Twelve months into Australia’s COVID-19 response, healthcare remains the dominant community concern. When asked to name up to three issues that personally interest or concern them the most, and that the Australian Government should focus on, four in ten adults (45%) continue to describe issues related to hospitals, healthcare and ageing.

True Issues is a research tool to assist Australian businesses to understand where their issues truly sit within the contemporary issues landscape. This poll was conducted as an online survey between 18th – 22nd February among a representative national sample of 1,000 Australians aged 18+ years.

The economy and finances (26%) and employment and wages (25%) continue to round out the top three – but are lesser concerns than in November (32% each) and July 2020 (32% and 30%, respectively).

In February 2021, at the end of Victoria’s five-day snap lockdown and the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccines program, Australians continue to negotiate intra and inter state restrictions on their movement while trying to find a new ‘COVID normal’.

Top of mind concerns are around progressing the COVID-19 recovery and include mentions of the vaccine program and strengthening other elements of our public health response, improving border management and quarantine approaches, and the need for action on economic growth, business support and job creation over the coming months.

Still impacting so many aspects of Australian life, the COVID-19 pandemic is raised as a top three issue or concern by almost one in three adults (32%, similar to 28% in November and 30% in July).

This was an excerpt from our latest True Issues report, to read the full report, click the link below.

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