Ipsos MORI's monthly Issues Index (conducted face-to-face160from 11-16 December 2008) shows that, for the fourth consecutive month,160the economy remains at the top of the list of160the most important issues facing Britain. In fact, for the160third160consecutive month, Ipsos MORI has recorded our highest-ever rating for160this issue, with160two thirds160(66%) of the public rating it as one of the most important issues facing Britain, an increase of four points from last month. Furthermore,160half (49%)160of people now name the economy as the single most important issue facing Britain (compared to 43% last month).
Other issues associated with160the current economic crisis160include unemployment (15%), housing (7%), and pensions (4%), and the proportion mentioning these issues remain160relatively unchanged from last month. Just160over one in six160(17%) say they are concerned about inflation/prices, a figure which has dropped160one point from last month. The implication, perhaps, is that160the impact of the economic crisis is yet to be felt in the household or the high street - despite our anticipation of a crisis.
Aside from issues surrounding the economy, the160public also name crime/law & order160(35%) and race relations/immigration (22%) as some of the most important issues facing Britain. Concern about the NHS160remains low -- it is now at the lowest we have recorded it160since 1985,160with just 12% mentioning160health/NHS, and just 10% mentioning education (both of which have traditionally been in the top five issues over the past ten years).