Concern about Issues

Nov 8, 2010

Q. How concerned are you personally about each of the following economic issues facing Australia today?

  Very concerned Somewhat concerned Not so concerned Not at all concerned Don’t know
Petrol and energy prices 60% 32% 7% 1% 1%
Excessive executive salaries 54% 27% 14% 4% 1%
Affordability of housing 53% 31% 13% 2% 1%
Not enough regulation of banks 53% 27% 15% 4% 2%
Jobs going overseas 47% 33% 15% 4% 1%
Food prices and inflation generally 45% 42% 10% 2% 1%
Interest rates 44% 33% 17% 5% 1%
The age pension 37% 34% 22% 5% 1%
Not enough regulation of large corporations 36% 32% 24% 6% 2%
Improving wages for low income earners 34% 40% 20% 4% 1%
Taxation 32% 37% 26% 4% 1%
Not enough superannuation 32% 37% 23% 7% 2%
Government debt 31% 33% 26% 8% 2%
Unemployment 26% 35% 30% 8% 1%

More than half the respondents said they were very concerned about petrol and energy prices, excessive executive salaries, affordability of housing and regulation of banks.

Petrol and energy prices were of most concern to people aged 55+ (69%).

57% of those aged under 35 were very concerned about the affordability of housing.

67% of people aged 55+ were very concerned about regulation of banks and 76% were very concerned about excessive executive salaries.

Overall, there were not major differences between Labor and Liberal voters except for Government debt (Labor 16% very concerned, Liberal/National 49%).

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