Ipsos MORI Issues Index October 2018: Worry about Brexit and the EU continues to top Britons' concerns

Brexit continues to dominate the concerns of the British public. For the second month in a row close to six in ten have mentioned the European Union and Brexit as one of the biggest issues facing the country.

Ipsos MORI Issues Index October 2018: Worry about Brexit and the EU continues to top Britons' concerns

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  • Michael Clemence Ipsos Public Affairs, UK
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  • For the second month in a row, fifty-nine per cent of Britons think the EU and Brexit is a big issue for the country, equalling the highest ever recorded score
  • Similarly, half of the public continue to say Brexit is the single biggest issue for the country (48%)
  • Concern about Brexit crosses political and referendum lines – it is the largest worry for Conservatives, Labour supporters, Remainers and Leavers

 

Brexit continues to dominate the concerns of the British public. For the second month in a row close to six in ten have mentioned the European Union and Brexit as one of the biggest issues facing the country (59%). This continues an historically high level of concern recorded in July, August and September.

Half of the public say Brexit is the single biggest issue for the country (48%), a similar level of concern to that recorded in September (49%). The next-biggest single issue for Britain is the NHS, on just eight per cent. 

Elsewhere in the top ten, the NHS remains the British public’s second-biggest concern on 41%. Beneath the NHS, six issues are separated by just two percentage points: the economy and education/schools (both 18%); immigration (17%); and crime, housing and poverty/inequality (all 16%).

Ipsos MORI Issues Index - October 2018 top tenBrexit is the biggest issue for virtually all demographic groups, including those on both sides of the Brexit referendum. Remainers are more concerned – 70% of those who voted Remain see Brexit as a big issue for Britain – but Brexit is also the biggest concern for Leave voters (on 59%). 

These groups show similar levels of concern about the NHS and the economy, but their views differ elsewhere: Remainers show greater worry about education, poverty and pollution while Leave voters are more likely to cite immigration, crime and ageing populations as concerns.

Issues Index top ten - Remain and Leave voters

See more of Ipsos MORI's long-term political and social trends here.
 

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 1,027 adults aged 18+ across Great Britain. The answers are spontaneous responses, and participants 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 12 and 21 October 2018 at 175 sampling points across Great Britain. Data are weighted to match the profile of the population.
 

The author(s)

  • Michael Clemence Ipsos Public Affairs, UK