Crime has risen to the top of Ipsos MORI's Issues Index in August 2008, with almost half of British adults saying it is one of the most important issues facing Britain (47%). This is an increase of eight percentage points since July.
Concern about the economy remains high, with two in five people saying it is an important issue (41%), in line with last month. Worry about inflation continues to rise, with a quarter of British adults saying it is important (26%), an increase of three points since July. However, petrol prices have decreased slightly in importance, falling by five percentage points to 10%.
Other important issues include race relations/ immigration (25%), the NHS (15%) and defence (15%).
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.