Survey says economy concerns local residents
A survey of residents in the Federal Electorate of Wide Bay has found that 80% of local the respondents are concerned about the current economic climate and the impact it will have on the quality of their life.
Wide Bay’s Community Survey 2012 conducted by the Federal Member for Wide Bay, Warren Truss, attracted more than 4100 respondents.
“56% of those who responded said they were worried about the current economic climate and 24% said they were very worried,” Mr Truss said.
“Only 6% of those who responded to the survey felt they were better off now than at this time last year, with 57% saying they were worse off. 37% said their circumstances were the same.”
However, only 33% of respondents were concerned about their job security with 57% confident their jobs were safe. 87% of respondents felt there should be more local Work for the Dole programs compared with 6% who felt they were not necessary.
Only 11% of respondents thought the Federal Government was heading in the right direction compared with 74% who said it was not.
54% of people who responded to the survey thought that unions have too much power, with 29% disagreeing and 17% unsure. 70% of respondents thought that the private sector has the greatest role in providing sustainable and secure jobs, 27% thought it was a government responsibility and 3% saw it as the role of unions.
The survey found that 20% of people are satisfied with Australia’s Fair Work laws, 37% were not and 43% were unsure.
The survey revealed that 54% of respondents supported the increase in compulsory superannuation contributions from 9 per cent to 12 per cent, with 29% not in favour and 17% unsure. However, 54% of the respondents thought that employees should fund the increase themselves, 46% said employers should and 21% said the Government increase taxes to pay for the increase.
The survey found that 67% of people are concerned about red tape and the number of Government forms they are required to complete, 26% were not and 7% were unsure.
78% of people thought the Government should provide assistance to business and industry to support local jobs, 13% said the Government should not and 9% were unsure.
Only 38% of people who responded to the survey thought that Australia should continue to subsidise the manufacture of cars, 43% said it should not and 19% were unsure. This is in contrast to the 74% of respondents who thought that the Government should subsidise Australian food production, 17% said it should not and 9% were unsure. The strongest support for food production subsidies came from the South Burnett (81%) and Gympie (77%).
“It is clear from the survey that the debt that has been accumulated by the Rudd/Gillard Government and the former Beattie/Bligh Government are worrying for Wide Bay residents,” Mr Truss said.
82% of those who responded to the survey were concerned about the level of Federal Government debt; 71% were concerned about State Government debt; and 45% about Local Government debt. Concerns about Local Government debt were highest in the in the South Burnett (49%) and lowest in the Sunshine Coast Council (43%). 74% of respondents were opposed to the Federal Government continuing to borrow money to fund its spending.
61% of respondents thought the level of taxation in Australia was about right with 35% saying it was too high and 4% too low. 53% of survey participants felt the government should give priority to infrastructure expenditure; 26% to more services; but 21% would prefer tax cuts.
“Local residents are also concerned about the increased cost of living,” Mr Truss said.
77% said they always tried to buy Australian food and groceries, but 51% said increased grocery prices had made them now more likely to buy cheaper imported produce.
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