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European Parliament Elections 1999: Public Attitudes

Published:16 February 1999
Fieldwork:5-8 February 1999
Keywords:Europe, European Parliament, European Union, Politics/Political
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  • MORI interviewed a representative quota sample of 1911 adults aged 18+ at 164 sampling points across Great Britain.
  • Fieldwork was conducted face-to-face between 5-8 February 1999.
  • Data were weighted to match the profile of the population.
  • An asterisk (*) refers to a figure of <0.5% but greater than zero.

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?

  %
Conservative 27
Labour 55
Liberal Democrats (Lib Dem) 14
Scottish/Welsh Nationalist 4
Green Party *
Referendum Party/UKIP/Democratic Party *
Other *

Will not/do not intend to vote 11
Undecided 7
Refused 1

Q3 From this card, can you tell me how likely you are to get along to vote in the European Parliamentary Elections in June?

  %
Certain to vote 22
Very likely to vote 17
Quite likely to vote 18
Not very likely to vote 19
Certain not to vote 16

Don't know 8

Q4a How do you intend to vote at the European Parliamentary Elections on 10 June 1999?
If undecided or refused at Q4
Q4b Which party are you most inclined to support?

  Q4a/4b Certain/very likely to vote at Q3
  % %
Conservative 26 27
Labour 52 48
Liberal Democrats (Lib Dem) 15 16
Scottish National Party (SNP) 3 3
Plaid Cymru 1 2
Green Party 2 3
Democratic Party * *
UK Independence Party 1 1
Radical Socialist * *
Other 1 *

Will not/do not intend to vote 22  
Undecided 9  
Refused 1  

Q5a And if at the European Parliamentary Elections, the former Conservative Cabinet Ministers Kenneth Clarke and Michael Heseltine formed their own political party supporting entry to the single European currency, how would you vote?
If undecided or refused at Q4
Q5b Which party are you most inclined to support?

  Q4a/4b Certain/very likely to vote at Q7
  % %
Conservative Party, led by William Hague 19 17
New Conservative Party, led by Kenneth Clarke and Michael Heseltine 13 16
Labour 47 46
Liberal Democrats (Lib Dem) 13 3
Scottish National Party (SNP) 3 3
Plaid Cymru 1 1
Green Party 2 2
Democratic Party * *
UK Independence Party 1 1
Radical Socialist * 1
Other 1 *

Will not/do not intend to vote 23  
Undecided 8  
Refused 24  

Q6a And if at the European Parliamentary Elections, breakaway Conservatives formed their own political party supporting entry to the single European currency, how would you vote?
If undecided or refused at Q6
Q6b Which party are you most inclined to support?

  Q4a/4b Certain/very
likely to
vote at Q7
  % %
Conservative Party, led by William Hague 20 17
New Conservative Party supporting entry to Single European Currency 11 14
Labour 48 47
Liberal Democrats (Lib Dem) 13 13
Scottish National Party (SNP) 3 3
Plaid Cymru 1 1
Green Party 2 2
Democratic Party * *
UK Independence Party 1 1
Radical Socialist * 1
Other * *

Will not/do not intend to vote 23  
Undecided 8  
Refused *  

Q7 If at the European Parliamentary elections in June there were to be candidates from a breakaway Conservative party supporting entry to the Single European Currency, can you tell me how likely you would be to get along to vote?

  %
Certain to vote 21
Very likely to vote 15
Quite likely to vote 19
Not very likely to vote 18
Certain not to vote 19

Don't know 9

Q8 (If you do vote), which, if any, of these factors do you think will be very important to you in helping you decide which party to vote for in the European elections?

  %
The party leaders 15
Party policies on entering the euro 33
The candidates 14
What I think of the parties in general 21
How well the government is running the country 32
The record of the present Members of the European Parliament 9

Other 1
None of these 13
Don't know 9
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