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Big bills strife

Nasik Swami
Saturday, June 07, 2014

THE high cost of living is one of the eight big issues facing voters, second behind unemployment rates, the Tebbutt-Times poll research has revealed.

Following the sampling of 1036 eligible voting adults, the poll found that when interviewees were asked "in your personal opinion, what is the single biggest issue for Fiji as a nation right now?", the second highest statistic, 42 per cent, belonged to the high cost of living.

While majority voted unemployment as the biggest concern facing the county, 25 per cent of respondents put high living costs as the number one issue facing the nation.

The poll showed that high living costs were less of a concern for younger respondents (16 per cent for those aged 18-24 years) and more of a concern for those living in the Western Division (30 per cent, compared with 23 per cent in the Central Division).

When respondents were asked about the "biggest problems personally facing people like themselves", the high cost of living was again the second-top answer.

For this particular question, people gave a number of different answers, but just under half of the respondents (47 per cent) mentioned cost of living, not far behind unemployment, which was named by 50 per cent of them.

While unemployment is more of an issue for younger people, the cost of living is comparatively more a concern for older voters, the poll reported.

When asked to name the three biggest topics concerning the upcoming elections the story is similar cost of living runs a close second to unemployment, and is again mentioned more frequently by those in the West and by older respondents, a question-answer summary from the Tebbutt-Times survey results stated. The three questions put to respondents were:

In your personal opinion, what is the single biggest issue for Fiji as a nation right now?

What about people like you, in your age group and with your lifestyle, what are the biggest issues facing people like you right now?

I want you to think about the elections that are coming up, and about issues that are important. What do you think the three biggest election issues are?

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