Housing prices in Australia

Apr 6, 2010

Q. Thinking about housing prices, which of the following is mainly responsible for the increase in Australian house prices?

And which is the second most responsible?

  Main Second
Shortage of housing 33% 20%
Overseas buyers 19% 15%
Low interest rates 11% 15%
The first home buyers grant 8% 14%
Real estate agents 7% 10%
Australian investors 5% 10%
Bank lending 4% 11%
Don’t know 13% 4%

Most people think that a shortage of housing is mainly responsible for the increase in Australian housing prices, 20% think this is the second reason for the increase in house prices.  

19% point to overseas buyers as being mainly responsible for the increase in Australian house prices, 15% think this is the second reason. 

Coalition voters were more likely to think overseas buyers are mainly responsible for the increase in Australian house prices (22%), while Green voters were more likely to think Australian investors are mainly responsible. 

People aged 35 – 44 were more likely to think low interest rates are most responsible (17%), people aged 45 – 54 think a shortage of housing is most responsible (40%), while those aged 65 years and over think that overseas buyers are most responsible for the increase in housing prices (26%). 

Females more likely to indicate overseas buyers are mainly responsible (23%), while males were more likely to point to a shortage of housing as mainly responsible for increased house prices (39%).  Comments »

House prices in Australia

Apr 6, 2010

Q. Do you personally want house prices to increase, decrease or stay the same?

  %
Increase 28%
Decrease 34%
Stay the same 28%
Don’t know 9%

34% of people surveyed want house prices to decrease, 28% want prices to increase, 28% want house prices to stay the same and 9% don’t know.

Coalition voters were more likely to want house prices to increase (36%) while Green voters were more likely to indicate they want house prices to decrease (49%). 

People aged 18 – 24 were more likely to want house prices to decrease (56%), those aged 25 – 34 were more likely to want house prices to increase (37%) and those aged 55 years and over were more likely to want prices to stay the same (40%).  Comments »

Issues of importance

Jan 25, 2010

Q. Which are the three most important issues in deciding how you would vote at a Federal election? (Number from 1 to 3 where 1 is the most important, 2 the second most important, etc)

  One Two Three Total
Management of the economy 36% 17% 10% 63%
Ensuring the quality of Australia’s health system  14% 17% 17% 48%
Australian jobs and protection of local industries 8% 13% 12% 33%
Political leadership 10% 7% 6% 23%
Ensuring a quality education for all children 5% 8% 10% 23%
Ensuring a fair taxation system 4% 5% 9% 18%
Protecting the environment 4% 7% 5% 16%
Addressing climate change 6% 5% 5% 16%
Controlling interest rates 3% 6% 6% 15%
Housing affordability 3% 4% 7% 14%
Ensuring a quality water supply 3% 4% 5% 12%
A fair industrial relations system 3% 4% 3% 10%
Security and the war on terrorism 2% 4% 3% 9%

 63% of people surveyed rate management of the economy as one of their three most important issues, followed by 48% that rate ensuring the quality of Australia’s health system and 33% that rate Australian jobs and protection of local industries as one of their three most important issues.

 10% rate a fair industrial relations system as one of their three most important issues that would decide how they vote in a Federal election and 9% rate security and the war on terrorism.  Comments »

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