Q. If cost savings need to be made in the budget, in which area should spending cuts be made?
|Defence and national security||20%|
|Social security and welfare||15%|
|Industry and employment||7%|
|Infrastructure, transport and energy||4%|
|None of these||32%|
20% of people think that if savings need to be made in the budget, cuts should be made to defence and national security, 15% think cuts should be made to social security and welfare and 7% think that cuts should be made to industry and employment. There is little support for cuts to health (3%) or education (2%). 32% think that cuts should be made to none of the areas listed.
Green (38%) and Labor (25%) voters were more likely to support cuts to defence and national security. Coalition voters were more likely to support cuts to social security and welfare (20%) and community services (9%).
People aged 18 – 24 (28%) year olds and 25 – 34 (26%) were more likely to support cuts to defence and national security.
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