Most important election issues

Jun 17, 2013

Q.  Which are the three most important issues in deciding how you would vote at a Federal election?

 

Total

17 Jun 13

11 Feb 13

19 Nov 12

30 Jul 12

5 Dec 11

6 June 11

25 Jan 10

Management of the economy

47%

62%

66%

64%

62%

61%

63%

Ensuring a quality education for all children

25%

29%

35%

26%

22%

26%

23%

Ensuring the quality of Australia’s health system

45%

52%

57%

47%

47%

49%

48%

Protecting the environment

13%

14%

14%

11%

13%

15%

16%

A fair industrial relations system

10%

12%

8%

12%

11%

8%

na

Political leadership

22%

14%

15%

25%

18%

17%

23%

Addressing climate change

11%

9%

9%

9%

10%

15%

16%

Controlling interest rates

11%

9%

11%

9%

11%

13%

15%

Australian jobs and protection of local industries

34%

40%

32%

41%

36%

32%

33%

Ensuring a quality water supply

5%

4%

5%

3%

4%

5%

12%

Housing affordability

14%

11%

14%

13%

13%

16%

14%

Ensuring a fair taxation system

19%

21%

17%

18%

16%

17%

14%

Security and the war on terrorism

8%

6%

5%

5%

4%

8%

9%

Treatment of asylum seekers

11%

6%

6%

10%

8%

5%

na

Managing population growth

11%

9%

7%

8%

8%

12%

na

47% of people surveyed rated management of the economy as one of their three most important issues, followed by 45% ensuring the quality of Australia’s health system, 34% Australian jobs and protection of local industries and 25% ensuring a quality education for all children.

Since February, there has been a decline in the importance of managing the economy (-15%), ensuring the quality of Australia’s health system (-7%) and Australian jobs and protection of local industries (-6%) and an increase in political leadership (+8%).

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