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Political Attitudes in Great Britain for January 2001

Published:26 January 2001
Fieldwork:18 - 22 January 2001
Source:The Times
Keywords:Politics/Political, society, Voting intention
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  • MORI interviewed a representative quota sample of 2,083 adults aged 18+ at 196 sampling points across Great Britain
  • Interviews were conducted face-to-face between 18-22 January 2001
  • Data are weighted to match the profile of the population
  • Results are based on all respondents unless otherwise stated
  • 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: 2,083

Conservative 31%
Labour 50%
Liberal Democrats 14%
Scottish/Welsh Nationalist 4%
Green Party 1%
Democratic/UKIP/Referendum Party *%
Other *%

Would not vote 12%
Undecided 9%
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: 1,104

  Satisfied Dissatisfied Don't know Index
  % % % ±
Government 37 50 13 -13
Blair 47 44 9 +3
Hague 25 52 23 -27
Kennedy 33 19 48 +14

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? [Random]
Base: 1,104

  Q7 Q7/Q8
  % %
National Health Service/Hospitals 22 50
Education/schools 9 32
Crime/law & order/violence/vandalism 13 30
Common Market/EU/Europe/Single European Currency 13 21
Unemployment/factory closure/lack of industry 5 12
Economy/economic situation 6 11
Race relations/immigration/immigrants 4 11
Transport/public transport 2 9
Pensions/welfare security 1 8
Petrol prices/fuel 1 8
Pollution/environment 2 6
Poverty/inequality 2 6
Taxation 2 6
Drug abuse 1 6
Housing 1 6
Morality/individual behaviour 1 4
Defence/foreign affairs 1 3
Low pay/minimum wage/fair wages 1 3
Inflation/prices * 3
Pound/exchange rate/value of pound 1 2
Countryside/rural life * 2
Local government/council tax * 2
Privatisation 0 1
Animal welfare * 1
Beef/BSE/Mad Cow Disease * 1
GM/GM (Genetically Modified) foods * 1
Northern Ireland * 1
Scottish/Welsh Assembly/Devolution Constitutional reform * 1
AIDS 0 *
Trade unions/strikes 0 *
Nuclear weapons/nuclear war/disarmament * *

Other 2 12
Don't know 9 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: 1,104

Improve 20%
Stay the same 45%
Get worse 29%
Don't know 6%
MORI Economic Optimism Index (EOI) -9%

Q10 Since it was elected in May 1997, do you think the government has or has not...
Base: 1,104

  Has Has not Don't know
  % % %
Kept its promises 28 59 13
Provided a strong voice for Britain in Europe 37 45 18
Helped to improve your own living standards 28 62 10
Improved law and order 24 63 13
Improved the standard of education 36 44 20
Kept taxes down 28 57 15
Handled the Northern Ireland issue well 50 29 21

Q11 Which of these statements comes closest to your view of Mr Blair?
Base: 1,104

  %
I like him and I like his policies 34
I like him but I dislike his policies 23
I dislike him but I like his policies 9
I dislike him and I dislike his policies 25
No opinion 10

Q12 Which of these statements comes closest to your view of Mr Hague?
Base: 1,104

  %
I like him and I like his policies 15
I like him but I dislike his policies 15
I dislike him but I like his policies 16
I dislike him and I dislike his policies 37
No opinion 17

Q13 From this card, can you tell me how likely you are to get along to vote at the next Election?
Base: 1,104

  %
Certain to vote 48
Very likely to vote 16
Quite likely to vote 11
Not very likely to vote 9
Certain not to vote 12
Don't know 4

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: 1,104

Conservative 19%
Labour 45%
Liberal Democrats 9%
Scottish/Welsh Nationalist 2%
Referendum Party *%
Green Party 1%
Other *%

Did not vote 15%
Too young 5%
Can't remember 2%
Refused 2%
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