Essential Report

Importance of issues

Sep 27, 2016

Q. How important are the following issues for Australia?

  Total important Total not important   Very important Somewhat important Not very important Not at all important Don’t know
Reaching a global agreement on tackling climate change 75% 19%   40% 35% 11% 8% 6%
Holding a Royal Commission into the banking and finance industry 62% 25%   27% 35% 17% 8% 12%
Having a treaty with indigenous Australians 59% 33%   25% 34% 17% 16% 8%
Having a plebiscite on same-sex marriage 36% 56%   19% 17% 19% 37% 9%
Having a referendum on becoming a republic 34% 58%   14% 20% 25% 33% 9%

 

  Total important   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other Men Women Aged 18-34 Aged 35-54 Aged 55+
Reaching a global agreement on tackling climate change 75%   83% 74% 94% 64% 72% 78% 75% 72% 80%
Holding a Royal Commission into the banking and finance industry 62%   73% 59% 64% 66% 65% 60% 56% 65% 67%
Having a treaty with indigenous Australians 59%   67% 55% 75% 51% 54% 64% 63% 57% 59%
Having a plebiscite on same-sex marriage 36%   36% 41% 27% 34% 34% 37% 43% 33% 32%
Having a referendum on becoming a republic 34%   41% 31% 37% 32% 40% 27% 33% 35% 32%

Of those listed, the most important issues for Australia were considered to be reaching a global agreement on tackling climate change (75% important), a Royal Commission into the banking and finance industry (62%) and having a treaty with indigenous Australian (59%).

Only 36% thought holding a plebiscite on same-sex marriage was important and 34% thought it was important to hold a referendum on becoming a republic.

Having a treaty with indigenous Australian was most strongly supported by Greens voters (75%), Labor voters (67%), women (64%) and those aged 18-34 (63%).

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