The economy still tops the public agenda, as concern about unemployment decreasesIpsos MORI's October Issues Index shows that the economy remains the most important issue facing the country today. Over half of the public (52%) place it amongst the most important issues facing Britain. This is a similar percentage to the number who cited this issue in June, July and August of this year (54%, 55% and 54% respectively). Fieldwork was conducted before the release of figures showing that the UK is still in recession. Just over one in five (22%) see unemployment as among the most important issues facing Britain today, an eight point decrease from last month, which saw the highest level of concern about the issue measured since December 1998. October saw the release of ONS labour market figures showing the number of unemployed rose to 2.47 million in the three months to August, but this was the smallest monthly rise in claimants since May 2008. More of the public are concerned about crime than unemployment, though crime has seen an six point decrease since August - a quarter (26%) now see it as among the most important issues. One in four (24%) are concerned about race relations/immigration, a drop of one percentage point since August.160
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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.