Essential Report

Budget Statements

May 15, 2018

Q. Do you agree or disagree with the following statements about the Federal budget?

  Total agree Total disagree Strongly agree Agree Disagree Strongly disagree Don’t know 2017 agree 2017 disagree
Overall, the budget is fair and balanced 46% 38% 6% 40% 25% 13% 16% 43% 38%
This budget does not do enough to reduce the deficit 56% 24% 15% 41% 20% 4% 20% 41% 31%
This was the budget Australia needs at this time 39% 42% 7% 32% 28% 14% 19% 39% 36%
This budget will benefit the wealthy more than ordinary Australians and make Australia a more unfair society 54% 27% 21% 33% 21% 6% 19%
This budget is more about improving the Government’s popularity than improving the economy 62% 21% 25% 37% 17% 4% 16% 51% 27%

There was majority agreement that the budget is more about improving the Government’s popularity than improving the economy (62% agree), the budget does not do enough to reduce the deficit (56%) and the budget will benefit the wealthy more than ordinary Australians (54%)

The least widely agreed with statement was that this was the budget Australia needs at this time, with 39% agree/42% disagree.

Compared to responses to last year’s budget, respondents were more likely to think this budget does not do enough to reduce the deficit (up 15% to 56%) and the budget is more about improving the Government’s popularity than improving the economy (up 11% to 62%).

There was little difference between the 2017 and 2018 budgets in terms of being “fair and balanced”

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