Environmental concerns now a key election issue for 25% of Brits

Written by: Maddie Ballard | Published:
?The environment is now tied with the economy as Britain’s fourth most important political issue overall

Environmental concerns have emerged as a key issue in the lead-up to the general election, with 25% of Brits calling it a top three issue, research from YouGov shows.

The environment is now tied with the economy as Britain’s fourth most important political issue overall.

This is a huge leap from its position in the lead up to the last general election in 2017 where just 8% of voters considered it a top three issue.

The study, which surveyed 1,606 UK adults, unsurprisingly found that Brexit remained the top campaign issue, with 68% of Brits ranking it within their top three. In 2017, 64% considered it a top issue.

The second most important issue was healthcare, with 40% of the public ranking it within their top three. In 2017, this figure was 45%.

Crime was the third most important issue, with 28% calling it a top three issue. This marks a dramatic increase from 2017, when just 11% considered it key.

Immigration and asylum took the third spot in 2017 with 35%. The issue now sits behind the environment and economy in fifth position, at 22%.

Speaking to RWW, Patrick Cousens, account director at Political Lobbying Media Relations, said: “Even though this election is inevitably being dominated by Brexit, the huge increase in concern over the environment represents a significant milestone in British public sentiment.

“Although unlikely to be decisive in 2019, this is no blip - ecological issues are not going away, so we can expect the environment to remain a major voter concern moving forward.

“With the parties aware that their environmental credentials and policies will now be keenly scrutinised, any future government will be under pressure to deliver against voter expectations and take decisive action to support moves to a cleaner, greener economy.”


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