JWS Research True Issues survey

Voters continue to rate health as the most important issue facing government, with greater movement on cost of living than defence and national security.

It’s an off week for Newspoll and Roy Morgan, but this week should see the release of federal polls from Essential Research and, I would assume, Resolve Strategic. With all the SA election post clogging up the board though, I need a new open thread sooner than that, so I’ll hang one off the latest release of JWS Research’s occasional True Issues survey of issue salience.

This finds very little change since the previous survey in November, with the war in Ukraine only eliciting a slight bump in defence, security and terrorism, which remains well down the list.
The biggest movers are cost of living, the index score of which is up from 11% to 16%, and housing and interest rates, up four to 14%.

Respondents continue to rate health as the issue governments should be most focused on, which would not surprise observers of the South Australian election campaign. The level of concern is unchanged on November with a score of 37%, but still well down from earlier in the pandemic. In second and third place are the environment and climate change on 27%, down one, and economy and finances on 24%, up two. The survey was conducted March 4 to 8 from a sample of 1000.

Author: William Bowe

William Bowe is a Perth-based election analyst and occasional teacher of political science. His blog, The Poll Bludger, has existed in one form or another since 2004, and is one of the most heavily trafficked websites on Australian politics.

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  1. She’s right:
    Emma Graham-Harrison @_EmmaGH

    Ukrainian troops extracted two AP journalists from Mariupol, because their work was so powerful Russia was hunting them.

    “They want to get you on camera & make you say everything you filmed is a lie,” he said.

    This is their extraordinary story


    I’m hoping the use of “scooped” here was a translation error:

    We raced back to the hospital. Within 20 minutes, the injured came in, some of them scooped into shopping carts.

  2. Speaking of S-300, the Patriot air defence system has started deploying in Slovakia.

    Nad said the Patriot system will be a complement and not a replacement of the Soviet-era S-300 system that Slovakia operates.

    The minister said last week that Slovakia is willing to give the S-300 to Ukraine if and when it gets a proper replacement.

    He reiterated on Sunday that Slovakia was looking for its own replacement of S-300 due to its age, capabilities and dependence on Russia.

  3. Wonder what a 58 / 42 will do to Bludgertrack?? 🙂

    Probably have to await William to stop rolling on the floor laughing to see comment on that? 🙂

  4. I know Morgan isn’t considered the most reliable of pollsters, but even the most optimistic of LNP fanboys must be pretty worried by that figure. I’m not sure how the LNP increased their lead in QLD either?

    Undecided are up as well to 7.5%

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