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Economic Issues (38%) still biggest problems facing Australia for new PM Malcolm Turnbull but Terrorism/Wars/ Security/Safety easily World’s biggest problem (30%)

In Australia, a cross-section of 647 men and women aged 14 or over were interviewed by telephone on the nights of October 13-15, 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 October 2015, Australians still believe Economic & Financial issues are the most important set of problems facing Australia 38% (up 1% since July 2015) but now Terrorism/ Wars/ Security/ Safety 30% (up 10%) are clearly the biggest problems facing the World ahead of Environmental issues 21% (down 2%) according to the latest Roy Morgan Research conducted in October 2015 – the first since Malcolm Turnbull became Australia’s 29th Prime Minister after deposing Tony Abbott on September 15, 2015.

Australian views on Problems facing Australia

When asked about the most important problem facing Australia, Economic & Financial issues are named by 38% of Australians (up 1% since July 2015). Important Economic & Financial issues include the Economy/ Economic problems and Interest rates 11% (up 1%), Unemployment 11% (up 2%), Poverty and the Gap between the rich and poor 4% (up 1%), Globalisation/ Fairer world trade 2% (unchanged) and over reliance on the Mining Industry 2% (unchanged).

The next most important set of issues, labelled Religion/ Immigration/ Human Rights are named by 16% (up 3%) of Australians including the related policy issues of Refugees & Asylum seeker problems 4% (unchanged), Immigration/ Immigration policy 4% (up 1%) and Religion/ Religious fundamentalism 3% (up 2%).

Environmental issues are mentioned by 10% (down 1%) of Australians as the most important problem facing Australia including Climate Change/ Global warming 7% (unchanged).

A further 10% (unchanged) of Australians mentioned a Social Issue as the most important problem. The most important Social Issues mentioned were Drugs and drug abuse 4% (up 2%) and Social apathy/ Family breakdown/ Selfishness/ Moral decline 2% (unchanged).

Government/ Leadership from politicians/ The Prime Minister was mentioned by only 8% (down 5%) of Australians – the lowest for this set of issues since October 2013 just after the Abbott Government was first elected and still in its honeymoon phase. These issues include Leadership from Politicians/ Courage to lead/ Lack of vision 5% (up 2%) followed by Politics/ Political system/ Too much Government spending 3% (down 4%). In contrast to his predecessor The Prime Minister (Malcolm Turnbull) was not mentioned as an issue 0% (down 2% from when Abbott was still Prime Minister). Terrorism/ Wars/ Security issues were mentioned by 8% (up 3%) as a problem facing Australia.

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 (11%), Unemployment (7%), Leadership from politicians/ Courage to lead/ lack of vision (7%) & Climate change/ Global warming (5%);

  • Victoria: Unemployment (15%), The Economy/ Economic problems/ Interest rates (8%), Climate change/ Global warming (7%), Terrorism (7%), Immigration (6%) and Leadership from politicians/ Courage to lead/ Lack of vision (6%);

  • Queensland: The Economy/ Economic problems/ Interest rates (11%), Unemployment (8%), Terrorism (8%), Climate change/ Global warming (6%) and Religion/ Religious fundamentalism (5%);

  • Western Australia: Climate change/ Global warming (18%), The Economy/ Economic problems/ Interest rates (17%); Refugees and Asylum seekers (9%), Unemployment (8%) and Terrorism (7%);

  • South Australia: Unemployment (35%); Health Issues (14%), Drugs and Drug abuse (9%) and Leadership from Politicians/ Courage to lead/ Lack of vision (6%);

  • Tasmania: The Economy/ Economic problems/ Interest rates (24%), Refugees and Asylum seekers (11%), Unemployment (10%), Poverty, & the Gap between the rich and the poor (9%), Health issues (8%), Religion/ Religious fundamentalism (8%) and Greed/ Corporate greed/ Materialism (8%).


Australian views on Problems facing the World

The biggest World problems are Terrorism/ Wars/ Security 30% (up 10% since July 2015). Terrorism was mentioned by 19% (up 6%) and Wars and Conflicts by 8% (up 3%); Environmental Issues were mentioned by 21% of Australians (down 2%) as the biggest problem facing the World today. The most important Environmental issue is clearly Climate Change/ Global warming 16% (up 1%).

Economic/ Financial Issues were mentioned by only 17% (down 13%). This is the lowest this set of issues has been as a problem facing the World for a decade since November 2005 – well before the Global Financial Crisis in 2007-09.The Economy/ Economic problems/ Interest rates was mentioned by 5% (down 5%), Poverty/ The Gap between the rich and poor was mentioned by 5% (down 4%) followed by Over-population 2% (down 3%) and Unemployment 2% (unchanged).

Religion/ Immigration/ Human Rights/ Government/ Politics/ Leadership are mentioned as being the World’s biggest problem by 17% (up 8%) – this is the highest these issues have ever been as a problem facing the World. These problems include Refugees and Asylum seeker problems 9% (up 8%), Religion/ Religious fundamentalism 3% (up 1%) and Politics/ Leadership 2% (down 1%).

Social Issues are the next biggest problem according to 9% (down 1%) of Australians.  Social Apathy/ Family breakdowns/ Selfishness/ Moral decline were mentioned by 2% (unchanged) as were Drugs and drug abuse 2% (up 1%) and Anger/ Violence 2% (up 2%).

Michele Levine, CEO Roy Morgan says:

“The first Roy Morgan qualitative and quantitative research on what Australians regard as the ‘most important problems’ facing Australia since Malcolm Turnbull became Australia’s new PM in mid-September shows Economic and Financial issues 38% (up 1% since July) are easily the ‘most important problems’ Australians want our new PM to deal with.

“A good sign for our new PM is that not a single respondent mentioned Turnbull as the ‘most important problem’ facing Australia – down 2% from July when several respondents mentioned former PM Tony Abbott. Additionally, only 8% (down 5%) of Australians mentioned Government/ Politics/ Leadership as the ‘most important problems’ facing Australia – the lowest overall figure for these types of issues since October 2013 just after the Abbott Government was in its honeymoon just after being elected.

“The largest Economic & Financial issues for Australians are The Economy/ Economic problems/ Interest rates 11% (up 1%) and Unemployment 11% (up 2%). These issues are prominent across the country in every State of Australia however in South Australia (35%) and Victoria (15%) Unemployment is easily the most mentioned issue as both of these States face the closure of the automotive industry and continuing questions regarding the future of related manufacturing industries.

 “When considering the most important problems facing the World, Terrorism/ Wars/ Security issues 30% (up 10%) is easily regarded as the largest problem including Terrorism 19% (up 6%) and Wars & Conflicts 8% (up 3%). The recent Russian decision to join the conflict in Syria has clearly added an additional dimension to the already complicated situation surrounding Syria’s Civil War. The Russian decision means that it is the first time since World War II more than 70 years ago that the United States and Russia have been flying combat missions in the same country at the same time.

“Environmental issues 21% (down 2%) are regarded as the next largest set of problems facing the World with Climate change/ Global warming 16% (up 1%) easily the most prominent Environmental issue ahead of the UN Conference on Climate Change due to be held in Paris in a few weeks.

“The importance of these problems means Economic & Financial issues 17% (down 13%) have dropped to their lowest level of concern since November 2005 – a decade ago. The most important Economic & Financial issues remain Poverty/ The gap between the rich and the poor 5% (down 4%) and The Economy/ Economic problems/ Interest rates 5% (down 5%).”


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 647 men and women aged 14 or over were interviewed by telephone on the nights of October 13-15, 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 - October 2015

Most Important Problems Facing the World - October 2015


Most Important Problem Facing Australia

Australia

Aug
2013

Oct
2013

Feb
2014

Jun
2014

Oct
2014

Jan
2015

Apr
2015

July
2015

Oct
2015

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

The Economy/ Economic problems/ Interest rates

21

14

12

12

9

9

15

10

11

Cost of living issues/ Rising prices/ Inflation

4

2

1

2

2

2

2

1

1

Financial problems/ Money issues

2

1

1

1

1

1

2

2

1

Housing affordability

*

2

2

1

1

1

1

2

1

General Taxation – Mining Tax, Resource Tax etc.

2

*

*

1

1

1

1

*

*

Banks/ Bank interest rates

1

-

1

-

-

*

-

*

-

(SUB TOTAL) TOTAL Financial Issues/ Cost of Living

29

19

17

17

13

13

21

15

13

Unemployment

11

9

11

8

11

13

13

9

11

Poverty, & Gap between rich and poor

3

3

4

4

3

2

3

3

4

Globalisation/Fairer world trade

1

1

1

2

1

1

1

2

2

Over reliance on Mining Industry/ Impact of Mining

1

1

1

*

1

2

2

2

2

Foreign ownership & investment/ Selling our assets

1

1

2

1

1

1

2

2

1

General Infrastructure/ Energy, Water, Internet etc.

1

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

Farming/ Cut food imports and support our farmers

-

1

1

*

-

*

*

1

*

Federal Budget

-

-

-

6

3

2

2

1

*

Approve Carbon Tax

-

*

-

-

*

-

-

-

-

Disapprove Carbon Tax

*

*

-

*

*

-

-

-

    -

TOTAL Economic/ Financial issues (INCLUDING Carbon Tax)

49

40

39

42

36

38

49

37

38

Immigration/ Immigration policy

2

3

2

2

2

2

3

3

4

Refugees and Asylum seeker problems

12

9

9

4

3

2

2

4

4

Religion/ Religious fundamentalism

*

1

*

*

3

1

1

1

3

Human rights (Including gay rights)

1

1

1

1

2

-

1

1

2

Multiculturalism/ Integration/ Assimilation

*

2

1

1

2

1

*

1

2

Racism/Racial tensions

1

1

1

*

1

2

*

2

1

Aboriginal Issues/ Health/ Rights

*

1

2

1

1

*

1

1

*

Intolerance/Discrimination

-

*

-

1

1

1

1

*

*

TOTAL Religion/ Immigration/ Human Rights

17

17

16

9

15

8

9

13

16

Climate Change/ Global warming

4

9

6

4

5

6

4

7

7

Drought

-

*

1

*

*

1

1

1

1

Other Environmental issues

2

2

3

1

1

2

2

3

1

Water conservation

*

1

*

*

-

*

*

1

1

Famine/ Food shortages

-

-

*

-

*

-

*

*

*

Pollution/ Rubbish

-

*

*

*

-

*

*

*

*

Disapprove Carbon Tax

*

*

-

*

*

-

-

-

-

Approve Carbon Tax

-

*

-

-

*

-

-

-

    -

Natural disasters – Floods, Earthquakes, Bushfires

-

1

*

-

-

*

-

-

-

TOTAL Environmental Issues

7

13

10

7

7

9

6

11

10

Drugs and drug abuse

1

1

1

*

1

1

3

2

4

Social apathy/Family breakdowns/ Selfishness/Moral decline

2

2

3

3

3

4

2

2

2

Anger/Violence/Aggression

*

1

1

1

1

1

1

*

1

Educational issues

3

3

3

3

2

4

2

2

1

Greed/ Corporate greed/ Materialism

1

1

1

1

1

*

2

1

1

Social Welfare, Welfare Dependency

n/a

n/a

n/a

3

2

2

2

2

1

Corruption

-

-

-

-

-

-

1

1

*

Crime/ Law & Order

1

1

1

*

1

1

1

1

*

Youth issues (Homelessness/ Apathy etc.)

*

1

*

1

1

1

1

*

*

TOTAL Social Issues

9

8

11

12

10

13

13

10

10

Terrorism

-

-

*

-

6

8

2

4

6

Security, Safety

*

1

*

*

2

2

1

*

1

Relations with other countries, Indonesia, USA etc.

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

Wars and conflicts

-

*

*

*

3

*

1

*

*

World Peace

-

-

*

-

*

-

-

-

-

TOTAL Terrorism/Wars/Security/Safety

1

1

1

1

11

11

3

5

8

Leadership from Politicians/ Courage to lead/ Lack of vision

n/a

n/a

n/a

4

3

4

5

3

5

Politics/ Political system/ Too much Government spending

8

8

11

10

4

5

3

7

3

Malcolm Turnbull/ The Prime Minister

n/a

n/a

n/a

4

3

2

2

2

-

TOTAL Government / Politics/ Leadership

8

8

11

18

10

11

10

13

8

Other health issues

4

4

4

4

4

3

3

4

3

Hospitals

1

1

-

*

*

-

-

*

-

TOTAL Health Issues

5

5

4

4

4

3

3

4

3

Sustainable management of natural resources

1

2

1

1

*

1

1

2

1

Energy crisis

*

*

*

*

1

-

-

*

*

Depletion of fossil fuels

-

*

-

*

-

-

*

*

-

Petrol prices

*

-

-

*

-

-

-

-

-

TOTAL Energy Crisis/ Depletion of Fossil Fuels/Petrol Price

1

2

2

1

1

1

1

2

1

Other

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

5

Can’t say

4

6

6

6

6

6

6

5

1

TOTAL

100

100

100

100

100

100

100

100

100

*Less than 1%.


Most Important Problem Facing Australia

Australia

Oct
2015

STATES

CITY/COUNTRY

NSW

VIC

QLD

WA

SA

TAS#

CITY

COUNTRY

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

The Economy/ Economic problems/ Interest rates

11

11

8

11

17

4

24

11

11

Cost of living issues/ Rising prices/ Inflation

1

1

1

1

-

-

-

1

1

Financial problems/ Money issues

1

*

1

-

1

2

-

1

-

Housing affordability

1

1

*

2

-

1

-

1

1

General Taxation – Mining Tax, Resource Tax etc.

*

1

-

-

-

-

-

1

-

Banks/ Bank interest rates

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

(SUB TOTAL) TOTAL Financial Issues/ Cost of Living

14

14

11

14

18

8

24

15

13

Unemployment

11

7

15

8

8

35

10

10

13

Poverty, & Gap between rich and poor

4

5

5

2

5

-

9

5

3

Globalisation/Fairer world trade

2

3

3

1

-

-

-

2

2

Over reliance on Mining/ Impact of Mining

2

4

1

2

-

-

-

2

1

Foreign ownership & investment/ Selling our assets

1

3

1

2

1

-

-

1

2

General Infrastructure/ Energy, Water, Internet etc.

1

*

    3

-

-

-

-

2

-

Homelessness/ Lack of housing

1

2

1

-

-

-

-

1

1

Over-population

1

1

1

2

-

-

-

*

2

Transport/ Transport infrastructure/ Road & rail

1

1

2

1

-

-

-

1

1

Farming/ Cut food imports and support our farmers

*

-

-

1

-

-

-

*

-

Federal Budget

*

-

-

-

2

-

-

*

*

Approve Carbon Tax

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Disapprove Carbon Tax

    -

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

TOTAL Economic/ Financial issues (INCLUDING Carbon Tax)

38

40

41

33

34

43

43

39

37

Immigration/ Immigration policy

4

4

6

3

2

1

-

4

4

Refugees and Asylum seeker problems

4

5

4

1

9

3

11

5

3

Religion/ Religious fundamentalism

3

4

1

5

1

3

8

2

4

Racism/Racial tensions

1

-

3

-

-

-

-

1

1

Human rights (Including gay rights)

2

3

2

1

1

-

-

1

3

Multiculturalism/ Integration/ Assimilation

2

3

1

2

2

-

-

1

3

Aboriginal Issues/ Health/ Rights

*

-

-

1

-

-

-

*

-

Intolerance/Discrimination

*

-

1

1

-

-

-

*

*

TOTAL Religion/ Immigration/ Human Rights

16

18

16

13

15

7

19

15

18

Climate Change/ Global warming

7

5

7

6

18

2

3

8

5

Drought

1

-

1

1

-

-

-

-

1

Other Environmental issues

1

4

-

-

1

-

-

1

1

Water conservation

1

*

1

1

-

-

-

*

1

Famine/ Food shortages

*

*

-

-

-

-

-

-

*

Pollution/ Rubbish

*

-

-

-

1

-

-

-

*

Approve Carbon Tax

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Disapprove Carbon Tax

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Natural disasters – Floods, Earthquakes, Bushfires

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

TOTAL Environmental Issues

10

10

9

     8

20

2

3

10

10

Drugs and drug abuse

4

2

3

4

7

9

-

3

4

Social apathy/Family breakdowns/Selfishness/Moral decline

2

2

1

3

4

4

-

2

2

Anger/Violence/Aggression

1

1

2

1

-

-

-

1

1

Educational issues

1

1

-

1

2

-

3

*

2

Greed/ Corporate greed/ Materialism

1

1

1

-

1

2

8

1

1

Social Welfare/ Welfare Dependency

1

1

1

2

-

-

-

1

1

Corruption

*

*

1

-

-

-

-

*

1

Crime/ Law & Order

*

*

-

1

1

1

-

1

-

Youth issues (Homelessness/ Apathy etc.)

*

-

-

-

1

2

6

*

*

TOTAL Social Issues

10

8

7

13

16

17

17

9

12

Terrorism

6

4

7

8

7

2

-

5

8

Security, Safety

1

1

1

2

2

-

-

2

1

Relations with other countries

*

-

-

-

-

1

4

*

*

Wars and conflicts

*

-

1

-

1

-

-

*

*

World Peace

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

TOTAL Terrorism/Wars/Security/Safety

8

5

9

10

10

3

4

7

9

Leadership from Politicians/ Courage to lead/ Lack of vision

5

7

6

5

1

6

-

6

4

Politics/ Political system/ Too much Government spending

3

4

4

2

-

2

-

3

4

Malcolm Turnbull/ The Prime Minister

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

TOTAL Government/ Politics/ Leadership

8

11

10

7

1

9

-

9

8

Other health issues

3

1

3

5

1

14

8

3

3

Hospitals

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

TOTAL Health Issues

3

1

3

5

1

14

8

3

3

Sustainable management of natural resources

1

1

2

1

2

1

-

2

1

Energy crisis

*

-

-

1

-

-

-

*

-

Depletion of fossil fuels

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Petrol prices

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

TOTAL Energy Crisis/ Depletion of Fossil Fuels/Petrol Price

1

1

    2

2

2

1

-

2

1

Other

5

5

2

9

1

4

6

5

2

Can’t say

1

1

1

-

-

-

-

1

-

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

Aug
2013

Oct
2013

Feb
2014

Jun
2014

Oct
2014

Jan
2015

Apr
2015

July
2015

Oct
2015

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

Terrorism

1

2

1

1

19

35

15

13

19

Wars and conflicts

5

5

7

6

16

5

7

5

8

Security, Safety

1

*

*

1

2

2

2

1

2

World Peace

2

2

3

2

1

2

2

2

2

Relations with other countries

*

*

*

-

1

-

    -

-

*

TOTAL Terrorism/Wars/Security/Safety

10

10

11

9

39

43

27

20

30

Climate Change/ Global warming

10

18

13

13

11

10

11

15

16

Other Environmental issues

3

3

4

4

3

2

2

3

2

Famine/ Food shortages

4

5

5

5

3

1

2

4

1

Pollution/ Rubbish

1

2

1

1

*

1

*

1

1

Drought

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

*

*

Water conservation

*

1

*

*

*

*

-

*

*

Approve Carbon Tax

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Disapprove Carbon Tax

*

-

-

*

-

-

-

-

-

Climate Change concerns are exaggerated

*

*

*

*

-

-

-

*

-

Natural disasters – Floods, Earthquakes, Bushfires

-

*

-

-

-

*

*

-

-

TOTAL Environmental Issues

17

30

23

24

17

14

   16

23

21

The Economy/ Economic problems/ Interest rates

23

12

8

6

4

5

8

10

5

Financial problems/ Money issues

2

1

1

2

1

*

1

2

1

Housing affordability

-

*

-

*

-

-

-

*

1

Cost of living issues/ Rising prices/ Inflation

*

1

1

2

*

1

1

1

*

Banks/ Bank interest rates

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

General Taxation – Mining Tax, Resource Tax etc.

*

-

*

1

*

*

*

*

-

(SUB TOTAL) TOTAL Financial Issues/ Cost of Living

26

15

10

11

5

6

10

13

7

Poverty, & Gap between rich and poor

12

10

14

14

7

7

10

9

5

Over-population

4

4

3

4

2

2

3

5

2

Unemployment

5

3

4

2

3

3

3

2

2

Globalisation/Fairer world trade

1

*

1

1

1

*

1

*

1

Homelessness/ Lack of housing

*

1

*

1

*

*

*

*

*

General Infrastructure/ Energy, Water, Internet etc.

*

-

*

-

-

-

-

*

-

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)

48

33

34

33

19

19

27

30

17

Refugees and Asylum seeker problems

3

2

2

*

*

*

1

1

9

Religion/ Religious fundamentalism

1

1

1

2

4

5

5

2

3

Immigration/ Immigration policy

1

1

*

1

*

1

-

1

2

Intolerance/Discrimination

*

*

-

-

*

*

1

*

1

Human rights (Including gay rights)

*

1

1

1

2

*

1

1

*

Multiculturalism/ Integration/ Assimilation

*

-

-

*

-

*

-

-

*

Racism/Racial tensions

*

*

1

*

1

*

1

*

*

Industrial relations reform

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

*

-

TOTAL Religion/  Immigration/ Human Rights

6

6

5

4

8

6

7

6

15

Politics/ Political system/ Leadership

2

2

2

4

3

3

3

3

2

TOTAL Government/ Politics/ Leadership

2

2

2

4

11

9

10

9

17

Anger/Violence/Aggression

*

1

2

2

1

*

1

*

2

Drugs and drug abuse

1

*

1

1

*

1

2

1

2

Social apathy/Family breakdowns/ Selfishness/Moral decline

3

3

5

4

3

4

2

2

2

Corruption

-

1

1

1

*

*

*

1

1

Educational issues

1

1

1

2

1

1

1

1

1

Corporate greed

-

-

1

*

*

*

*

1

*

Crime/ Law & Order

1

1

*

1

*

1

1

1

*

Greed/ Materialism

2

2

3

2

1

1

2

2

*

Social Welfare/ Welfare Dependency

n/a

n/a

n/a

1

*

*

*

*

*

Youth issues (Homelessness/ Apathy etc.)

-

*

*

*

*

-

*

1

-

TOTAL Social Issues

7

9

13

13

7

8

9

10

9

Sustainable management of natural resources

2

2

1

1

*

*

1

1

1

Depletion of fossil fuels

-

-

-

-

*

-

-

-

*

Energy crisis

*

-

*

1

1

*

-

*

*

Petrol prices

*

*

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

TOTAL Energy Crisis/ Depletion of Fossil Fuels/Petrol Price

2

2

2

2

1

1

1

1

2

Other health issues

2

3

2

4

2

2

3

2

1

Hospitals

*

*

1

*

-

-

-

-

-

TOTAL Health Issues

2

3

3

4

2

2

3

2

1

Other

*

*

1

*

*

*

*

-

3

Can’t say

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

Oct
2015

STATES

CITY/COUNTRY

NSW

VIC

QLD

WA

SA

TAS#

CITY

COUNTRY

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

Terrorism

19

20

14

20

21

25

13

17

21

Wars and conflicts

8

8

9

10

4

5

15

8

9

Security, Safety

2

-

-

-

-

-

-

2

*

World Peace

2

1

5

1

1

4

8

2

2

Relations with other countries

*

-

-

-

1

-

-

*

-

TOTAL Terrorism/Wars/Security/Safety

30

31

27

32

31

34

36

30

32

Climate Change/ Global warming

16

17

17

10

22

11

13

17

15

Other Environmental issues

2

2

1

4

-

-

-

2

3

Famine/ Food shortages

1

1

1

1

1

3

-

*

2

Pollution/ Rubbish

1

2

-

1

-

-

-

1

2

Drought

*

-

-

1

-

-

-

-

1

Water conservation

*

-

-

1

-

-

-

*

1

Approve Carbon Tax

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Disapprove Carbon Tax

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Climate Change concerns are exaggerated

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Natural disasters – Floods, Earthquakes, Bushfires

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

TOTAL Environmental Issues

21

22

19

18

23

14

13

19

23

The Economy/ Economic problems/ Interest rates

5

4

8

5

4

3

10

6

4

Financial problems/ Money issues

1

*

-

2

-

2

-

1

1

Housing affordability

1

*

1

-

-

-

-

1

*

Cost of living issues/ Rising prices/ Inflation

*

-

1

-

-

-

-

1

-

Banks/ Bank interest rates

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

General Taxation – Mining Tax, Resource Tax etc.

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

(SUB TOTAL) TOTAL Financial Issues/ Cost of Living

7

5

11

8

4

5

10

8

5

Poverty, & Gap between rich and poor

5

5

5

     8

4

   2

11

6

5

Over-population

2

2

2

2

2

-

-

1

3

Unemployment

2

2

1

3

1

9

-

3

1

Globalisation/Fairer world trade

1

*

1

1

-

-

-

1

*

Homelessness/ Lack of housing

*

-

1

1

-

-

-

1

-

Approve Carbon Tax

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Disapprove Carbon Tax

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Federal Budget

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Foreign ownership & investment/ Selling our assets

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

General Infrastructure/ Energy, Water, Internet etc.

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Transport/ Transport infrastructure/ Road & rail

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

TOTAL Economic/ Financial issues (INCLUDING Carbon Tax)

17

14

19

22

11

15

21

18

14

Refugees and Asylum seeker problems

9

10

11

7

9

7

6

10

7

Religion/ Religious fundamentalism

3

6

1

2

4

5

4

4

3

Immigration/ Immigration policy

2

3

2

1

3

2

-

2

1

Intolerance/Discrimination

1

*

*

1

-

3

-

1

1

Human rights (Including gay rights)

*

*

*

-

1

-

3

*

1

Multiculturalism/ Integration/ Assimilation

*

1

-

-

-

-

-

-

1

Racism/Racial tensions

*

-

2

-

-

-

-

1

-

Aboriginal Issues/ Health/ Rights

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

TOTAL Religion/  Immigration/ Human Rights

15

19

16

10

16

16

13

17

13

Politics/ Political system/ Leadership

2

2

1

2

2

1

-

1

2

TOTAL Government/ Politics/ Leadership

17

21

16

12

18

17

13

18

14

Anger/Violence/Aggression

2

2

3

-

1

4

-

2

2

Drugs and drug abuse

2

1

1

-

8

6

3

2

2

Social Apathy/Family Breakdown/Selfishness/Moral decline

2

1

3

3

3

-

-

2

2

Corruption

1

1

3

1

-

-

-

2

-

Educational issues

1

*

2

1

2

-

-

1

2

Corporate greed

*

1

-

-

-

-

-

*

*

Crime/ Law & Order

*

1

-

-

    1

2

-

*

1

Greed/ Materialism

*

*

1

-

-

2

-

*

*

Social Welfare/ Welfare Dependency

*

-

1

1

-

-

-

*

-

Youth issues (Homelessness/ Apathy etc.)

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

TOTAL Social Issues

9

7

13

5

15

14

3

9

9

Sustainable management of natural resources

1

1

2

1

2

-

7

1

1

Depletion of fossil fuels

*

1

-

-

-

-

-

-

*

Energy crisis

*

-

-

1

-

-

-

*

-

Petrol prices

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

TOTAL Energy Crisis/ Depletion of Fossil Fuels/Petrol Price

2

1

2

2

2

-

7

1

2

Other health issues

1

-

1

5

-

1

-

1

3

Hospitals

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

- -

TOTAL Health Issues

1

-

1

5

-

1

-

1

3

Other

3

4

3

4

-

5

7

4

3

Can’t say

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

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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