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A lack of faith in politicians and politics becomes Britain’s second-biggest issue

by LLB Reporter
26th Jan 22 11:28 am

This issue is joint-second this month, alongside fears for the economy, as stories continue about the behaviour in government and Downing Street during the lockdown. The 25% score is the highest for this issue since it was first recorded in October 2016.

COVID-19 remains the biggest issue facing the country overall, mentioned by four in ten of the British public (42%) – however this is a twenty-percentage point drop from last month.

The other top five issues remain similar to previous months: one quarter see the economy as a big issue for Britain (25%), while slightly fewer say the same about the NHS (23%). Just under one in five see Brexit as a big concern (18%), which is one of the lowest scores recorded for this issue in recent years.

Concern about inflation and prices is among the public’s top ten biggest issues this month with eleven percent mentioning it. This is a four percentage-point increase from December and the highest level of worry about the topic since September 2014. It remains less of an issue compared with the early years of the Issues index: in the very first index in September 1974 it was seen as the biggest issue facing Britain by 82% of the public.

While there are other signs of concern about the cost of living (for example, five per cent mention petrol prices as a worry), the public remain relatively less worried about unemployment. This month the level of concern about unemployment fell three points to five per cent, the joint-lowest score recorded for this issue since the survey series began in 1974.

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