NSW residents worried about housing

Adam Smith 28 December 2016 NEWS

mortgage stressHousing has been ranked as one of the most important challenges facing New South Wales.

An Ipsos poll has found the cost of housing ranked second only behind healthcare in a survey asking respondents to select the three most important challenges facing New South Wales, the Sydney Morning Herald has reported. Forty-one per cent of respondents rated housing as one of the most important concerns facing the state, up from 29% in 2013.

"In the second quarter of 2015 we saw a dramatic increase in the proportion of NSW residents who nominated housing as one of the top issues facing NSW," Ipsos analyst David Elliot said.

Elliot said concern about housing had continued to grow over the year, “with the third quarter seeing an all-time high of 41% now nominating housing as an issue”.

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Housing also ranked as one of the top concerns amongst Victorians, with 26% of respondents tipping it as one of the primary challenges facing the state.

The top five issues nationally were healthcare, the economy, crime, the cost of living and unemployment, the SMH said.

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