In June and July 2020 Populus surveyed 92 MPs in the latest wave of Populus’s parliamentary research. The research – conducted while the UK continued to tackle the coronavirus pandemic and MPs adapted to the impact of restrictions on their own work as well as on their constituents – found that:
- MPs across the House of Commons remain most concerned about healthcare and the NHS amid the coronavirus pandemic. 93% of MPs were most concerned about the NHS/healthcare (an increase from 43% in February and 81% in April). This 93% included 78% that explicitly mentioned coronavirus.
- Since April, concerns about the economy, employment and business support have surged among MPs. 72% expressed concerns linked to the economy and such concern was consistent across the two main parties. As a comparison, just 6% mentioned concerns about the economy a year ago.
- Education (19%), Brexit (17%) and benefits/Universal Credit (15%) made up the other issues in the top five of concern. Education has risen up the list of main concerns in recent months, while concerns regarding Brexit – after dominating previous years – have fallen significantly since the general election.
- At the start of 2020, more than a fifth of MPs mentioned climate change or the environment in their list of major concerns but the subject has dropped away since then. In this most recent wave of research, just 5% spontaneously raise climate change or the environment.