2013 Issues Index Aggregate data
The table below shows Ipsos MORI's aggregated data from all 12 months of our Issues Index surveys, with the top 10 most important issues (along with EU/Europe) broken down by gender, by age, ethnicity, social class and by voting intention. This is based on a total of more than 10,000 interviews, aggregated from the 12 individual polls.
Some headline findings are as follows;
- The economy remained the most important issue throughout 2013, however the level of concern has dropped by eleven percentage points since 2012, to 47%. Conservative voters, ABs, and those in the South East remain more concerned than average (56%, 57% and 52% respectively), but their level of concern has fallen by around ten percentage points when compared against results for 2012.
Race relations/immigration has displaced unemployment as the second most important issue, rising by 12 percentage points since 2012 to 33%. Conservative voters are more likely than Labour or Lib Dem voters to raise this as an issue (45% to 23% and 27%), but they trail far behind UKIP voters, of whom seven in ten (70%) cite race/immigration as a big issue for Britain.
In line with last year, black and minority ethnic respondents remained particularly concerned with unemployment. Indeed it was the most important issue for this group, mentioned by 49%– significantly more than for white respondents (29%).
Concern about the NHS has risen moderately since 2012, with a quarter (24%) citing it as an issue, compared to a fifth (19%) last year. Concern has risen fairly evenly across the board, with older participants and those from higher social grades the most likely to list the NHS as an issue.
Finally, there has been a small decrease in concern about crime, from 18% in 2012 to 15% this year. Concern has dropped across most demographic breaks, with a small increase amongst 18-24 year olds. Concern about crime amongst this age break has risen two percentage points, from 16% to 18%.
|Issues||Economy||Race/ Immigrat ion||Unemploy ment||NHS/ Health||Crime/ Law and Order||Education/ Schools||Inflation/ Prices||Poverty/ Inequality||Pensions/ Benefits||Housing||EU/ Europe|
|Age within Social Grade|
|North of England||44||33||33||20||15||13||13||14||11||8||6|
|South including London||52||32||30||27||15||17||14||14||11||14||8|
Base: 11,671 GB adults aged 18+
Source: Economist/Ipsos MORI
- Download the computer tables
- Download the 2013 summary slidepack
- Download the summary spreadsheet (with changes from 2012)
(pdf format - right click and 'save link as...')