Opinion of School Building Program

Jan 30, 2012

Q. Overall, how would you rate the Federal Government’s BER program to fund new school buildings which was introduced during the GFC?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Total with children at school Children at primary school Children at secondary school
Total good 30% 49% 17% 39% 43% 49% 38%
Total poor 31% 10% 50% 18% 27% 27% 26%
Very good 7% 15% 3% 5% 11% 12% 11%
Good 23% 34% 14% 34% 32% 37% 27%
Neither good nor poor 15% 21% 22% 27% 21% 17% 24%
Poor 15% 8% 20% 13% 12% 12% 11%
Very poor 16% 2% 30% 5% 15% 15% 15%
Don’t know 17% 19% 11% 16% 10% 6% 12%

Respondents were divided over the Federal Government’s BER program to fund new school buildings – 30% thought it was good and 31% poor. Opinions were closely related to voting intention- 49% of Labor voters thought the program was good and 50% of Liberal/National voters thought it was poor.

Households with children at primary or secondary schools were more positive – especially those with children at primary school.  43% of all those with school children in their household and 49% of those with primary students thought it was good.

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Benefit to Schools of Building program

Jan 30, 2012

If children at school –

Q. How much did the schools those children attend benefit from the Government’s school building program?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Children at primary school Children at secondary school
A lot 19% 25% 16% 26% 15%
Moderately 30% 37% 31% 32% 29%
A little 23% 15% 33% 24% 22%
Not at all 12% 10% 11% 7% 17%
Don’t know 15% 13% 9% 11% 17%

Of the respondents with children at school, 49% thought their schools had benefited a lot of moderately, 23% thought they had benefited a little and 12% not at all. 58% of those with children at primary school thought their schools had benefited a lot/moderately compared to 44% of those with children at secondary schools.

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