Budget Surplus

May 9, 2017

Q. How important is it that the Government returns the budget to surplus? 

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other
Total important 71%   63% 87% 49% 78%
Total not important 19%   28% 9% 43% 13%
Very important 31%   21% 47% 8% 38%
Somewhat important 40%   42% 40% 41% 40%
Not very important 15%   23% 7% 33% 11%
Not at all important 4%   5% 2% 10% 2%
Don’t know 10%   9% 4% 8% 9%

71% thought that returning the budget to surplus was important. Those most likely to think this were Liberal/National voters (87% important), those earning over $104,000 (78%) and those working full time (76%).

19% thought that returning the budget to surplus was not important. Those most likely to think this were Greens voters (43% not important) and ALP voters (28%).

Budget Surplus or Spending

May 9, 2017

Q. Do you think it is more important for the Government to return the budget to surplus as soon as possible – which may mean cutting services and raising taxes – OR should they delay the return to surplus and maintain services and invest in infrastructure? 

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other
Return to surplus as soon as possible, cut services, raise taxes 18%   12% 28% 7% 16%
Delay return to surplus, maintain services, invest in infrastructure 65%   75% 59% 81% 67%
Don’t know 18%   13% 12% 12% 17%

65% thought it was more important to delay a return to surplus, maintain services and invest in infrastructure. Those most likely to think this were Greens voters (81%) and ALP voters (75%).

18% it was more important to return to surplus as soon as possible. Those most likely to sat think were Liberal/National voters (28%), those aged 65+ (22%) and those earning over $104,000 (22%).

Economic issue of most concern

Feb 11, 2014

Q. Which of the following economic issues are you personally most concerned about?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other/

indep-endent

 

2 Sep 13

19 Nov

Unemployment

25%

28%

23%

22%

18%

23%

24%

Wealth disparity

21%

29%

11%

42%

27%

19%

16%

Inflation

15%

17%

15%

4%

17%

13%

16%

Tax levels

13%

11%

16%

19%

15%

13%

Interest rates

12%

10%

17%

8%

13%

9%

16%

Budget surplus

5%

1%

10%

8%

3%

11%

4%

None of them

4%

3%

4%

14%

3%

7%

6%

Don’t know

4%

2%

3%

2%

1%

3%

4%

25% were most concerned about unemployment, 21% about wealth disparity and 15% about inflation. Only 5% were most concerned about a budget surplus.

Since this question was asked in November, concern about wealth disparity has increased from 16% to 21% and concern about interest rates has dropped from 16% to 12%.

Labor voters were most concerned about wealth disparity (29%) and unemployment (28%), while Liberal/National voters were most concerned about unemployment (23%).

Return to budget surplus

Nov 26, 2013

Q. Do you think it is more important for the Government to return the budget to surplus as soon as possible – which may mean cutting services and raising taxes – OR should they delay the return to surplus and maintain services and invest in infrastructure?

 

 Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Return to surplus as soon as possible, cut services, raise taxes

15%

5%

26%

10%

8%

Delay return to surplus, maintain services, invest in infrastructure

69%

82%

61%

79%

71%

Don’t know

16%

13%

13%

11%

21%

Only 15% think that the Government should return the budget to surplus as soon as possible – which may mean cutting services and raising taxes – and 69% think they should delay the return to surplus and maintain services and invest in infrastructure.

Liberal/National voters were a little more likely to think it is more important to return to surplus as soon as possible (26%).

Economic issue of most concern

Sep 2, 2013

Q. Which of the following economic issues are you personally most concerned about?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Unemployment

23%

28%

22%

20%

Wealth disparity

19%

29%

7%

43%

Tax levels

15%

8%

21%

12%

Inflation

13%

13%

14%

5%

Budget surplus

11%

3%

20%

3%

Interest rates

9%

10%

10%

8%

None of them

7%

6%

6%

9%

Don’t know

3%

4%

1%

23% were most concerned about unemployment, 19% about wealth disparity and 15% about tax levels. Only 11% were most concerned about a budget surplus.

Labor voters were most concerned about wealth disparity (29%) and unemployment (28%), while Liberal/National voters were most concerned about unemployment (22%), tax levels (21%) and a budget surplus (20%).

Approval of budget surplus

Feb 5, 2013

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the Government’s decision not to return the budget to surplus this financial year?

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Total approve

42%

64%

29%

55%

Total disapprove

37%

12%

57%

25%

Strongly approve

9%

18%

5%

8%

Approve

33%

46%

24%

47%

Disapprove

27%

11%

39%

22%

Strongly disapprove

10%

1%

18%

3%

Don’t know

21%

23%

14%

20%

42% approve of the Government’s decision not to return the budget to surplus this financial year and 37% disapprove.

Those most likely to approve were Labor voters (64%), Greens voters (55%), men (51%), aged 55+ (50%) and people on incomes under $600pw (50%).

57% of Liberal/National voters disapprove.

Interest in Federal Budget

May 14, 2012

Q. Thinking about the Federal Budget – how much attention did you pay to this week’s Federal Budget?

 

2009

2010

2011

2012

Total a lot/some

66%

53%

52%

54%

Total a little/none

31%

44%

45%

43%

A lot

29%

18%

19%

20%

Some

37%

35%

33%

34%

A little

25%

29%

31%

31%

None

6%

15%

14%

12%

Can’t say

3%

3%

2%

3%

Just over half (54%) of respondents said they paid a lot or some attention to the Federal Budget. This is much the same as the corresponding figure of 52% for last year’s budget.

Those most interested were Liberal/National voters (61%), Labor voters (59%) and people aged 55+ (64%). Only 42% of respondents aged 18-34 paid a lot or some attention to the budget.

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Impact of Budget

May 14, 2012

Q. Do you think the Federal Budget was good or bad for you personally?

Q. Do you think the Federal Budget was good or bad for average working people?

Q. Do you think the Federal Budget was good or bad for Australian businesses?

Q. Do you think the Federal Budget was good or bad for the Australian economy overall?

 

You personally

Working people

Australian businesses

Economy overall

 

2010

2011

2012

2012

2010

2011

2012

2010

2011

2012

Total good

22%

11%

17%

31%

27%

20%

10%

36%

27%

26%

Total bad

26%

29%

26%

24%

32%

25%

43%

28%

29%

32%

Very good

3%

2%

2%

4%

3%

3%

1%

6%

4%

4%

Good

19%

9%

15%

27%

24%

17%

9%

30%

23%

22%

Neither good nor bad

33%

44%

44%

33%

9%

31%

29%

10%

25%

25%

Bad

18%

21%

17%

19%

22%

19%

28%

18%

21%

21%

Very bad

8%

8%

9%

5%

10%

6%

15%

10%

8%

11%

Don’t know

20%

16%

12%

12%

31%

23%

18%

26%

20%

17%

In terms of the economy overall there was a similar response to the 2012 budget compared to last year’s. 26% (down 1%) thought the economy was good for the economy and 32% (up 3%) thought it was bad.

44% of respondents thought the Federal budget was neither good nor bad for them personally – 17% (up 6%) said it was good and 26% (down 3%) bad. 28% of respondents aged 35-44 thought it was good for them while 38% of those aged 55+ thought it was bad.

31% thought it was good for working people and 24% thought it was bad. 35% of part-time workers thought it was good for working people.

43% (up 18%) thought the budget was bad for business, 10% (down 10%) good and 29% said it was neither.

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