Immigration, Terror Slip on U.K. Worry List as Economy Tops Poll

Nine months after voting to leave the European Union, the outlook for the economy has become the overriding concern of Britons, according to survey by Nielsen.

Twenty-eight percent of respondents cited the economy as their first or second concern, up from 16 percent a year ago. Immigration -- one of the major issues in the campaign before the vote to leave the European Union -- slipped 2 points to 20 percent, the company said Tuesday. Security concerns eased sharply.

Concern

Cited as 1 of Top 2

Change Vs Year Earlier

The Economy28%+12
Terrorism20%-12
Immigration20%-2
Rising Food Prices15%+2
Rising Utility Bills13%-6
Health13%-1
Job Security11%-1
Political Stability10%+8
Debt9%-2
Rising Fuel Prices8%+5

The overall measure of U.K. consumer confidence -- published as part of a global report on Monday -- fell in the fourth quarter from the third, though it was slightly higher compared with a year ago and above the European average.

Nielsen also noted that the proportion of Britons who’ve switched to cheaper grocery brands to save money is near a record low, though this trend may reverse as faster inflation squeezes shoppers’ wallets. Concern about rising food and fuel prices rose in the latest survey, while worries about utility bills, health and debt declined.

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