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Ipsos MORI Issues Index: February 2014

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News & Politics

Published on February 24, 2014

Author: IpsosMORI

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The February Economist/Ipsos MORI issues index shows that, after January’s dead heat between the economy and race/immigration concern about the latter among Britons has fallen by 7 percentage points to 34%, meaning that the economy is once again uncontested as the most important issue facing Britain today. Poll: http://www.ipsos-mori.com/researchpublications/researcharchive/3346/EconomistIpsos-MORI-February-2014-Issues-Index.aspx
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Ipsos MORI Issues Index February 2014 Contacts: Gideon.Skinner@ipsos.com Jerry.Latter@ipsos.com 020 7347 3000

Issues Facing Britain: February 2 What do you see as the most/other important issues facing Britain today? Change since Jan: % Position Top mentions % 39 Economy Race relations/Immigration 34 29 Unemployment 23 NHS Education/Schools 17 Crime/Law and order Poverty/Inequality Inflation/Prices 16 15 13 Housing 12 Pensions/benefits 12 Base: 968 British adults 18+, 31st January - 10th February 2014 -2 -7 -1 -3 -4 +2 +4 0 -1 -2 -2 +1 -4 +1 -4 Source: Ipsos MORI Issues Index

Issues Facing Britain: Long Term Trends 3 What do you see as the most/other important issues facing Britain today? 70 Economy 60 50 Unemployment Race / immigration 40 30 20 NHS 10 Crime/ Law & Order 0 May May May May May May May May May May May May May May May May May 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 Base: representative sample of c.1,000 British adults age 18+ each month, interviewed face-to-face in home Source: Ipsos MORI Issues Index

Issues Facing Britain: Economy / Economic situation 4 What do you see as the most/other important issues facing Britain today? Cameron becomes PM 70 Bank bailout 60 Highest score since 1992. Most important issue for the first time 50 40 30 Global Recession and Russian Financial crisis End of recession announced Lowest score since the start of the recession (39%) Northern Rock nationalised 20 10 Sub-prime mortgage crisis in the US 0 May May May May May May May May May May May May May May May May May 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 Base: representative sample of c.1,000 British adults age 18+ each month, interviewed face-to-face in home Source: Ipsos MORI Issues Index

Issues Facing Britain: Race Relations / Immigration / Immigrants What do you see as the most/other important issues facing Britain today? 5 Cameron becomes PM 50 Sangatte detention centre constantly in the news throughout 2002 Foreign prisoners furore Border controls relaxed for Romanians and Bulgarians 40 9/11 30 Race riots in Burnley, Oldham, and Bradford 20 Anthony Walker murdered in Liverpool 10 0 May May May May May May May May May May May May May May May May May 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 Base: representative sample of c.1,000 British adults age 18+ each month, interviewed face-to-face in home Source: Ipsos MORI Issues Index

Issues Facing Britain: Unemployment / Factory closure / Lack of industry What do you see as the most/other important issues facing Britain today? Cameron becomes PM 50 Youth unemployment reaches 1 million 40 Minimum wage introduced 30 20 10 0 Unemployment in Britain rises to 5.5% ‘New Deal’ launched, providing training, subsidised employment, and voluntary work to the unemployed Lowest ever score Unemployment falls below 1 million for first time in 25 years May May May May May May May May May May May May May May May May May 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 Base: representative sample of c.1,000 British adults age 18+ each month, interviewed face-to-face in home Source: Ipsos MORI Issues Index 6

Issues Facing Britain: Crime / Law & Order / Violence / Vandalism / ASB What do you see as the most/other important issues facing Britain today? 60 Foreign prisoners scandal – Charles Clarke is sacked 50 Blair activates civil contingencies machinery to deal with spiralling street crime 7 Cameron becomes PM Rhys Jones and Garry Newlove murdered Tory election pledge of 40,000 more police 40 Riots May day riots 30 Prison overcrowding reaches record levels 20 Fuel Protests 10 9/11 0 May 1997 May 1998 May 1999 May 2000 May 2001 May 2002 May 2003 May 2004 May 2005 Base: representative sample of c.1,000 British adults age 18+ each month, interviewed face-to-face in home May 2006 May 2007 May 2008 May 2009 May 2010 May 2011 May 2012 May 2013 Source: Ipsos MORI Issues Index

Issues Facing Britain: NHS / Hospitals / Healthcare 8 What do you see as the most/other important issues facing Britain today? 80 Cameron becomes PM Blair – “We have underfunded the NHS for years and we are paying the price for it” – BBC NHS day 70 60 General Election – “Battle of Margaret’s shoulder” 50 Hewitt heckled at UNISON conference – fears over NHS job cuts 40 30 20 Blair tells doctors “not enough” has been done for the NHS – allocates extra £20 billion. Report says waiting lists have doubled under Labour Alan Milburn promises 35,000 more nurses, 40 new hospitals and development of foundation trusts as part of NHS plan 10 Lowest score since December 1985 0 May May May May May May May May May May May May May May May May May 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 Base: representative sample of c.1,000 British adults age 18+ each month, interviewed face-to-face in home Source: Ipsos MORI Issues Index

Issues Facing Britain: Education / Schools 9 What do you see as the most/other important issues facing Britain today? 50 Introduction of means-tested tuition fees. Education most important issue. 40 Cameron becomes PM Labour’s second term - pledge to improve failing secondary schools City academies introduced to combat entrenched failure in some urban schools Education and Inspections Bill limits the power of LAs to open new schools 30 20 April 2011 – Pupil Premium introduced Fuel Protests London Bombs 10 Lowest score since Dec 1985 0 May May May May May May May May May May May May May May May May May 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 Base: representative sample of c.1,000 British adults age 18+ each month, interviewed face-to-face in home Source: Ipsos MORI Issues Index

Issues Facing Britain: Defence / Foreign Affairs / International terrorism What do you see as the most/other important issues facing Britain today? 70 War in Iraq 60 London Bombs Failed terror attacks in London and Glasgow 9/11 50 40 Cameron becomes PM Parliamentary vote on action in Syria War in Kosovo UK withdraws from Iraq 30 20 10 0 General Election - extra £400 million allocated for defence budget May May May May May May May May May May May May May May May May May 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 Base: representative sample of c.1,000 British adults age 18+ each month, interviewed face-to-face in home Source: Ipsos MORI Issues Index 10

Issues Facing Britain: Poverty/inequality 11 What do you see as the most/other important issues facing Britain today? Cameron becomes PM 20 November 2013 – highest score recorded (16%) Sept 1999: Alastair Darling – “one child in three” living in poverty 15 January 2005 – Make Poverty History campaign launched on New Year’s Day 10 5 0 May 1998 May 1999 May 2000 May 2001 May 2002 May 2003 May 2004 May 2005 May 2006 Base: representative sample of c.1,000 British adults age 18+ each month, interviewed face-to-face in home May 2007 May 2008 May 2009 May 2010 May 2011 May 2012 May 2013 Source: Ipsos MORI Issues Index

Issues Facing Britain: Inflation/Prices 12 What do you see as the most/other important issues facing Britain today? Cameron becomes PM 30 Inflation rate hits 16 year peak 25 Inflation rises to 3.4% 20 15 10 5 0 May May May May May May May May May May May May May May May May May 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 Base: representative sample of c.1,000 British adults age 18+ each month, interviewed face-to-face in home Source: Ipsos MORI Issues Index

Issues Facing Britain: Housing What do you see as the most/other important issues facing Britain today? 13 Cameron becomes PM 20 House price peak 15 2005 Election – Blair promises to make families £800 better off and help first time buyers Highest score since August 2008 (14%) House prices rising at fastest rate in 10 years A8 Countries join the EU 10 5 9/11 0 May May May May May May May May May May May May May May May May May 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 Base: representative sample of c.1,000 British adults age 18+ each month, interviewed face-to-face in home Source: Ipsos MORI Issues Index

Issues Facing Britain: Pensions/Benefits/Social security What do you see as the most/other important issues facing Britain today? 30 25 Blair and Harriet Harman propose ‘affluence testing’ to exclude the well-off from state benefits 14 Cameron becomes PM Pensions commission report – “more than 12 million working people are not saving enough for their retirement” Brown unveils pension credits 20 Lords vote to increase compensation for those whose company pension schemes have collapsed 15 10 Lowest ever score (3%) 5 0 May May May May May May May May May May May May May May May May May 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 Base: representative sample of c.1,000 British adults age 18+ each month, interviewed face-to-face in home Source: Ipsos MORI Issues Index

Issues Facing Britain: Pollution / Environment 15 What do you see as the most/other important issues facing Britain today? Cameron becomes PM 20 Cameron’s “Vote Blue, go Green” campaign at 2006 local elections Wettest Autumn since records began – widespread flooding across the UK 15 EC proposes carbon emission cuts of 20% by 2020 Stern report Buncefield Oil Depot fire – toxic cloud reaches northern Spain 10 5 0 May 1997 May 1998 May 1999 May 2000 May 2001 May 2002 May 2003 May 2004 May 2005 Base: representative sample of c.1,000 British adults age 18+ each month, interviewed face-to-face in home May 2006 May 2007 May 2008 May 2009 May 2010 May 2011 May 2012 May 2013 Source: Ipsos MORI Issues Index

Issues Facing Britain: Common Market / Europe / Euro / EU 16 What do you see as the most/other important issues facing Britain today? 40 Amsterdam Treaty signed – increases EU remit Cameron becomes PM G8 commitment to globalisation in Cologne 30 Treaty of accession – 10 new member states UK starts 6 month EU Presidency, France and Holland reject ratification of constitution 20 10 Lowest score since 1988 9/11 0 May 1997 May 1998 May 1999 May 2000 May 2001 May 2002 May 2003 May 2004 May 2005 Base: representative sample of c.1,000 British adults age 18+ each month, interviewed face-to-face in home May 2006 May 2007 May 2008 May 2009 May 2010 May 2011 May 2012 May 2013 Source: Ipsos MORI Issues Index

Rising concern about inequality and our personal financial situation What do you see as the most/other important issues facing Britain today? 17 Cameron becomes PM 30 Poverty/inequality Low pay/fair wages Prices/Inflation 20 10 0 May 1998 May 1999 May 2000 May 2001 May 2002 May 2003 May 2004 May 2005 May 2006 May 2007 May 2008 Base: representative sample of c.1,000 British adults age 18+ each month, interviewed face-to-face in home May 2009 May 2010 May 2011 May 2012 May 2013 Source: Ipsos MORI Issues Index

Difference in concern about environment/pollution 18 What do you see as the most/other important issues facing Britain today? – Pollution/environment 20% Selected sub-group concern with pollution/environment: 18% 15% 14% AB 10% C1 8% 7% 4% C2 3% DE 0% South Social 35-54 National Greater Social East excl. Grade AB year olds average London Grade DE London Base: 952 British adults 18+, 31st Jan – 10th Feb 2014 Council renters 9% 17% 7% Source: Ipsos MORI Issues Index

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