Foreign aid budget

Jun 2, 2015

Q. As far as you know, about how much of the Federal budget is spent on foreign aid?

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote Other

Jul 2011

Less than 1%

13%

14%

10%

31%

17%

7%

About 1%

11%

12%

12%

12%

8%

8%

About 2%

14%

14%

18%

8%

9%

17%

About 5%

10%

10%

11%

11%

14%

11%

More than 5%

9%

11%

8%

7%

16%

16%

Don’t know

43%

39%

41%

32%

35%

41%

19% (down 8% since July 2011) think Australia spends 5% or more of the Federal Budget on foreign aid – 24% (up 9%) think it is 1% or less. 43% could not give an estimate.

The majority of respondents who gave an answer over-estimated how much Australia spends on foreign aid – the actual figure for the 2014-15 budget was less than 1%.

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