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These are the biggest problems facing Australians and the world

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.

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).

Most Important Problems Facing Australia - October 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).

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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).

Most Important Problems Facing the World - October 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 Worldtoday.

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.

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“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%).”

 



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