Highest level of concern about environment/pollution in 6 years as concern about race/immigration drops after last month's joint top spot
The February Economist/Ipsos MORI issues index shows that, after January’s dead heat between the economy and race/immigration concern about the latter has fallen by 7 percentage points to 34%, meaning that the economy is once again uncontested as the most important issue facing Britain today.
Two fifths (39%) mention the economy, though this score, matching that recorded in December last year, is the lowest since the start of the financial crisis. Concern is much lower amongst C2DEs (31%) and Londoners (27%), but much higher amongst those in the surrounding South East (55%) and ABC1s (46%), a pattern we saw consistently across 2013.
Three in ten (29%) are concerned about unemployment, with a quarter (23%) concerned about the NHS. This is the fourteenth consecutive month that there have been the same top four issues facing Britain.
One in six (17%) are concerned about education/schools, rising to a quarter (24%) of those in the north of England and Scotland, and a similar percentage (26%) of ABs.
Though it does not feature in the top 10 most important issues, following the wettest two months ever recorded for the south of England, one in ten (10%) are now concerned about pollution/environment, the highest level of concern in six years. Perhaps predictably, concern is highest in the South of England excluding London (17%).
- Download the topline results
- Download the data tables
- Download the February slides
- Economist article
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 968 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 31st Jan - 10th Feb in 172 sampling points across Great Britain. Data are weighted to match the profile of the population.
Getting inside the jury room
Rachel Ormston describes the unique experience of creating a mock jury, to establish how does jury size, majority required, and the number of verdicts available affect what verdict jurors arrive at. The research was led by Ipsos MORI Scotland, with academics from the Universities of Glasgow and Warwick, and commissioned by the Scottish Government.