Encuesta de Cifra: What is the country’s main problem, according to Uruguayans?

For more than half of Uruguayans, the country’s main problem is linked to economy. In a new survey of Figure presented this Thursday in Telemundo (channel 12) highlighted the lack of employment, rising prices or more generally the economic situation in a broad sense.

Another quarter of the population is more concerned about the unsafety. Only a fifth considered that there is some other problem that is more important than economics or insecurity.

If you look at political affinity, both among the voters of the current government and among those who did not vote for it, the majority perceives that the economy is the most serious problem, but this majority has less weight among the ruling party (44% highlight it) than among opponents (65% highlight it). Almost a third of the ruling party believed that the most serious issue is not economic problems but rather insecurity, while only 16% of the opposition highlighted insecurity.

After the pandemic faded into the background, the economy and the unsafety as the two axes of the population’s concerns.

People with less formal education are the most concerned about the economic situation, especially about the lack of employment. “This is to be expected since this population is the one that has the fewest tools to defend itself in the labor market, because it tends to have less stable jobs and more difficulty reintegrating,” says the consultant.

Despite the rise in coronavirus cases in recent weeks, health concerns have subsided.

Among people with more formal education, insecurity is more of a concern than among the rest of the population (almost a third considers it the main problem), although even in this group there are more worried about the economy (43%).

The consultation was carried out through landlines and cell phones throughout the country 806 interviewees, between May 17 and 25, 2022. The question used was: “What do you think is the main problem facing the country today?”with spontaneous response.

The maximum margin of error expected for 95% confidence is approximately 3.1 percentage points plus or minus (+/- 3.1). Figure clarifies that the survey is multiclient, and financed by public and private companies, political parties, State agencies and international organizations.

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