Saturday, October 14, 2006

Are we going green?

I was asked at work if environmental concerns are now setting the agenda - what with "Vote Blue, Go Green", green tax proposals, the appointment of a blogger to run Defra, and heavy news coverage in recent months for matters environmental - especially climate change, energy and droughts. IPSOS-Mori has tracked what is bothering Britons for many years [data here], and it seems there has been a discernable upswing in people describing 'environment' or 'pollution' as an important issue facing Britain (see chart - click to expand). But Mori's tracker also shows the big three concerns are defence, the NHS and race & immigration. The latter has risen sharply since 2001 and is now the most frequently mentioned issue.

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