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Most important issues when voting

Aug 11, 2020

Q. If a federal election were held today, how important would the following issues be in deciding which party you vote for?

  Very important Quite important A little important Neither important nor unimportant A little unimportant Quite unimportant Very unimportant
Stop community transmission of Covid-19 as soon as possible 62% 18% 7% 7% 2% 1% 4%
Manage the economy 54% 25% 10% 7% 1% 2% 3%
Create jobs 51% 27% 10% 7% 1% 2% 3%
Provide support for those in financial need 42% 31% 14% 7% 2% 2% 2%
Reduce national debt 34% 28% 17% 12% 3% 3% 3%
Work with other countries’ leaders appropriately 34% 32% 16% 11% 2% 2% 2%
Improve the education system 33% 31% 19% 11% 3% 2% 2%

 

VERY IMPORTANT   Federal Voting Intention
Total Labor Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Stop community transmission of Covid-19 as soon as possible 62% 64% 64% 49% 64%
Manage the economy 54% 54% 66% 29% 63%
Create jobs 51% 53% 54% 33% 57%
Provide support for those in financial need 42% 49% 39% 38% 45%
Reduce national debt 34% 31% 41% 19% 45%
Work with other countries’ leaders appropriately 34% 39% 35% 23% 31%
Improve the education system 33% 39% 28% 28% 27%
Base (n) 1,010 311 413 78 94

 

  • Stopping community transmission of Covid-19 as soon as possible is the most important issue at present with 62% of participants saying it’s ‘very important’ compared to more than half who said ‘manage the economy’ (54%).
  • At this time, reducing the national debt (34%), working with international leaders (34%) and improving the education system (33%) were seen of lesser importance.

Problems for Aboriginal People

Feb 6, 2012

Q. Are each of the following issues a larger problem or a smaller problem for Aboriginal people than they are for other Australians?

Total bigger problem for Aboriginal people A much bigger problem A little bigger problem A similar problem A little smaller problem A much smaller problem Don’t know
Alcohol abuse 74% 51% 23% 17% 2% 2% 6%
Health issues 65% 37% 28% 21% 6% 4% 5%
Unemployment 63% 37% 26% 22% 6% 4% 6%
Loss of culture and tradition. 56% 29% 27% 26% 5% 6% 8%
Discrimination 55% 25% 30% 28% 5% 6% 6%
Family breakdown 50% 25% 25% 33% 4% 3% 10%
Access to education 44% 17% 27% 31% 10% 8% 6%
Threats to their environment 41% 18% 23% 37% 7% 6% 9%
Access to accommodation 40% 15% 25% 30% 12% 9% 10%
Access to services/ resources in rural communities 37% 17% 20% 30% 13% 11% 9%
Legal rights 30% 11% 19% 34% 13% 15% 8%

A majority of respondents think Aboriginal people have larger problems than other Australians in terms of alcohol abuse (74%), health issues (65%), unemployment (63%), loss of culture and tradition (56%), discrimination (55%) and family breakdown (50%).

A majority believe they have similar or smaller problems in terms of legal rights (62%), access to services/resources in rural communities (54%), access to accommodation (51%) and threats to their environment (50%). Comments »

Party Best at Handling Aboriginal Issues

Feb 6, 2012

Q. Which party do you think is best to handle issues concerning Australia’s Aboriginal people?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
The Labor Party 22% 54% 4% 32%
The Liberal Party 18% 2% 41% 1%
No difference 41% 30% 40% 52%
Don’t know 19% 14% 16% 15%

41% think there is no difference between the Liberal and Labor Parties in terms of handling issues concerning Australia’s Aboriginal people. 22% think the Labor Party is best and 18% favour the Liberal Party.

Liberal voters (41%) were less likely than Labor voters (54%) to think their own party would be best to handle Aboriginal issues. Comments »

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