Federal budget priorities

May 8, 2018

Q. The Federal Budget will be announced on Tuesday 8th 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   Increase spending May 2017 Change since May 2017
Health care 67% 25% 3% 5% 62% +5
Age pensions 56% 31% 5% 8% 48% +8
Education 55% 33% 6% 6% 54% +1
More affordable housing 52% 36% 6% 6% 44% +8
Assistance to the needy in Australia 46% 41% 7% 7% 38% +8
Protecting Australian jobs 44% 43% 6% 7% 44%
Renewable energy 43% 39% 12% 6% 41% +2
Public transport infrastructure 41% 44% 8% 7% 47% -6
Building highways, roads 37% 48% 9% 6% 38% +1
Scientific research 36% 48% 9% 7% 37% -1
Environmental protection 35% 44% 15% 6% 30% +5
Assistance to the unemployed 33% 44% 17% 6% 22% +11
Anti-terrorism 31% 51% 11% 7% 32% -1
Military/defence 20% 50% 23% 7% 20%
Assistance to businesses 13% 47% 33% 7% 10% +3
Assistance to the needy in the rest of the world 12% 33% 48% 7% 11% +1

 

The areas with majority support for increasing spending were health care (67% support), age pensions (56%), education (55%) and affordable housing (52%).

Since this time last year, the main changes have been increased support for spending on assistance to the unemployed (up 11%), age pensions (up 8%), more affordable housing (up 8%) and assistance to the needy in Australia (up 8%).

The areas with the highest support for decreasing spending were assistance to the needy in the rest of the world (48% support), assistance to businesses (33%) and military/defence (23%).