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Ipsos MORI Issues Index: May 2014

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The May Economist/Ipsos MORI issues index shows that, with little change since last month, the economy remains the most important issue facing Britain, as it has been since September 2008. It retains a two point lead over the issue in second place, race relations/immigration. Unemployment is in third place, mentioned by 32% of the public, and followed by the NHS, mentioned by 27%. These have been the top four issues facing Britain for 17 consecutive months.

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  1. 1. Contacts: Gideon.Skinner@ipsos.com Jerry.Latter@ipsos.com 020 7347 3000 Ipsos MORI Issues Index May 2014
  2. 2. 2 Base: 998 British adults 18+, 2nd – 12th May 2014 Source: Ipsos MORI Issues Index Issues Facing Britain: May What do you see as the most/other important issues facing Britain today? 36 34 32 27 17 16 15 14 14 12 Top mentions % Economy Unemployment Housing NHS Race relations/Immigration Education/Schools Inflation/Prices Poverty/Inequality Change since Apr: 0 0 +2 +1 +2 +2 0 -1 0 +2 % Position Crime/Law and order Pensions/benefits -2 +2 +1
  3. 3. 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 Issues Facing Britain: Long Term Trends 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. 4. 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 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 What do you see as the most/other important issues facing Britain today? 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 (36%)
  5. 5. 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 Issues Facing Britain: Race Relations / Immigration / Immigrants 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 constantly in the news throughout 2002 9/11 Anthony Walker murdered in Liverpool Foreign prisoners furore Cameron becomes PM Border controls relaxed for Romanians and Bulgarians
  6. 6. 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 Issues Facing Britain: Unemployment / Factory closure / Lack of industry 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. 7. 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 Issues Facing Britain: Crime / Law & Order / Violence / Vandalism / ASB 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 Fuel Protests May day riots Blair activates civil contingencies machinery to deal with spiralling street crime Tory election pledge of 40,000 more police Foreign prisoners scandal – Charles Clarke is sacked Rhys Jones and Garry Newlove murdered Riots Prison overcrowding reaches record levels 9/11 Cameron becomes PM
  8. 8. 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 Issues Facing Britain: NHS / Hospitals / Healthcare 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 Blair tells doctors “not enough” has been done for the NHS – allocates extra £20 billion. 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 Alan Milburn promises 35,000 more nurses, 40 new hospitals and development of foundation trusts as part of NHS plan General Election – “Battle of Margaret’s shoulder” Hewitt heckled at UNISON conference – fears over NHS job cuts Lowest score since December 1985 Cameron becomes PM
  9. 9. 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 Issues Facing Britain: Education / Schools 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. Fuel Protests City academies introduced to combat entrenched failure in some urban schools 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. 10. 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 Issues Facing Britain: Defence / Foreign Affairs / International terrorism 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 War in Iraq 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. 11. 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 Issues Facing Britain: Poverty/inequality 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 November 2013 – highest score recorded (16%) January 2005 – Make Poverty History campaign launched on New Year’s Day Cameron becomes PM
  12. 12. 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 Issues Facing Britain: Inflation/Prices 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. 13. 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 Issues Facing Britain: Housing 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 9/11 House price peak 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 August 2008 (14%) Cameron becomes PM
  14. 14. 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 Issues Facing Britain: Pensions/Benefits/Social security 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. 15. 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 Issues Facing Britain: Pollution / Environment 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. 16. 16 Source: Ipsos MORI Issues Index Issues Facing Britain: Common Market / Europe / Euro / EU 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
  17. 17. 17 Base: representative sample of c.1,000 British adults age 18+ each month, interviewed face-to-face in home 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? 0 10 20 30 40 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 becomes PM One third (33%) mention one of the four issues Prices/Inflation Poverty/inequality Low pay/fair wages Petrol prices
  18. 18. 18 34% 27% 27% 28% 18% AB C1 Overall C2 DE Who is most concerned about the NHS? What do you see as the most/other important issues facing Britain today? NHS/Hospitals/Healthcare Base: 998 British adults 18+, 2nd – 12th May 2014 Source: Ipsos MORI Issues Index 21% 27% 28% 30% 18-34 Overall 35-54 55+ 23% 27% 31%* *Midlands only: 34% 27% 37% 17% 27% Concern by age and social grade Concern by region Concern by newspaper readership Independent, Daily Telegraph, FT, The Times, The Guardian , The Scotsman Quality papers Mid-market papers Red top papers Overall Daily Record, The Sun, The Mirror, The Star Daily Express, Daily Mail
  19. 19. 19 10% 18% 17% 12% 14% AB C1 C2 DE Overall Who is most concerned about housing? What do you see as the most/other important issues facing Britain today? Housing Base: 998 British adults 18+, 2nd – 12th May 2014 Source: Ipsos MORI Issues Index 14% 14% 18% 10% 18-34 Overall 35-54 55+ 10% 21% 10% 13% 12% 15% 17% Concern by age and social grade Concern by region Concern by tenure Owns property Mortgaged Council renter Private renter 36% Greater London
  20. 20. 20 The economy as an issue and economic optimism What do you see as the most/other important issues facing Britain today? Do you think that the general economic condition of the country will improve, stay the same or get worse over the next 12 months? Base: representative sample of c.1,000 British adults age 18+ each month, interviewed face-to-face in home Source: Ipsos MORI Issues Index -80 -60 -40 -20 0 20 40 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 % “economy an issue” EOI net score %thinkeconomyisanissue EconomicOptimismIndexnetscore
  21. 21. 21 Base: 287 UKIP supporters from Issues Index data, Jan – May 2014 Source: Ipsos MORI Issues Index Issues Facing Britain in 2014: UKIP supporters What do you see as the most/other important issues facing Britain today? 74 30 26 23 20 19 14 13 12 10 36 38 25 30 8 15 12 12 6 10 Top mentions % Economy Unemployment Housing NHS Race relations/Immigration Overpopulation Low pay/minimum wages EU Crime/Law and order Pensions/benefits All UKIP supporters 8 10 16 15 Education Poverty/inequality Issues of more general concern outside UKIP supporters’ top ten:
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