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Economic Issues still the most important facing Turnbull Government in Australia while US President-elect Donald Trump must deal with issues of Terrorism & War on global stage as terrorists strike this week in Turkey, Germany & Switzerland

In Australia, a cross-section of 588 men and women aged 14 or over were interviewed by telephone on the nights of October 24-26, 2016. Respondents were asked: “Wwhat 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 late 2016, now a few months after a Federal Election which saw the Turnbull Government returned with a wafer-thin majority of one seat, 37% of Australians believe Economic Issues are the most important set of problems facing Australia. This is down 5% since May 2016 but still way ahead of Religion/ immigration/Human Rights Issues 16% (up 3%). On the World front, concerns about Terrorism & War (24%) have now overtaken Environmental Issues (19%) and Economic Issues (18%).

These are the key findings of new research conducted by Roy Morgan Research into the issues that concern Australians. The research interviewed 588 Australians in late October 2016.


Australian views on problems facing Australia – Economic issues including unemployment

When asked about the most important problem facing Australia, 37% of Australians (down 5% since May 2016) mentioned some kind of Economic or Financial Issue. Within the group of Economic & Financial issues the most important are Unemployment 13% (up 2%) – now at the equal highest it has ever been in this survey going back over a decade, Economy/ Economic problems and Interest rates 10% (down 3%) and Poverty and the Gap between the rich and poor 5% (up 1%).

Comments made by respondents on the major Economic problem of Unemployment:

“Unemployment.”

“Unemployment from too many immigrants.”

“Jobs. There aren’t enough. Possibly the jobs are just going overseas, when they need to be kept here.”

“The world economy. Clearly we haven’t got enough work for the increasing number of people around the world.”

“The employment of young people.”

“Unemployment. I live in South Australia and we have a very high unemployment rate here. We’ve had major industries shut down.”

“Technology taking everybody’s job away. It’s alright for people my age, but not for the younger generation.”

“Unemployment. There’s no jobs for anyone and things like automatic tellers, that sort of thing, are doing everyone out of a job – like at supermarkets with self-serve, someone should have a job there.”

“Unemployment due to loss of skills, as well as unemployment due to closing down of manufacturing companies.”

“Jobs and the lack of manufacturing.”

“Not enough jobs and not enough people becoming qualified to work.”

“There aren’t enough jobs and they’re bringing in too many skilled migrants.”

“Increasing job losses because of technology.”

“The economy and too many lost jobs and no quality jobs being invented.”

“Losing the ability to work and the ability to buy a house.”

“Probably unemployment and looking after the homeless and older generations.”

“Employment and full-time work. It’s difficult to find.”

“It’s the jobs market. It’s an issue now, but I think that the fact they aren’t really addressing it will lead to other issues.”


Comments made by respondents on generalised Economic problems:

“Our financial system is broken.”

“Economy, wages and jobs, normal living standard isn’t good enough.”

“Probably financial stability as well, over-capitalisation, because everything else flows from it.”

“The economy once again. Too much easy money to be gained because of the low interest rates. There’s no incentive for people with money to invest.”

“Trying to grow our economy.”

“The economy as a whole – debt levels and the housing bubble in the capital cities.”

“We don’t understand that the economy is only a component of healthy society.”

“Long-term planning, economic and global competitiveness, and planning around that.”

“The economy. The fact is that it is fairly depressed and we’re not in the growth cycle.”

“The economy. Our Government’s got no money & Labor won’t let us make any cuts to improve budget.”

“The economy – the deficit is blowing out, how we’re gonna repay it? I have no idea.”

“Our deficit – we are too much in debt and can’t pass anything through Parliament to help it.”

“The currency valuation of the Australian dollar – it’s too low.”

“The loss of all our manufacturing.”

“That the Australian automotive industry is shutting down.”

“Economics – I personally lost my job to foreign labour. I feel that the whole country is going to be outsourced. The standard of living is dropping alongside this.”

“The economy – the deficit is getting up a bit, I think it can still be controlled with the right policies.”

“The new people who arrive into the country want everything free, so the economy.”

“Our national debt, the debt, the fact Australia was in the positive and now we’re in the negative. I think welfare has gone berserk, the amount of people on welfare, the amount of funding on welfare is huge.”

“Our economy – we’re so much in debt and they need to get that down.”

“Private debt, contrary to all of the things you read in Australia’s media about its financial borrowing from overseas, it means that is Australia is supplementary. Houses and commercial property costs are more expensive than in other places.”


Australian views on other problems facing Australia

The next most important set of issues, Religion/Immigration/Human Rights are named by 16% (up 3%) including the related policy issues of Immigration/Immigration policy 6% (unchanged), Refugees & Asylum seeker problems 5% (up 3%) and Religion/ Religious fundamentalism 3% (up 3%).

Environmental issues are mentioned by 13% (up 3%) of Australians as the most important problem facing Australia mainly centred on Climate change/ Global warming 9% (up 2%).

Government/ Leadership from politicians/ The Prime Minister were mentioned by 12% (up 3%) of Australians. These issues include Politics/ Political system/Too much Government spending 7% (up 2%) and Leadership from Politicians/ Courage to lead/ Lack of vision 4% (unchanged).

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

Analysis by Gender shows men more concerned about Economic Issues than women (39% cf. 35%) but more women worried about Unemployment (15% cf. 12%) and women more concerned about Social Issues (12% cf. 8%).

The most important problems according to women are Unemployment (15%), Refugees and Asylum seekers (8%), The Economy/Economic problems/Interest rates (6%), Poverty/ the gap between rich and poor (6%) and Global warming (5%) while according to men they are The Economy/Economic problems/Interest rates (14%), Global warming (14%), Unemployment (12%), Politics/Political system/Government spending (9%) and Immigration/ Immigration policy (7%).


Australian views on problems facing the World – Terrorism & War

The biggest World problems are once again Terrorism/ Wars/ Security mentioned by 24% (up 1% since May 2016) of respondents. The most important Terrorism/ Wars/ Security issue is Terrorism 10% (down 5%) ahead of Wars and conflicts 7% (up 3%).

Comments made by respondents on the major World problems of War & Terrorism

“Terrorism.”

“ISIS, we have to get rid of them.”

“Terrorism in general, safety of individuals walking on the street, not to be concerned about bombs going off next door.”

“The issues with the Middle East with the terrorist situation making everyone uneasy The Muslim people are being made to be all terrorists and we need to change our position on the full burqa.”

“ISIS and refugees.”

“Terrorism seems to be getting out of control.”

“International terrorism, general Middle East unrest and possibility of other wars.”

“The inclusion of terrorism and people coming over from other parts of the world that are involved in terrorism.”

“Terrorism at this stage. I just think it’s far reaching and a case of war-mongering.”

“ISIS, the terrorists. It’s making people frightened, scared, thinking twice about travelling etc.”

“Allowing the ISIS ones back into this country, and I think there’s going to be a very big, o well, explosion or something, at something like a football match or something where there’s thousands of people. I think they really will target somewhere.”

“Terrorism is a huge issue. We have these factions that are working, that we don’t know anything about and then things happen, all of a sudden, we’re victims of the attacks.”

“Instability in the Middle East leading to the refugee crisis.”

“Lack of stability in some Middle Eastern nations which have been showing up in other places.”

“Wars in the Middle East and with Russia.”

“The four horsemen of the apocalypse… War, famine… etc.”

“Syria worries me a lot, what’s happening over there. The fact that there might be World War III.”

“Bombings and the children that are suffering.”

“The threat of war, that’s always a prospective issue.”

“My biggest worry is all these people fighting each other in Syria and things like that, wherever they’re at. Syria’s the main one for me and those poor refugees.”

“The situation in the Middle East, terrorism. Well, I mean all the people going to Europe, all of the refugees and so on it’s causing a lot of angst in different nations and isn’t getting any better.”


Australian views on other problems facing the World – Environmental, Economic, Social etc.

Environmental issues were next in importance mentioned by 19% (down 6%) of Australians with the issue of Climate change being mentioned by 14% (down 3%).

In contrast to Australia, Economic/ Financial Issues were mentioned by only 18% (down 6%) led by Poverty/ The Gap between the rich and poor 6% (down 3%), The Economy/ Economic problems/ Interest rates 4% (down 1%) and Unemployment 4% (unchanged).

Religion/ Immigration/ Human Rights were mentioned as being the World’s biggest problem by 15% (up 7%). These problems include Refugees & Asylum seeker problems 6% (up 1%) and Religion/ Religious fundamentalism 4% (up 2%). Politics/Political system/Leadership is mentioned by 5% (up 2%).

Social Issues are mentioned by 8% (down 1%) of Australians including Social Apathy/ Family breakdowns/ Selfishness/ Moral decline 4% (up 1%) and several Social Issues are mentioned by 1% of Australians including Anger/ Violence/ Aggression, Drugs and drug abuse and Greed/ Materialism.


Michele Levine, CEO Roy Morgan, says:

“Economic Issues 37% (down 5% since May) are still considered the most important set of problems facing Australia despite dropping in the estimation of Australians since the recent Federal Election; however Unemployment 13% (up 2%) is now at its equal record high in over a decade. Economic issues are still well ahead of Religion/ Immigration/ Human Rights Issues 16% (up 3%), Environmental Issues 13% (up 3%) and Government/ Politics/ Leadership 12% (up 3%).

“Along with unemployment the most pressing Economic Issues for the re-elected Turnbull Government are The Economy/ Economic problems/ Interest rates (10%), Poverty and the gap between rich and poor (5%) and Globalisation/ Fairer world trade (2%).

“The importance of economic issues to Australians has been emphasised in recent weeks with the ABS announcing Australian GDP shrank by 0.5% in the September quarter 2016 – the first quarter of negative growth in Australia since the March quarter 2011 and this week’s release of the Government’s Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO) which showed larger than expected Federal Budget deficits over the next four years amounting to $10 billion.

“In the Australian context other important issues mentioned include Climate change/ Global warming (9%), Politics/ Political system/ Government spending (7%) and the co-related issues of Immigration/ Immigration policy (6%), Refugees and Asylum seeker problems (5%) and Religion/ Religious fundamentalism (3%). As a category, only 4% of Australians mention Terrorism/ Wars/ Security Issues as a problem facing Australia.

“In contrast, US President-elect Donald Trump faces a very different set of problems as he prepares to become the so-called ‘Leader of the Free World’ in January 2017 with Australians regarding Terrorism/ Wars/ Security (24%) as the most important problems facing the World now clearly ahead of Environmental Issues (19%) and Economic Issues (18%).

“Already this week terrorist attacks in Germany and Switzerland have claimed over a dozen lives and the assassination of the Russian ambassador to Turkey, apparently related to the ongoing Syrian Civil War, highlights the dangers on the global stage. According to Australians Terrorism (10%) is a slightly bigger problem than Wars and conflicts (7%) – although in many ways both of these issues are closely related.

“Trump’s victory was confirmed this week with the Electoral College casting their votes on Monday and there is now a month to go before Trump is officially inaugurated as America’s 45th President.

“During the campaign Trump employed a wide array of campaign rhetoric to ‘stir the base’ however, in the weeks since winning Trump has appeared to ‘walk back’ several of his more contentious statements including a promise to ‘build a wall on the Mexican border and make Mexicans pay for it’ and to put his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton in jail if he became President. Given the moderating of Trump’s statements since winning it is hard to say exactly what Trump will prioritise when he is inaugurated on Friday January 20, 2017.”

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 588 men and women aged 14 or over were interviewed by telephone on the nights of October 24-26, 2016. Respondents were asked: “Wwhat 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 2016

Most Important Problems Facing the World - October 2016


Most Important Problem Facing Australia

Australia

Feb
2014

Jun
2014

Oct
2014

Jan
2015

Apr
2015

July
2015

Oct
2015

May
2016

Oct
2016

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

The Economy/ Economic problems/ Interest rates

12

12

9

9

15

10

11

13

10

Cost of living issues/ Rising prices/ Inflation

1

2

2

2

2

1

1

1

1

Financial problems/ Money issues

1

1

1

1

2

2

1

1

1

Housing affordability

2

1

1

1

1

2

1

2

1

Banks/ Bank interest rates

1

-

-

*

-

*

-

-

*

General Taxation – Mining Tax, Resource Tax etc.

*

1

1

1

1

*

*

1

*

(SUB TOTAL) TOTAL Financial Issues/ Cost of Living

17

17

13

13

21

15

13

18

14

Unemployment

11

8

11

13

13

9

11

11

   13

Poverty, & Gap between rich and poor

4

4

3

2

3

3

4

4

5

Globalisation/Fairer world trade

1

2

1

1

1

2

2

1

2

Federal Budget

-

6

3

2

2

1

*

1

1

Foreign ownership & investment/ Selling our assets

2

1

1

1

2

2

1

2

1

Homelessness/ Lack of housing

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

Farming/ Cut food imports and support our farmers

1

*

-

*

*

1

*

1

*

General Infrastructure/ Energy, Water, Internet etc.

*

1

1

*

1

1

1

1

*

Over-population

-

1

1

1

1

*

1

*

*

Over reliance on Mining Industry/ Impact of Mining

1

*

1

2

2

2

2

2

*

Transport/ Transport infrastructure/ Road & rail

*

-

1

*

*

*

1

1

*

Approve Carbon Tax

-

-

*

-

-

-

-

-

-

Disapprove Carbon Tax

-

*

*

-

-

-

-

-

-

TOTAL Economic/ Financial issues (INCLUDING Carbon Tax)

39

42

36

38

49

37

38

42

37

Immigration/ Immigration policy

2

2

2

2

3

3

4

6

6

Refugees and Asylum seeker problems

9

4

3

2

2

4

4

2

5

Religion/ Religious fundamentalism

*

*

3

1

1

1

3

*

3

Human rights (Including gay rights)

1

1

2

-

1

1

2

1

1

Multiculturalism/ Integration/ Assimilation

1

1

2

1

*

1

2

2

1

Racism/Racial tensions

1

*

1

2

*

2

1

1

1

Aboriginal Issues/ Health/ Rights

2

1

1

*

1

1

*

1

*

Intolerance/Discrimination

-

1

1

1

1

*

*

1

*

TOTAL Religion/ Immigration/ Human Rights

16

9

15

8

9

13

16

13

16

Climate change/ Global warming

6

4

5

6

4

7

7

7

9

Other Environmental issues

3

1

1

2

2

3

1

2

3

Water conservation

*

*

-

*

*

1

1

1

1

Drought

1

*

*

1

1

1

1

1

*

Famine/ Food shortages

*

-

*

-

*

*

*

-

-

Natural disasters – Floods, Earthquakes, Bushfires

*

-

-

*

-

-

-

-

-

Pollution/ Rubbish

*

*

-

*

*

*

*

*

-

Disapprove Carbon Tax

-

*

*

-

-

-

-

-

-

Approve Carbon Tax

-

-

*

-

-

-

-

-

-

TOTAL Environmental Issues

10

7

7

9

6

11

10

10

13

Politics/ Political system/ Too much Government spending

11

10

4

5

3

7

3

5

7

Leadership from Politicians/ Courage to lead/ Lack of vision

n/a

4

3

4

5

3

5

4

4

Malcolm Turnbull/ The Prime Minister

n/a

4

3

2

2

2

-

-

2

TOTAL Government / Politics/ Leadership

11

18

10

11

10

13

8

9

12

Social apathy/Family breakdowns/ Selfishness/Moral decline

3

3

3

4

2

2

2

3

3

Drugs and drug abuse

1

*

1

1

3

2

4

1

2

Educational issues

3

3

2

4

2

2

1

4

2

Anger/Violence/Aggression

1

1

1

1

1

*

1

1

1

Crime/ Law & Order

1

*

1

1

1

1

*

1

1

Greed/ Corporate greed/ Materialism

1

1

1

*

2

1

1

1

1

Social Welfare, Welfare Dependency

n/a

3

2

2

2

2

1

1

1

Corruption

-

-

-

-

1

1

*

*

*

Youth issues (Homelessness/ Apathy etc.)

*

1

1

1

1

*

*

1

*

TOTAL Social Issues

11

12

10

13

13

10

10

13

10

Terrorism

*

-

6

8

2

4

6

2

2

Relations with other countries, Indonesia, USA etc.

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

1

Security, Safety

*

*

2

2

1

*

1

1

1

World Peace

*

-

*

-

-

-

-

-

    *  

Wars and conflicts

*

*

3

*

1

*

*

-

-

TOTAL Terrorism/Wars/Security/Safety

1

1

11

11

3

5

8

4

4

Other health issues

4

4

4

3

3

4

3

3

2

Hospitals

-

*

*

-

-

*

-

1

*

TOTAL Health Issues

4

4

4

3

3

4

3

4

2

Sustainable management of natural resources

1

1

*

1

1

2

1

1

*

Depletion of fossil fuels

-

*

-

-

*

*

-

-

-

Energy crisis

*

*

1

-

-

*

*

-

-

Petrol prices

-

*

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

TOTAL Energy Crisis/ Depletion of Fossil Fuels/Petrol Price

2

1

1

1

1

2

1

1

*

Other

*

*

*

*

*

*

5

4

5

Can’t say

6

6

6

6

6

5

1

-

1

TOTAL

100

100

100

100

100

100

100

100

100

*Less than 1%.



Most Important Problem Facing Australia

Australia

Oct
2016

Sex

Men

Women

%

%

%

The Economy/ Economic problems/ Interest rates

10

14

6

Cost of living issues/ Rising prices/ Inflation

1

2

*

Financial problems/ Money issues

1

1

1

Housing affordability

1

1

2

Banks/ Bank interest rates

*

-

1

General Taxation – Mining Tax, Resource Tax etc.

*

*

*

(SUB TOTAL) TOTAL Financial Issues/ Cost of Living

14

18

10

Unemployment

13

12

15

Poverty, & Gap between rich and poor

5

4

6

Globalisation/Fairer world trade

2

3

*

Federal Budget

1

2

1

Foreign ownership & investment/ Selling our assets

1

*

1

Homelessness/ Lack of housing

1

1

1

Farming/ Cut food imports and support our farmers

*

*

-

General Infrastructure/ Energy, Water, Internet etc.

*

*

-

Over-population

*

*

*

Over reliance on Mining/ Impact of Mining

*

*

*

Transport/ Transport infrastructure/ Road & rail

*

-

*

Approve Carbon Tax

-

-

-

Disapprove Carbon Tax

-

-

-

TOTAL Economic/ Financial issues (INCLUDING Carbon Tax)

37

39

35

Immigration/ Immigration policy

6

7

4

Refugees and Asylum seeker problems

5

2

8

Religion/ Religious fundamentalism

3

2

3

Human rights (Including gay rights)

1

     *

1

Multiculturalism/ Integration/ Assimilation

1

1

*

Racism/Racial tensions

1

1

1

Aboriginal Issues/ Health/ Rights

*

-

1

Intolerance/Discrimination

*

*

*

TOTAL Religion/ Immigration/ Human Rights

16

13

19

Climate change/ Global warming

9

14

5

Other Environmental issues

3

4

2

Water conservation

1

1

1

Drought

*

-

1

Famine/ Food shortages

-

-

-

Natural disasters – Floods, Earthquakes, Bushfires

-

-

-

Pollution/ Rubbish

-

-

-

Approve Carbon Tax

-

-

-

Disapprove Carbon Tax

-

-

-

TOTAL Environmental Issues

13

18

8

Politics/ Political system/ Too much Government spending

7

9

5

Leadership from Politicians/ Courage to lead/ Lack of vision

4

5

4

Malcolm Turnbull/ The Prime Minister

2

-

3

TOTAL Government/ Politics/ Leadership

12

14

11

Social apathy/Family breakdowns/Selfishness/Moral decline

3

2

3

Drugs and drug abuse

2

2

3

Educational issues

2

1

2

Anger/Violence/Aggression

1

-

1

Crime/ Law & Order

1

1

1

Greed/ Corporate greed/ Materialism

1

1

*

Social Welfare/ Welfare Dependency

1

1

1

Corruption

*

*

-

Youth issues (Homelessness/ Apathy etc.)

*

-

*

TOTAL Social Issues

10

8

12

Terrorism

2

1

2

Relations with other countries

1

-

2

Security, Safety

1

1

2

Wars and conflicts

-

-

-

World Peace

*

-

*

TOTAL Terrorism/Wars/Security/Safety

4

2

6

Other health issues

2

1

3

Hospitals

*

-

*

TOTAL Health Issues

2

1

4

Sustainable management of natural resources

*

-

*

Depletion of fossil fuels

-

-

-

Energy crisis

-

-

-

Petrol prices

-

-

-

TOTAL Energy Crisis/ Depletion of Fossil Fuels/Petrol Price

*

-

-

                                      Other                                                                        Other                                                      Other

5

5

4

Can’t say

1

     -

1

TOTAL

100

100

100

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



Most Important Problem Facing the World

The World

Feb
2014

Jun
2014

Oct
2014

Jan
2015

Apr
2015

July
2015

Oct
2015

May
2016

Oct
2016

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

Terrorism

1

1

19

35

15

13

19

15

10

Wars and conflicts

7

6

16

5

7

5

8

4

7

World Peace

3

2

1

2

2

2

2

2

4

Relations with other countries

*

-

1

-

    -

-

*

1

2

Security, Safety

*

1

2

2

2

1

2

2

1

TOTAL Terrorism/Wars/Security/Safety

11

9

39

43

27

20

30

23

24

Climate change/ Global warming

13

13

11

10

11

15

16

17

14

Famine/ Food shortages

5

5

3

1

2

4

1

3

3

Other Environmental issues

4

4

3

2

2

3

2

4

2

Pollution/ Rubbish

1

1

*

1

*

1

1

1

*

Climate change concerns are exaggerated

*

*

-

-

-

*

-

-

-

Drought

-

-

-

-

-

*

*

-

-

Natural disasters – Floods, Earthquakes, Bushfires

-

-

-

*

*

-

-

-

-

Water conservation

*

*

*

*

-

*

*

*

-

Approve Carbon Tax

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Disapprove Carbon Tax

-

*

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

TOTAL Environmental Issues

23

24

17

14

   16

23

21

25

19

The Economy/ Economic problems/ Interest rates

8

6

4

5

8

10

5

5

4

Financial problems/ Money issues

1

2

1

*

1

2

1

1

1

Cost of living issues/ Rising prices/ Inflation

1

2

*

1

1

1

*

1

*

General Taxation – Mining Tax, Resource Tax etc.

*

1

*

*

*

*

-

*

*

Banks/ Bank interest rates

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

*

-

Housing affordability

-

*

-

-

-

*

1

-

-

(SUB TOTAL) TOTAL Financial Issues/ Cost of Living

10

11

5

6

10

13

7

6

5

Poverty, & Gap between rich and poor

14

14

7

7

10

9

5

9

6

Unemployment

4

2

3

3

3

2

2

4

4

Over-population

3

4

2

2

3

5

2

4

2

Globalisation/Fairer world trade

1

1

1

*

1

*

1

*

1

Homelessness/ Lack of housing

*

1

*

*

*

*

*

1

*

Farming/ Cut food imports and support our farmers

*

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Federal Budget

-

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

Foreign ownership & investment/ Selling our assets

-

-

*

*

-

-

-

*

-

General Infrastructure/ Energy, Water, Internet etc.

*

-

-

-

-

*

-

-

-

Transport/ Transport infrastructure/ Road & rail

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Approve Carbon Tax

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Disapprove Carbon Tax

-

*

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

TOTAL Economic/ Financial issues (INCLUDING Carbon Tax)

34

33

19

19

27

30

17

24

18

Refugees and Asylum seeker problems

2

*

*

*

1

1

9

5

6

Religion/ Religious fundamentalism

1

2

4

5

5

2

3

2

4

Immigration/ Immigration policy

*

1

*

1

-

1

2

1

3

Human rights (Including gay rights)

1

1

2

*

1

1

*

*

1

Intolerance/Discrimination

-

-

*

*

1

*

1

*

1

Multiculturalism/ Integration/ Assimilation

-

*

-

*

-

-

*

*

*

Racism/Racial tensions

1

*

1

*

1

*

*

-

*

Aboriginal Issues

-

-

-

-

-

*

-

*

-

TOTAL Religion/  Immigration/ Human Rights

5

4

8

6

7

6

15

8

15

Social apathy/Family breakdowns/ Selfishness/Moral decline

5

4

3

4

2

2

2

3

4

Anger/Violence/Aggression

2

2

1

*

1

*

2

1

1

Drugs and drug abuse

1

1

*

1

2

1

2

1

1

Greed/ Materialism

3

2

1

1

2

2

*

1

1

Corporate greed

1

*

*

*

*

1

*

*

*

Corruption

1

1

*

*

*

1

1

1

*

Crime/ Law & Order

*

1

*

1

1

1

*

*

*

Educational issues

1

2

1

1

1

1

1

1

*

Social Welfare/ Welfare Dependency

n/a

1

*

*

*

*

*

*

-

Youth issues (Homelessness/ Apathy etc.)

*

*

*

-

*

1

-

*

-

TOTAL Social Issues

13

13

7

8

9

10

9

9

8

Politics/ Political system/ Leadership (Donald Trump)

2

4

3

3

3

3

2

3

5

Other health issues

2

4

2

2

3

2

1

2

2

Hospitals

1

*

-

-

-

-

-

*

-

TOTAL Health Issues

3

4

2

2

3

2

1

2

2

Depletion of fossil fuels

-

-

*

-

-

-

*

*

1

Energy crisis

*

1

1

*

-

*

*

*

*

Sustainable management of natural resources

1

1

*

*

1

1

1

1

*

Petrol prices

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

*

-

TOTAL Energy Crisis/ Depletion of Fossil Fuels/Petrol Price

2

2

1

1

1

1

2

2

1

Other

1

*

*

*

*

-

3

4

8

Can’t say

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
2016

Sex

Men

Women

%

%

%

Terrorism

10

9

12

Wars and conflicts

7

6

7

World Peace

4

4

4

Relations with other countries

2

1

4

Security, Safety

1

1

*

TOTAL Terrorism/Wars/Security/Safety

24

21

27

Climate change/ Global warming

14

19

9

Famine/ Food shortages

3

5

1

Other Environmental issues

2

1

2

Pollution/ Rubbish

*

*

*

Climate change concerns are exaggerated

     -

-

-

Drought

-

-

-

Natural disasters – Floods, Earthquakes, Bushfires

     -

-

-

Water conservation

-

-

-

Approve Carbon Tax

-

-

-

Disapprove Carbon Tax

     -

-

-

TOTAL Environmental Issues

19

25

12

The Economy/ Economic problems/ Interest rates

4

6

2

Financial problems/ Money issues

1

1

*

Cost of living issues/ Rising prices/ Inflation

*

-

*

General Taxation – Mining Tax, Resource Tax etc.

*

-

*

Banks/ Bank interest rates

-

-

-

Housing affordability

-

-

-

(SUB TOTAL) TOTAL Financial Issues/ Cost of Living

5

7

3

Poverty, & Gap between rich and poor

6

5

7

Unemployment

4

2

5

Over-population

2

3

2

Globalisation/Fairer world trade

1

1

*

Homelessness/ Lack of housing

*

*

-

Farming/ Cut food imports/ Support Farmers

-

-

-

Foreign ownership & investment/ Selling our assets

     -

-

-

General Infrastructure/ Energy, Water, Internet etc.

-

-

-

Transport/ Transport infrastructure/ Road & rail

-

-

-

Approve Carbon Tax

-

-

-

Disapprove Carbon Tax

-

-

-

TOTAL Economic/ Financial issues (INCLUDING Carbon Tax)

18

18

17

Refugees and Asylum seeker problems

6

3

9

Religion/ Religious fundamentalism

4

3

6

Immigration/ Immigration policy

3

3

3

Human rights (Including gay rights)

1

*

1

Intolerance/Discrimination

1

-

1

Multiculturalism/ Integration/ Assimilation

*

*

*

Racism/Racial tensions

*

*

*

Aboriginal Issues/ Health/ Rights

-

-

-

TOTAL Religion/  Immigration/ Human Rights

15

10

20

Social Apathy/Family Breakdown/Selfishness/Moral decline

4

5

3

Anger/Violence/Aggression

1

-

2

Drugs and drug abuse

1

1

1

Greed/ Materialism

1

1

1

Corporate greed

*

-

*

Corruption

*

-

*

Crime/ Law & Order

*

-

*

Educational issues

*

-

1

Social Welfare/ Welfare Dependency

-

-

-

Youth issues (Homelessness/ Apathy etc.)

-

-

-

TOTAL Social Issues

8

7

9

Politics/ Political system/ Leadership (Donald Trump)

5

6

4

Other health issues

2

*

4

Hospitals

-

-

-

TOTAL Health Issues

2

*

4

Depletion of fossil fuels

1

2

-

Energy crisis

*

1

-

Sustainable management of natural resources

*

-

*

Petrol prices

-

-

-

TOTAL Energy Crisis/ Depletion of Fossil Fuels/Petrol Price

1

2

*

Other

8

10

6

Can’t say

*

1

1

TOTAL

100

100

100

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



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


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