Essential Report

Most Important Issues

Mar 10, 2020

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

  Total Change (Oct’19) Oct’19
Improve the health system 38% +6 32%
Create jobs and reduce unemployment 31% -5 36%
Protection of the environment 29% +2 27%
Reduce utility bills 23% -4 27%
Promote renewable energy 22% +3 19%
Improve wages and working conditions 21% -3 24%
Limit the amount of migration to Australia 20% +1 19%
Increase housing affordability 19% 19%
Crack-down on tax avoidance by big companies 17% +1 16%
Maintain strong border protection 15% +3 12%
Provide tax cuts 13% -2 15%
Ensure the security of energy supply 11% -2 13%
Combat domestic crime 11% +1 10%
Provide more money for education 10% -1 11%
Combat international crime and terrorism 7% -1 8%
Increase the budget surplus 6% 6%
Improve conditions for refugees and asylum seekers 5% -1 6%
Base (n) 1,096 1,088
  • The top three most important issues for the Federal Government to address over the next 12 months are improving the health system (38%), creating jobs and reducing unemployment (31%) and protecting the environment (29%).
  • Improving the health system (now 38%, was 32%) is ahead of creating jobs and reducing unemployment (now 31%, was 36%) compared to October ‘19.
  • Reducing utility bills is also less important now (23%) than it was in October ‘19 (27%).

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