Agreement with Budget Statements

Apr 9, 2019

Q. Do you agree or disagree with the following statements about the Budget?

  NET: Strongly / Somewhat agree NET: Strongly / Somewhat disagree Strongly agree Somewhat agree Somewhat disagree Strongly disagree Unsure
The Government only made its spending pledges because they are in danger of losing the election 57% 36% 28% 29% 23% 13% 7%
This Budget is more about improving the Government’s popularity than improving the economy 54% 38% 25% 29% 24% 14% 8%
Providing adequate funding disability services is more important than returning the Budget to surplus 53% 42% 23% 30% 29% 13% 5%
This Budget will benefit the wealthy more than ordinary Australians 47% 46% 23% 24% 30% 16% 7%
Overall, the Budget is fair and balanced 32% 55% 7% 24% 35% 20% 14%
  • Over half of voters agreed that the spending pledges made by the Government were only made due to insecurities of them winning the next election (57% agreement). Furthermore 54% agreed that the measures announced in the Budget were more about popularity than improving the economy.
  • Less than a third of voters felt the Budget was fair and balanced (32%), with just under half (47%) thinking it will benefit the wealthy more than ordinary Australians.
NET: Agree Total Vote Labor Vote Liberal / National Vote Greens NET: Vote Other
The Government only made its spending pledges because they are in danger of losing the election 57% 77% 39% 65% 61%
This Budget is more about improving the Government’s popularity than improving the economy 54% 75% 32% 71% 58%
Providing adequate funding disability services is more important than returning the Budget to surplus 53% 68% 40% 58% 51%
This Budget will benefit the wealthy more than ordinary Australians 47% 67% 26% 62% 52%
Overall, the Budget is fair and balanced 32% 18% 57% 14% 24%
  • The majority of Coalition voters believe the Budget is fair and balanced (57%) compared to just 18% of Labor voters, 14% of Greens voters and 24% of those intending to vote for an independent candidate or other minor party.