Essential Report

Government action on health issues

Feb 16, 2016

Do you think the Federal Government is doing enough or should do more to address these health issues?

  Doing enough Should do more Don’t know   Should do more aged

18-34

Should do more aged

35-54

Should do more aged 55+
Use of illicit drugs 21% 68% 11%   64% 65% 76%
Obesity 30% 57% 13%   65% 53% 52%
Food Safety 37% 50% 13%   49% 51% 49%
Smoking related diseases 43% 46% 12%   55% 41% 42%
Zika virus 38% 36% 26%   42% 35% 30%
HIV/AIDS 46% 34% 19%   44% 32% 27%
Ebola 48% 27% 25%   32% 27% 21%

A majority think that the Government should be doing more about use of illicit drugs (68%), obesity (57%) and food safety (50%).

Those aged 55+ were more likely to think the Government should do more about use of illicit drugs (76%).

Those aged under 35 were more likely to think the Government should do more about obesity (65%), smoking related diseases (55%) and HIV/AIDS (44%).

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