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10 October 2016, 7:30am
Concern on corruption remains the second most mentioned subject at the same levels as in May. At 18% it is only second to traffic in the list of national concerns. But the survey also shows a six-point drop in concern on the Panama Papers affair, which was mentioned by 4% of respondents.
Respondents were asked to name the two greatest problems facing the country, without being prompted with a list of answers.
Traffic tops the concern of all categories of respondents, except for PN voters, among whom corruption remains the top concern. But concern on corruption remains high also among PL voters, 9% of whom consider corruption as one of the main problems facing the country. Corruption is also a main concern of 23% of switchers and 20% of non-voters.
Once again the survey indicates that bread and butter issues have been eclipsed by the concerns related to governance, the environment, immigration and traffic. The most pressing bread and butter issues are low income (9.3%) and the cost of living (8%). Only 1.3% expressed a concern on the economy while 2.4% expressed a concern about jobs.
The rise of traffic and corruption as main concerns
A comparison of surveys conducted in the past two years shows that traffic has consistently dominated the list of concerns, with concern about this issue rising from just 7% in March 2014 to 24% last January, and 37% now. Concern on corruption has risen from 0% to 7% after the Gaffarena scandal, rising to 14% just before Panamagate and to 18.2% now.
Concern about immigration remained one of the top two concerns in the whole period between March 2014 and January 2016, only to drop to fourth place in May and September. Concern on low income has surpassed concern about jobs. While concern on jobs dropped from 21% in March 2014 to 2.4% now, concern on low income doubled from 5% in March 2014 to 10% now. Interestingly, concern on low incomes has also surpassed concern on inflation.
And a comparison with surveys held before the 2013 general election shows a sharp change in the concerns of the public. While concern on utility bills peaked at 50% in February 2010, only 1% express this concern now. On the other hand concern on corruption, which never surpassed the 3% mark between 2008 and 2013, has now hit the 18% mark. Concern about the environment peaked in September 2015 at 13% but dropped to 6% last May, only to rise again to 9% now.
James Debono is MaltaToday's chief reporter on environment, planning and land use issues, ...
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