Concern about Brexit continues to climb and worry about crime rises to a seven-year high

The Ipsos MORI Issues Index for November 2018 shows sixty-two per cent of Britons see the EU and Brexit as one of the biggest issues for Britain, while concern about crime has risen by ten points since last month.

Concern about Brexit continues to climb and worry about crime rises to a seven-year high

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  • Michael Clemence Ipsos Public Affairs, UK
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  • Sixty-two per cent of Britons see the EU and Brexit as one of the biggest issues for Britain, a three-percentage point increase from last month
  • Concern about crime has risen by ten points since last month, to its highest level since the 2011 riots
  • Crime is the joint-second biggest concern for Londoners, on 35%

This month’s Issues Index records a further increase in the proportion of the country who name Brexit as one of the biggest issues for Britain. Sixty-two per cent cite the country’s relationship with Europe as a concern – a new highest level of concern on this topic since September 1974. This is also the highest level of worry about any issue since February 2012 (when 64% were worried about the economy).

Similarly, the proportion who see Brexit as Britain’s single biggest issue is also at an all-time high, at 52% (up from 48% last month). This is the highest recorded score for any issue on this metric since the 2010 General Election when 53% named the economy as Britain’s biggest issue.

Fieldwork occurred between 2-18 November, covering the period that included the Cabinet agreement on the draft Brexit deal, several Ministerial resignations and talk of a leadership challenge to Prime Minister Theresa May.

Outside concern about Brexit there has been a significant increase in concern about crime – 26 per cent this month name it as a big issue, a rise of ten percentage points on last month. Worry about pollution and the environment is in the top ten concerns for the second month in a row; on 13% this is the highest score for this topic since flooding during June 2007.

Top ten chart for the November 2018 Issues IndexConcern about crime is strongly centred on London; 35% of Londoners mention it as a big issue, level with the NHS (36%) and behind only Brexit (69%). Crime is also a bigger issue for those in social grades DE (30%) than it is for those in other social grades. Labour supporters are less likely to name it as an issue: 19% mention it as one of the biggest issues for Britain, compared with 26% of all Britons and 30% of Conservative party supporters.

Subgroup analysis of concern about crime

Technical note 

Ipsos MORI's Issues Index is conducted monthly and provides an overview of the key issues concerning the country. Ipsos MORI interviewed a representative quota sample of 998 adults aged 18+ across Great Britain. The answers are spontaneous responses, and participants are not prompted with any answers. 
Ipsos MORI's Capibus vehicle was used for this survey. Interviews were conducted face-to-face in-home between 2 and 18 November 2018 at 175 sampling points across Great Britain. Data are weighted to match the profile of the population.

The author(s)

  • Michael Clemence Ipsos Public Affairs, UK