State of the economy

Apr 8, 2013

Q. Overall, how would you describe the current state of the Australian economy?

 

28 May 12

Total

8 Apr 13

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Total good

35%

45%

63%

33%

63%

Total poor

29%

26%

13%

37%

10%

Very good

6%

8%

18%

3%

9%

Good

29%

37%

45%

30%

54%

Neither good nor poor

33%

28%

23%

30%

27%

Poor

20%

17%

10%

24%

7%

Very poor

9%

9%

3%

13%

3%

Don’t know

2%

2%

1%

*

1%

45% described the economy as good or very good and 26% poor/very poor – 28% said it was neither. This represents a net improvement from +6 to +19 since May last year.

Those most likely to think the economy was good/very good were people with incomes $1,000-$1,600pw (52%).

Those most likely to think the economy was poor/very poor were aged 55+ (33%) and people with incomes under $600pw (35%).

Agreement with economic figures

Apr 8, 2013

Q. Some say that official figures show Australia’s economy is doing very well, especially compared to the rest of the world.  The interest rate, the unemployment rate and the inflation rate are all at relatively low levels. Do you agree or disagree that this shows the state of the economy is good?

 

28 May 12

Total

8 Apr 13

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Total agree

52%

56%

76%

42%

77%

Total disagree

37%

37%

20%

54%

20%

Strongly agree

9%

12%

25%

5%

23%

Agree

43%

44%

51%

37%

54%

Disagree

27%

29%

17%

42%

17%

Strongly disagree

10%

8%

3%

12%

3%

Don’t know

10%

7%

4%

5%

3%

When told that official figures show Australia’s economy is doing well, 56% agreed and 37% disagreed.

Those most likely to disagree were Liberal/National voters (54%), aged 55+ (45%) and people with incomes under $600pw (49%).

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