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.
- 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.