Level of Cuts

Jun 3, 2014

Q. Do you think the Federal Budget has cut Government spending by too much, not enough or about the right amount?

Total

 

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

 

19 May

Cut spending too much

48%

72%

18%

66%

56%

41%

Not cut spending enough

11%

6%

21%

3%

12%

15%

Cut spending about right amount

21%

4%

49%

11%

11%

26%

Don’t know

19%

17%

12%

20%

21%

18%

48% think the Federal Budget has cut Government spending by too much, 21% think it has cut the right amount and 11% think it has not cut spending enough. Over the last two weeks (since this question was asked immediately after the budget) the proportion thinking the budget has cut too much has increased 7% and decreased for both cut the right amount (down 5%) and not cut enough (down 4%).

72% of Labor voters (up 3%), 66% of Greens voters (up 11%) and 56% of others (up 8%) think that the Federal Budget had cut spending by too much. 49% of Liberal-National voters (down 6%) think that spending had been cut by the right amount.

Opposition vote on specific budget issues

Jun 3, 2014

Q. Do you think the Labor Opposition should vote for or against the following budget decisions?

Vote for

Vote against

Don’t know

A 2% deficit levy on earnings over $180,000

73%

13%

14%

Foreign aid frozen at current levels for two years, helping save $7.6 billion over five years

65%

22%

12%

University graduates to repay HELP debt once they earn $50,638 (reduced from $53,345)

64%

25%

11%

A six-month waiting period for those under-30 before they can access the dole (Newstart)

47%

41%

12%

Cut 16,500 full-time jobs from the public service in the next 3 years

36%

49%

15%

A $120M cut to the ABC’s budget

32%

47%

21%

$7 Medicare co-payment for all visits to the GP, with this money to be used to fund a Medical Research Future Fund.

32%

61%

8%

Cut public funding for university courses by 20%

28%

57%

16%

Eligibility for the age pension to rise to 70 by 2035

27%

62%

10%

Deregulation of university fees (meaning universities can set their own tuition fees)

23%

63%

15%

A majority think that Labor should vote for the 2% deficit levy (73%), freezing foreign aid (65%) and reducing the income level at which students repay debt (64%).

A majority think that Labor should vote against deregulation of university fees (63%), raising the pension age (62%), the $7 Medicare copayment (61%) and cutting university funding (57%).

They were more divided over the other issues, but tended to support the six-month waiting period for under 30’s to access the dole (47% for/41% against) and tended to oppose cutting the public service (36%/49%) and cutting funds to the ABC (32%/47%).

Blocking the budget

Jun 3, 2014

Q. Would you support or oppose the Labor Opposition blocking the budget and forcing a new election?

Total

 

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Total support

47%

84%

9%

64%

45%

Total oppose

40%

8%

82%

19%

41%

Strongly support

27%

52%

4%

34%

25%

Support

20%

32%

5%

30%

20%

Oppose

18%

7%

27%

14%

28%

Strongly oppose

22%

1%

55%

5%

13%

Don’t know

14%

8%

10%

17%

13%

47% said they would support the Labor Opposition blocking the budget and forcing a new election and 40% said they were opposed.

A substantial majority of Labor voters (84%) and Greens voters (64%) supported forcing a new election.

Decisions made in the Budget

May 20, 2014

Decisions made in the Budget (1)

Q. Do you support or oppose the following decisions that were made in the latest Federal Budget, announced on Tuesday 13th May:

 

Total Support

Total Oppose

Strongly support

Support

Neither support nor oppose

Oppose

Strongly oppose

Don’t know

Deregulation of university fees (meaning universities can set their own tuition fees)

17%

58%

5%

12%

21%

24%

34%

4%

Commonwealth funding extended to students at TAFEs, private colleges and sub-bachelor degrees at a cost of $820 million over three years

43%

20%

9%

34%

30%

10%

10%

7%

$7 Medicare co-payment for all visits to the GP, with this money to be used to fund a Medical Research Future Fund.

29%

50%

7%

22%

18%

18%

32%

2%

General patients to pay $5 more and concessional patients 80¢ more for prescription drugs.

23%

58%

5%

18%

18%

26%

32%

2%

Eligibility for the age pension to rise to 70 by 2035

17%

61%

4%

13%

20%

22%

39%

3%

A six-month waiting period for those under-30 before they can access the dole (Newstart)

39%

41%

16%

23%

17%

19%

22%

3%

Tightening eligibility criteria for disability support pensioners for those under 35

42%

33%

12%

30%

21%

16%

17%

4%

University graduates to repay HELP debt once they earn $50,638 (reduced from $53,345)

53%

23%

16%

37%

22%

12%

11%

3%

Cut 16,500 full-time jobs from the public service in the next 3 years

31%

43%

10%

21%

22%

20%

23%

4%

Privatise the Royal Australian Mint

18%

42%

4%

14%

31%

18%

24%

10%

Make those under 25 apply for Youth Allowance, instead of Newstart (Youth Allowance is around $100 less per fortnight

44%

32%

13%

31%

21%

16%

16%

3%

 

Decisions made in the Budget (1) (by voting intention)

Q. Do you support or oppose the following decisions that were made in the latest Federal Budget, announced on Tuesday 13th May:

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Green

 

Total Support

Total Oppose

Total Support

Total Oppose

Total Support

Total Oppose

Deregulation of university fees (meaning universities can set their own tuition fees)

8%

81%

28%

35%

14%

69%

Commonwealth funding extended to students at TAFEs, private colleges and sub-bachelor degrees at a cost of $820 million over three years

37%

27%

54%

13%

49%

8%

$7 Medicare co-payment for all visits to the GP, with this money to be used to fund a Medical Research Future Fund.

10%

74%

56%

21%

18%

67%

General patients to pay $5 more and concessional patients 80¢ more for prescription drugs.

10%

77%

42%

28%

13%

69%

Eligibility for the age pension to rise to 70 by 2035

7%

80%

31%

37%

13%

62%

A six-month waiting period for those under-30 before they can access the dole (Newstart)

24%

60%

65%

15%

17%

64%

Tightening eligibility criteria for disability support pensioners for those under 35

32%

49%

62%

15%

26%

46%

University graduates to repay HELP debt once they earn $50,638 (reduced from $53,345)

39%

36%

74%

8%

40%

33%

Cut 16,500 full-time jobs from the public service in the next 3 years

15%

64%

57%

16%

18%

59%

Privatise the Royal Australian Mint

12%

55%

26%

26%

14%

53%

Make those under 25 apply for Youth Allowance, instead of Newstart (Youth Allowance is around $100 less per fortnight

25%

52%

72%

8%

28%

47%

Decisions made in the Budget (2)

Q. Do you support or oppose the following decisions that were made in the latest Federal Budget, announced on Tuesday 13th May:

 

Total Support

Total Oppose

Strongly support

Support

Neither support nor oppose

Oppose

Strongly oppose

Don’t know

Spend $525 on a “green army”

18%

24%

3%

15%

37%

13%

11%

21%

Invest $2.1 million in solar projects in local communities

59%

11%

15%

44%

25%

7%

4%

6%

$100 million for mobile blackspot and wireless coverage in regional areas

60%

11%

15%

45%

26%

7%

4%

4%

A $120M cut to the ABC’s budget

27%

41%

10%

17%

26%

20%

21%

7%

Asylum seekers who have arrived by boat will lose the right to have their case independently reviewed or to have family reunions

48%

27%

25%

23%

19%

14%

13%

5%

Foreign aid frozen at current levels for two years, helping save $7.6 billion over five years

64%

13%

28%

36%

18%

6%

7%

5%

International commitment to spend 0.5 per cent of gross national income on foreign aid abandoned

44%

20%

15%

29%

27%

10%

10%

8%

$3.9bn over five years for major roads in Melbourne, Perth, Toowoomba, Adelaide and the Northern Territory

55%

15%

13%

42%

26%

9%

6%

5%

The HELP debt interest rate changed from CPI to the long term bond rate (an increase of around 1%)

24%

31%

7%

17%

35%

17%

14%

12%

Cut public funding for university courses by 20%

18%

49%

5%

13%

29%

25%

24%

4%

 

Decisions made in the Budget (2) (by voting intention)

Q. Do you support or oppose the following decisions that were made in the latest Federal Budget, announced on Tuesday 13th May:

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Green

 

Total Support

Total Oppose

Total Support

Total Oppose

Total Support

Total Oppose

Spend $525 on a “green army”

13%

32%

26%

18%

20%

12%

Invest $2.1 million in solar projects in local communities

59%

11%

61%

11%

77%

3%

$100 million for mobile blackspot and wireless coverage in regional areas

56%

14%

72%

6%

54%

8%

A $120M cut to the ABC’s budget

14%

56%

48%

21%

9%

72%

Asylum seekers who have arrived by boat will lose the right to have their case independently reviewed or to have family reunions

36%

39%

71%

9%

22%

54%

Foreign aid frozen at current levels for two years, helping save $7.6 billion over five years

52%

22%

83%

3%

51%

33%

International commitment to spend 0.5 per cent of gross national income on foreign aid abandoned

32%

29%

64%

8%

23%

49%

$3.9bn over five years for major roads in Melbourne, Perth, Toowoomba, Adelaide and the Northern Territory

49%

19%

70%

7%

42%

27%

The HELP debt interest rate changed from CPI to the long term bond rate (an increase of around 1%)

13%

44%

40%

14%

17%

51%

Cut public funding for university courses by 20%

8%

66%

32%

28%

12%

71%

Decisions in the Budget: Comments

The highest levels of opposition were registered for:

  • Eligibility for the age pension to rise to 70 by 2035 (61% oppose, 17% support)
  • Deregulation of university fees (meaning universities can set their own tuition fees) (58% oppose, 17% support)
  • General patients to pay $5 more and concessional patients 80¢ more for prescription drugs (58% oppose, 23% support)
  • $7 Medicare co-payment for all visits to the GP, with this money to be used to fund a Medical Research Future Fund (50% oppose, 29% support)

The items that more than 50% of Australians supported were:

  • University graduates to repay HELP debt once they earn $50,638 (reduced from $53,345) (53% support, 23% oppose)
  • $3.9bn over five years for major roads in Melbourne, Perth, Toowoomba, Adelaide and the Northern Territory (55% support, 15% oppose)
  • Invest $2.1 million in solar projects in local communities (59% support, 11% oppose)
  • $100 million for mobile blackspot and wireless coverage in regional areas (60% support, 11% oppose)
  • Foreign aid frozen at current levels for two years, helping save $7.6 billion over five years (64% support, 13% oppose)

The tables included demonstrate the various differences by voting intention.


Level of Cuts

May 20, 2014

Q. Do you think the Federal Budget has cut Government spending by too much, not enough or about the right amount ?

 

Total

 

 

Male

Female

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Cut spending too much

41%

42%

40%

69%

11%

55%

48%

Not cut spending enough

15%

19%

11%

9%

22%

14%

14%

Cut spending about right amount

26%

27%

25%

7%

55%

14%

19%

Don’t know

18%

12%

24%

15%

12%

17%

19%

The largest proportion of Australian’s believes that the Federal Budget has cut Government spending by too much (41%).

26% believe that the Federal Budget has cut spending by the right amount, and 15% believe that they have not cut spending by enough.

There were no significant differences between the genders.

Labor (69%), Green (55) and other (48%) voters were more likely to think that the Federal Budget had cut spending by too much. Lib/Nat voters 955%) were more likely to think that spending had been cut by the right amount.