Public split on the ideal voting system, while NHS and economy remain top issues for voters

Public split on the ideal voting system, while NHS and economy remain top issues for voters, says our latest Political Monitor poll.

NHS and economy remain most important issues to voters, and the public split on the ideal voting system

  • Net public optimism about the economy rises to +26, its highest point since August 2014.
  • Over four fifths (84%) of people say that the result of the election is important to them personally. This has slightly increased since March, when 78% felt the result would be important to them.
  • Healthcare is still the top issue for voters (48%), and managing the economy is unmoved on 35%. Education/schools is third on the voters’ list of priorities (27%) and immigration is still fourth (25%) but has gained some ground on the beginning of April when it was at 19%.
  • When asked whether people want parties to have a fairer share of seats or a voting system where the largest party is likely to govern on its own, slightly more think that the system should give parties’ a fairer share of seats (48%) than enable the largest party to govern (45%). Voters supporting smaller parties are more likely to favour a system where smaller parties get a fairer share of seats.  Nearly three quarters of Lib Dem voters (74%) support smaller parties getting a fairer share, and over half of UKIP voters (52%) support a system that produces this.

 

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    Technical note:

    • Ipsos MORI interviewed a representative sample of 1,010 adults aged 18+ across Great Britain.
    • Interviews were conducted by telephone 26-29 April 2015.
    • Data is weighted to match the profile of the population.

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