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Criminal Activity Top Issue In Britain

(CPOD) Jun. 14, 2004 – A key problem is in the mind of most residents of Britain, according to a poll by YouGov published in the Daily Telegraph. 60 per cent of respondents believe crime, law and order and police are the most important issues facing the country.

(CPOD) Jun. 14, 2004 – A key problem is in the mind of most residents of Britain, according to a poll by YouGov published in the Daily Telegraph. 60 per cent of respondents believe crime, law and order and police are the most important issues facing the country.

According to a study by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), 66 per cent of all firms in Britain were hit by criminals in 2003, at an average cost of $14,500 U.S. Burglary and vehicle damage were the most common offences.

In April, the London Metropolitan Police said the city’s crime rate had fallen by 1.8 per cent over the last 12 months. While the number of burglaries, rape offences, car-related crimes and street muggings was reduced, there was an increase in murders and violent crimes against a person.

Health care is another major issue for Britons, as 51 per cent of respondents mentioned hospitals and the National Health Service (NHS) as a problem, while 47 per cent were concerned about immigration. 31 per cent mentioned matters related to the European Union (EU), such as the continental constitution and the Euro.

Polling Data

Which of these issues do you think are the most important facing this country?
(Up to four mentions allowed)

Crime / law and order / police

60%

Health / NHS / hospitals

51%

Immigration / asylum

47%

Europe / EU constitution / the euro

31%

Iraq / war on terrorism

29%

Pensions / social security /
minimum wage / poverty in Britain

29%

Income tax / VAT /
National Insurance / Council Tax

23%

The environment / pollution /
global warming

22%

Child care / nurseries /
schools / universities

19%

Housing / house prices / interest rates

19%

Prices / inflation / cost of living

17%

Economic growth / jobs / unemployment

15%

Transport / bus and train fares / roads

14%

Countryside / farming /
GM crops / fox-hunting

5%

International development / poverty

2%

Northern Ireland

1%

Source: YouGov / Daily Telegraph
Methodology: Online interviews to 2,758 British adults, conducted from Jun. 2 to Jun. 4, 2004. No margin of error was provided.