Important issues

Dec 9, 2014

Q. Which of the following issues are the most important for the Federal Government to address over the next 12 months?

 

Total

 

Most import-ant

2nd most import-ant

3rd most import-ant

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote Other

Improving our health system

47%

14%

18%

15%

53%

46%

34%

44%

Reducing unemployment

37%

12%

13%

12%

38%

33%

30%

43%

Reducing the budget deficit

32%

16%

8%

8%

15%

60%

14%

20%

Tax avoidance by big companies

27%

9%

9%

9%

29%

27%

30%

31%

Protecting workers wages and conditions

24%

8%

7%

9%

34%

16%

10%

30%

National security and terrorism

23%

8%

7%

8%

16%

35%

6%

32%

More funds for education

23%

6%

8%

9%

26%

14%

30%

26%

Housing affordability

22%

7%

8%

7%

27%

15%

15%

27%

Addressing climate change

20%

9%

7%

4%

25%

8%

60%

11%

Investing in public transport

14%

3%

5%

6%

14%

11%

17%

12%

Protecting the environment

13%

3%

5%

5%

15%

5%

45%

11%

Investing in roads

10%

3%

2%

5%

6%

15%

4%

12%

Free trade agreements

6%

1%

3%

2%

2%

12%

5%

3%

The most important issues for the Federal Government to address over the next 12 months were improving our health system (47%), reducing unemployment (37%), reducing the budget deficit (32%) and tax avoidance by big companies (27%).

For Labor voters the most important issues were improving our health system (53%), reducing unemployment (38%) and protecting workers wages and conditions (34%). For Liberal/National voters the most important issues were reducing the budget deficit (60%), improving our health system (46%) and national security and terrorism (35%).

Reason for Budget Deficit

Apr 10, 2012

Q. The Federal Government is currently running a budget deficit, but intends to return to surplus with the budget for 2012-13 to be announced next month. Which of the following do you think has been most responsible for the deficit over the last few years?

 

Total 11/4/11

Total 10/4/12

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Poor economic management by the Government

23%

28%

7%

48%

7%

Big companies not paying their fair share of taxes

17%

16%

28%

5%

28%

Lower tax revenues because of the Global Financial Crisis

13%

16%

27%

10%

22%

Spending on big projects like the National Broadband Network

14%

15%

14%

17%

10%

The cost of the Government’s GFC stimulus packages

19%

12%

11%

13%

15%

Don’t know

15%

14%

13%

8%

18%

Overall, respondents believe the main reasons for the budget deficit are poor economic management by the Government (28%), big companies not paying their fair share of taxes (16%) and lower tax revenues because of the Global Financial Crisis (16%).

Since this question was asked 12 months ago, those blaming the Government for poor economic management has increased from 23% to 28% and those blaming the cost of the Government’s GFC stimulus packages has declined from 19% to 12%.

Labor voters were most likely to blame big companies not paying their fair share of taxes (28%) and lower tax revenues because of the GFC (27%) while Liberal/National voters blame poor economic management by the Government (48%). Greens voters tended to blame big companies not paying their fair share of taxes (28%).

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Reason for Budget Deficit

Apr 11, 2011

Q. The Federal Government is currently running a budget deficit, but intends to return to surplus in 2012-13. Which of the following do you think is most responsible for the deficit?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Poor economic management by the Government 23% 5% 43% 8%
The cost of the Government’s GFC stimulus packages 19% 19% 20% 21%
Big companies not paying their fair share of taxes 17% 29% 6% 30%
Spending on big projects like the National Broadband Network 14% 8% 18% 10%
Lower tax revenues because of the Global Financial Crisis 13% 25% 4% 19%
Don’t know 15% 14% 9% 11%

Overall, respondents believe the main reasons for the budget deficit are poor economic management by the Government (23%), the cost of the Government’s GFC stimulus (19%) and big companies not paying their fair share of taxes (17%).

Labor voters were most likely to blame big companies not paying their fair share of taxes (29%) and lower tax revenues because of the GFC (25%) while Liberal/National voters blame poor economic management by the Government (43%). Greens voters tended to blame big companies not paying their fair share of taxes (30%).

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