Concern about economic issues

Sep 1, 2015

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

Very concerned Feb 2015

Change

Cost of electricity and gas

52%

33%

10%

3%

3%

47%

+5

Housing affordability

46%

33%

14%

4%

4%

39%

+7

Cost of food and groceries

42%

39%

13%

3%

3%

35%

+7

Cost of petrol

42%

36%

14%

4%

3%

24%

+18

Job security

35%

39%

15%

6%

5%

29%

+6

Wealth disparity

35%

33%

19%

7%

6%

30%

+5

Unemployment

34%

42%

15%

6%

3%

30%

+4

Value of the Australian dollar

32%

39%

21%

4%

4%

24%

+8

Tax levels

32%

37%

21%

6%

5%

24%

+8

Interest rates

28%

34%

24%

10%

5%

19%

+9

The current budget deficit

25%

39%

24%

7%

6%

27%

-2

National debt

24%

37%

27%

7%

5%

27%

-3

Economic issues of most concern were cost of electricity/gas (52% very concerned), housing affordability (46%), cost of food and groceries (42%) and the cost of petrol (42%). Since February there have been increases in concern about almost all issues – especially cost of petrol (up 18%, although concern was unusually low in February), interest rates (up 9%), tax levels (up 8%), value of the dollar (up 8%), housing affordability (up 7%) and cost of food and groceries (up 7%).

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