Taking the Pulse of the Nation Tracker

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Taking the Pulse of the Nation (TTPN) surveys Australians to capture real-time information about their financial position, mental stress, their voting intentions and attitudes towards government policy

Our unique tracker delivers real-time insights into how Australians are tracking during and out of the pandemic. The following graphs use the Taking the Pulse of the Nation survey data to track the social and economic trends of Australians since the survey first began in 2020.

Recent insights include:

  • On an average, only 3 in 10 people are satisfied with government policies: In April 2023, only 25% of young adults aged between 18-44 years and only 43% of adults aged above 65 are satisfied with government policies. The share of people satisfied with government policy has not changed compared to last month for most demographic groups, including by age, gender, employment and education.
  • Financial and mental stress remains high among young adults: 31% of adults aged between 18-44 are financially stressed, and 24% of them reported mental stress in April 2023. Women continue to be more financially and mentally stressed than men.

The data in this tracker was last updated on 11 May 2023. The next update will be on 16 June 2023.

This survey data is available subject to relevant fees and conditions. Please contact us for more information and access.


A series of research publications have been produced using the TTPN data, all of which are available for download. Please subscribe for updates when a new publication is released.

TTPN reports and insights

Beginning in April 2020, the Taking the Pulse of the Nation (TTPN) was conceptualised and implemented by a group of researchers at the Melbourne Institute: Applied Economic & Social Research. Each wave includes a set of core questions, as well as additional questions that address current and emerging issues facing Australians. The TTPN sample is stratified to reflect the Australian adult population in terms of age, gender, and location. In 2022, the Melbourne Institute and Roy Morgan formed a partnership to extend the running of the TTPN. The TTPN Survey uses a repeated cross-sectional design. If you are interested in adding questions to the survey or accessing the data, please contact us at: melb-inst@unimelb.edu.au.

© The University of Melbourne & Roy Morgan – Melbourne Institute: Applied Economic & Social Research, 2022. This work is copyright. The material may be reproduced and distributed for non-commercial purposes only, subject to the inclusion of an acknowledgement of the source(s).