Concern about crime and immigration increase, while worry about Brexit remains high
As the terms of Britain's exit from the European Union continue to be debated, sixty-eight per cent of the public see Brexit as one of the biggest issues facing the country. In the wake of more violence in London and other cities, public concern about crime has risen substantially with 29% of the public citing crime as a worry. This is up from 21% in February and is the highest level of worry about crime since the riots in England in 2011.
Climate change increases in importance to citizens around the world
While globally people have a number of concerns when it comes to environmental issues, climate change has climbed in importance since last year. Interestingly British opinion differs from that of the rest of the world most significantly when it comes over-packaging, overpopulation, dealing with waste, deforestation and water pollution. Britons are more likely than the global average to select over-packaging (30% in GB vs. 15% globally), overpopulation (29% in GB vs. 15% globally) and dealing with waste (47% in GB vs. 34% globally) as top issues. Conversely, Britons are less likely to say either deforestation (8% in GB vs. 24% globally) or water pollution (6% in GB vs. 25% globally) are top issues.
Attitudes to Europe on the eve of the 2019 European Elections
The poll reveals half (50%) of the public in the nine EU countries say they are interested in the upcoming elections (44% say they’re not). Nearly half of people in 10 European countries think things across the EU are on the wrong track. When participants were asked to take a long view of the success of the European project since 1957, half worldwide (51%) think it has made Europe stronger today than it would have been without it and 14% think that it’s made Europe weaker.
Three-quarters would make spreading fake news a crime
In a post-truth world we found that three in four British adults think that it should be a criminal offence to spread fake news deliberately. As look towards the European Elections later this month, we found widespread concern about the impact of fake news on the political process with 70% agreeing that “I am worried that fake news could influence the result of an election or referendum in Britain”, and only 11% disagreeing.
In other news
We released findings in the first UK Cyber Survey, for The National Cyber Security Centre and Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.
There has been a significant fall in expectations about house price rises with 33% of the British public thinking the average UK house price will be higher in 12 months’ time, a drop of 17 points since April 2018.
Are we heading towards a driverless future? How can we find out what the public thinks about a technology that doesn’t yet exist? Sarah Castell, Ipsos MORI and Jack Stilgoe, senior lecturer in Science and Technology Studies at University College London discuss some of the challenges of engaging the public with new technologies.
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Chief Executive, Ipsos MORI