Importance of asylum seeker issue

Jul 29, 2013

Q. How important is the asylum seeker issue of in deciding which party you will vote for in the Federal election?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

 

17 Jun 13

The most important issue

7%

6%

8%

4%

6%

One of the most important issues

28%

27%

31%

34%

28%

Quite important but not as important as other issues

35%

40%

36%

33%

37%

Not very important

16%

16%

16%

19%

14%

Not at all important

8%

7%

8%

9%

10%

Don’t know

6%

4%

1%

1%

5%

35% of respondents think the asylum seeker issue is the most important or one of the most important election issues.

39% of Liberal/National voters think it is one of or the most important issues.

Most important election issues

Jul 23, 2013

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

 

Total

23 Jul 13

 

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

45%

47%

62%

66%

64%

62%

61%

63%

Ensuring a quality education for all children

25%

25%

29%

35%

26%

22%

26%

23%

Ensuring the quality of Australia’s health system

42%

45%

52%

57%

47%

47%

49%

48%

Protecting the environment

12%

13%

14%

14%

11%

13%

15%

16%

A fair industrial relations system

10%

10%

12%

8%

12%

11%

8%

na

Political leadership

21%

22%

14%

15%

25%

18%

17%

23%

Addressing climate change

11%

11%

9%

9%

9%

10%

15%

16%

Controlling interest rates

13%

11%

9%

11%

9%

11%

13%

15%

Australian jobs and protection of local industries

39%

34%

40%

32%

41%

36%

32%

33%

Ensuring a quality water supply

3%

5%

4%

5%

3%

4%

5%

12%

Housing affordability

17%

14%

11%

14%

13%

13%

16%

14%

Ensuring a fair taxation system

20%

19%

21%

17%

18%

16%

17%

14%

Security and the war on terrorism

8%

8%

6%

5%

5%

4%

8%

9%

Treatment of asylum seekers

14%

11%

6%

6%

10%

8%

5%

na

Managing population growth

9%

11%

9%

7%

8%

8%

12%

na

45% of people surveyed rated management of the economy as one of their three most important issues, followed by 42% ensuring the quality of Australia’s health system, 39% Australian jobs and protection of local industries and 25% ensuring a quality education for all children.

There has been little change since this question was asked last month – Australian jobs and protection of local industries is up 5 points to 39% and treatment of asylum seekers is up 3 points (and up 8 points since February) to 14%.

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%).

Important election issues

Dec 5, 2011

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

First Second Third Total 6 June 11 24 Jan 11 11 Oct 10 25 Jan 10
Management of the economy 39% 16% 7% 62% 61% 65% 62% 63%
Ensuring a quality education for all children 4% 8% 10% 22% 26% 26% 32% 23%
Ensuring the quality of Australia’s health system 12% 18% 17% 47% 49% 49% 48% 48%
Protecting the environment 4% 5% 4% 13% 15% 13% 12% 16%
A fair industrial relations system 3% 4% 4% 11% 8% 10% 11% *
Political leadership 7% 6% 5% 18% 17% 16% 16% 23%
Addressing climate change 3% 4% 3% 10% 15% 10% 11% 16%
Controlling interest rates 2% 4% 5% 11% 13% 21% 17% 15%
Australian jobs and protection of local industries 11% 12% 13% 36% 32% 30% 30% 33%
Ensuring a quality water supply * 2% 2% 4% 5% 6% 6% 12%
Housing affordability 3% 4% 6% 13% 16% 16% 17% 14%
Ensuring a fair taxation system 3% 5% 8% 16% 17% 18% 16% 14%
Security and the war on terrorism 1% 1% 2% 4% 8% 5% 6% 9%
Treatment of asylum seekers 2% 3% 3% 8% 5% 5% 5% *
Managing population growth 1% 3% 4% 8% 12% 11% 10% *

*Not asked

62% of people surveyed rated management of the economy as one of their three most important issues, followed by 47% ensuring the quality of Australia’s health system and 36% Australian jobs and protection of local industries.

Since June, there have been only minor changes in these figures – there has been an increase in the importance of Australian jobs and protection of local industries (+4%) and declines in the importance of addressing climate change (-5%), ensuring a quality education for all children (-4%), managing population growth (-4%) and security and the war on terrorism (-4%).

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