Essential Report

Economic issues

Nov 3, 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 Mar 2015

Total worse Mar 2015

Company profits

37%

18%

16%

21%

28%

11%

7%

17%

34%

23%

Your personal financial situation

20%

43%

4%

16%

35%

28%

15%

2%

19%

41%

Wages

16%

38%

2%

14%

38%

25%

13%

8%

13%

36%

The economy overall

15%

53%

2%

13%

26%

36%

17%

6%

16%

55%

National debt

11%

51%

2%

9%

25%

27%

24%

13%

14%

53%

Job security

10%

56%

2%

8%

28%

31%

25%

6%

10%

53%

Unemployment

10%

59%

1%

9%

23%

35%

24%

7%

8%

61%

Electricity costs

8%

70%

2%

6%

17%

34%

36%

5%

12%

66%

Cost of living

7%

75%

2%

5%

16%

40%

35%

3%

6%

72%

A substantial majority believe that, in the last 12 months, cost of living (75%), electricity costs (70%) and unemployment (59%) have all got worse. The only economic measure that has got better is company profits (37% better/18% worse).
Compared the last time this question was asked in March, there have been no major shifts in these figures.

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