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Economy No.4

Nasik Swami And Dawn Gibson
Saturday, June 21, 2014

FIJI's economy is the fourth biggest issue on the minds of voters for the September general election, according to the Tebbutt-Times Poll.

Of the 1036 people surveyed in peri-urban and urban areas of Viti Levu, 29 per cent say the state of the economy is one of the eight concerns behind poverty (32 per cent), cost of living (42 per cent) and unemployment (55 per cent).

One-third of the men and a quarter of the women surveyed said the economy was an important part of the election.

And at least one in four people across all demographic groups raised this topic, the survey revealed.

The poll suggested that most of the people who raised the issue of Fiji's economic situation were from the Western Division (36 per cent) and were male (33 per cent).

From the Central Division, 26 per cent of respondents raised the issue when asked about what they thought the most important issues to be addressed during election were.

A further breakdown of the results shows that majority of the economic issues were raised by people between 33 years and 44 years of age (33 per cent).

Additionally, the poll outlined 29 per cent of youths (those between 18 and 24 years) raised the issue of the economy.

This was more than those 45 years and above (28 per cent) and also higher than those between 25 years and 34 years (28 per cent also).

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