Statements about the budget

May 20, 2014

Q.  Please indicate whether – in general – you agree with the following statements about the Federal budget that was handed down on Tuesday 13 May.

 

Total Agree

Total Disagree

Strongly agree

Agree

Neither agree nor disagree

Disagree

Strongly Disagree

Don’t know

Overall, the budget was fair and balanced

26%

50%

5%

21%

18%

25%

25%

5%

The cuts in the budget were necessary to ensure Australia’s future prosperity

41%

35%

13%

28%

18%

20%

15%

6%

This was the budget Australia needed

33%

45%

11%

22%

17%

22%

23%

5%

This budget only cares about the bottom line and not people

59%

20%

29%

30%

18%

15%

5%

4%

This budget hurts the most vulnerable in Australia

61%

17%

31%

30%

18%

12%

5%

4%

This budget does not look after the needs of business

18%

32%

4%

14%

37%

22%

10%

12%

I would have preferred for this budget to focus on improving services to Australians rather than curtailing the deficit

49%

21%

19%

30%

24%

16%

5%

5%

The highest levels of agreement with statements about the budget were for:

  • This budget hurts the most vulnerable in Australia (61% agree)
  • This budget only cares about the bottom line and not people (59% agree)
  • I would have preferred for this budget to focus on improving services to Australians rather than curtailing the deficit (49% agree)

Half of Australians disagree with the statement that ‘overall, the budget was fair and balanced’ (50%).

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