Essential Report

Government priorities

Jul 26, 2016

Q. What do you think should be the main priorities for the new Government? (can select up to 3)

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other
Invest more in hospitals and health services 55%   66% 49% 43% 55%
Invest more in education 31%   40% 22% 29% 33%
Ensuring big businesses pay their fair share of tax 29%   24% 29% 34% 45%
Cut spending to reduce the deficit 27%   12% 48% 5% 22%
Do more to address unemployment 25%   28% 25% 21% 19%
Invest more in infrastructure e.g. rail and roads 19%   15% 24% 12% 21%
Invest more in renewable energy 17%   14% 14% 40% 23%
Vote on same sex marriage 15%   21% 7% 27% 11%
Do more to address climate change 13%   16% 5% 45% 10%
Build the NBN 13%   18% 10% 13% 12%
Do more to assist first home buyers 12%   13% 10% 12% 9%
More support for local industries 11%   9% 13% 3% 15%
Cut company tax 4%   2% 7% 1% 2%
Make changes to superannuation 4%   5% 4% <1% 2%

55% thought the one of the Government’s main priorities was to invest more in hospitals and health services. Other important priorities were investing more in education (31%), Ensuring big businesses pay their fair share of tax (29%), cut spending to reduce the deficit (27%) and do more to address unemployment (25%). Cutting company tax and making changes to superannuation were the least important issues (both 4%).

For Labor voters the main priorities were investing in hospitals and health (66%), investing more in education (40%) and doing more to address unemployment (28%).

For Liberal/National voters the main priorities were investing in hospitals and health (49%), cutting spending to reduce the deficit (48%) and ensuring big businesses pay their fair share of tax (29%).

For Greens voters the main priorities were doing more to address climate change (45%), investing in hospitals and health (43%) and investing more in renewable energy (40%).

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