Essential Report

Government priorities

Mar 28, 2017

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

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other   Jul 2016 Change
Invest more in hospitals and health services 46%   51% 40% 36% 47%   55% -9
Ensuring big businesses pay their fair share of tax 30%   32% 27% 27% 38%   29% +1
Do more to address unemployment 26%   28% 26% 11% 30%   25% +1
Invest more in education 24%   27% 18% 32% 19%   31% -7
Invest more in renewable energy 23%   22% 22% 45% 17%   17% +6
Invest more in infrastructure e.g. rail and roads 21%   19% 28% 8% 18%   19% +2
Cut spending to reduce the deficit 20%   10% 36% 2% 26%   27% -7
Vote on same sex marriage 19%   23% 14% 35% 13%   15% +4
Do more to address climate change 16%   19% 10% 41% 7%   13% +3
Do more to assist first home buyers 15%   15% 15% 12% 13%   12% +3
More support for local industries 15%   13% 17% 6% 22%   11% +4
Build the NBN 10%   13% 9% 10% 7%   13% -3
Cut company tax 3%   1% 5% 1% 4%   4% -1
Make changes to superannuation 3%   3% 2% 1% 2%   4% -1

 

 

46% thought the one of the Government’s main priorities was to invest more in hospitals and health services. Other important priorities were ensuring big businesses pay their fair share of tax (30%), do more to address unemployment (26%), investing more in education (24%) and investing more in renewable energy (23%). Cutting company tax and making changes to superannuation were the least important issues (both 3%).

Main changes since this question was asked last July were increases for investing in renewable energy (up 6%), vote on same sex marriage (up 4%) and more support for local industries (up 4%) and decreases for investing more in hospitals and health (down 9%), investing more in education (down 7%) and cutting spending to reduce the deficit (down 7%).

For Labor voters the main priorities were investing in hospitals and health (51%), ensuring big businesses pay their share of tax (32%), doing more to address unemployment (28%) and investing more in education (27%).

For Liberal/National voters the main priorities were investing in hospitals and health (40%), cutting spending to reduce the deficit (36%) and investing more in infrastructure (28%).

For Greens voters the main priorities were investing more in renewable energy (45%), doing more to address climate change (41%), investing in hospitals and health (36%) and voting on same sex marriage (35%).

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