Welsh voters seem in no doubt that health the is the most important political issue at the moment, according to a YouGov poll for ITV Cymru Wales. Concerns about the NHS are likely to have a big impact on how people vote in the Westminster election, although it's the responsibility of the Welsh Government.
People were asked to name the most important issues facing the country. Here's their top four:
- Health 52%
- Immigration & Asylum 49%
- The Economy 46%
- Welfare benefits 27%
Next, they were asked what were the most important issues facing them and their families, producing a rather different top four concerns:
- Health 47%
- The Economy 39%
- Pensions 27%
- Welfare benefits 20%
Immigration came sixth on 18%, just behind tax on 19%. In general, supporters of all parties broadly agreed about the issues facing the country and themselves. The notable exception was UKIP supporters. 85% of them listed immigration as an issue for the country, more than twice as many as picked any other issue.
50% of UKIP voters also saw immigration as an issue for themselves and their families, again making it their main concern.
- People could pick up to three issues in response to each question.
- Poll for ITV Cymru Wales and the Wales Governance Centre at Cardiff University.
- YouGov poll 24-27 March. Sample of 1189 Welsh adults.
Prof Roger Scully crunches the numbers and looks at what the results in Wales might be on the basis of the latest opnion poll
Professor Roger Scully gives his expert analysis of today's Welsh Barometer poll
The latest poll focussed attention on how people intend to vote for Westminster but it also asked about next year's Assembly election.