Voters say soaring food prices are the biggest concern

“While it’s things like mortgage rates, insurance, utility bills and fuel that usually grab the headlines, it’s actually food prices that worries voters the most in this poll,” Reed said.

“It’s something people often see through their weekly grocery shopping — the price of a salad or the rising value of potatoes — and it touches everyone.”

Eddie Alameddine at his Market Fresh fruit shop in Dulwich Hill.

Eddie Alameddine at his Market Fresh fruit shop in Dulwich Hill.Credit:Stefan Siewert

Xavier Martin, President of NSW Farmers, said rising food prices are a key election issue.

“This data confirms that the cost of living must be the top priority for all candidates, with people saying they will support whichever side can best address the issue,” Martin said.

“We remind policymakers that 8.2 million people in NSW – and many more abroad – need a strong and resilient agricultural sector to grow the healthy crops and animals they need for food and clothing.”

Martin said agricultural production must be a priority for the next state government.

Sydney mother Claire Shepherd said the rising cost of her family’s weekly grocery shopping has remained on their minds but she has yet to be won over by promises of change from one party.

“Fruit and vegetables were a bit unpredictable. And meat prices have shocked me lately,” she said after shopping at Aldi in Canterbury last week.

“I do not know [how much the cost of living will impact my vote]. I don’t think so at the moment, also because I’m a bit skeptical about all the parties anyway. ”

Eddie Alameddine, the owner of the Market Fresh fruit store in Dulwich Hill, said he’s noticed that customers have become more and more selective about their purchases.


“They’re like, ‘Oh my god, everything’s more expensive now!'” he said.

Alameddine used to sell packs of four smaller avocados for $4.99. Now its slightly larger varieties – the only ones in stock – are offered for the same price.

Resolve polled 554 voters between January 17 and 22.

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