Polling commissioned by Unions NSW to mark the three-year anniversary of the State Liberal Government has uncovered deep community anxiety about health and education cuts, as well as privatisation.

UMR Research polled 1000 people across the State between February 7th and 17th, on behalf of Unions NSW. 

The study found: 

  • Privatisation was the top unprompted concern of voters, followed by funding cuts and changes to workers compensation;
  • Job creation was another key concern, with 56 per cent of respondents describing the Government’s performance either as poor or very poor;
  • A significant chunk (37 per cent) thought Barry O’Farrell was closer to the business community than working people (only six per cent thought he was closer to working people than the business community);
  • Even more thought Tony Abbott was closer to the business community (44 per cent);
  • 46 per cent said having the Liberals in power at both state and federal level concerned them, compared to 25 per cent who said they were comforted;
  • 66 per cent of respondents reported that they were either somewhat concerned or very concerned about state and federal Liberal government collaborating to attack pay and conditions.

” This research shows voters are anxious after three years of State Liberal cuts to jobs, rights and services. Those anxieties are compounded by having the Liberals in power at both the state and federal level,” Unions NSW Secretary, Mark Lennon said.

“This is a terrible scorecard after only three years in Government. It shows that the community has woken up to the fact that the Liberals are governing in the interest of the business community, rather than the broader public.”

“There is deep community concern about a joint attack on workplace rights from federal and state Liberal governments, all for the benefit of the business lobby.”

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