Essential Report

Important issues

Apr 24, 2018

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

  Total   1st 2nd 3rd   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote Other
Cost of living 51%   22% 14% 15%   52% 44% 42% 57%
Improving our health system 36%   12% 12% 12%   40% 35% 32% 32%
Creating jobs and reducing unemployment 32%   13% 11% 8%   29% 33% 31% 36%
Housing affordability 29%   7% 10% 12%   29% 26% 28% 26%
Improving workers wages and conditions 22%   7% 8% 7%   29% 18% 20% 20%
National security and terrorism 21%   7% 8% 6%   14% 26% 10% 34%
Promoting economic growth 21%   7% 7% 7%   18% 31% 12% 15%
Tax avoidance by big companies 20%   5% 7% 8%   23% 16% 29% 21%
Promoting renewable energy 19%   7% 6% 6%   19% 12% 49% 13%
Income tax cuts 15%   4% 6% 5%   17% 15% 4% 11%
Reducing the budget deficit 14%   4% 5% 5%   7% 23% 4% 22%
More funds for education 13%   2% 5% 6%   15% 13% 28% 9%
Business tax cuts 6%   2% 2% 2%   4% 7% 6% 3%

The most important issues for the Federal Government to address over the next 12 months were –

 

  • Cost of living (51%)
  • Improving our health system (36%)
  • Creating jobs and reducing unemployment (32%)
  • Housing affordability (29%)

Labor voters were more likely to think Improving workers wages and conditions (29%) was important.

Liberal/National voters were more likely to think promoting economic growth (31%) and reducing the budget deficit (23%) were important.

Greens voters were more likely to think tax avoidance by big companies (29%), promoting renewable energy (49%) and more funds for education (28%) were important.

Other voters were more likely to think cost of living (57%), national security and terrorism (34%) and reducing the budget deficit (22%) were important.

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