Community pulse 2018: NSW results


In August, CEDA released the results from the Community pulse 2018 poll for New South Wales.

Download New South Wales results
Read media release: CEDA national poll: NSW less concerned about crime; commuting times of low importance 

CEDA has released the New South Wales results from Community pulse 2018: the economic disconnect - polling exploring Australians’ attitudes to work, education, health, community and the economy.

NSW respondents were slightly more likely to feel like they have gained (47 per cent compared to 45 per cent nationally) from Australia’s record run of economic growth. However, the majority of NSW respondents – 53 per cent – do not think they have gained at all or don’t know if they have gained.

NSW respondents were more satisfied with every aspect of their work compared to the national results, in particular in areas such as level of pay and benefits such as superannuation, sick and holiday pay. On work/life balance 61 per cent of NSW respondents were satisfied with their travel time to and from work, 68 per cent were satisfied with their flexibility to take personal leave and 66 per cent of people were satisfied with their flexibility to take holidays, in line with national results.

While traffic congestion in Sydney receives a lot of attention, most respondents in NSW were happy with their travel time for work and commuting times also ranked as of low importance. Commuting times ranked in the bottom five issues of 30, when respondents were asked to rank personal issues of importance.

On the national issues of greatest importance, NSW was in line with the national results placing greatest importance on high quality and accessible public hospitals; strong regulation to limit foreign ownership of Australian land/assets; increased pension payments; high quality and choice of aged care services; and high quality and accessible public schools.

The top personal issues in NSW aligned nationally with reliable, low cost basic health services; reliable, low cost essential services; access to stable and affordable housing; affordable, high quality chronic disease services; and reduced violence in homes and communities, rating as of high importance.

Access to stable and affordable housing while in the top across the nation, ranked as of higher importance in NSW.

Release event highlights

These results are being released in Sydney on 21 August 2018.

Community pulse 2018: the economic disconnect 

CEDA released the national results for the poll in Community pulse 2018: the economic disconnect on 25 June 2018 in Canberra. Read the national report, and explore related content, here.  State results for Victoria were released on 3 July 2018, Queensland on 20 July 2018, South Australia on 26 July 2018 and Western Australia on 14 August 2018.

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Explore our series of interactives released to coincide with the launch of CEDA's report, Community pulse 2018: the economic disconnect. Discover key insights and share your opinion
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