The Ipsos Issues Monitor

The Ipsos Issues Monitor is an ongoing quantitative survey of Australians about the issues facing the nation, Australian states and territories and Australians’ local areas.

Ipsos Issues Monitor

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Latest edition - National May 2022

As Australia approaches the conclusion of the 2022 Federal election campaign, the May Ipsos Issues Monitor finds concerns over Cost of Living at another all-time high. Hitting 52% (+2pts vs April), Cost of Living is well ahead of the next issue, Healthcare (39%), which remains unchanged for the third consecutive month.

Top 5 Issues - May National Issues Monitor

Following the Reserve Bank lifting the cash rate by 25 basis points for the first time in almost 12 years, small increases were seen for concern around Housing (34%, +2pts) and The Economy (33%, +1pt). Petrol Prices (20%, -1pt) continued the downward trend started in April after peaking at 24% in March. For 19% of Australians (+1pt), the Environment is still sitting as the sixth biggest concern.

We see significant differences in the magnitude of the top six issues in 2022 when compared to those immediately prior to the 2019 federal election, with all the top five issues increasing in concern and Environment decreasing. Crime, ranked fifth in 2019 has dropped out of the top six concerns this year.

Top issues facing Australia prior to 2022 and 2019 Federal Elections

Issue May 2022 May 2019 Change 2019 Rank
Cost of Living 52% 34% +18% 2 ∧
Healthcare 39% 36% +3% 1 ∨
Housing 34% 22% +12% 6 ∧
The Economy 33% 24% +10% 3 ∨
Petrol Prices 20% 8% +11% 9 ∧
Environment 19% 24% -4% 4 ∨
Crime 11% 23% -11% 5 ∨

 

With the public’s mind focused by the start of formal campaigning after the election was called, the gap between the ALP and Coalition as the party most capable of managing the majority of these top issues is closing, compared to last month.

The ALP still leads the Coalition on capability of managing Cost of Living (32% vs 28%), Healthcare (32% vs 30%) and Housing (29% vs 28%), while the Coalition has increased its lead on The Economy (36% vs 33%). Compared to May 2019, belief in the ALP’s capability to manage the Cost of Living (+5pts), Housing (+3pts) and The Economy (+6pts) has increased, while Healthcare has decreased (-3pts). Belief in the Coalition’s capability is reduced from 2019 on Cost of Living (-4pts) and The Economy (-3pts), but on Healthcare and Housing they have had modest gains (+1pt) on the 2019 measures.

Fieldwork for this wave of the Ipsos Issues Monitor was conducted between 4-8 May, about two weeks before the election date, but after distribution of postal vote packs and only days before pre-poll voting opened. The findings above show the ALP has improved its standing on perceived ability to manage the key issues Australians believe face the nation, all of which are seen as being of greater concern than at the last election. While there are many factors which will drive the election outcome, these will no doubt contribute to the decision making of voters.

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2022 Ipsos Issues Monitors

PDFAU NATIONAL IPSOS ISSUES MONITOR - MAY 2022
PDFAU NATIONAL IPSOS ISSUES MONITOR - APR 2022
PDFAU STATES IPSOS ISSUES MONITOR - 1ST QTR 2022
PDFAU NATIONAL IPSOS ISSUES MONITOR - MAR 2022
PDFAU NATIONAL IPSOS ISSUES MONITOR - FEB 2022
PDFAU NATIONAL IPSOS ISSUES MONITOR - JAN 2022

2016 - 2021 Compiled editions

PDFAU STATES IPSOS ISSUES MONITOR - QUARTERLY REPORTS 2021
PDFAU NATIONAL IPSOS ISSUES MONITOR - JAN-DEC REPORTS 2021
PDFAU STATES IPSOS ISSUES MONITOR - QUARTERLY REPORTS 2020
PDFAU NATIONAL IPSOS ISSUES MONITOR - JAN-DEC REPORTS 2020
PDFAU STATES IPSOS ISSUES MONITOR - QUARTERLY REPORTS 2019
PDFAU NATIONAL IPSOS ISSUES MONITOR - QUARTERLY REPORTS 2019
PDFAU STATES IPSOS ISSUES MONITOR - QUARTERLY REPORTS 2018
PDFAU NATIONAL IPSOS ISSUES MONITOR - QUARTERLY REPORTS 2018
PDFAU STATES IPSOS ISSUES MONITOR - QUARTERLY REPORTS 2017
PDFAU NATIONAL IPSOS ISSUES MONITOR - QUARTERLY REPORTS 2017
PDFAU STATES IPSOS ISSUES MONITOR - QUARTERLY REPORTS 2016
PDFAU NATIONAL IPSOS ISSUES MONITOR - QUARTERLY REPORTS 2016

About the Ipsos Issues Monitor

The Ipsos Issues Monitor regularly takes the pulse of Australians on the issues of the day that effect our nation. An ongoing monthly quantitative survey that addresses social, political and economic areas of concern. Each month, Ipsos asks approximately 1,000 Australians to select the three most important topics facing Australia, their state/territory and their local area from a list of nineteen issues.*

*The Nineteen issues are: The Economy, Crime, Healthcare/Hospitals, Taxation, Petrol Prices, Race Relations, Education, Population, Unemployment, Cost of Living, Immigration, Drug Abuse, Environment, Transport, Personal Debt, Defence, Housing, Poverty and Indigenous Issues.

Technical notes

The Ipsos Issues Monitor is conducted monthly via online panel. Each month approximately 1000 Australian adults aged 18+ are asked to select the top three issues facing the nation within their state and local areas from a list of nineteen potential concerns. Data is weighted to match the profile of the population.

The precision of Ipsos online polls are calculated using a credibility interval with a poll of 1,000 accurate to +/- 3.5 percentage points and of 500 accurate to +/- 4.8 percentage points. For more information on the Ipsos use of credibility intervals, please visit  www.ipsos.com/sites/default/files/2017-03/IpsosPA_CredibilityIntervals.pdf

Polling Methodology Disclosure Statements

APC Quality Logo Ipsos believes in transparency around the polling we undertake. Further to this, and as a founding member of the Australian Polling Council, we are pleased to comply with the Council’s Code of Conduct, including making available a Methodology Disclosure Statement around each of the our published polls, including our Ipsos Issues Monitor. These statements can be accessed here.

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