Essential Report

Concern about household expenses

May 5, 2015

Q. How concerned or unconcerned are you about the current costs of each specific expense for your household?

  Total concern-ed Total not concern-ed   Very concern-ed Not at all concern-ed Don’t know House-hold does not have this expense   Total concern-ed July 2014 Very concern-ed July 2014
Electricity 72% 25% 34% 7% 2% 1% 80% 49%
Health or medical (includes health insurance) 67% 24% 31% 6% 3% 5% 76% 42%
Food and groceries 65% 33% 25% 8% 2% * 70% 29%
Transport (petrol, car, public transport) 60% 36% 22% 8% 2% 1% 74% 35%
Water 52% 40% 18% 10% 3% 6% 63% 29%
Mortgage or rent 48% 32% 21% 12% 3% 17% 53% 26%
Home insurance 48% 37% 18% 8% 4% 10% 61% 27%
Gas 43% 32% 16% 9% 2% 22% 54% 27%
Internet 42% 54% 12% 14% 2% 1% 47% 19%
Telephone 39% 56% 12% 16% 3% 2% 51% 20%
Education 38% 35% 17% 12% 2% 25% 51% 26%

The household expenses of most concern were electricity (72% concerned), health or medical (67%), food and groceries (65%) and transport (60%).

Since this question was asked in July last year, levels of concern about household expenses has dropped for all items. However, there has been little change in the ranking of issues of concern.

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