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Attitudes Towards Gordon Brown, Foot And Mouth And The EU PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ipsos MORI   
03 Sep 2007

11th August 2007 - Ipsos MORI's latest poll for the Sun (conducted on the telephone from 8-9 August) indicates that the 'Brown bounce' continues, with Labour leading over the Conservatives on voting intention among those who say they are 'certain to vote'. Brown is seen to outstrip both Cameron and Campbell in being seen as trustworthy, as well as being perceived as 'better in a crisis' and 'better at understanding the problems facing Britain'.

Most people feel the Government is handling the Foot and Mouth outbreak well, and this attitude now is far more favourable than it was during the outbreak in 2001.

The survey also included some questions on the issue of the EU Constitution. Over half of the British public are against Britain adopting the EU Constitution Treaty, with just under two in five in favour. However, many people's minds are not made up; half say they could be persuaded to change their mind. Most people think that the decision about whether Britain should adopt the EU Treaty should be decided in a Referendum of the British public, rather than in Parliament.


Topline Results

  • Ipsos MORI interviewed a representative quota sample of 1,010 adults in Great Britain aged 18+.
  • Interviews were conducted by telephone between 8th and 9th August 2007.
  • Data are weighted to match the profile of the population.
  • Download the data tabulations pdf, 140KB

  

  

  

Voting — all absolutely certain to vote

Q1a How would you vote if there were a General Election tomorrow?

(If undecided or refused at Q1)

Q2a Which party are you most inclined to support?

Base: All 'absolutely certain to vote' (531)

 %
Conservative33
Labour38
Liberal Democrats (Lib Dem)15
Scottish/Welsh Nationalist2
Green Party3
UK Independence Party2
Other7
 
Lab lead (±%)+5
 
Would not vote*
Undecided6
Refused4

Voting — all

Q1b How would you vote if there were a General Election tomorrow?

(If undecided or refused at Q1)

Q2b Which party are you most inclined to support?

Base: All naming a party (1,010)

 %
Conservative29
Labour42
Liberal Democrats (Lib Dem)16
Scottish/Welsh Nationalist2
Green Party4
UK Independence Party2
Other5
 
Lab lead (±%)+13
 
Would not vote10
Undecided6
Refused3

Q1-3 In general would you describe each of the following politicians as trustworthy or not?

 TrustworthyNot trustworthyDon't knowNet trustworthyNet change Jun-Aug 2007
 %%%%
Gordon Brown54379+17+29
June 2007374914-12
David Cameron365014-14-2
June 2007344621-12
Menzies Campbell413425+7+6
June 2007343333+1

Q4 In general, would you say you are more or less likely to vote Labour at the next election, now that Gordon Brown has replaced Tony Blair as Prime Minister?

 %
More likely to vote Labour37
Less likely to vote Labour17
No change23
I would not vote Labour in any case20
Don't know3

Q5 Which leader do you think best understands the problems facing Britain — Gordon Brown, David Cameron or Menzies Campbell?

 %
Gordon Brown51
David Cameron17
Menzies Campbell8
Don't know24

Q6 Which leader do you think has the most personality — Gordon Brown, David Cameron or Menzies Campbell?

 %
Gordon Brown31
David Cameron42
Menzies Campbell9
Don't know17

Q7 Which leader do you think would be best in a crisis — Gordon Brown, David Cameron or Menzies Campbell?

 %
Gordon Brown69
David Cameron10
Menzies Campbell6
Don't know14

Q8 Overall, are you satisfied or dissatisfied with the way the Government is handling the Foot and Mouth outbreak?

 March 2001August 2007
 %%
Very satisfied 21
Fairly satisfied  51
Neither satisfied nor dissatisfied 6
Fairly dissatisfied 8
Very dissatisfied 7
Don't know 7
Total satisfied3572
Total dissatisfied5215
Net satisfied-17+57

Q9 Overall, are you satisfied or dissatisfied with the way Gordon Brown, the Prime Minister, is handling the issue of standards in schools?

 %
Very satisfied9
Fairly satisfied35
Neither satisfied nor dissatisfied12
Fairly dissatisfied13
Very dissatisfied14
Don't know16
Satisfied44
Dissatisfied27
Net Satisfied+17

Q10 Who would you rather go to the pub for a drink with — David Cameron or Gordon Brown?

 June 2007August 2007
 %%
David Cameron3840
Gordon Brown3743
Don't know2517

Q11 Do you think that it would be better to allow Parliament to decide whether or not Britain should sign the EU Constitutional Treaty, or should it be put to the British public to decide in a Referendum?

 %
Strongly think that Parliament should decide10
Tend to think that Parliament should decide7
Tend to think that it should be decided in a Referendum of the British people 15
Strongly think that it should be decided in a Referendum of the British people 66
Don't know2
Total Parliament should decide17
Total referendum of British people81

Q12 Which of the statements I am going to read out best reflects your view of how you would vote if there were a Referendum on whether Britain should or should not adopt the proposed EU Constitutional Treaty:

 %
I am strongly against Britain adopting the EU Constitutional Treaty, would certainly vote against it in a Referendum, and my mind is made up 31
I am slightly against Britain adopting the EU Constitutional Treaty, and would tend to vote against it in a Referendum, but I could be persuaded to change my mind 24
I am slightly in favour of Britain adopting the EU Constitutional Treaty, and would tend to vote for it in a Referendum, but I could be persuaded to change my mind27
I am strongly for Britain adopting the EU Constitutional Treaty, would certainly vote for it in a Referendum, and my mind is made up10
Don't know7
Total against55
Total in favour37
Total mind made up41
Total could be persuaded to change mind51
 
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