Only 11% Of Britons Regard Climate Change As Top Priority

  • Date: 07/07/19
  • Mail on Sunday

Resolving Brexit should be the Government’s number-one priority – and is more important to voters than issues such as climate change, according to the results of a new survey. Only 11% mentioned climate as top issue facing the country.

Climate change came third in the list of priorities voters identified for the Government ¿ 11 per cent mentioned it. Pictured: School students walk out in global climate strike in Trafalgar Square in May

Only 11 per cent of Britons mentioned climate change as top priority. Pictured: School students walk out in global climate strike in Trafalgar Square in May

Thirty-six per cent of people questioned by pollsters Opinium identified Brexit as the most important issue facing politicians.

MPs have so far been unable to reach a majority in the House of Commons to break the deadlock surrounding our departure from the EU – yet last month, they found enough common ground to declare a ‘climate emergency’.

Climate change came third in the list of priorities voters identified for the Government – 11 per cent mentioned it – while in second place was ‘tackling poverty’ on 12 per cent.

Even though the environment is often seen as a particular concern to younger people, it was only marginally more important to those under the age of 35 who were questioned in the survey.

Nineteen per cent identified it as their main concern while 15 per cent of under-35s said helping the poor should come first. But both issues came behind ‘resolving Brexit’ at 24 per cent.

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