Economy continues to dominate Ipsos MORI Issues Index Ipsos MORI's February Issues Index shows that the economy remains the most important issue facing Britain as far as the public are concerned. However, the percentage of those saying the economy is among the most important issues facing Britain (67%) has decreased since last month (when it peaked at 70%). This is the first time since July 2008 that there has been a drop (albeit a small one) in the number concerned about the economy. Crime remains in second place, cited as an important issue by a third (32%) of the public. Despite the continuing news reports about redundancies, the percentage of Britons citing unemployment as among the country's main issues (23%) has remained steady since January. Race relations/immigration is now the third most important issue facing Britain. A quarter (25%) now see this as among the most important issues, up from 21% last month. Download the February Issues Index Download the latest Issues Index trend chartsDownload the February Issues Index tablesTechinical 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 995 adults aged 18+ at 206 sampling points across Great Britain.
Interviews were conducted face-to-face on 19th-24th February 2009. Data are weighted to match the profile of the population.
World divided on socialism, 200 years after birth of Karl Marx
Half of the people around the world think that at present, socialist ideals are of great value for societal progress. Despite this, half of the people also agree that socialism is a system of political oppression, mass surveillance and state terror. Globally, eight in ten people think that the rich should be taxed more to support the poor. Around the world nine in ten people believe that education should be free of charge and that free healthcare is a human right.