2012 Outlook – Economy and Family

Dec 19, 2011

Q. Thinking about the next 12 months, do you think 2012 will be a good or bad year for each of the following?

Total good

Dec 10

Total bad

Dec10

Total good Total bad Very good Good Neither good nor bad Bad Very bad Don’t know/Not applicable
The Australian economy 48% 16% 29% 35% 3% 26% 32% 28% 7% 3%
Your personal financial situation 39% 20% 33% 27% 4% 29% 38% 20% 7% 2%
Your workplace * 47% 16% 45% 20% 6% 39% 36% 15% 5% 2%
You and your family overall 51% 14% 52% 16% 10% 42% 30% 12% 4% 2%

* based on working people

Overall, respondents were optimistic that 2012 would be a good year for themselves overall (52%) and their workplace (45%). They tended to be less optimistic about their financial situation (33% good/27% bad) and somewhat pessimistic about the Australian economy (29%/35%).

Compared to expectations 12 months ago, respondents were much less optimistic about the Australian economy (48% good last year compared to 29% good this year) and also rather less optimistic about their own financial situation (39%/20% last year compared to 33%/27% this year).

When compared with last week’s questions on perceptions of 2011, these figures suggest that respondents expect 2012 to be better than 2011 for themselves and their family (net +36% for next year compared to net +24% for this year), a little better for their workplace (+25% next year, +20% last year) and their own financial situation (+6% next year, -2% this year). The Australian economy is expected to be a little worse in 2012 (-6% next year compared to +2% last year).

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The Past Year – Personal

Dec 12, 2011

Q. Has it been a good or bad year for each of the following?

Total good

(Dec 10)

Total bad

(Dec 10)

Total good Total bad Very good Good Neither good nor bad Bad Very bad Don’t know
Your personal financial situation 28% 28% 30% 32% 5% 25% 37% 22% 10% 1%
Your workplace * 43% 21% 43% 23% 8% 35% 33% 18% 5% 2%
You and your family overall 43% 19% 44% 20% 8% 36% 34% 15% 5% 1%

* based on working people

Respondents were evenly divided over whether it has been a good or bad year financially. Those most likely to say it was a good year were full-time workers (38% good/28% bad), aged under 35 (37%/28%) and incomes over $1,600pw (41%/25%).

Respondents were more positive about their workplace (43%/23%) and overall for themselves and their family (44%/20%). Younger respondents were a little more positive about themselves and their family– those aged under 35 split 50% good/15% bad.

On these measures 2011 was considered very similar to 2010.

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Knowledge of Carbon Pricing Scheme

Jul 18, 2011

Q. How well informed do you feel about how the carbon pricing scheme will affect you and your family?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Very well informed 17% 23% 19% 12%
Somewhat informed 40% 40% 43% 40%
A little informed 26% 24% 24% 28%
Not at all informed 13% 11% 12% 18%
Don’t know 3% 2% 2% 2%

17% consider themselves very well informed about how the carbon pricing scheme will affect them and 40% say they are somewhat informed.

28% of those aged 55+ consider themselves very well informed and 44% somewhat informed. 51% of those aged 18-35 consider themselves very well or somewhat informed.

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2011 Outlook – Economy and Family

Dec 20, 2010

Q. Thinking about the next 12 months, do you think 2011 will be a good or bad year for each of the following?

Total good Total poor Very good Good Neither good nor bad Bad Very bad Don’t know/Not applicable
The Australian economy 48% 16% 5% 43% 32% 14% 2% 5%
Your personal financial situation 39% 20% 7% 32% 38% 14% 6% 3%
Your workplace * 47% 16% 8% 39% 33% 13% 3% 4%
You and your family overall 51% 14% 10% 41% 30% 11% 3% 4%

* based on working people

Overall, respondents were optimistic that 2011 would be a good year for themselves overall (51%), the Australian economy (48%) and their workplace (47%). They tended to be a little less optimistic about their financial situation (39% good/20% bad).

When compared with last week’s questions on perceptions of 2010, these figures suggest that respondents expect 2011 to be better than 2010.

In particular, more respondents believed it would be a good year for their personal situation (28% 2010/39% 2011), the Australian economy (41%/48%) and themselves and their families overall (43%/51%).

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The Past Year – Personal

Dec 13, 2010

 Q. Has it been a good or bad year for each of the following?

  Total good Total bad Very good Good Neither good nor bad Bad Very bad Don’t know
Your personal financial situation 28% 28% 4% 24% 42% 21% 7% 1%
Your workplace * 43% 21% 6% 37% 33% 17% 4% 3%
You and your family overall 43% 19% 7% 36% 36% 14% 5% 2%

* based on working people

Respondents were evenly divided over whether it has been a good or bad year financially. Those most likely to say it was a good year were full-time workers (37% good/20% bad), aged under 35 (37%/23%) and incomes over $1,600pw (42%/20%).

 Respondents were more positive about their workplace (43%/21%) and overall for themselves and their family (43%/19%). Younger respondents were a little more positive about themselves and their family– those aged under 35 split 50% good/13% bad. Comments »