Q. Do you think it is more important for the Government to return the budget to surplus as soon as possible – which may mean cutting services and raising taxes – OR should they delay the return to surplus and maintain services and invest in infrastructure?
|Total||Vote Labor||Vote Lib/Nat||Vote Greens||Vote other|
|Return to surplus as soon as possible, cut services, raise taxes||18%||12%||28%||7%||16%|
|Delay return to surplus, maintain services, invest in infrastructure||65%||75%||59%||81%||67%|
65% thought it was more important to delay a return to surplus, maintain services and invest in infrastructure. Those most likely to think this were Greens voters (81%) and ALP voters (75%).
18% it was more important to return to surplus as soon as possible. Those most likely to sat think were Liberal/National voters (28%), those aged 65+ (22%) and those earning over $104,000 (22%).
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