What do you think are the two most important issues facing the Netherlands at the moment?*
Public opinion of important issues facing the Netherlands 2018
When asked what they think are the most important issues the Netherlands is currently facing, 44 percent of survey respondents stated to worry about health and social security. Another 40 percent was concerned about the climate and environment. By comparison, relatively few people named the government debt or unemployment. Ten percent considered terrorism as one of the main issues the country has to deal with.

 Concern about global warming 

Climate change is a top concern among all generations in the Netherlands. A 2018 poll in which respondents were asked whether they consider global warming problematic or not, over two thirds of respondents in all age groups stated to consider it (very) problematic. Concern was highest among those older than 55 years (78 percent), but among the participants younger than 35 years 67 percent also stated to consider climate change a problem.

Fear of terrorist attacks

   Although relatively few people stated to consider terrorism one of the main issues, another 2018 survey found that terrorism is still something that worries a considerable amount of Dutch. Over 40 percent of survey participants answered to worry a lot about terrorism, whereas only 23 percent did not worry at all about it, or very little.
What do you think are the two most important issues facing the Netherlands at the moment?*
IssueShare of respondents
Health and social security 44%
The environment, climate and energy issues 41%
Immigration 27%
Housing 19%
The education system 16%
Rising prices/inflation/cost of living 11%
Terrorism 10%
Pensions 9%
Crime 9%
Economic situation 5%
Taxation 3%
Unemployment 2%
Government debt1%
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Source

Release date

December 2018

Region

Netherlands

Survey time period

November 8, 2018 to November 17, 2018

Number of respondents

1,035 respondents

Method of interview

Face-to-face interview

Supplementary notes

* This question was phrased by the source as follows: ""What do you think are the two most important issues facing (our country) at the moment?"
** Respondents gave two answers, therefore, percentages do not sum to 100.

Public opinion of important issues facing the Netherlands 2018
When asked what they think are the most important issues the Netherlands is currently facing, 44 percent of survey respondents stated to worry about health and social security. Another 40 percent was concerned about the climate and environment. By comparison, relatively few people named the government debt or unemployment. Ten percent considered terrorism as one of the main issues the country has to deal with.

 Concern about global warming 

Climate change is a top concern among all generations in the Netherlands. A 2018 poll in which respondents were asked whether they consider global warming problematic or not, over two thirds of respondents in all age groups stated to consider it (very) problematic. Concern was highest among those older than 55 years (78 percent), but among the participants younger than 35 years 67 percent also stated to consider climate change a problem.

Fear of terrorist attacks

   Although relatively few people stated to consider terrorism one of the main issues, another 2018 survey found that terrorism is still something that worries a considerable amount of Dutch. Over 40 percent of survey participants answered to worry a lot about terrorism, whereas only 23 percent did not worry at all about it, or very little.
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