The economy160again tops Ipsos MORI's160monthly Issues Index, with160just under160three fifths160of British adults (58%) saying it is one of the most important issues facing Britain, an increase of1603 points from last month.160This is the highest score we have ever recorded for this issue (our trends date back to 1974).160Along with rising concern about the economy, the public are also concerned about inflation/prices -- one in five (21%) name this as one of the most important issues facing the country. However, despite recent rises in the national unemployment figures, just 4% state that they are concerned about pensions, and 14% are concerned about unemployment (although this is up 3 points from last month).
After the economy, the issue that the British public consider most important is160crime (33%), followed by concern about race relations/immigration160(27%).
Ipsos MORI interviewed a representative quota sample of 1,031 adults aged 18+ at 203 sampling points across Great Britain. Interviews were conducted face-to-face on 16th - 21st October 2008. Data are weighted to match the profile of the population.
Where percentages do not sum to 100, this may be due to computer rounding, the exclusioon of "don't know" categories, or multiple answers. Throughout the volume, an asterisk (*) denotes any value of less than half a per cent.
World divided on socialism, 200 years after birth of Karl Marx
Half of the people around the world think that at present, socialist ideals are of great value for societal progress. Despite this, half of the people also agree that socialism is a system of political oppression, mass surveillance and state terror. Globally, eight in ten people think that the rich should be taxed more to support the poor. Around the world nine in ten people believe that education should be free of charge and that free healthcare is a human right.