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 October 2022

The October Ipsos Issues Monitor finds Australians’ greatest concerns mostly unchanged since last month. Cost of Living was the biggest concern for over half of Australian adults (56%, -1pt from Sept) as the Consumer Price Index for the twelve months to the September quarter hit 7.3% and official interest rates were raised for the sixth consecutive month this year.

Ipsos Issues Monitor Top 5 October 2022

Healthcare (39%, +1pt) and the Economy (32%, -1pt), second and third concerns, are both well below their record 2020 pandemic driven peaks of 55% and 56% respectively. While concern over the Economy has been trending down since September 2020, Healthcare has continued to trend upwards since the June 2020 low of 24%.

For the next three issues of greatest concern this month, Housing (31%, +3pts) had the largest upward shift for any issue, Petrol Prices was stable (24%, unchanged) and the Environment (20%, -3pts) had the greatest reduction in concern.

The Coalition was seen as significantly less capable of managing each of the top five issues of concern than it was immediately prior to the May federal election. However, the increased lead the ALP enjoyed over the Coalition on most of these items in September returned to the levels seen in August.

The ALP leads the coalition on Cost of Living (+9pts, September gap was +13pts); Healthcare (+18pts, unchanged); the Economy (+4pts, Sept +10pts); Housing (+11pts, Sept +16pt); and Petrol Prices (+4pts, Sept +13pts).

Whether the narrowing gap on these financially driven issues is temporary, or an indication the government’s post-election gloss is fading, will become clearer over coming months.

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2022 Ipsos Issues Monitors

PDFAU NATIONAL IPSOS ISSUES MONITOR - OCT 2022
PDFAU STATES IPSOS ISSUES MONITOR - 3RD QTR 2022
PDFAU NATIONAL IPSOS ISSUES MONITOR - SEP 2022
PDFAU NATIONAL IPSOS ISSUES MONITOR - AUG 2022
PDFAU NATIONAL IPSOS ISSUES MONITOR - JUL 2022
PDFAU STATES IPSOS ISSUES MONITOR - 2ND QTR 2022
PDFAU NATIONAL IPSOS ISSUES MONITOR - JUN 2022
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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