Likelihood of more spending cuts – Liberal Government

Aug 26, 2013

Q. If the Liberal Party win Government, how likely do you think it is that they will be able to pay for their policies and election commitments without making more cuts in spending after the election?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Very likely

9%

1%

19%

5%

Somewhat likely

16%

11%

27%

6%

Somewhat unlikely

20%

19%

24%

14%

Very unlikely

41%

61%

16%

66%

Don’t know

14%

8%

14%

10%

61% think it is unlikely that a Liberal Government will be able to pay for their policies and election commitments without making more cuts in spending after the election – only 25% think it is likely.

40% of Liberal/National voters think it is unlikely.

Likelihood of more spending cuts – Labor Government

Aug 26, 2013

Q. If the Labor Party win Government, how likely do you think it is that they will be able to pay for their policies and election commitments without making more cuts in spending after the election?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Very likely

7%

13%

2%

8%

Somewhat likely

20%

42%

3%

28%

Somewhat unlikely

24%

27%

18%

38%

Very unlikely

35%

8%

67%

13%

Don’t know

14%

11%

10%

14%

59% think it is unlikely that a Labor Government will be able to pay for their policies and election commitments without making more cuts in spending after the election – only 27% think it is likely.

35% of Labor voters think it is unlikely.

Government spending cuts

May 20, 2013

Q. Do you think the Federal Budget has cut Government spending by too much, not enough or about the right amount?

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Cut spending too much

20%

20%

19%

23%

Not cut spending enough

34%

13%

54%

25%

Cut spending about right amount

21%

42%

9%

29%

Don’t know

25%

25%

18%

23%

34% thought that the Federal budget had not cut Government spending enough. 20% thought it had cut spending too much and 21% thought it had cut spending about right.

42% of Labor voters thought the spending cuts were about right while 54% of Liberal/National voters thought spending had not been cut enough.

Approval of return to surplus

Oct 29, 2012

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the Government’s intention to return the budget to surplus this financial year, even if it means making more spending cuts?

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Total approve

37%

52%

31%

43%

Total disapprove

43%

32%

54%

35%

Strongly approve

5%

8%

5%

7%

Approve

32%

44%

26%

36%

Disapprove

31%

26%

38%

26%

Strongly disapprove

12%

6%

16%

9%

Don’t know

19%

17%

16%

23%

37% approve of returning the budget to surplus even if it means spending cuts and 43% disapprove.

Labor voters (52%) and Greens voters (43%) are more likely to approve but 54% Liberal/National voters disapprove. There were no substantial differences across demographics.