Economist/Ipsos MORI January 2011 Issues Index

The economy remains top issue of concern for all going into 2011 but there are different party priorities after that.

Economist/Ipsos MORI January 2011 Issues Index

The economy remains the top issue of concern for all going into 2011

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But there are160different party priorities after that; Conservative supporters are more worried about immigration/ race relations, Labour voters are concerned about inflation/ prices and unemployment, while Liberal Democrat supporters are more concerned about public services.

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The first Economist/Ipsos MORI Issues Index of 2011 shows that the economy remains the most important issue facing the country, of concern for three-fifths (60%) of the public.

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The second highest issue of concern is unemployment (27%), and a similar proportion (26%) believe race relations/immigration to be among the most important issues facing the country. Around one in five (22%) are concerned about crime/law and order.

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Fieldwork was conducted just after the rise in VAT, and the results have registered some concern about this; 14% place prices/inflation among the most important issues facing the country, the highest since December 2008 following the peak in inflation during the start of the recession.

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Conservative and Liberal Democrat supporters are more concerned about the economy than Labour voters However, there are some areas where supporters of the two Coalition parties are far less united:

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  • Conservative supporters are most concerned about race relations and immigration (37%), while Liberal Democrats are more aligned with Labour supporters in their lower level of concern about this issue (both 21%).

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  • Liberal Democrat supporters are more worried about unemployment than their Coalition partners (27%, compared to 14% of Conservatives)

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  • Liberal Democrats are more concerned about education and the NHS than Conservatives.

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Labour voters are more worried about unemployment (35%) and inflation/ prices (18%) than supporters of the other two main parties.

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The chart below shows some of the key differences by party support.

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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 995 adults aged 18+ across Great Britain. The questions are spontaneous - i.e. respondents are not prompted with any answers.160 Ipsos MORI's Capibus vehicle was used for this survey.160Interviews were conducted face-to-face160in-home between1607th-13th January 2011 at 154 sampling points across Great Britain. Data are weighted to match the profile of the population.

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