Issues Index April 2009

The economy is still the most important issue facing Britain, while, as Britain withdraws from Iraq, concern about defence and foreign affairs is at its lowest since 9/11.

Issues Index April 2009

The economy is still the most important issue facing Britain, while, as Britain withdraws from Iraq, concern about defence and foreign affairs is at its lowest since 9/11.Ipsos MORI's April Issues Index shows that, according to the public, the economy remains the most important issue facing the country. Two thirds (65%) say it is an important issue, and a quarter (23%) also cite worries about unemployment. However, the percentage of those saying the economy is among the most important issues facing Britain has decreased slightly, by two points, since February, and is five points lower than its peak of 70% in January this year. This reflects our most recent Economic Optimism Index which revealed that while the public are concerned about the economy, many believe that the recession is now 'bottoming out', and are increasingly optimistic about the economy in the future. Race Relations/Immigration has moved into second place - three in ten (29%) see this as among the biggest issues facing Britain, its highest score since June 2008. Crime is now in third place - 28% cite this as an among the top issues facing Britain - the lowest score since September 2006. In the week that Britain withdraws the last of its troops from Iraq, only one in eleven (nine per cent) of the public see defence/foreign affairs as an important issue, the lowest score we have recorded since before 9/11.

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 994 adults aged 18+ at 206 sampling points across Great Britain. Interviews were conducted face-to-face on 23rd-28th April 2009. Data are weighted to match the profile of the population.

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