Political Attitudes in Great Britain for September 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: 1,823

  • MORI interviewed a representative quota sample of 1,823 adults aged 18+ at 155 sampling points across Great Britain.
  • Fieldwork was conducted face-to-face on 24-27 September 1999.
  • Base: All respondents, unless stated.
  • The voting intention figures exclude those who say they would not vote (11%), are undecided (6%) 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%.

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: 1,823

Conservative 25%
Labour 52%
Liberal Democrats 17%
Scottish/Welsh Nationalist 4%
Green Party 1%
Democratic/UKIP/Referendum Party *%
Other 1%

Would not vote 11%
Undecided 6%
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: 923

160
Satisfied
Dissatisfied
Don't know
Index
160
%
%
%
177
Government
47
40
13
+7
Blair
58
34
8
+24
Hague
23
50
27
-27
Kennedy
24
11
65
+13

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: 910

160 Q7 Q7/Q8
160 % %
National Health Service/Hospitals 15 39
Education/schools 9 31
Common Market/EU/Europe/Single European Currency 13 23
Unemployment/factory closure/lack of industry 11 22
Crime/law & order/violence/vandalism 8 21
Pensions/welfare security 4 14
Poverty/inequality 5 14
Drug abuse 4 12
Economy/economic situation 4 11
Housing 2 8
Pollution/environment 2 7
Race relations/immigration/immigrants 3 7
Morality/individual behaviour 2 6
Defence/foreign affairs 2 5
Transport/public transport * 5
Inflation/prices 1 4
Countryside/rural life * 3
Low pay/minimum wage/fair wages * 3
Northern Ireland * 3
GM/GM (Genetically Modified) foods * 2
Taxation * 2
Animal welfare * 1
Beef/BSE/Mad Cow Disease * 1
Local government/council tax 0 1
Nuclear weapons/nuclear war/disarmament 0 1
Pound/exchange rate/value of pound * 1
Scottish/Welsh Assembly/Devolution Constitutional reform * 1
AIDS 0 *
Privatisation 0 *
Trade unions/strikes 0 *
Other 4 11
Don't know 8 7

Important Issues over the last 12 months & Long Term Trends

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: 923

Improve 29%
Stay the same 40%
Get worse 24%
Don't know 7%
Economic Optimism Index (EOI) +5

Q10-12 Read through the list slowly keeping the Conservative / Labour / Liberal Democrat party in mind. Every time you come to a statement that fits your ideas or impressions of the party just tell me. 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 Conservative / Labour / Liberal Democrat party. Base: 923

160 Con Q10 Lab Q11 Lib Dem Q12
160 % % %
Keeps it promises 5 11 7
Understands the problems facing Britain 14 32 22
Represents all classes 8 26 22
Looks after the interests of people like us 6 18 10
Moderate 9 17 21
Extreme 8 5 1
Concerned about the people in real need in Britain 7 26 20
Has a good team of leaders 6 25 10
Will promise anything to win votes 41 34 13
Out of touch with ordinary people 48 20 7
Has sensible policies 10 23 24
Too dominated by its leader 11 22 3
Professional in its approach 8 20 13
Divided 34 10 5
No opinion 15 11 38

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