Climate change now UK public's biggest concern - poll

Wed 24 November 2021 View all news

An opinion poll has found that worry about climate change is the biggest concern for the British public, eclipsing Covid, Brexit and the NHS. The issue recorded its highest ever score in a representative survey of over 1,000 adults taken across Great Britain from 5-11 November, coinciding with the conclusion of COP26.

The Ipsos MORI poll found that four in ten of the public mentioned pollution, environment of climate change as a concern, up 16 percent from October. 20 percent say they are the single biggest issue for the country; the highest recorded score the issue has recorded since it was first included in the Index in October 1988. 

COVID-19 remained the second-biggest concern, with just over a quarter mentioning it as an issue. 

An Ipsos MORI spokesman said: "Concern about the environment and climate change has reached its highest-ever score in this month’s Ipsos MORI Issues Index – likely an impact of the COP26 conference. There is also widespread agreement on this priority across different groups including across supporters of both the Labour and Conservative parties, although younger people stand out as putting COVID-19 marginally ahead."

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