Foreign Aid Spending

Jul 11, 2011

Q. And do you think Australia spends too much or too little on foreign aid?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Spend 1% or less Spend about 2% Spend 5% or more Don’t know spend
Spends too much 42% 34% 52% 25% 25% 28% 66% 40%
Spends too little 16% 20% 11% 37% 36% 25% 7% 9%
Spends about the right amount 21% 27% 21% 21% 30% 39% 19% 13%
Don’t know 21% 20% 15% 16% 9% 8% 8% 39%

42% think Australia spends too much on foreign aid, 21% about the right amount and 16% too little. Opinions are strongly related to perceptions of how much is spent. Those who think Australia spends a higher % of the budget are much more likely to think the spend is too much.

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