Important issues

Oct 23, 2018

Q. Which of the following issues are the most important for the Federal Government to address over the next 12 months? Select up to 3. 

  Total   1st 2nd 3rd   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote Other April 2018 Change
Cost of living 60%   31% 18% 11%   60% 56% 54% 68% 51% +9
Improving our health system 37%   9% 15% 13%   40% 35% 39% 38% 36% +1
Housing affordability 29%   8% 12% 10%   33% 22% 34% 25% 29%
Creating jobs and reducing unemployment 27%   10% 9% 9%   30% 27% 24% 18% 32% -5
Improving workers wages and conditions 22%   5% 7% 9%   27% 20% 24% 16% 22%
Promoting economic growth 20%   6% 8% 6%   16% 29% 11% 18% 21% -1
National security and terrorism 20%   6% 5% 8%   12% 26% 8% 29% 21% -1
Promoting renewable energy 20%   7% 5% 7%   21% 17% 44% 21% 19% +1
Tax avoidance by big companies 17%   4% 6% 6%   18% 16% 22% 20% 20% -3
Reducing the budget deficit 13%   5% 4% 5%   7% 22% 7% 16% 14% -1
More funds for education 13%   3% 3% 7%   18% 7% 22% 13% 13%
Income tax cuts 12%   3% 4% 5%   10% 15% 6% 13% 15% -3
Business tax cuts 5%   2% 1% 2%   5% 7% 7% 2% 6% -1

 

The most important issues for the Federal Government to address over the next 12 months were –

  • Cost of living (60%)
  • Improving our health system (37%)
  • Housing affordability (29%)
  • Creating jobs and reducing unemployment (27%)

Labor voters were more likely to think Improving workers wages and conditions (27%) was important.

Liberal/National voters were more likely to think promoting economic growth (29%) and reducing the budget deficit (22%) were important.

Greens voters were more likely to think promoting renewable energy (44%) and more funds for education (22%) were important.

 

Since this question was asked in April, there has been a substantial increase for cost of living – up 9 points to 60%.