Budget Spending Priorities

Mar 26, 2019

Q. And do you think the Government should increase, decrease or keep spending the same for…?

  Increase spending Keep spending the same Decrease spending Don’t know
Healthcare 67% 24% 3% 6%
Education 59% 30% 5% 7%
Age pensions 59% 29% 5% 7%
More affordable housing 53% 33% 7% 7%
Public transport infrastructure 48% 39% 6% 7%
Renewable energy 48% 32% 12% 8%
Environmental protection 43% 39% 10% 8%
Anti-terrorism 42% 42% 8% 9%
Building highways and roads 40% 44% 8% 8%
Providing tax reductions for individuals 40% 40% 10% 9%
Assistance to the unemployed 35% 41% 15% 9%
Providing tax reductions for corporations 12% 32% 46% 10%
Foreign Aid 11% 31% 49% 9%
  • The most popular areas for the Government to increase spending are Healthcare (67%), Education (59%) and Aged Care (59%).
  • There is greatest support for a decrease in spending to tax cuts for corporations (46%) and foreign aid (49%).
INCREASE

SPENDING

Total Vote Labor Vote Liberal / National Vote Greens NET: Vote Other
Healthcare 67% 69% 66% 69% 72%
Education 59% 64% 56% 63% 55%
Age pensions 59% 60% 58% 52% 70%
More affordable housing 53% 56% 48% 57% 54%
Public transport infrastructure 48% 50% 50% 49% 46%
Renewable energy 48% 55% 39% 72% 41%
Environmental protection 43% 51% 32% 66% 39%
Anti-terrorism 42% 42% 49% 21% 46%
Building highways and roads 40% 37% 47% 28% 42%
Providing tax reductions for individuals 40% 40% 41% 35% 44%
Assistance to the unemployed 35% 44% 27% 36% 35%
Providing tax reductions for corporations 12% 11% 16% 9% 10%
Foreign Aid 11% 13% 10% 18% 7%
  • The top areas to increase spending for Coalition voters were healthcare (66%), Age pensions (58%) and Education (56%). Coalition voters were less likely than supporters of other parties to support increasing spending for renewable energy (39%), environmental protection (32%) and providing assistance to the unemployed (27%).