Eligibility for pensions and benefit payments

Jan 28, 2014

Q. Would you support or oppose making eligibility tougher for the following benefits and pensions?

 

 

Total support

Total
oppose

 

Strongly support

Support

Oppose

Strongly oppose

Don’t know

Age pension

17%

75%

5%

12%

40%

35%

8%

Disability support pension

37%

55%

11%

26%

33%

22%

9%

Unemployment benefit

65%

28%

31%

34%

19%

9%

7%

Parenting payment

55%

34%

24%

31%

24%

10%

11%

A majority oppose making eligibility tougher for the age pension (75%) and the disability support pension (55%) but support making it tougher for unemployment benefits (65%) and parenting payments (55%).

Strongest opposition to making eligibility tougher for the age pension came from those aged 45-64 (85%).

Liberal/National voters were split over the disability support pension (45% support/47% oppose making it tougher).

76% of Liberal/National voters supported making eligibility for unemployment benefits tougher compared to 55% of Labor voters.

70% of those aged 55+ supported making eligibility for parenting payments tougher.

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