The economy and industrial relations are the issues most concerning Australian voters, according to new Morgan polling.

About one in four (27%) Australian electors are concerned about the economic management skills (including interest rates [9%] and cost of housing [3%]) of the ALP should they win the next Federal election. This compares with 13% (including interest rates 7% and cost of housing 5%) who share the same concerns if the Coalition is reelected.

If the Coalition is reelected most voters are worried by its industrial relations policy (22%), while 12% said they also had concerns about the ALP’s industrial relations policy.

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Foreign policy, including the War in Iraq, is another major concern if the Coalition is reelected for 15%. Kevin Rudd’s experience in international relations seems to have given electors some confidence with only 4% saying they would be concerned with Labor’s foreign policy should they be successful at the election.

Other major concerns that would follow a Coalition victory are: Social issues such as health and education (11%), Environmental issues (8%), Integrity and honesty (5%) and “Been in power too long” (5%).

Social issues such as health and education (11%), Environmental issues (8%), Integrity and honesty (5%) and “Been in power too long” (5%).

Other major concerns following an ALP win are: inexperience (8%), union power (8%) and social issues such as health and education (4%).


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