Management of the economy

Feb 24, 2015

Q. How would you rate the government’s management of the Australian economy compared to how governments in other countries around the world have managed their economies? 

 

Total

 

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

 

May 2013

May 2014

Oct 2014

Total good

34%

20%

59%

26%

22%

39%

40%

39%

Total poor

30%

46%

9%

45%

39%

32%

31%

28%

Very good

7%

5%

14%

4%

11%

9%

11%

Good

27%

15%

45%

26%

18%

28%

31%

28%

Neither good nor poor

31%

30%

31%

27%

32%

24%

24%

28%

Poor

16%

24%

7%

25%

22%

17%

14%

15%

Very poor

14%

22%

2%

20%

17%

15%

17%

13%

Don’t know

5%

5%

1%

3%

7%

5%

5%

5%

34% of Australians rate the government’s management of the economy, compared to other countries around the world, as good.

30% rate their management of the economy as poor.

This represents a net decline from +11 to +4 since October.

Labor (20%), Greens (26%) and other (22%) voters were less likely to rate the government’s management of the economy as ‘good’. Liberal/National voters (59%) were more likely to rate the government’s management of the economy as ‘good’ – although this has dropped from 68% in October.

40% of those earning $1,600+ pw rate the government’s management ‘good’ and 44% of those earning less than $600 pw rate it ‘poor’.

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%).

Party trust to handle issues

Jun 17, 2013

Q.  Which party would you trust most to handle the following issues?

 

Labor

Liberal

Greens

Don’t know

Difference 17 Jun 13

Difference 11 Feb 13

Difference

19 Nov 12

Difference

18 Jun 12

Management of the economy

28%

46%

2%

24%

-18

-15

-14

-18

Ensuring a quality education for all children

37%

36%

4%

23%

+1

+2

+5

-2

Ensuring the quality of Australia’s health system

32%

37%

6%

26%

-5

-3

-3

-6

Protecting the environment

19%

24%

34%

22%

+10

+18

+16

+17

A fair industrial relations system

37%

34%

5%

24%

+3

+6

+9

+6

Political leadership

23%

42%

5%

30%

-19

-8

-12

-16

Addressing climate change

19%

26%

26%

28%

+5

+9

+7

Controlling interest rates

25%

42%

2%

31%

-17

-14

-11

-18

Australian jobs and protection of local industries

30%

37%

4%

29%

-7

-3

-2

-6

Ensuring a quality water supply

19%

33%

18%

31%

-14

-6

-7

-12

Housing affordability

24%

36%

5%

35%

-12

-6

-5

-11

Ensuring a fair taxation system

28%

39%

4%

29%

-11

-6

-9

-10

Security and the war on terrorism

23%

41%

3%

34%

-18

-13

-15

-22

Treatment of asylum seekers

17%

39%

12%

32%

-22

-17

-18

-20

Managing population growth

18%

37%

8%

38%

-19

-12

-15

-19

Note – Differences are calculated by subtracting Liberal % from Labor % – except for the two issues on which the Greens lead in which case it is Greens minus Liberal.

The Liberal Party has maintained strong leads on management of the economy, controlling interest rates, political leadership, security and the war on terrorism, treatment of asylum seekers and managing population growth.

There is little difference between Labor and the Liberals on ensuring a quality education for all children and a fair industrial relations system. Since February, there have been significant shifts to the Liberals on protecting the environment, political leadership, ensuring a quality water supply and managing population growth.

Government’s management of economy

May 6, 2013

Q. How would you rate the government’s management of the Australian economy compared to how governments in other countries around the world have managed their economies?

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Total good

39%

71%

14%

62%

Total poor

32%

4%

58%

10%

Very good

11%

26%

1%

18%

Good

28%

45%

13%

44%

Neither good nor poor

24%

21%

24%

22%

Poor

17%

4%

31%

6%

Very poor

15%

*

27%

4%

Don’t know

5%

3%

3%

6%

39% think that government’s management of the Australian economy compared to how governments in other countries around the world have managed their economies has been good/very good and 32% think it has been poor/very poor.

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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