State of the economy

May 8, 2018

 Q. Overall, how would you describe the current state of the Australian economy?

 

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other   Dec 2016 May 2017 Nov 2017
Total Good 39% 36% 58% 29% 22%   23% 30% 33%
Total Poor 24% 28% 13% 25% 44%   36% 29% 24%
Very good 8% 6% 14% 3% 4% 2% 3% 3%
Good 31% 30% 44% 26% 18% 21% 27% 30%
Neither good nor poor 32% 35% 27% 37% 34% 37% 36% 38%
Poor 18% 21% 11% 21% 28% 28% 23% 17%
Very poor 6% 7% 2% 4% 16% 8% 6% 7%
Don’t know 5% 2% 25 8%   4% 5% 5%

Overall, 39% thought that the state of the economy was good (up 6% from November). 24% thought it was bad (no change).

58% of Liberal/National voters thought the state of the economy was good, compared to 36% of Labor voters, 29% of Greens voters and 22% of other/independent voters.

Trust most to handle the economy

Mar 24, 2015

Q. Who would you trust most to handle Australia’s economy – The Treasurer Joe Hockey or the Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen? 

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other/ Indep-endent

 

Aug 2014

Joe Hockey

26%

5%

62%

6%

14%

34%

Chris Bowen

25%

49%

6%

42%

10%

23%

Don’t know

49%

46%

31%

52%

76%

43%

26% have more trust in Joe Hockey to handle Australia’s economy and 25% have more trust in Chris Bowen. 49% don’t know who they would trust more.

This represents a 10-point shift in favour of Chris Bowen since this question was asked in August.

Managing the economy

Aug 26, 2014

Q. Which party – Labor or Liberal – do you think is best when it comes to:

 

Labor

Liberal

No Difference

Don’t Know

Difference (Labor v. Liberal)

 

Difference May 2014

Representing the interests of Australian working families

48%

17%

25%

11%

+31%

+27%

Representing the interests of you and people like you

35%

27%

27%

11%

+8%

+10%

Standing up for the middle class in Australia

30%

28%

27%

15%

+2%

+14%

Representing the interests of the large corporate and financial interests

9%

59%

19%

13%

-50%

-41%

Being more concerned about the interests of working families in Australia than the rich and large business and financial interests

47%

15%

24%

14%

+32%

+29%

Handling the economy overall

23%

37%

27%

14%

-14%

-14%

Handling the economy in a way that tries to take the interests of working families into consideration as much as it takes the interests of the large corporate and financial groups

34%

23%

27%

15%

+11%

+10%

Handling the economy in a way that best helps small business

24%

32%

27%

17%

-8%

-5%

Handling the economy in a way that best helps the middle class

25%

32%

28%

14%

-7%

+1%

Handling the economy in a way that helps you and people like you the most.

32%

27%

27%

14%

+5%

+8%

Labor was more likely to be selected as the party best at all of the items, except for ‘Representing the interests of the large corporate and financial interests’ (59% Liberal, 9% Labor), ‘Handling the economy overall’ (37% Liberal, 23% Labor), ‘Handling the economy in a way that best helps small business’ (32% Liberal, 24% Labor) and ‘Handling the economy in a way that best helps the middle class’ (32% Liberal, 25% Labor).

Since this question was asked in May, the main shifts have been for “Standing up for the middle class in Australia “ (Labor down 12%), “Handling the economy in a way that best helps the middle class” (Labor down 8%) and “Representing the interests of the large corporate and financial interests” (Liberals up 9%).

Trust most to handle the economy

Aug 5, 2014

Q. Who would you trust most to handle Australia’s economy – The Treasurer Joe Hockey or the Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other/ Indep-endent

Joe Hockey

34%

7%

73%

10%

19%

Chris Bowen

23%

44%

4%

43%

22%

Don’t know

43%

49%

23%

47%

59%

34% have more trust in Joe Hockey to handle Australia’s economy and 23% have more trust in Chris Bowen. 43% don’t know who they would trust more.