Economic issues

Mar 31, 2015

Q. Do you think the following have become better or worse compared to 12 months ago?

  Total better Total worse   A lot better A little better No change A little worse A lot worse Don’t know   Total better Oct 2014 Total worse Oct 2014
Company profits 34% 23% 10% 24% 26% 15% 8% 17% 31% 19%
Your personal financial situation 19% 41% 3% 16% 38% 25% 16% 2% 16% 44%
Wages 13% 36% 1% 12% 44% 24% 12% 8% 9% 36%
The economy overall 16% 55%   2% 14% 23% 36% 19% 7% 18% 50%
National debt 14% 53% 2% 12% 22% 27% 26% 12% 15% 51%
Job security 10% 53% 2% 8% 31% 30% 23% 7% 6% 61%
Un-employment 8% 61%   1% 7% 25% 37% 24% 7% 11% 60%
Electricity costs 12% 66% 2% 10% 18% 32% 34% 5% 7% 67%
Cost of living 6% 72% 1% 5% 19% 41% 31% 3% 6% 72%

A substantial majority believe that, in the last 12 months, cost of living (72%), electricity costs (66%) and unemployment (61%) have all got worse.

The only economic measure that has got better is company profits (34% better/23% worse).

Compared the last time this question was asked in October, the main shifts have been the economy overall (worse up from 50% to 55%) and job security (worse down from 61% to 53%).

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