Access to pension

May 12, 2015

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the Government’s proposal to remove access to the pension for retirees with substantial assets? Under the new proposal, couples with cash and investments of $820,000 or more and singles with $550,000 will not receive a part pension. 

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote Other   Men Women Aged 18-34 Aged 35-54 Aged 55+
Total approve 56% 58% 64% 43% 56% 61% 51% 50% 51% 70%
Total disapprove 30% 31% 24% 40% 36% 29% 32% 32% 34% 22%
Strongly approve 22% 22% 26% 19% 24% 28% 16% 16% 20% 32%
Approve 34% 36% 38% 24% 32% 33% 35% 34% 31% 38%
Disapprove 19% 19% 14% 30% 25% 19% 19% 22% 20% 13%
Strongly disapprove 11% 12% 10% 10% 11% 10% 13% 10% 14% 9%
Don’t know 14% 10% 11% 18% 9% 10% 17% 19% 14% 8%

56% approve of the Government’s proposal to remove access to the pension for retirees with substantial assets and 30% disapprove.

While all voter and demographic groups were more likely to approve than disapprove, those most likely to approve were aged 55+ (70%). Liberal/National voters (64%), men (61%) and incomes less than $1,000 pw (66%).

Eligibility for pensions and benefit payments

Jan 28, 2014

Q. Would you support or oppose making eligibility tougher for the following benefits and pensions?

 

 

Total support

Total
oppose

 

Strongly support

Support

Oppose

Strongly oppose

Don’t know

Age pension

17%

75%

5%

12%

40%

35%

8%

Disability support pension

37%

55%

11%

26%

33%

22%

9%

Unemployment benefit

65%

28%

31%

34%

19%

9%

7%

Parenting payment

55%

34%

24%

31%

24%

10%

11%

A majority oppose making eligibility tougher for the age pension (75%) and the disability support pension (55%) but support making it tougher for unemployment benefits (65%) and parenting payments (55%).

Strongest opposition to making eligibility tougher for the age pension came from those aged 45-64 (85%).

Liberal/National voters were split over the disability support pension (45% support/47% oppose making it tougher).

76% of Liberal/National voters supported making eligibility for unemployment benefits tougher compared to 55% of Labor voters.

70% of those aged 55+ supported making eligibility for parenting payments tougher.

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