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Economic Issues still biggest problems facing Australia (37%) and now the World (30%) in July

In Australia, a cross-section of 658 men and women aged 14 or over were interviewed by telephone on the nights of July 20-22, 2015. Respondents were asked: “Firstly, what do you think is the most important problem facing the World today?” and “What do you think is the most important problem facing Australia today?”

In July 2015, Australians still believe Economic & Financial issues are the most important set of problems facing Australia 37% (down 12% since April 2015) and now Economic Issues 30% (up 3%) are the biggest problems facing the World according to the latest Roy Morgan Research conducted in July 2015.

Australian views on Problems facing Australia

When asked about the most important problem facing Australia, Economic & Financial issues are named by 37% of Australians (down 12% since April 2015). Important Economic & Financial issues include the Economy/ Economic problems and Interest rates 10% (down 5%), Unemployment 9% (down 4%), Poverty and the Gap between the rich and poor 3% (unchanged), Financial problems/ Money issues 2% (unchanged) and Housing  affordability 2% (up 1%).

The next most important set of issues covering Government/ Leadership from politicians/ The Prime Minister Tony Abbott was mentioned by 13% (up 3%) as being the most important problem facing Australia – including 7% (up 4%) that mentioned Politics/ Leadership and 3% (down 2%) that mentioned Leadership from politicians/ Courage to lead/ Lack of vision.

Another set of issues labelled Religion/ Immigration/ Human Rights are named by 13% (up 4%) of Australians including the related policy issues of Refugees and Asylum seeker problems 4% (up 2%), Immigration/ Immigration policy 3% (unchanged) and Racism/ Racial tensions 2% (up 2%).

Environmental issues are mentioned by 11% (up 5%) of Australians as the most important problem facing Australia including Climate Change/ Global warming 7% (up 3%) – this is the highest Environmental issues have been for nearly two years since October 2013.

A further 10% (down 3%) of Australians mentioned a Social Issue as the most important problem. The most important Social Issues mentioned were Drugs and drug abuse 2% (down 1%), Educational issues 2% (unchanged) and Social apathy/ Family breakdown/ Selfishness/ Moral decline 2% (unchanged).

Terrorism/ Wars/ Security issues were mentioned by 5% (up 2%).

Analysis by State

Analysing by State shows different problems rated as most important across different States.

  • New South Wales: The Economy/ Economic problems/ Interest rates (9%), Unemployment (7%), Climate Change/ Global warming (6%) and Politics/leadership (6%);

  • Victoria: The Economy/ Economic problems/ Interest rates (8%), Politics/ Leadership (8%) and Climate Change/ Global warming (7%);

  • Queensland: Unemployment (14%); Politics/ Leadership (11%) and The Economy/ Economic problems/ Interest rates (10%).

  • Western Australia:  The Economy/ Economic problems/ Interest rates (13%); Unemployment (11%); Climate change/ Global warming (10%) and Educational issues (7%).

  • South Australia: Unemployment (16%); The Economy/ Economic problems/ Interest rates (13%); Globalisation/ World trade (8%) and Foreign ownership & Investment/ Selling our assets (6%);

  • Tasmania: Tony Abbott (16%); Poverty, & the Gap between the rich and the poor (14%); Climate Change/ Global warming (13%) and Politics/ Leadership (9%).

Australian views on Problems facing the World

The biggest World problems are Economic & Financial issues 30% (up 3% since April 2015).

Within Economic/ Financial Issues, the Economy/ Economic problems/ Interest rates was mentioned by 10% (up 2%), Poverty/ The Gap between the rich and poor was mentioned by 9% (down 1%) followed by Over-population 5% (up 2%) and Unemployment 2% (down 1%).

Environmental Issues were mentioned by 23% of Australians (up 7%) as the biggest problem facing the World today. The most important Environmental issue is clearly Climate Change/ Global warming 15% (up 4%) followed by Famine/ Food shortages 4% (up 2%) and Other Environmental Issues 3% (up 1%).

Terrorism/ Wars/ Security/ Safety were mentioned by 20% (down 7%). Terrorism was mentioned by 13% (down 2%) and Wars & Conflicts were mentioned by 5% (down 2%).

Social Issues are the next biggest problem according to 10% (up 1%) of Australians. Greed/ Materialism were mentioned by 2% (unchanged) and Social Apathy/ Family breakdowns/ Selfishness/ Moral decline were mentioned by 2% (unchanged) of Australians.

Government/ Politics/ Leadership/ Human rights are mentioned as being the World’s biggest problem by 9% (down 1%) – including Politics/ Leadership 3% (unchanged) and Religion/ Religious fundamentalism 2% (down 3%).

Michele Levine, CEO Roy Morgan says:

“The latest Roy Morgan qualitative and quantitative research shows Economic and Financial issues 37% (down 12% since April 2015) are easily the ‘most important problems’ facing Australia in July despite a large drop. Clearly the two largest Economic & Financial issues for Australians are The Economy/ Economic problems/ Interest rates 10% (down 5%) and Unemployment 9% (down 4%). These issues are prominent in every State of Australia. However, in Tasmania the largest problem is Poverty and the Gap between the rich and the poor (14%).

“Other important problems facing Australia include Government/ Politics/ Leadership/ Tony Abbott 13% (up 3%) and Religion/ Immigration/ Human Rights issues 13% (up 4%) and Environmental Issues 11% (up 5%) – a large rise from a record low level of concern in April as a problem facing Australia since interviewing began a decade ago in 2005.

“When considering the most important problems facing the World, Economic and Financial issues 30% (up 3%) are once again the most important set of issues ahead of Environmental issues 23% (up 7%) and Terrorism/ Wars/ Security issues 20% (down 7%). The renewed rise in Economic and Financial issues comes as the problems surrounding the Greek economy have once again come to the fore in recent months.

“The most important Economic and Financial issues facing the World are The Economy/ Economic problems/ Interest rates 10% (up 2%) and Poverty/ The gap between the rich and the poor 9% (down 1%). Easily the most prominent Environmental issue is Climate change/ Global warming 15% (up 4%) ahead of the important IPCC Climate Change conference in Paris later this year at which countries are set to announce carbon dioxide emission cut targets. The most important Terrorism/ Wars/ Security issues problems are Terrorism 13% (down 2%) and Wars & conflicts 5% (down 2%) – although both are down on recent iterations of this survey.”

These findings come from a special Roy Morgan telephone survey conducted in Australia on attitudes towards issues facing Australia and the World in the future. The research conducted was both qualitative (in that people were asked to use their own words) and quantitative (in that the ‘open-ended’ responses were analysed and ‘coded’ so that the results could be counted and reported as percentages).

In Australia, a cross-section of 658 men and women aged 14 or over were interviewed by telephone on the nights of July 20-22, 2015. Respondents were asked: “Firstly, what do you think is the most important problem facing the World today?” and “What do you think is the most important problem facing Australia today?”

Most Important Problems Facing Australia - July 2015

Most Important Problems Facing the World - July 2015


Most Important Problem Facing Australia

Australia

July
2013

Aug
2013

Oct
2013

Feb
2014

Jun
2014

Oct
2014

Jan
2015

Apr
2015

July
2015

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

The Economy/ Economic problems/ Interest rates

11

21

14

12

12

9

9

15

10

Financial problems/ Money issues

2

2

1

1

1

1

1

2

2

Housing affordability

*

*

2

2

1

1

1

1

2

Cost of living issues/ Rising prices/ Inflation

4

4

2

1

2

2

2

2

1

Banks/ Bank interest rates

-

1

-

1

-

-

*

-

*

General Taxation – Mining Tax, Resource Tax etc.

1

2

*

*

1

1

1

1

*

(SUB TOTAL) TOTAL Financial Issues/ Cost of Living

18

29

19

17

17

13

13

21

15

Unemployment

10

11

9

11

8

11

13

13

9

Poverty, & Gap between rich and poor

2

3

3

4

4

3

2

3

3

Foreign ownership & investment/ Selling our assets

1

1

1

2

1

1

1

2

2

Globalisation/Fairer world trade

*

1

1

1

2

1

1

1

2

Over reliance on Mining Industry/ Impact of Mining

1

1

1

1

*

1

2

2

2

Farming/ Cut food imports and support our farmers

1

-

1

1

*

-

*

*

1

Federal Budget

-

-

-

-

6

3

2

2

1

General Infrastructure/ Energy, Water, Internet etc.

*

1

1

*

1

1

*

1

1

Homelessness/ Lack of housing

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

Over-population

1

1

1

-

1

1

1

1

*

Transport/ Transport infrastructure/ Road & rail

1

*

1

*

-

1

*

*

*

Approve Carbon Tax

1

-

*

-

-

*

-

-

-

Disapprove Carbon Tax

-

*

*

-

*

*

-

-

-

TOTAL Economic/ Financial issues (INCLUDING Carbon Tax)

35

49

40

39

42

36

38

49

37

Politics/ Leadership

16

8

8

11

10

4

5

3

7

Leadership from Politicians/ Courage to lead/ Lack of vision

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

4

3

4

5

3

Tony Abbott

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

4

3

2

2

2

TOTAL Government / Politics/ Leadership

16

8

8

11

18

10

11

10

13

Refugees and Asylum seeker problems

13

12

9

9

4

3

2

2

4

Immigration/ Immigration policy

2

2

3

2

2

2

2

3

3

Racism/Racial tensions

*

1

1

1

*

1

2

*

2

Aboriginal Issues/ Health/ Rights

*

*

1

2

1

1

*

1

1

Human rights (Including gay rights)

*

1

1

1

1

2

-

1

1

Multiculturalism/ Integration/ Assimilation

1

*

2

1

1

2

1

*

1

Religion/ Religious fundamentalism

1

*

1

*

*

3

1

1

1

Intolerance/Discrimination

*

-

*

-

1

1

1

1

*

TOTAL Religion/ Immigration/ Human Rights

18

17

17

16

9

15

8

9

13

Climate Change/ Global warming

4

4

9

6

4

5

6

4

7

Other Environmental issues

2

2

2

3

1

1

2

2

3

Drought

-

-

*

1

*

*

1

1

1

Water conservation

*

*

1

*

*

-

*

*

1

Famine/ Food shortages

*

-

-

*

-

*

-

*

*

Pollution/ Rubbish

*

-

*

*

*

-

*

*

*

Disapprove Carbon Tax

-

*

*

-

*

*

-

-

-

Approve Carbon Tax

1

-

*

-

-

*

-

-

-

Natural disasters – Floods, Earthquakes, Bushfires

-

-

1

*

-

-

*

-

-

TOTAL Environmental Issues

7

7

13

10

7

7

9

6

11

Drugs and drug abuse

1

1

1

1

*

1

1

3

2

Educational issues

3

3

3

3

3

2

4

2

2

Social apathy/Family breakdowns/ Selfishness/Moral decline

3

2

2

3

3

3

4

2

2

Social Welfare, Welfare Dependency

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

3

2

2

2

2

Corruption

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

1

1

Crime/ Law & Order

1

1

1

1

*

1

1

1

1

Greed/ Corporate Greed/ Materialism

1

1

1

1

1

1

*

2

1

Anger/Violence/Aggression

1

*

1

1

1

1

1

1

*

Youth issues (Homelessness/ Apathy etc.)

1

*

1

*

1

1

1

1

*

TOTAL Social Issues

9

9

8

11

12

10

13

13

10

Terrorism

*

-

-

*

-

6

8

2

4

Relations with other countries, Indonesia, USA etc.

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

Security, Safety

1

*

1

*

*

2

2

1

*

Wars and conflicts

*

-

*

*

*

3

*

1

*

World Peace

-

-

-

*

-

*

-

-

-

TOTAL Terrorism/Wars/Security/Safety

2

1

1

1

1

11

11

3

5

Other health issues

3

4

4

4

4

4

3

3

4

Hospitals

1

1

1

-

*

*

-

-

*

TOTAL Health Issues

3

5

5

4

4

4

3

3

4

Sustainable management of natural resources

1

1

2

1

1

*

1

1

2

Depletion of fossil fuels

-

-

*

-

*

-

-

*

*

Energy crisis

*

*

*

*

*

1

-

-

*

Petrol prices

*

*

-

-

*

-

-

-

-

TOTAL Energy Crisis/ Depletion of Fossil Fuels/Petrol Price

1

1

2

2

1

1

1

1

2

Other

2

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

Can’t say

8

4

6

6

6

6

6

6

5

TOTAL

100

100

100

100

100

100

100

100

100

*Less than 1%.


Most Important Problem Facing Australia

Australia

July
2015

STATES

CITY/COUNTRY

NSW

VIC

QLD

WA

SA

TAS#

CITY

COUNTRY

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

The Economy/ Economic problems/ Interest rates

10

9

8

10

13

13

3

10

9

Financial problems/ Money issues

2

2

3

1

2

-

5

2

2

Housing affordability

2

2

2

2

2

-

-

2

1

Cost of living issues/ Rising prices/ Inflation

1

*

1

3

1

-

-

1

2

Banks/ Bank interest rates

*

1

-

-

-

-

-

1

-

General Taxation – Mining Tax, Resource Tax etc.

*

1

-

-

-

2

-

1

-

(SUB TOTAL) TOTAL Financial Issues/ Cost of Living

15

15

14

16

17

15

8

16

13

Unemployment

9

7

5

14

11

16

8

7

12

Poverty, & Gap between rich and poor

3

3

5

1

2

3

14

4

1

Foreign ownership & investment/ Selling our assets

2

4

1

3

-

6

-

2

3

General Infrastructure/ Energy, Water, Internet etc.

2

2

    *

-

-

-

-

1

-

Over reliance on Mining/ Impact of Mining

2

2

-

3

4

-

-

1

2

Farming/ Cut food imports and support our farmers

1

1

1

1

-

-

-

1

1

Federal Budget

1

1

1

1

3

-

-

1

1

Globalisation/Fairer world trade

1

2

1

2

-

8

-

2

3

Homelessness/ Lack of housing

1

2

2

-

2

-

-

2

1

Over-population

*

1

-

1

-

-

-

1

-

Transport/ Transport infrastructure/ Road & rail

*

-

1

-

-

-

-

*

-

Approve Carbon Tax

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Disapprove Carbon Tax

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

TOTAL Economic/ Financial issues (INCLUDING Carbon Tax)

37

39

31

42

39

49

30

37

38

Politics/ Leadership

7

6

8

11

6

4

9

5

11

Leadership from Politicians/ Courage to lead/ Lack of vision

3

4

4

1

2

3

8

4

3

Tony Abbott

2

3

1

3

-

-        16

16

2

3

TOTAL Government/ Politics/ Leadership

13

14

13

16

7

6

33

11

17

Refugees and Asylum seeker problems

4

2

5

3

3

5

6

5

2

Immigration/ Immigration policy

3

4

2

2

4

3

-

3

3

Racism/Racial tensions

2

1

1

1

4

3

7

1

2

Aboriginal Issues/ Health/ Rights

1

1

1

-

-

-

-

1

1

Human rights (Including gay rights)

1

*

-

4

-

1

-

1

2

Multiculturalism/ Integration/ Assimilation

1

1

3

1

-

-

-

1

1

Religion/ Religious fundamentalism

1

1

-

1

3

-

-

1

1

Intolerance/Discrimination

*

-

1

-

-

-

-

*

-

TOTAL Religion/ Immigration/ Human Rights

13

10

12

12

13

12

12

13

12

Climate Change/ Global warming

7

6

7

2

10

6

13

8

3

Other Environmental issues

3

2

3

3

1

   2

-

3

2

Drought

1

-

1

1

3

-

-

*

2

Water conservation

1

1

1

-

-

1

-

1

*

Famine/ Food shortages

*

-

-

-

-

-

-

*

-

Pollution/ Rubbish

*

1

-

-

-

-

-

-

1

Approve Carbon Tax

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Disapprove Carbon Tax

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Natural disasters – Floods, Earthquakes, Bushfires

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

TOTAL Environmental Issues

11

10

13

     6

14

9

13

12

7

Drugs and drug abuse

2

1

3

2

-

2

-

1

2

Educational issues

2

2

1

2

7

3

-

2

2

Social apathy/Family breakdowns/Selfishness/Moral decline

2

2

3

1

2

1

-

2

2

Social Welfare/ Welfare Dependency

2

1

-

4

2

2

-

2

1

Corruption

1

2

1

-

-

-

-

1

1

Crime/ Law & Order

1

-

1

1

2

5

-

1

1

Greed/ Corporate Greed/ Materialism

1

1

1

-

1

-

-

1

1

Anger/Violence/Aggression

*

1

-

-

-

3

-

1

-

Youth issues (Homelessness/ Apathy etc.)

*

-

1

-

1

-

-

*

*

TOTAL Social Issues

10

9

11

9

14

17

-

10

9

Terrorism

4

5

5

2

2

1

-

4

5

Relations with other countries

*

1

-

1

-

1

-

1

-

Security, Safety

*

1

1

-

-

-

-

1

*

Wars and conflicts

*

*

-

-

-

-

6

-

1

World Peace

-

-

-

     -

-

-

-

-

-

TOTAL Terrorism/Wars/Security/Safety

5

7

6

3

2

2

6

5

6

Other health issues

4

5

5

3

3

1

3

4

4

Hospitals

*

-

1

-

-

-

-

*

1

TOTAL Health Issues

4

5

6

3

3

1

3

4

5

Sustainable management of natural resources

2

1

2

3

2

-

-

2

1

Depletion of fossil fuels

*

1

-

-

-

-

-

1

-

Energy crisis

*

-

-

-

2

-

-

-

1

Petrol prices

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

TOTAL Energy Crisis/ Depletion of Fossil Fuels/Petrol Price

2

2

    2

3

3

-

-

2

2

Other

*

1

-

-

-

-

-

*

1

Can’t say

5

3

4

6

5

4

3

6

3

TOTAL

100

100

100

100

100

100

100

100

100

*Less than 1%. #Sample sizes under 50 should be treated with caution.


Most Important Problem Facing the World

The World

July
2013

Aug
2013

Oct
2013

Feb
2014

Jun
2014

Oct
2014

Jan
2015

Apr
2015

July
2015

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

The Economy/ Economic problems/ Interest rates

13

23

12

8

6

4

5

8

10

Financial problems/ Money issues

4

2

1

1

2

1

*

1

2

Cost of living issues/ Rising prices/ Inflation

2

*

1

1

2

*

1

1

1

General Taxation – Mining Tax, Resource Tax etc.

*

*

-

*

1

*

*

*

*

Housing affordability

1

-

*

-

*

-

-

-

*

Banks/ Bank interest rates

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

(SUB TOTAL) TOTAL Financial Issues/ Cost of Living

19

26

15

10

11

5

6

10

13

Poverty, & Gap between rich and poor

12

12

10

14

14

7

7

10

9

Over-population

4

4

4

3

4

2

2

3

5

Unemployment

2

5

3

4

2

3

3

3

2

General Infrastructure/ Energy, Water, Internet etc.

-

*

-

*

-

-

-

-

*

Globalisation/Fairer world trade

*

1

*

1

1

1

*

1

*

Homelessness/ Lack of housing

1

*

1

*

1

*

*

*

*

Approve Carbon Tax

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Disapprove Carbon Tax

*

*

-

-

*

-

-

-

-

Farming/ Cut food imports and support our farmers

*

-

-

*

-

-

-

-

-

Foreign ownership & investment/ Selling our assets

-

*

*

-

-

*

*

-

-

Transport/ Transport infrastructure/ Road & rail

*

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

TOTAL Economic/ Financial issues (INCLUDING Carbon Tax)

39

48

33

34

33

19

19

27

30

Climate Change/ Global warming

12

10

18

13

13

11

10

11

15

Famine/ Food shortages

4

4

5

5

5

3

1

2

4

Other Environmental issues

5

3

3

4

4

3

2

2

3

Pollution/ Rubbish

1

1

2

1

1

*

1

*

1

Climate Change concerns are exaggerated

*

*

*

*

*

-

-

-

*

Drought

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

*

Water conservation

*

*

1

*

*

*

*

-

*

Approve Carbon Tax

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Disapprove Carbon Tax

*

*

-

-

*

-

-

-

-

Natural disasters – Floods, Earthquakes, Bushfires

-

-

*

-

-

-

*

*

-

TOTAL Environmental Issues

22

17

30

23

24

17

14

   16

23

Terrorism

1

1

2

1

1

19

35

15

13

Wars and conflicts

5

5

5

7

6

16

5

7

5

World Peace

1

2

2

3

2

1

2

2

2

Security, Safety

*

1

*

*

1

2

2

2

1

Relations with other countries

-

*

*

*

-

1

-

    -

-

TOTAL Terrorism/Wars/Security/Safety

8

10

10

11

9

39

43

27

20

Greed/ Materialism

2

2

2

3

2

1

1

2

2

Social apathy/Family breakdowns/ Selfishness/Moral decline

2

3

3

5

4

3

4

2

2

Corporate Greed

-

-

-

1

*

*

*

*

1

Corruption

*

-

1

1

1

*

*

*

1

Crime/ Law & Order

2

1

1

*

1

*

1

1

1

Drugs and drug abuse

1

1

*

1

1

*

1

2

1

Educational issues

1

1

1

1

2

1

1

1

1

Youth issues (Homelessness/ Apathy etc.)

*

-

*

*

*

*

-

*

1

Anger/Violence/Aggression

1

*

1

2

2

1

*

1

*

Social Welfare/ Welfare Dependency

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

1

*

*

*

*

TOTAL Social Issues

8

7

9

13

13

7

8

9

10

Religion/ Religious fundamentalism

3

1

1

1

2

4

5

5

2

Human rights (Including gay rights)

1

*

1

1

1

2

*

1

1

Immigration/ Immigration policy

-

1

1

*

1

*

1

-

1

Refugees and Asylum seeker problems

5

3

2

2

*

*

*

1

1

Industrial relations reform

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

*

Intolerance/Discrimination

*

*

*

-

-

*

*

1

*

Racism/Racial tensions

1

*

*

1

*

1

*

1

*

Multiculturalism/ Integration/ Assimilation

-

*

-

-

*

-

*

-

-

TOTAL Religion/  Immigration/ Human Rights

9

6

6

5

4

8

6

7

6

Politics/ Leadership

4

2

2

2

4

3

3

3

3

TOTAL Government/ Politics/ Leadership

4

2

2

2

4

11

9

10

9

Other health issues

2

2

3

2

4

2

2

3

2

Hospitals

-

*

*

1

*

-

-

-

-

TOTAL Health Issues

2

2

3

3

4

2

2

3

2

Sustainable management of natural resources

1

2

2

1

1

*

*

1

1

Energy crisis

1

*

-

*

1

1

*

-

*

Depletion of fossil fuels

*

-

-

-

-

*

-

-

-

Petrol prices

-

*

*

-

-

-

-

-

-

TOTAL Energy Crisis/ Depletion of Fossil Fuels/Petrol Price

2

2

2

2

2

1

1

1

1

Other

1

*

*

1

*

*

*

*

-

Can’t say

5

6

5

6

7

4

4

7

5

TOTAL

100

100

100

100

100

100

100

100

100

*Less than 1%.


Most Important Problem Facing the World

The World

July
2015

STATES

CITY/COUNTRY

NSW

VIC

QLD

WA

SA

TAS#

CITY

COUNTRY

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

The Economy/ Economic problems/ Interest rates

10

8

8

13

14

16

3

10

10

Financial problems/ Money issues

2

3

1

1

5

3

-

2

3

Cost of living issues/ Rising prices/ Inflation

1

*

1

2

-

-

-

1

1

General Taxation – Mining Tax, Resource Tax etc.

*

-

1

1

-

-

-

*

1

Housing affordability

*

-

-

1

-

-

-

*

-

Banks/ Bank interest rates

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

(SUB TOTAL) TOTAL Financial Issues/ Cost of Living

13

11

11

17

19

19

3

13

14

Poverty, & Gap between rich and poor

9

7

11

     7

2

11

32

9

9

Over-population

5

8

5

3

2

1

12

5

4

Unemployment

2

2

5

3

1

-

-

3

2

General Infrastructure/ Energy, Water, Internet etc.

*

-

-

1

-

-

-

-

1

Globalisation/Fairer world trade

*

-

1

-

-

-

-

*

-

Homelessness/ Lack of housing

*

-

-

1

-

-

-

*

-

Approve Carbon Tax

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Disapprove Carbon Tax

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Federal Budget

-

*

-

-

-

3

-

*

*

Foreign ownership & investment/ Selling our assets

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Transport/ Transport infrastructure/ Road & rail

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

TOTAL Economic/ Financial issues (INCLUDING Carbon Tax)

30

28

31

31

23

34

48

30

29

Climate Change/ Global warming

15

15

14

10

20

17

7

17

12

Famine/ Food shortages

4

2

5

6

-

7

-

4

3

Other Environmental issues

3

1

4

3

3

4

-

3

3

Pollution/ Rubbish

1

1

1

1

-

1

-

1

1

Climate Change concerns are exaggerated

*

-

1

-

-

-

-

-

1

Drought

*

-

-

1

-

-

-

-

1

Water conservation

*

1

-

-

-

-

-

1

-

Approve Carbon Tax

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Disapprove Carbon Tax

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Natural disasters – Floods, Earthquakes, Bushfires

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

TOTAL Environmental Issues

23

19

25

22

24

28

7

26

19

Terrorism

13

14

9

14

19

9

13

12

13

Wars and conflicts

5

2

7

8

2

3

9

5

5

World Peace

2

5

1

-

2

1

-

2

1

Security, Safety

1

2

-

-

2

1

-

1

1

Relations with other countries

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

TOTAL Terrorism/Wars/Security/Safety

20

23

17

21

24

14

22

20

21

Greed/ Materialism

2

2

2

1

2

2

8

2

2

Social Apathy/ Family Breakdown/ Selfishness/ Moral decline

2

1

2

4

-

5

3

2

2

Corporate Greed

1

2

-

2

-

-

-

1

1

Corruption

1

2

*

-

1

-

-

1

1

Crime/ Law & Order

1

2

1

1

-

3

-

2

-

Drugs and drug abuse

1

1

1

1

2

2

-

1

2

Educational issues

1

1

2

-

2

-

-

1

-

Youth issues (Homelessness/ Apathy etc.)

1

-

1

-

4

1

-

1

1

Anger/Violence/Aggression

*

-

1

-

-

3

3

1

*

Social Welfare/ Welfare Dependency

*

-

-

-

-

-

6

*

-

TOTAL Social Issues

10

9

10

9

12

16

   20

10

9

Religion/ Religious fundamentalism

2

2

1

5

2

1

-

2

4

Human rights (Including gay rights)

1

1

1

1

2

-

-

1

1

Immigration/ Immigration policy

1

1

1

1

3

-

-

1

1

Refugees and Asylum seeker problems

1

1

1

-

-

-

-

1

1

Aboriginal Issues/ Health/ Rights

*

-

-

-

-

-

-

Intolerance/Discrimination

*

-

1

-

-

-

-

-

1

Racism/Racial tensions

*

-

-

1

2

-

-

1

-

Multiculturalism/ Integration/ Assimilation

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

TOTAL Religion/  Immigration/ Human Rights

6

6

5

7

9

1

-

5

7

Politics/ Leadership

3

3

4

3

-

6

3

2

5

TOTAL Government/ Politics/ Leadership

9

9

9

11

9

8

3

7

12

Other health issues

2

4

1

1

2

-

-

1

3

Hospitals

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

TOTAL Health Issues

2

4

1

1

2

-

-

1

3

Sustainable management of natural resources

1

1

2

1

3

-

-

1

2

Energy crisis

*

-

*

-

-

-

-

*

-

Depletion of fossil fuels

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Petrol prices

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

TOTAL Energy Crisis/ Depletion of Fossil Fuels/Petrol Price

1

1

2

1

3

-

-

1

2

Other

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Can’t say

5

7

5

4

3

-

5

5

TOTAL

100

100

100

100

100

100

100

100

100

*Less than 1%. #Sample sizes under 50 should be treated with caution.

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Margin of Error

The margin of error to be allowed for in any estimate depends mainly on the number of interviews on which it is based. The following table gives indications of the likely range within which estimates would be 95% likely to fall, expressed as the number of percentage points above or below the actual estimate. The figures are approximate and for general guidance only, and assume a simple random sample. Allowance for design effects (such as stratification and weighting) should be made as appropriate.

Sample Size

Percentage Estimate

40%-60%

25% or 75%

10% or 90%

5% or 95%

500

±4.5

±3.9

±2.7

±1.9

1,000

±3.2

±2.7

±1.9

±1.4

1,500

±2.6

±2.2

±1.5

±1.1

2,000

±2.2

±1.9

±1.3

±1.0