Housing 'not one of voters' top ten issues'
Housing is not among the ten most pressing issues for voters ahead of next year's general election.This is according to The Economist and Ipsos MORI, which have released their December 2014 Issues index, which measures public priorities on a monthly basis.Housing dropped out of the top ten in October and has not regained its place since, suggesting voters see a number of other issues as more important at present.Immigration is by far the most pressing issue with the public, with 42 per cent of people citing it as the thing they are most concerned about. This is followed by the economy and the NHS, which were both highlighted by 33 per cent. Unemployment (22 per cent) and poverty/inequality (17 per cent) complete the top five.The remaining top ten issues are: education (13 per cent) crime and law and order (12 per cent), pensions welfare and benefits (12 per cent), Europe (11 per cent) and low wages (11 per cent).Such results are interesting, as they suggest housing may be less of an issue at the upcoming election than has previously been suggested.Last month, a survey carried out by the National Landlords Association found voters are largely unconvinced by all of the major political parties' housing plans.Close to two-thirds (62 per cent) of the people surveyed said they are unsure whether any of the parties have what it takes to solve the housing crisis.Labour was highlighted as having the best approach, with 13 per cent of respondents saying they support the party's policies. It was followed by UKIP (eight per cent) and the Conservatives (seven per cent). Three per cent of respondents highlighted the Green Party as having the right approach, while only two per cent said they think the Liberal Democrats are the best option.
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