Taking the Pulse of the Nation

Informing Australian economic & social policy. A Melbourne Institute & Roy Morgan partnership

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Taking the Pulse of the Nation (TTPN) surveys the Australian population to capture their sentiments and behaviours related to current economic and social issues

Since 2020, the Taking the Pulse of the Nation (TTPN) survey has collected compelling information on the changing behaviours and attitudes of Australians. Together, Melbourne Institute and Roy Morgan understand the value in capturing the voices of Australians on the issues that matter right now. We use this information to create expert analyses to directly inform social and economic policies for our Nation.

This survey data is available to the public upon request. Please contact us for more information and access.

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Pandemic times not all bad for household relationships

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed people’s lives and relationships in unprecedented ways. Though it is widely recognised that one major impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has been a reduction in the way Australians socialise, it seems for some groups the pandemic may have improved their wellbeing and brought households closer. Surprisingly, the experience of prolonged hardship experienced by young adults and families over the past few years, in particular, has not consistently adversely affected their overall life satisfaction and quality of household relationships.

Read 11 August report

Australians demand more action on climate change from the government

Climate change and environmental degradation are urgent challenges facing the planet. Many countries, including Australia, have experienced severe hurricanes, storms, heatwaves, and bushfires, as well as slow onset impacts such as sea level rising, soil degradation and coral bleaching.

Most Australians believe there have been insufficient efforts from previous governments to address climate change. As the climate crisis becomes more serious, most Australians are committed to cutting their own energy use in an effort to address the issue.

Read 21 July report

Workers and employers disagree on working from home, especially female workers

As Australia emerges from pandemic restrictions, workers and employers are negotiating the balance of work from home and work from the office. Workers have become accustomed to the flexibility of working from home, but employers may want more time in the office than workers want to give. This disagreement over hours in the office and at home has remained stable over the past year and is more pronounced for women.

Read 11 July report

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