Concern about household expenses

Jul 8, 2014

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

 

Total concerned

Total not concerned

 

Very

Quite

Not very 

Not at all 

Don’t know

Household does not have this expense

Electricity

80%

18%

49%

31%

15%

3%

2%

1%

Health or medical (includes health insurance)

76%

19%

42%

34%

16%

3%

2%

3%

Transport (petrol, car, public transport)

74%

23%

35%

39%

20%

3%

2%

1%

Food and groceries

70%

29%

29%

41%

24%

5%

2%

*

Water

63%

30%

29%

34%

23%

7%

2%

6%

Home insurance

61%

29%

27%

34%

23%

6%

3%

6%

Gas

54%

24%

27%

27%

18%

6%

2%

21%

Mortgage or rent

53%

26%

26%

27%

18%

8%

2%

18%

Education

51%

24%

26%

25%

16%

8%

2%

23%

Telephone

51%

45%

20%

31%

34%

13%

2%

1%

Internet

47%

51%

19%

28%

38%

13%

2%

The household expenses of most concern were electricity (80% concerned), health or medical (76%), transport (74%) and food and groceries (70%).

For most expenses there were not major differences across demographic groups.

Those aged 25-44 were a little more concerned about food and groceries (76%) and mortgage and rent (70%). Education was of higher concern to those aged 18-24 (72%) and 35-44 (70%).

Impact of carbon pricing scheme

Nov 26, 2012

Q. Since the carbon pricing scheme was introduced on the 1st July this year, has the impact on your household been worse than expected, not as bad as expected or about the same as you expected?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Worse than expected

26%

12%

39%

14%

Not as bad as expected

26%

35%

20%

36%

About the same as expected

36%

47%

30%

37%

Don’t know

12%

6%

11%

13%

An equal portion of respondents believe the impact on their household of the carbon pricing scheme has been worse than expected (26%) and not as bad as expected (26%).  Thirty six percent (36%) believe it to be about the same as they expected, whilst 12% don’t know.

Looking at results by voting intention, Lib/Nat voters are far more likely to claim the impact on their household of the carbon pricing scheme is worse than expected (39%), compared with Labor voters (12%) and Greens voters (14%).

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