Federal Budget

May 20, 2014

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Good

Total Bad

Very good

Good

Neither good nor bad

Bad

Very bad

Don’t know

You personally

13%

52%

3%

10%

31%

29%

23%

4%

Average working people

14%

59%

2%

12%

24%

34%

25%

3%

Australian business

36%

23%

7%

29%

32%

14%

9%

8%

The economy over all

40%

32%

11%

29%

23%

18%

14%

6%

People who are well off

45%

16%

16%

29%

33%

11%

5%

6%

People on lower incomes

11%

66%

3%

8%

18%

27%

39%

4%

Australian families

11%

62%

3%

8%

24%

32%

30%

4%

Older Australians

10%

66%

2%

8%

19%

28%

38%

4%

Younger Australians

16%

55%

5%

11%

25%

22%

33%

5%

More Australians thought that the budget would be bad for each of the group than thought it would be good.

The only exceptions were ‘people who are well off’ (45% good, 16% bad) and ‘Australian business’ (36% thought the budget would be good, 23% bad).

The areas with the highest ‘bad’ rating were ‘older Australians’ (66%), ‘people on lower incomes’ (66%), ‘Australian families’ (62%) and ‘average working people’ (59%).

Download the Essential Report for a voting intention breakdown of this question.

Reasons Economy is Poor

May 28, 2012

Q. What is the main reason you don’t think the state of the economy is good? *

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Increasing cost of living

34%

34%

32%

40%

Poor economic management by Government

27%

8%

36%

7%

Businesses are struggling

13%

14%

12%

19%

Increasing gap between rich and poor

9%

22%

6%

15%

Global financial problems

7%

11%

5%

11%

Incomes aren’t increasing fast enough to keep up

7%

11%

7%

Other reason

2%

1%

8%

Don’t know

1%

1%

* Based on those who disagree that economy is good.

Those who disagreed that the economy was good said the main reasons were the increasing cost of living (34%) and poor economic management by Government (27%).

36% of respondents aged 55+ blamed poor economic management by Government while the increasing cost of living was the major factor for 43% of respondents aged 25-44.

There were no significant differences across income groups in relation to the increasing cost of living.

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