SSM isn’t a pri­or­ity for most Aussies

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS -

AUS­TRALIANS of all ages and po­lit­i­cal per­sua­sions agree on what we should be talk­ing about — and it’s not same-sex mar­riage.

The new na­tional sur­vey of what peo­ple con­sider to be the most press­ing is­sues re­veals en­ergy costs, ter­ror­ism and hous­ing af­ford­abil­ity are way out in front.

When asked to se­lect three pri­or­ity ar­eas for the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment, 54 per cent of re­spon­dents to a Galaxy Re­search poll for the Aus­tralian Fu­tures Project in­cluded en­ergy costs; 48 per cent nom­i­nated ter­ror­ism and se­cu­rity and 46 per cent said hous­ing af­ford­abil­ity.

Just 16 per cent put same­sex mar­riage in their top three. Job se­cu­rity, ed­u­ca­tion, the en­vi­ron­ment and sta­ble gov­ern­ment all out­ranked same-sex mar­riage.

“With same-sex mar­riage it’s a case of how many peo­ple is it go­ing to af­fect, es­pe­cially eco­nom­i­cally,” said Galaxy Re­search man­ag­ing di­rec­tor David Briggs. “It’s not re­ally go­ing to have a di­rect im­pact on a lot of peo­ple.

“What we are look­ing at here is a hip-pocket re­sponse,” Mr Briggs said. “En­ergy costs is the is­sue most likely to af­fect peo­ple. They are see­ing their bills in­crease and there seems to be no so­lu­tion in sight.”

Con­cern about en­ergy costs in­creased with age and was great­est among Coali­tion sup­port­ers. That be­ing said, more Green vot­ers and mil­len­ni­als in­cluded it on their pri­or­ity list than did same-sex mar­riage.

The poll, weighted to re­flect the na­tional pop­u­la­tion, also found 44 per cent con­sider them­selves worse off now than they were five years ago, while just half that num­ber think their lives have im­proved.

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