Essential Report

Concern about economic issues

Feb 24, 2015

Q. How concerned are you personally about the following economic issues? 

 

Very concerned

Somewhat concerned

Not so concerned

Not at all concerned

Don’t know

 

Very concerned Oct 2014

Change

Cost of electricity and gas

47%

38%

12%

2%

2%

57%

-10

Housing affordability

39%

35%

18%

6%

2%

40%

-1

Cost of food and groceries

35%

43%

18%

3%

2%

45%

-10

Unemployment

30%

41%

22%

4%

2%

31%

-1

Wealth disparity

30%

35%

23%

7%

6%

33%

-3

Job security

29%

37%

22%

9%

3%

35%

-6

National debt

27%

39%

24%

7%

3%

21%

+6

The current budget deficit

27%

37%

25%

7%

5%

21%

+6

Cost of petrol

24%

40%

26%

7%

2%

49%

-25

Value of the Australian dollar

24%

39%

28%

7%

3%

22%

+2

Tax levels

24%

38%

29%

6%

3%

28%

-4

Interest rates

19%

32%

32%

14%

3%

25%

-6

Economic issues of most concern were cost of electricity/gas (47% very concerned), housing affordability (39%) and cost of food and groceries (35%).

Since October there have been substantial declines in concern about cost of petrol (down 25%), cost of electricity and gas (down 10%) and cost of food and groceries (down 10%).

Women were more concerned than men about cost of food and groceries (42% vs 29% very concerned), cost of electricity/gas (52% vs 41%) and housing affordability (43% vs 34%).

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