The December 2017 Ipsos MORI Issues Index shows more people mentioning both Europe/Brexit (up 5 points) and the NHS (up 6 points) as important issues facing the country – however Brexit still remains the top concern for the country. This is a joint record high (51%) for those naming Europe/Brexit as a concern, tied with March earlier this year. There has also been an increase in concern about poverty and inequality this month, (up 4 points), roughly equal to its highest ever score of 20% in December 2016. Concern about immigration is at 21%, its lowest for five years.
When considering the single biggest issue facing the country, Europe/Brexit is first with 37% (up 6 points from November). The proportion naming the NHS lags behind Brexit, with 11% saying it is the single biggest issue (up 2 points).
There are also differences by recalled party support and gender on the top two issues of Europe/Brexit and the NHS:
- While Brexit and the NHS are the top two important issues for both Conservative and Labour voters, Conservative voters are more likely to emphasise Brexit than Labour supporters (68% vs. 48%).
- Labour supporters show as much concern over the NHS as they do Brexit (46%) although Conservative supporters are more likely than average to name the NHS (53%) as a concern.
- Brexit is the top concern among men (mentioned by 55%), with the NHS significantly behind (41%). Concern over Brexit and the NHS are on even footing among women, however, mentioned by 48% and 49% respectively.
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 959 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 1 and 17 December 2017 at 215 sampling points across Great Britain. Data is weighted to match the profile of the population.
One in three people in Scotland live in homes that do not meet the Living Home Standard
Created in 2016, The Living Home Standard represents what ‘home’ means, and what an acceptable home should provide. It has been defined by the public, for the public. This year, the study has been repeated, measuring the proportion of people living in homes that pass and fail the Living Home Standard in Scotland.