Standard of living for next generation

Jun 11, 2014

Q. Do you think the standard of living for the next generation will be better or worse than today?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote Other

Total better

21%

15%

34%

7%

15%

Total worse

48%

57%

26%

73%

62%

A lot better

4%

3%

7%

1%

A little better

17%

12%

27%

7%

14%

Much the same

27%

24%

37%

16%

19%

A little worse

13%

14%

8%

28%

11%

A lot worse

35%

43%

18%

45%

51%

Don’t know

4%

4%

2%

3%

3%

21% think that the standard of living of the next generation will be better, 48% think it will be worse and 27% much the same.

Liberal/National voters were much more optimistic that other voters – 34% think it will be better and 26% worse. A majority of all other voters think it will be worse.

Younger respondents were more optimistic (for age 18-34 – 29% better/34% worse) than older respondents (for age 55+ – 18% better/65% worse).

Australia and United States – How they compare

Oct 15, 2012

Q. How do you think Australia compares to the United States on the following: 

 

Total better in Australia

Total better in USA

A lot better in Australia

A little better in Australia

About the same

A little better in USA

A lot better in USA

Don’t know

Access to health care

82%

5%

61%

21%

8%

3%

2%

5%

Standard of living for ordinary working people

74%

7%

40%

34%

13%

5%

2%

6%

Access to jobs

70%

5%

34%

36%

17%

4%

1%

7%

Public safety

66%

4%

32%

34%

22%

3%

1%

7%

Wages

64%

9%

34%

30%

17%

7%

2%

10%

Work rights

63%

7%

34%

29%

18%

5%

2%

13%

Education standards

47%

16%

20%

27%

27%

12%

4%

10%

Rights of individuals

44%

14%

19%

25%

34%

10%

4%

8%

Opportunities to succeed in business

35%

22%

14%

21%

32%

16%

6%

12%

International influence

17%

56%

8%

9%

19%

21%

35%

9%

The vast majority of respondents think health care, standard of living, access to jobs, public safety, wages and work rights are better in Australia than in the US.

They are somewhat less certain about education standards, individual rights and opportunities to succeed in business – but still think these are better in Australia.

Only on international influence did respondents favour the US.