Maltese more concerned about roads than eurozone crisis

MaltaToday's latest survey reveals that the cost of living, utility bills, low income and roads top the list of concerns in Malta.

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James Debono
18 March 2012, 12:00am
The state of roads is a bigger concern than the eurozone crisis for the Maltese.
The state of roads is a bigger concern than the eurozone crisis for the Maltese.


Compared to previous years, concern about the cost of living and utility bills remain the two top concerns for the Maltese. Concern about these two issues remains at the same level as last year.

On the other hand, concern about employment has dropped significantly from 18% last year to just 13% now. This drop is even more significant in view of the very difficult international climate.

But while concern about employment remains low, 14% expressed their concern about low wages and pensions.

Concern about the cost of living and utility bills is significantly higher among Labour voters and lower among other categories of voters. While 51% of Labour voters consider utility bills as the most pressing concern of the country, only 21% of Nationalist voters think likewise. 

On the other hand, concern about the eurozone crisis is highest among PN and AD respondents. Only three per cent of Labour voters consider the epochal crisis facing the eurozone as one of the two most pressing for the country. On the other hand, 14% of undecided voters consider the eurozone crisis as a pressing concern. 

PN voters were the most likely to consider the state of the roads as one of the two most pressing problems. In fact, the state of the roads emerges as the third most pressing concern of PN voters. Concern about the state of the roads is highest among those intent on not voting in the next election. The latter are also the most likely to express concern about petrol and gas prices.

For the first time in MaltaToday surveys conducted in the past three years, concern about immigration has dropped to zero from 27% in March 2009. On the other hand, concern about corruption has increased to three per cent.

 

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James Debono is MaltaToday's chief reporter on environment, planning and land use issues, ...