When asked to name up to three issues that personally interest or concern them the most and that the Australian Government should focus on, around one third of Australians describe issues related to the environment and climate change, representing a substantial increase from five months ago and overtaking hospitals, healthcare and ageing as a key top-of-mind issue.
There has been a general downturn in sentiment about Australia’s direction since the last True Issues survey, five months ago. After a post-May 2019 election bounce, there has also been a pronounced decline in confidence about the future direction of local communities, business and state and national economies.
Six months after its election win, Government performance across key areas remains relatively steady since the latest True Issues survey, five months ago, but performance has slipped on agriculture and regional development and hospitals, healthcare and ageing.
Post election, healthcare and ageing still most top of mind issues for Australians, ahead of the environment, economy and wages in JWS Research’s latest True Issues survey. Four months after the Royal Commission into Aged Care, Australians continue to be concerned about caring for an ageing population, as well as rising healthcare costs and ease of access to good quality care.
Australians are feeling more positive about the performance of business and government than four months ago, the previous wave of the JWS Research True Issues survey. They view conditions as more stable after the return of the incumbent Federal Government and perceived end to leadership changes and instability within the Coalition.
Coming out of its recent election win, Government performance across key areas remains steady and defence, security and terrorism remains its best performing area in JWS Research’s latest True Issues survey.