Impact of Budget on employment

Aug 19, 2014

Q. Do you think the Government’s budget will be good or bad for employment in Australia? 

 

Total

 

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Total good

21%

8%

46%

3%

11%

Total bad

49%

76%

15%

74%

67%

Very good

4%

4%

8%

1%

Good

17%

4%

38%

3%

10%

Neither good nor bad

21%

13%

31%

12%

16%

Bad

24%

30%

13%

37%

31%

Very bad

25%

46%

2%

37%

36%

Don’t know

9%

4%

8%

11%

5%

49% think that the Government’s budget will be bad for employment in Australia and 21% think it will be good for employment.

Among those earning less than $600pw, 17% think it will be good and 60% think it will be bad.

Refusal of budget

Aug 19, 2014

Q. If the Senate refuses to pass major parts of the Government’s budget (e.g. $7 Medicare co-payment, deregulating university fees) which of the following actions do you think the Government should take?

 

Total

 

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Introduce a new budget

38%

22%

60%

32%

30%

Call an election

43%

67%

19%

52%

55%

Don’t know

19%

11%

20%

16%

16%

If the Senate refuses to pass major parts of the Government’s budget, 43% think the Government should call an election and 38% think they should introduce a new budget.

Liberal/National voters favour introducing a new budget (60%) while 67% of Labor voters think the Government should call an election. A majority of Greens (52%) and other voters (55%) also favour an election.

Election promises

Jun 24, 2014

Q. The Prime Minister, Tony Abbott has said that no election promises were broken in the recent Federal budget. Do you agree or disagree? 

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Total agree

19%

7%

41%

4%

9%

Total disagree

72%

92%

49%

86%

86%

Strongly agree

5%

5%

8%

1%

4%

Agree

14%

2%

33%

3%

5%

Disagree

26%

11%

40%

19%

27%

Strongly disagree

46%

81%

9%

67%

59%

Don’t know

8%

1%

10%

10%

4%

19% agree with Tony Abbott’s claim that no election promises were broken in the recent Federal budget and 72% disagree.

Even Liberal/National voters were more likely to disagree – 41% agree, 49% disagree.

Federal budget: comparison to pre-budget expectations

May 20, 2014

Q. In general, do you think the next Federal Budget, to be announced on Tuesday 13th May 2014 will be good or bad for?

Pre-Budget

Post-Budget

 

Total Good

Total Bad

Total Good

Total Bad

You personally

8%

55%

13%

52%

Average working people

9%

63%

14%

59%

Australian business

25%

33%

36%

23%

The economy over all

28%

36%

40%

32%

People who are well off

40%

23%

45%

16%

People on lower incomes

12%

60%

11%

66%

Australian families

11%

59%

11%

62%

Older Australians

8%

67%

10%

66%

Younger Australians

11%

49%

16%

55%

Perceptions of the how the budget will impact on each of these groups have not shifted dramatically from when the question was last asked prior to the budget.

The key areas of difference are listed below:

  • Compared to prior to the budget, less people now think this that the budget will be bad for Australian business (33% before, 23% after).
  • More people now believe that the budget will be bad for people on lower incomes (60% before, 66% after) and ‘younger Australians’ (49% before, 55% after).