Essential Report

Important issues

Aug 1, 2017

Q. Which of the following issues are the 3 most important for the Federal Government to address over the next 12 months?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote Other   Nov 2016 Change
Improving our health system 42%   48% 42% 32% 33%   44% -2
Housing affordability 36%   36% 31% 36% 36%   31% +5
Reducing unemployment 32%   33% 31% 31% 38%   31% -1
National security and terrorism 32%   25% 42% 8% 42%   30% +2
Tax avoidance by big companies 26%   27% 22% 25% 30%   26%
Protecting workers wages and conditions 22%   28% 12% 25% 25%   20% +2
More funds for education 19%   22% 19% 16% 13%   17% +2
Reducing the budget deficit 19%   10% 30% 9% 21%   24% -5
Addressing climate change 18%   23% 12% 48% 10%   16% +2
Protecting our borders 16%   9% 24% 7% 25%   21% -5
Protecting the environment 16%   17% 11% 38% 11%   16%
Investing in public transport 11%   12% 10% 15% 6%   12% -1
Investing in roads 9%   9% 11% 5% 7%   7% +2
Free trade agreements 3%   2% 4% 6% 2%   6% -3

The most important issues for the Federal Government to address over the next 12 months were improving our health system (42%), housing affordability (36%), reducing unemployment (32%) and national security and terrorism (32%).

Main changes since November were an increase in importance of housing affordability (up 5%) and declines in the importance of reducing the budget deficit (down 5%) and protecting our borders (down 5%).

For Labor voters the most important issues were improving our health system (48%), housing affordability (36%) and reducing unemployment (33%).

For Liberal/National voters the most important issues were improving our health system (42%), national security and terrorism (42%), housing affordability (31%) and reducing unemployment (31%).

For Greens voters the most important issues were addressing climate change (48%), protecting the environment (38%) and housing affordability (36%).

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