The economy is the now most important issue facing Britain today, according to July's Ipsos MORI Issues Index, with four in ten people thinking it is important (42%). This is an increase of ten percentage points since last month (32%) and the highest recorded by Ipsos MORI since November 1992.
Concern about inflation and petrol prices has remained steady since last month: a quarter of people consider inflation to be an important issue (23%), an increase of one point since last month, while 15% think that petrol prices are important (16% last month).
As economic issues have risen to the top of the public's concern, other issues have subsequently dropped off slightly. Concern about NHS/ hospitals has decreased to 16% - a drop of three points since June 2008 and the lowest recorded score since August 1986. Defence/ foreign affairs/ terrorism has dropped five points from last month to 15%, the lowest recorded since June 2005.
Ipsos MORI interviewed a representative quota sample of 1,908 adults aged 18+ at 203 sampling points across Great Britain. Interviews were conducted face-to-face on 24th-31st July 2008. Data are weighted to match the profile of the population.