Political Attitudes in Great Britain for September 2000

  • MORI interviewed a representative quota sample of 1,843 adults aged 18+ at 180 sampling points across Great Britain between 21-26 September 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: 1,843

Conservative 35%
Labour 37%
Liberal Democrats 21%
Scottish/Welsh Nationalist 5%
Green Party 1%
Democratic/UKIP/Referendum Party *%
Other 1%

Would not vote 12%
Undecided 10%
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: 957

160 Satisfied Dissatisfied Don't know Index
160 % % % 177
Government 26 66 8 -40
Blair 32 63 5 -31
Hague 23 56 21 -33
Kennedy 42 17 41 +25

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: 957

160 Q7 Q7/Q8
160 % %
National Health Service/Hospitals 18 46
Petrol prices/fuel 17 31
Education/schools 5 30
Pensions/welfare security 7 23
Common Market/EU/Europe/Single European Currency 12 21
Taxation 5 13
Crime/law and order/violence/vandalism 4 13
Economy/economic situation 4 10
Unemployment/factory closure/lack of industry 4 10
Poverty/inequality 2 7
Transport/public transport 2 7
Race relations/immigration/immigrants 2 6
Housing 1 5
Pollution/environment 1 5
Inflation/prices 2 4
Drug abuse 1 3
Morality/individual behaviour 1 3
Defence/foreign affairs * 2
Local government/council tax * 2
Low pay/minimum wage/fair wages * 2
Countryside/rural life 0 2
Beef/BSE/Mad Cow Disease * 1
GM/GM (Genetically Modified) foods * 1
Northern Ireland * 1
Pound/exchange rate/value of pound * 1
Animal welfare 0 1
Scottish/Welsh Assembly/Devolution 0 1
Nuclear weapons/ nuclear war/disarmament * *
Privatisation 0 *
Trade unions/strikes 0 *
AIDS 0 0

Other 6 21
Don't know 6 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: 957

Improve 19%
Stay the same 41%
Get worse 36%
Don't know 5%
MORI Economic Optimism Index (EOI) -17

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: 957

160 Mr Blair Mr Hague Mr Kennedy 160
A capable leader 29% 11% 20%
Good in a crisis 12% 3% 3%
Understands world problems 19% 9% 12%
Tends to talk down to people 37% 23% 3%
Rather narrow minded 21% 23% 4%
Too inflexible 29% 13% 3%
Has sound judgement 12% 8% 13%
More honest than most politicians 16% 9% 22%
Down-to-earth 13% 9% 21%
Understands the problems facing Britain 22% 14% 19%
Patriotic 17% 20% 9%
Has got a lot of personality 21% 5% 11%
Rather inexperienced 12% 39% 30%
Out of touch with ordinary people 54% 28% 6%
No opinion 6% 17% 39%

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: 957

Conservative 20%
Labour 44%
Liberal Democrats 10%
Scottish/Welsh Nationalist 2%
Referendum Party 1%
Green Party 1%
Other *%

Did not vote 15%
Too young 4%
Can't remember 2%
Refused 2%

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