Tuesday, August 20th, 2013 - Roy Morgan Research

Roy Morgan Research CEO, Michele Levine, will present the latest State of the Nation report at 10am at NSW Parliament House in Sydney.

The report includes a spotlight on the upcoming Federal Election: voting intentions and demographics, issues of importance, economic, social and government attitudes and analysis of key and marginal seats.

Significant findings include:

> With under three weeks until the election, the L-NP (51%) leads over ALP (49%).

> Honest Government, Education and Reducing Crime have overtaken Reducing Taxes on the list of most important issues to voters since the previous election in 2010. Cost of Living, Health and the Economy remain the three most commonly cited issues of importance.

> Just 1 in 3 voters believes the Australian economy appears to be improving—half the rate in the lead-up to the last election.

> 59% of voters don’t trust the Australian Government, a 15% point increase since 2010.

> The majority of voters now have progressive attitudes toward the rights of homosexual couples.

> Voters are split on whether the ALP or L-NP is better on issues of Health and Global Warming on a 2PP basis. The ALP has retained a slight lead on Education, but the L-NP is well ahead on Economy, Crime and Honest Government.

> Nine marginal ALP seats and six marginal L-NP seats have an unemployment rate over 10%.

> Voters in the QLD seat of Forde (now being contested by former Premier Peter Beattie) are the most likely to cite reducing the number of illegal immigrants as one of their most important issues—and among the least likely to cite global warming.

Michele Levine, CEO, Roy Morgan Research, says:

“This report reveals just how much the opinions and concerns of Australian voters have changed since 2010.

“Consumer confidence is down, distrust of the Government is up, but despite record low interest rates cost of living remains the number one concern.”



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Roy Morgan Research CEO, Michele Levine, will present the latest State of the Nation report at 10am at NSW Parliament House in Sydney.



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