Concern about economic issues

Oct 7, 2014

Q. How concerned are you personally about the following economic issues? 

 

Very concerned

Somewhat concerned

Not so concerned

Not at all concerned

Don’t know

Cost of electricity and gas

57%

28%

12%

2%

2%

Cost of petrol

49%

33%

11%

4%

3%

Cost of food and groceries

45%

37%

13%

3%

2%

Housing affordability

40%

35%

18%

4%

3%

Job security

35%

34%

21%

8%

3%

Wealth disparity

33%

30%

22%

7%

9%

Unemployment

31%

41%

19%

6%

4%

Tax levels

28%

36%

25%

8%

4%

Interest rates

25%

31%

30%

11%

3%

Value of the Australian dollar

22%

31%

34%

8%

5%

The current budget deficit

21%

33%

29%

11%

6%

National debt

21%

33%

30%

11%

5%

Economic issues of most concern were cost of electricity/gas (57% very concerned), cost of petrol (49%), cost of food and groceries (45%) and housing affordability (40%).

68% of those aged 45+ were very concerned about the cost of electricity/gas.

Women were more concerned than men about cost of food and groceries (51% vs 39% very concerned), cost of electricity/gas (62% vs 52%) and cost of petrol (56% vs 43%).