Awareness of the proportion of the Federal Budget spent on foreign aid

Dec 1, 2020

Q. As far as you know, about how much of the Federal Budget is spent on foreign aid?

  Nov’20 Jun’17 Jun’15 Jul’11
 
Less than 1% 6% 10% 13% 7%
About 1% 8% 9% 11% 8%
About 2% 13% 15% 14% 17%
About 5% 16% 10% 10% 11%
More than 5% 17% 12% 9% 16%
Don’t know 39% 44% 43% 41%

 

  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
  Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Less than 1% 6% 9% 4% 5% 6% 7% 7% 5% 11% 7%
About 1% 8% 11% 4% 11% 7% 6% 7% 8% 17% 6%
About 2% 13% 17% 10% 17% 11% 13% 15% 16% 13% 11%
About 5% 16% 19% 13% 23% 15% 12% 15% 18% 14% 21%
More than 5% 17% 15% 19% 13% 23% 15% 15% 18% 9% 29%
Don’t know 39% 29% 49% 31% 38% 47% 41% 35% 36% 25%
Base (n) 1,034 528 506 329 320 385 322 430 88 107
  • Only 6% of Australians correctly know that less than 1% of the Federal Budget is spent on foreign aid. Fewer people know the correct proportion than in previous years (10% in 2017 and 13% in 2015)
  • 17% think over 5% is spent. This is higher than previous years when this question was asked (12% in 2017 and 9% in 2015).

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