Essential Report

Australia’s national debt

May 6, 2013

Q. Compared to other developed countries, do you think Australia’s national debt is higher, lower or about the same?

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Total higher

25%

17%

33%

19%

Total lower

48%

58%

39%

57%

A lot higher

9%

4%

13%

3%

A little higher

16%

13%

20%

16%

About the same

18%

16%

19%

18%

A little lower

29%

27%

28%

27%

A lot lower

19%

31%

11%

30%

Don’t know

10%

9%

8%

6%

25% think that Australia’s National debt is higher than other developed countries and 48% think it is lower – 18% think it about the same.

A majority of Labor (58%) and Greens voters (57%) think our debt is lower than other countries while Liberal National voters were split – 39% think it is lower and 33% think it is higher.

There were no substantial differences by demographics.

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