Ipsos MORI Issues Index: August 2014
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The August Economist/Ipsos MORI Issues Index shows that race/immigration continues to be seen as the most important issue facing Britain, marking the third month in a row that it has topped the list ...

The August Economist/Ipsos MORI Issues Index shows that race/immigration continues to be seen as the most important issue facing Britain, marking the third month in a row that it has topped the list of concerns. This comes as ONS figures released today show a “significant increase” in net migration. It is mentioned by two fifths (38%) as among the most important issues facing Britain today, indeed for a fifth (21%) it is the single most important issue facing Britain today.

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Ipsos MORI Issues Index: August 2014 Ipsos MORI Issues Index: August 2014 Presentation Transcript

  • Contacts: Gideon.Skinner@ipsos.com Jerry.Latter@ipsos.com 020 7347 3000 August 2014
  • 2 Base: 995 British adults 18+, 1st – 11th August 2014 Source: Ipsos MORI Issues Index What do you see as the most/other important issues facing Britain today? 38 32 26 25 14 14 14 13 13 13 Top mentions % Economy Unemployment Education/schools NHS Race relations/Immigration Crime/Law and Order/ASB Housing Defence/foreign affairs/terrorism Change since July: +2 0 -2 +1 +2 -1 +1 -5 -2 +2 % Position Poverty/inequality Pensions/social security +1 -1 -3 +4 +1 -2 +1
  • 3 Base: representative sample of c.1,000 British adults age 18+ each month, interviewed face-to-face in home Source: Ipsos MORI Issues Index What do you see as the most/other important issues facing Britain today? 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 May 1997 May 1998 May 1999 May 2000 May 2001 May 2002 May 2003 May 2004 May 2005 May 2006 May 2007 May 2008 May 2009 May 2010 May 2011 May 2012 May 2013 May 2014 Unemployment NHS Crime/ Law & Order Economy Race / immigration
  • 4 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 May 1997 May 1998 May 1999 May 2000 May 2001 May 2002 May 2003 May 2004 May 2005 May 2006 May 2007 May 2008 May 2009 May 2010 May 2011 May 2012 May 2013 May 2014 What do you see as the most/other important issues facing Britain today? Base: representative sample of c.1,000 British adults age 18+ each month, interviewed face-to-face in home Source: Ipsos MORI Issues Index Global Recession and Russian Financial crisis Highest score since 1992. Most important issue for the first time Sub-prime mortgage crisis in the US Northern Rock nationalised End of recession announced Bank bailout Cameron becomes PM Lowest score since June 2008 (32%)
  • 5 Base: representative sample of c.1,000 British adults age 18+ each month, interviewed face-to-face in home Source: Ipsos MORI Issues Index What do you see as the most/other important issues facing Britain today? 0 10 20 30 40 50 May 1997 May 1998 May 1999 May 2000 May 2001 May 2002 May 2003 May 2004 May 2005 May 2006 May 2007 May 2008 May 2009 May 2010 May 2011 May 2012 May 2013 May 2014 Race riots in Burnley, Oldham, and Bradford Sangatte detention centre costantly in the news throughout 2002 9/11 Foreign prisoners furore Cameron becomes PM Border controls relaxed for Romanians and Bulgarians Top issue facing the UK for the first time since April 2008 (39%)
  • 6 Base: representative sample of c.1,000 British adults age 18+ each month, interviewed face-to-face in home Source: Ipsos MORI Issues Index What do you see as the most/other important issues facing Britain today? 0 10 20 30 40 50 May 1997 May 1998 May 1999 May 2000 May 2001 May 2002 May 2003 May 2004 May 2005 May 2006 May 2007 May 2008 May 2009 May 2010 May 2011 May 2012 May 2013 May 2014 Unemployment falls below 1 million for first time in 25 years Minimum wage introduced Unemployment in Britain rises to 5.5% Lowest ever score (5%) Youth unemployment reaches 1 million Cameron becomes PM
  • 7 Base: representative sample of c.1,000 British adults age 18+ each month, interviewed face-to-face in home Source: Ipsos MORI Issues Index What do you see as the most/other important issues facing Britain today? 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 May 1997 May 1998 May 1999 May 2000 May 2001 May 2002 May 2003 May 2004 May 2005 May 2006 May 2007 May 2008 May 2009 May 2010 May 2011 May 2012 May 2013 May 2014 May day riots Blair activates civil contingencies machinery to deal with spiralling street crime Tory election pledge of 40,000 more police Riots in England Prison overcrowding reaches record levels 9/11 Cameron becomes PM
  • 8 Base: representative sample of c.1,000 British adults age 18+ each month, interviewed face-to-face in home Source: Ipsos MORI Issues Index What do you see as the most/other important issues facing Britain today? 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 May 1997 May 1998 May 1999 May 2000 May 2001 May 2002 May 2003 May 2004 May 2005 May 2006 May 2007 May 2008 May 2009 May 2010 May 2011 May 2012 May 2013 May 2014 Report says waiting lists have doubled under Labour Blair – “We have underfunded the NHS for years and we are paying the price for it” – BBC NHS day General Election – “Battle of Margaret’s shoulder” Hewitt heckled at UNISON conference – fears over NHS job cuts Lowest score since December 1985 (12%) Cameron becomes PM
  • 9 Base: representative sample of c.1,000 British adults age 18+ each month, interviewed face-to-face in home Source: Ipsos MORI Issues Index What do you see as the most/other important issues facing Britain today? 0 10 20 30 40 50 May 1997 May 1998 May 1999 May 2000 May 2001 May 2002 May 2003 May 2004 May 2005 May 2006 May 2007 May 2008 May 2009 May 2010 May 2011 May 2012 May 2013 May 2014 London Bombs Introduction of means-tested tuition fees. Education most important issue. First City Academies introduced Lowest score since Dec 1985 (9%) Labour’s second term - pledge to improve failing secondary schools Education and Inspections Bill limits the power of LAs to open new schools April 2011 – Pupil Premium introduced Cameron becomes PM
  • 10 Base: representative sample of c.1,000 British adults age 18+ each month, interviewed face-to-face in home Source: Ipsos MORI Issues Index What do you see as the most/other important issues facing Britain today? 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 May 1997 May 1998 May 1999 May 2000 May 2001 May 2002 May 2003 May 2004 May 2005 May 2006 May 2007 May 2008 May 2009 May 2010 May 2011 May 2012 May 2013 May 2014 9/11 London Bombs Invasion of Iraq – protests across Europe General Election - extra £400 million allocated for defence budget Failed terror attacks in London and Glasgow UK withdraws from Iraq War in Kosovo Parliamentary vote on action in Syria Cameron becomes PM Libyan Civil war: height of NATO bombing campaign
  • 11 Base: representative sample of c.1,000 British adults age 18+ each month, interviewed face-to-face in home Source: Ipsos MORI Issues Index What do you see as the most/other important issues facing Britain today? 0 5 10 15 20 May 1998 May 1999 May 2000 May 2001 May 2002 May 2003 May 2004 May 2005 May 2006 May 2007 May 2008 May 2009 May 2010 May 2011 May 2012 May 2013 May 2014 Sept 1999: Alastair Darling – “one child in three” living in poverty July 2014 – highest score recorded (18%) January 2005 – Make Poverty History campaign launched on New Year’s Day Cameron becomes PM
  • 12 0 5 10 15 20 25 30 May 1997 May 1998 May 1999 May 2000 May 2001 May 2002 May 2003 May 2004 May 2005 May 2006 May 2007 May 2008 May 2009 May 2010 May 2011 May 2012 May 2013 May 2014 Base: representative sample of c.1,000 British adults age 18+ each month, interviewed face-to-face in home Source: Ipsos MORI Issues Index What do you see as the most/other important issues facing Britain today? Inflation rate hits 16 year peak Inflation rises to 3.4% Cameron becomes PM
  • 13 Base: representative sample of c.1,000 British adults age 18+ each month, interviewed face-to-face in home Source: Ipsos MORI Issues Index What do you see as the most/other important issues facing Britain today? 0 5 10 15 20 May 1997 May 1998 May 1999 May 2000 May 2001 May 2002 May 2003 May 2004 May 2005 May 2006 May 2007 May 2008 May 2009 May 2010 May 2011 May 2012 May 2013 May 2014 A8 Countries join the EU House prices rising at fastest rate in 10 years 2005 Election – Blair promises to make families £800 better off and help first time buyers Highest score since May 2008 (15%) Cameron becomes PM
  • 14 0 5 10 15 20 25 30 May 1997 May 1998 May 1999 May 2000 May 2001 May 2002 May 2003 May 2004 May 2005 May 2006 May 2007 May 2008 May 2009 May 2010 May 2011 May 2012 May 2013 May 2014 Base: representative sample of c.1,000 British adults age 18+ each month, interviewed face-to-face in home Source: Ipsos MORI Issues Index What do you see as the most/other important issues facing Britain today? Lords vote to increase compensation for those whose company pension schemes have collapsed Blair and Harriet Harman propose ‘affluence testing’ to exclude the well-off from state benefits Brown unveils pension credits Pensions commission report – “more than 12 million working people are not saving enough for their retirement” Lowest ever score (3%) Cameron becomes PM
  • 15 Base: representative sample of c.1,000 British adults age 18+ each month, interviewed face-to-face in home Source: Ipsos MORI Issues Index What do you see as the most/other important issues facing Britain today? 0 5 10 15 20 May 1997 May 1998 May 1999 May 2000 May 2001 May 2002 May 2003 May 2004 May 2005 May 2006 May 2007 May 2008 May 2009 May 2010 May 2011 May 2012 May 2013 May 2014 Cameron’s “Vote Blue, go Green” campaign at 2006 local elections Buncefield Oil Depot fire – toxic cloud reaches northern Spain Wettest Autumn since records began – widespread flooding across the UK EC proposes carbon emission cuts of 20% by 2020 Stern Review on climate change Cameron becomes PM Flooding in England
  • 16 Source: Ipsos MORI Issues Index What do you see as the most/other important issues facing Britain today? 0 10 20 30 40 May 1997 May 1998 May 1999 May 2000 May 2001 May 2002 May 2003 May 2004 May 2005 May 2006 May 2007 May 2008 May 2009 May 2010 May 2011 May 2012 May 2013 May 2014 G8 commitment to globalisation in Cologne 9/11 Treaty of Accession: 10 new EU Member States UK starts 6 month EU Presidency, France and Holland reject ratification of constitution Lowest score recorded (1%) Amsterdam Treaty signed – increases EU remit Cameron becomes PM Base: representative sample of c.1,000 British adults age 18+ each month, interviewed face-to-face in home Post Euro elections: Highest score since June 2005 (12%)
  • 17 38 32 36 35 37 41 34 35 34 34 39 36 38 43 45 44 40 39 41 39 36 36 36 33 32 32 5 13 8 5 2 0 5 1 2 2 6 4 6 Aug 2013 Sep 2013 Oct 2013 Nov 2013 Dec 2013 Jan 2014 Feb 2014 Mar 2014 Apr 2014 May 2014 Jun 2014 Jul 2014 Aug 2014 % concern about immigration % concern about the economy Base: representative sample of c.1,000 British adults age 18+ each month, interviewed face-to-face in home Source: Ipsos MORI Issues Index