Australians consider economic and finance issues to be the most important problem facing the country today, an area which includes interest rates and cost of living, according to Roy Morgan research.
The result places economic and financial concerns (35% or respondents) behind issues such as refugees and asylum seeker problems (13%), political leadership (16%) and environmental issues (7%).
Refugee and asylum-seeker problems came in second and were also the favoured issue for most individual states.
“Days before Prime Minister Kevin Rudd announced the ‘PNG Solution’, this special Roy Morgan qualitative research showed asylum seekers to be a major concern to the Australian people,” says Roy Morgan CEO, Michele Levine.
“However, the largest issue for Australians remains the economy – including the rising cost of living and unemployment and this week we see PM Rudd turning his attention to things economic.
“Malcolm Turnbull must be disappointed to see the issue he ‘crossed the floor’ on, possibly disqualifying him from leading the L-NP, is now of little concern to the electorate. Only 7% mentioned the Environment as the most important problem facing Australia.”