Top Federal Government priorities for 2021

Jan 19, 2021

Q. From the options below, which of the following do you think the Federal Government should prioritise in 2021?

Please rank all the options below by dragging and dropping them in order of highest priority (1) to lowest priority (10).

TOTAL: Highest priority (Ranked 1)  Total Federal Voting Intention
Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Provide the necessary healthcare resources to protect the country from Covid-19 24% 27% 23% 10% 21%
Stimulate job growth 13% 9% 17% 9% 11%
Reduce household bills 12% 15% 10% 12% 17%
Invest in public systems (e.g. aged care, childcare, healthcare) to safeguard the country from the ongoing effects of Covid-19 12% 13% 12% 8% 9%
Minimise environmental damage by addressing the effects of climate change 10% 12% 4% 25% 15%
Make the increase to the JobSeeker payment permanent 9% 10% 6% 14% 12%
Reduce the financial deficit in the Federal Budget 7% 5% 11% 3% 4%
Improve trade relations with China 5% 3% 9% 4% 5%
Include recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the constitution 5% 4% 6% 11% 2%
Build closer ties with the US and President-elect Joe Biden 3% 2% 3% 4% 4%
Base (n) 1,084 334 431 118 106
  • About a quarter (24%) of people think the highest priority for the Federal Government this year is to provide the necessary healthcare resources to protect the country from Covid-19.
  • Following this, investing in public systems (e.g. aged care, childcare, healthcare) to safeguard the country from the ongoing effects of Covid-19 was the top priority for 12% of people. Stimulating job growth and reducing household bills are also front of mind for Australians (13% and 12% respectively).
  • Coalition voters consider stimulating job growth as a higher government priority than other voters (17% compared to 9% Labor voters, 9% Greens voters and 11% other voters).

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