The Economist/ Ipsos MORI December 2014 Issues index – concern about immigration rises to the highest level in over six years
December’s Economist/Ipsos MORI issues index shows that two-fifths (42%) of the public place immigration amongst the most important issues facing Britain, an increase of five percentage points since last month, and the highest level of concern in over six years. Concern about this issue rises to 57% of Conservative voters, and over half (52%) of C2DEs aged 55+, compared with just a quarter (25%) of ABC1s aged 18-34.
This marks the seventh month in a row in which immigration has been the most important issue facing Britain, though a third (33%) mention the economy, which was the key issue of concern prior to that. The economy rises to half (49%) of ABC1s aged 35-54, indeed for them it is the most important issue facing Britain.
The same percentage (33%) mention the NHS, an issue which has increased in salience over recent months. Indeed, in October, when it reached 34%, it marked the highest level of concern in six years.
As with last month, a fifth (22%) mention unemployment, and 17% are concerned about poverty/inequality, an issue which has steadily increased in prominence since 2011. Women and the most well off are more concerned about poverty/inequality – 20% of women and 21% of ABs mention this issue compared with 13% of men and C2s.
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 970 adults aged 18+ across Great Britain. The questions are spontaneous - i.e. respondents 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 28th November – 10th December in 180 sampling points across Great Britain. Data are weighted to match the profile of the population.