Health remains South Africa’s top political issue, leadership satisfaction soars

New research from public policy think tank The Australia Institute shows that health, the economy and climate change remain the top three political issues for South Australians, following the state elections in March.

The Australia Institute surveyed a representative sample of 616 South Australians in September, asking them about their voting intentions, their main political issue and their level of satisfaction with the work carried out by the Prime Minister and the leader of the ‘opposition.

Main conclusions:

  • SA Labor leads the opposition on a 2PP basis, 53% to 47%.
  • One in three South Australians (32%) say health is the most important political issue right now, compared to one in four (27%) who mention the economy and 13% who mention climate change.
  • Three in four South Australians (74%) are happy with the way Peter Malinauskas is doing his job as Prime Minister, while 13% of South Australians are dissatisfied.
  • The Prime Minister therefore has a net satisfaction rate of +61%, against +32% net satisfaction rate for the leader of the opposition David Speirs.

“Health is still the number one political issue on the minds of South Australians, although the economy and climate change have risen in importance to voters compared to last year,” said Noah Schultz. -Byard, South African director of independent think tank The Australia. Institute.

“South Australians are also much happier with the performance of their political leaders now than they were earlier in the year. Following his election as Prime Minister, Peter Malinauskas’ net approval rating rose from +23% in February to +61% currently.

“Opposition Leader David Speirs has a net approval rating of +32%, significantly higher than the +23% recorded for Opposition Leader Malinauskas earlier in the year.

“The post-election period sees voters in a more generous mood when it comes to the performance of the two main party leaders, but only time will tell how long this honeymoon period will last.

“Just over six months after the state elections, our research shows that Labor still leads the opposition on a bipartisan preferential basis, albeit by a margin slightly smaller than that recorded in the March poll. .”

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