Opinion of Newstart

Jun 5, 2018

Q.The Newstart benefit for a single person with no children is about $270 per week. Do you think it is too high, too low or about right?

 
Total
 
Aged 18-34
Aged 35-54
Aged 55+
Vote Labor
Vote Lib/Nat
Vote Greens
Vote other
Inc. less than $600 pw
Inc. $600
-$1,000 pw
Inc. $1,000
-$1,500 pw
Inc. $1,500
-$2,000pw
Inc. more than $2,000 pw
Too high 9% 14% 8% 6% 6% 12% 4% 12% 4% 4% 10% 11% 15%
Too low 50% 45% 50% 56% 63% 36% 59% 50% 58% 66% 50% 50% 39%
About right 26% 30% 24% 24% 22% 35% 28% 24% 26% 17% 27% 26% 34%
Don’t know 15% 11% 18% 14% 9% 17% 9% 14% 11% 13% 14% 13% 13%

50% think that the Newstart benefit is too low, 26% think it is about right and 9% think it is too high.

Those most likely to think it is too low were Labor voters (63%), Greens voters (59%) and incomes under $1,000 pw (62%).

Those most likely to think it is too high or about right were Liberal National voters (47%), aged 18-34 (44%) and incomes over $2,000 pw (49%).