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%).

Important issues

Dec 9, 2014

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

 

Total

 

Most import-ant

2nd most import-ant

3rd most import-ant

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote Other

Improving our health system

47%

14%

18%

15%

53%

46%

34%

44%

Reducing unemployment

37%

12%

13%

12%

38%

33%

30%

43%

Reducing the budget deficit

32%

16%

8%

8%

15%

60%

14%

20%

Tax avoidance by big companies

27%

9%

9%

9%

29%

27%

30%

31%

Protecting workers wages and conditions

24%

8%

7%

9%

34%

16%

10%

30%

National security and terrorism

23%

8%

7%

8%

16%

35%

6%

32%

More funds for education

23%

6%

8%

9%

26%

14%

30%

26%

Housing affordability

22%

7%

8%

7%

27%

15%

15%

27%

Addressing climate change

20%

9%

7%

4%

25%

8%

60%

11%

Investing in public transport

14%

3%

5%

6%

14%

11%

17%

12%

Protecting the environment

13%

3%

5%

5%

15%

5%

45%

11%

Investing in roads

10%

3%

2%

5%

6%

15%

4%

12%

Free trade agreements

6%

1%

3%

2%

2%

12%

5%

3%

The most important issues for the Federal Government to address over the next 12 months were improving our health system (47%), reducing unemployment (37%), reducing the budget deficit (32%) and tax avoidance by big companies (27%).

For Labor voters the most important issues were improving our health system (53%), reducing unemployment (38%) and protecting workers wages and conditions (34%). For Liberal/National voters the most important issues were reducing the budget deficit (60%), improving our health system (46%) and national security and terrorism (35%).

Importance of Craig Thomson Issue

Jun 4, 2012

Q. In your opinion, how important is this issue concerning the behaviour of Craig Thomson?

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Very important

30%

17%

49%

7%

Quite important

36%

38%

33%

43%

Not very important

18%

25%

10%

30%

Not at all important

7%

11%

2%

11%

Don’t know

10%

9%

6%

9%

30% think the Craig Thomson issue is very important and 36% quite important – only 25% think it is not very or not at all important.

Those most likely to think it is very important were aged 55+ (40%), Liberal/National voters (49%) and full-time workers (34%).

58% of those who had read/heard a lot about it thought it was very important.

Only 17% of union members thought it was very important.

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