Concern for education is up after tuition fees debate
4th January 2011: People in the UK are less worried about crime and NHS; immigration is now third in the row, but concern for education is up after tuition fees debate, Ipsos MORI has found during a survey.
The findings are credible, as Ipsos Mori is one of the largest and best known research companies in the UK and a key part of the Ipsos Group, a leading global research company.
Its end of the year survey report says immigration and race relations are mentioned by a quarter — 25 per cent. Concern about this issue has fallen by 13 percentage points since May.
Ipsos MORI says perhaps this fall is due to the election result – the Conservatives are consistently seen as the best party on asylum and immigration.
Crime/law and order is placed amongst the most important issues. Education as an issue of importance increased after the tuition fees controversy from 15 per cent in November to 21 per cent in December.
The NHS is seen as an important issue by 18 per cent, perhaps reflecting the fact that NHS spending has been protected from current spending cuts.
The state of the economy still dominates the issues facing the country. As the year comes to an end, the economy is still seen as the most important issue facing the country as it has been since September 2008.
Three-fifths or 61 per cent place it among the most important issues facing Britain today, and for two-fifths or 41 per cent it is the single most important issue.
Concern about the economy has slightly declined since the election. Perhaps this is due to a feeling the coalition is best placed to tackle the economy: the proportion who say the
Conservatives are the best party on the economy rose from 29 per cent in March to 38 per cent in October.
Although concern about the economy has decreased, concern about unemployment has increased by five percentage points since May, to 27 per cent.
Four-fifths or 80 per cent of the public are concerned that job losses in the public sector will not be replaced by vacancies in the private sector.