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Ipsos MORI's December 2018 Issues Index charts the continued increase in the proportion of Britons who name Brexit as one of the biggest issues facing the country. Two thirds of the public name it as important (67%), an increase of five percentage points since November and a jump of 21 percentage points over the year. This is the highest score for any single issue since November 2011 – back then 68% said the economy was a major concern.
The proportion who see the NHS as a big issue for the country has risen by four percentage points since last month too; 42% mention concerns related to the health service.
Concern about poverty and inequality has also risen to match its highest level in 21 years. Twenty-one per cent of the public name it as a big issue, which is the highest score recorded since this issue was first included in December 1997. In recent years concern about this issue has peaked at this time of the year: 19% mentioned it during December 2017, while 20% was recorded in December 2016.