Most concerning economic issues

May 6, 2014

Q. Which Australian economic issue worries you most?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Unemployment

11%

15%

9%

16%

6%

The cost of living

56%

63%

49%

46%

70%

The current budget deficit

6%

1%

14%

5%

2%

National debt

5%

2%

12%

2%

5%

House prices

7%

6%

7%

9%

6%

The high Australian dollar

2%

2%

2%

4%

2%

Insecure employment

7%

9%

4%

15%

7%

Don’t know

2%

1%

2%

2%

None of these

2%

1%

1%

2%

2%

The majority of Australians (56%) selected ‘the cost of living’ as the Australian economic issue that worries them most.

At 11% ‘unemployment’ was the second most frequently selected.

Labor (63%) and Other (70%) voters were even more likely to select ‘the cost of living’. Lib/Nat (49%) and Green (46%) voters were less likely.

Females (63%) were more likely than males (50%) to select the cost of living. Those aged 65+ were less likely to select ‘the cost of living’ (50%), and were more likely to select ‘the current budget deficit’ (17%) and ‘national debt’ (12%).

Agreement with Economic Figures

May 28, 2012

Q. Some say that official figures show Australia’s economy is doing very well, especially compared to the rest of the world.  The interest rate, the unemployment rate and the inflation rate are all less than 5%. Do you agree or disagree that this shows the state of the economy is good?

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Total agree

52%

75%

39%

70%

Total disagree

37%

17%

54%

23%

Strongly agree

9%

20%

3%

16%

Agree

43%

55%

36%

54%

Disagree

27%

12%

39%

17%

Strongly disagree

10%

5%

15%

6%

Don’t know

10%

7%

7%

8

When told that official figures show Australia’s economy is doing well, 52% agreed and 37% disagreed.

Those most likely to disagree were Liberal/National voters (54%), aged 45+ (45%) and people with incomes of $600-$1,000pw (43%).

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