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Poverty No.3

Nasik Swami
Saturday, June 14, 2014

POVERTY has come out as the third biggest problem facing Fiji today.

The issue is one of eight most pressing election issues voters face, according to the Tebbutt-Times Poll.

The first issue was that of unemployment (55 per cent of those polled), followed by the high cost of living (42 per cent) .

Of the 1036 people interviewed in the urban and peri-urban areas of Suva, Nasinu, Lami, Nausori, Nadi, Lautoka and Ba, 32 per cent responded that poverty was one of the issues that needed to be addressed come the general election.

According to the survey, poverty is seen as a relatively bigger issue for the nation by females (12 per cent) than males (7 per cent).

Younger people (18 to 34 years of age) were twice as likely to mention poverty as the biggest issue facing the nation than older respondents.

The poll revealed the story is somewhat different when it comes to a more personal question, with the issue showing up more in the answers of those from the Western Division (26 per cent) than in the Central Division (19 per cent).

The survey outlined that poverty was mentioned by one in four men compared to less than one in five women. There was also an age relationship.

The poll revealed while younger people were more likely to say poverty being the biggest issue facing the nation, older people were more likely to mention poverty as an issue facing people in their age group.

According to the poll, the most common responses to all three of these questions were unemployment, high cost of living, and poverty. Many of the bread-and-butter issues which dominate the top of these lists are common across the globe, and Fijians are not alone in facing these issues, the poll also outlined.

The recent Tebbutt-Times Poll has canvassed the issues on voters' minds in the lead-up to the election.