Getting better or worse

Apr 11, 2017

Q. Do you think things are getting better or worse for you and you family in terms of the following?

  Total better Total worse   Getting a lot better Getting a little better Staying much the same Getting a little worse Getting a lot worse Don’t know
Housing affordability 9% 62%   4% 5% 21% 22% 40% 9%
Cost of electricity and gas 6% 74%   2% 4% 17% 32% 42% 3%
Your general standard of living 13% 49%   3% 10% 36% 32% 17% 2%
Your income 13% 36%   2% 11% 47% 19% 17% 4%
Your job security * 14% 31%   3% 11% 52% 17% 14% 3%
Work-family balance * 17% 32%   4% 13% 48% 19% 13% 3%
Your overall quality of life 17% 34%   3% 14% 46% 22% 12% 2%
The quality of political representation 7% 60%   2% 5% 26% 27% 33% 8%


* based on people working

Respondents tended to be pessimistic about all items measured. They were particularly negative about the cost of electricity and gas (74% getting worse), housing affordability (62%) and their general standard of living (49%). Income, job security, work-family balance and overall quality of life were more likely to be staying much the same.

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