -13

Q10-12 Here is a list of things both favourable and unfavourable that have been said about various political parties. Read through the list slowly keeping the ... party in mind. Every time you come to a statement that fits your ideas or impressions of the [PARTY] just tell me the letter next to it. You may pick as many or as few as you like. You don't have to be certain, just pick the letters next to the statements you feel fit the ... [PARTY]. Base: 1,044

160 Con Q10 Lab Q11 Lib Dem Q12
160 % % %
Keeps it promises 2 6 4
Understands the problems facing Britain 19 23 19
Represents all classes 10 18 23
Looks after the interests of people like us 10 11 9
Moderate 11 17 23
Extreme 14 6 2
Concerned about the people in real need in Britain 12 19 20
Has a good team of leaders 7 13 11
Will promise anything to win votes 48 42 14
Out of touch with ordinary people 40 43 8
Has sensible policies 14 17 24
Too dominated by its leader 12 33 3
Professional in its approach 11 11 11
Divided 31 25 5
No opinion 13 8 38

Q13 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: 1,044

Conservative 22%
Labour 38%
Liberal Democrats 10%
Scottish/Welsh Nationalist 2%
Referendum Party *%
Green Party *%
Other *%

Did not vote 18%
Too young 4%
Can't remember 2%
Refused 2%

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