Speaking in the NSW Parliament House at a briefing at 10 AM on Tuesday 8 November, Roy Morgan Research CEO Michelle Levine revealed that for the first time in five years, government ranked ahead of the economy in what Australians see as the most important issue facing the country.

Driving this rise is an increase in Australians saying the Government, Political system and Political leadership is the most important problem facing Australia,” she said.

The rise in concern about Refugees and Asylum problems is also behind the increase, but concern about the carbon tax has fallen.

…constitutional monarchists happy…

Constitutional monarchists will be happy. Changing to a republic is clearly not an issue of any importance. And if a referendum were held now, Australia would remain a Constitutional Monarchy – and by a clear margin.

In a wide ranging qualitative and quantitative survey, respondents ranked such matters as the mining tax, homelessness, infrastructure, industrial relations, race, food security, crime, corporate greed, and petroleum prices.

As to the world, 45% of Australians believe the most important issue is the economy; well ahead of environmental issues and terrorism/war.

The report on the State of the Nation is being released on Monday evening 7 November, subject to the usual embargo and with contact details, by Roy Morgan Research