What are our top concerns?
In a survey conducted in 2018, CBS asked adults for their opinions on five social issues in the Netherlands: crime, population density, the multicultural society, the social attitudes of the population and environmental pollution. Do they consider this no problem, a (minor) problem or a serious problem? The infographic shows the percentage of men and women who consider a social issue to be a serious or very serious problem.
Nearly half consider crime to be a serious problem
Crime (48 percent) and environmental pollution (45 percent) are most often seen as (very) serious problems.noot1 In addition, 28 percent say that the social attitudes of the population are a (very) serious problem, 25 percent refer to the population density and 20 percent mentioned the multicultural society. On the other hand, 32 percent of people do not consider the multicultural society to be a problem, while 4% think the same of crime.
Elderly people and people with a low level of education in particular are more likely to say that they find an issue a serious problem. An exception to this is environmental pollution: highly educated people more often find this a serious problem than less educated people.
More women than men consider environmental pollution to be a serious problem
More women (49 percent) than men (42 percent) view environmental pollution as a (very) serious problem. The multicultural society is viewed as problematic more often by men (22 percent) than women (18 percent). There are no differences of opinion between men and women on the other issues investigated.
Respondents were asked for their opinions on the following social issues in the Netherlands: crime, population density, the multicultural society, the social attitudes of the population and environmental pollution. People could indicate if they experience these issues as a problem with the following answer categories: 1) no problem, 2) a minor problem, 3) neither a minor nor a serious problem, 4) a serious problem, 5) a very serious problem and 6) I don't know.
Respondents who did not answer a question have been disregarded. This concerned 3 to 4 percent of the respondents for the various questions. For the description of the results, the categories are condensed into no problem (score 1), a (minor) problem (score 2 to 3), a (very) serious problem (score 4 to 5) and the group that says they do not know.