What are the main problems of the country today according to Uruguayans?

The consultancy team consulted 500 Uruguayans about main problems of Uruguaywhose answers were economic situation (40%)followed by the insecurity (32%)the unemployment (20%) and the rise in prices and inflation (19%)according to the report released by Underlined (channel 10) this Wednesday night.

The concern for economic situationwhich was historically a minority – around 10% – grew together with the arrival of the pandemic in March 2020, and has remained a strong concern, today ranking first. The question was spontaneous, without using particular options, indicated the consultant.

In a second step there are references to the social problems (10%)the education (10%) Y the government (8%)while the pandemic coronavirus (4%) is already located in eighth place between worries.

The economic dimension has emerged as a considerable problem for Uruguayans, in a context where the pandemic has almost become extinct as a problem, and where concerns about insecurity and, more recently, about unemployment have decreased compared to the past.

The issues that Uruguayans perceive as the main problems of the country used to be stable. For a decade, from 2009 to 2019, Teams survey “snapshots” showed a almost unchanged landscape: insecurity, unemployment and education led the list.

However, in 2020, the coronavirus pandemic burst into concern and was a competitor for the previous themes, reaching monopolize the scene. For example, in March 2020. As soon as covid-19 was installed in Uruguay, more than 70% of the population recognized it as one of the main problems of the country. Then, its evolution was uneven.

Equipos clarified that the variations “are usually influenced, also, by political alignments and by the narratives that support them, both from the ruling party and from the opposition.”

the survey

The query was made between April 2 and 7, 2022, through calls to cell phones, to people over 18 years of age, residents throughout the country. The people surveyed were selected through a probabilistic, with gender and age quotas in the final selection of the interviewee.

The question used was: “What would you say is the main problem in the country? And in second place?”. And they were followed by multiple spontaneous responses, by the interviewee.

The sample size of the survey was 500 interviews. the maximum expected margin of error for a probabilistic sample of 500 cases it is ±4.4% considering a confidence interval of 95%, reported the consultant.

The results were adjusted according to previous vote, region, educational level, age, sex and occupation status of the respondents.

Teams explained that the survey is financed by multiple clients such as the media, social organizations, private companies, international organizations and political parties, among others.

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