This month public anxiety about the NHS has hit the highest level since 2002. Concern about immigration continues its downward track (it’s been falling since 2015 but 66% still want immigration reduced).
Globally, reflecting rising growth rates, concern about unemployment has fallen consistently since 2010, and now matches corruption as a key public concern (which is now level pegging with it) as we explore in our “What Worries the World” study across 27 countries.
In Britain Brexit drags on, like a never-ending election campaign, with both sides seeing little movement – one thing is clear however – in our latest study MPs, the media and public all favour banking and finance being protected, ahead of any other sector.
Politically the two main parties are becalmed, with Labour seemingly unable to take advantage of a government in disarray, something we explore in this issue.
We also have special reports on India and Africa, and also look at happiness, drugs adherence and more. We see how Princes William and Harry are now the most popular Royals (and the perceived importance of the monarchy is at an all time high).
Finally we have our latest Perils of Perception study, this time looking at Scotland, finding that immigration, depression and teenage pregnancy are all massively over-estimated – whereas obesity levels are of course under-estimated.
Meanwhile we are preparing four new international reports this year:
•The Truth about Trust (is it really falling?)
•Ageing and what it means for us all
•Ipsos Global Trends 2018
For more on any of these – or ideas you want us to explore – please get in touch. Stay warm.