Expectations for 2017

Dec 20, 2016

Q. Thinking about the next 12 months, do you think 2017 will be a good or bad year for each of the following?

  Total good Total bad NET   Very good Good Neither good nor bad Bad Very bad Don’t know   2013 NET 2014 NET 2015 NET
The Australian economy 20% 37% -17   2% 18% 33% 29% 8% 10%   -10 -10 +2
Australian politics in general 13% 50% -37   1% 12% 27% 35% 15% 10%   -24 -29 -5
Large companies and corporations 28% 20% +8   4% 24% 38% 15% 5% 14%   +13 +14
Small business 21% 31% -10   2% 19% 35% 25% 6% 13%   -24 -17 +3
Trade unions 14% 28% -14   2% 12% 38% 20% 8% 19%   -26 -16 -16
The average Australian 19% 31% -12   2% 17% 40% 24% 7% 9%   -9 -17 -2
Your personal financial situation 31% 25% +6   4% 27% 36% 18% 7% 8%   +6 +12
Your workplace (workers) 39% 19% +20   6% 33% 33% 13% 6% 9%   +15 +21
You and your family overall 39% 18% +21   6% 33% 35% 13% 5% 8%   +25 +10 +28
The planet 14% 41% -27%   2% 12% 35% 27% 14% 10%  

Overall, there was a positive outlook for large companies and corporations (net +8), your personal financial situation (+6), your workplace (+20), and you and your family overall (+21). Expectations were especially negative for Australian politics in general (-37) and the planet (-27).

Compared to last year, respondents were more pessimistic about all items measured except for trade unions (up 2) and particularly more pessimistic for Australian politics in general (down 32), small business (down 13) and the average Australian (down 10).

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