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Political Attitudes in Great Britain for June 1998

Published:2 July 1998
Fieldwork:25-30 June 1998
Sub-Theme:Political Monitor

Research study conducted for The Times Newspaper
MORI interviewed a representative quota sample of 1,760 adults aged 18+ at 148 sampling points across Great Britain between 25-30 June 1998.

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: 1,760
  %
Conservative 27
Labour 56
Lib Dem 13
Scot / Welsh Nationalist 3
Green Party 1
Referendum Party *
Other 1

Would not vote 10
Undecided 7
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 Ashdown is doing his job as Leader of the Liberal Democrats?
Base: 926
  Satisfied Dissatisfied Don't know
  % % %
Government 49 38 13
Blair 62 28 10
Hague 23 46 31
Ashdown 51 18 31

 

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: 926
  Q7 Q7 / 8
  % %
National Health Service / Hospitals 15 44
Common Market / EU / Europe / Single European Currency 22 33
Unemployment / factory closure / lack of industry 16 33
Education / schools 8 33
Crime / law & order / violence / vandalism 7 21
Economy / economic situation 5 13
Pensions / social security 2 10
Poverty / inequality 2 9
Housing 2 8
Drug abuse 1 8
Pollution / environment 1 8
Morality / individual behaviour 1 6
Inflation / prices 1 5
Defence / foreign affairs 1 5
Northern Ireland 2 5
Transport / public transport * 5
Race relations / immigration / immigrants 2 3
Taxation * 3
Local government / council tax 1 2
Nuclear weapons / nuclear war / disarmament * 2
Pound / exchange rate / value of pound * 2
Scottish / Welsh Assembly / Devolution * 1
Privatisation 0 1
AIDS * 1
Animal welfare * 1
Beef / BSE / Mad Cow Disease * 1
Countryside / rural life * 1
Trade unions / strikes 0 *
Other 3 10
Don't know 6 5

 

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: 926
  %
Improve 19
Stay the same 36
Get worse 38
Don't know 7

 

Q10 If there were a referendum now on whether Britain should stay in or get out of the European Union (Common Market), how would you vote? a - Base: 926
b - Base=All expressing opinion (785)
  a b
  % &
Stay in 47 54
Get out 40 46
Don't know 13 0

 

Q11 As you may know, the member states of the European Union take turns to hold the Presidency of the European Union. The country which holds the Presidency is responsible for leading the EU member states for a six month period. Which country has held the presidency for the first six months of 1998? Base: 926
  %
Austria *
Belgium 2
Denmark *
Finland 0
France 3
Germany 5
Greece 0
Italy *
Luxembourg *
Netherlands *
Portugal 0
Republic of Ireland *
Spain 0
Sweden *
United Kingdom 42

Other 1
Don't know 45

 

Q12 The United Kingdom Government has held the Presidency for the first six months of 1998. From what you know or have heard, are you satisfied or dissatisfied with the job the UK Government has done as President of the European Union during the first six months of 1998? a - Base: 926
b - Base=All aware of UK Presidency at Q11 (356)
  a b
  %
Satisfied 33 51
Dissatisfied 19 24
Don't know 48 25

Technical details

MORI interviewed a representative quota sample of 1,760 adults aged 18+ at 148 sampling points across Great Britain.
Fieldwork was conducted face-to-face on 25-30 June 1998.
Base: All respondents, unless stated.
The voting intention figures exclude those who say they would not vote (10%), are undecided (7%) 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%.

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