What are the main concerns of Uruguayans today and those that fell in the ranking

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The latest survey by Equipos Consultores updates data on the problems perceived by the population in their daily lives

What are the main concerns of Uruguayans today and those that fell in the ranking

704 people aged 18 and over, residing in larger towns, were interviewed to 2,000 inhabitants throughout the national territory.

The polling company Equipos Consultores investigated the perception of Uruguayans about the main problems of the country. The question was: What would you say is the country's main problem? And in second place?, as reported by Subrayado (Channel 10).

The problem that was mentioned in the first place is the “economic situation ”, with 34%. In second place, with 32% appeared “unemployment”. A few points below “insecurity” with 29%.

In the second answer given by the same person, “education appears. b>” with 17%. It is followed by “social problems” (15%), and below these there is another group of problems that receive less than 10%, among which mentions of “politicians” (9%), the “attitude of the people” (7%), “inflation” (6%), “government” (5%), “health” (5%) and “drugs” (4%).

Three problems that follow

It is nothing new, the three problems that have appeared in the concerns of Uruguayans in this latest survey of Consulting Teamsthey have been sustained over time quite often. However, in recent times there have been significant changes in some of them.

There are four factors that have been growing in Uruguayan popular concern over the last year. “Unemployment”, which had been a significant concern during the most difficult months of the pandemic, and which had then declined in early 2022 to levels not seen for a long time in Uruguay, shows from hence an upward evolution and ends the year with 32%, in second place in the global ranking.

The other growing problem is “education”. Within the framework of the discussion for the educational transformation proposed by the Uruguayan government, some deficits in the educational system seem to become more noticeable to citizens, and an important part of the public places education among the country's first problems. It is true that during the previous government the issue was also at levels similar to the current one, but so far in the current government, this is the highest record with sustained growth in recent months.

What are the main concerns of Uruguayans today and those that fell in the ranking

Within the framework of the discussion for the educational transformation proposed by the government, some deficits of the educational system seem to become more noticeable to citizens.

Thirdly, references to the “social problems” of different nature, more moderately until the middle of the year and with something more intense at the end. And finally, the reference to “politicians” as the country's main problem is also growing, which is a novel element that has begun to emerge in recent years more marginally, and now with more emphasis.

In different quantitative and qualitative studies of Consulting Teams it can be seen how, for a part of the public, the current political dynamics, the performance and link between the different political actors, begins to be a matter of concern. Politics, generally seen as an activity providing solutions, for a part of the citizens begins to be seen as a problem in itself, and even as a cause of other substantive problems.

No more problems

Other problems, on the other hand, lose ground. It doesn't mean they don't matter. In fact, the most mentioned of all (the “economic situation”) is in this group. The references to the economic situation, which had reached 40% in the first months of the year, then lost intensity in recent months.

What are the main concerns of Uruguayans today and those that fell in the ranking

Mentions of the “coronavirus” completely disappeared, which had remained residually up to half from 2022 but which are already absent from the ranking.

Equally significant is the drop in references to “insecurity”. This had once again been the most important problem for Uruguayans in the middle of the year, but by the end of the year it registered a decrease that moved it to third place in the ranking of perceived problems.

In recent months, “inflation” has also fallen, which had reached very high levels (record) in April of this year, but which has gradually fallen until returning to very normal levels.

And, by the way, mentions of the “coronavirus”, which had remained residually until mid-2022 but are now absent from the ranking, completely disappeared.

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