West Aussies are more concerned about being unemployed than at any time in the past seven years, according to new data from global research company Ipsos.
The quarterly Issues Monitor asked respondents to select the top three most important issues facing their State between April and June this year and 42 per cent of those in WA cited unemployment, compared with less than 5 per cent who thought it was a significant issue in 2010.
But it’s not just a fear of unemployment that’s on the rise — 34 per cent of respondents thought drug abuse was also a significant problem in WA, making it the second biggest issue facing WA. Concern about drug abuse has risen steadily since 2010, when only one in five thought it was a significant issue.
Rounding out the top five key issues facing WA, according to the survey, were the economy (32 per cent), the cost of living (32 per cent) and crime (31 per cent).
While our perspective on crime and the cost of living were similar to the rest of Australia, we were more than twice as worried about the economy, almost twice as worried about drug abuse and almost 20 per cent more concerned about the prospect of unemployment.
Interestingly, WA’s concerns about healthcare have halved since 2010.
We’re also two-thirds less worried about the environment and less than half as worried about immigration.
Just 3 per cent of WA respondents thought defence was an important issue, matching the result from 2010, while security fears on a national basis have risen from 5 per cent seven years ago to 21 per cent last quarter, making it the sixth biggest issue facing Australia.
Every time there is a terror attack around the world we breathe a sigh of relief that we live in the most isolated capital city on the planet — that was reflected in the survey.