Essential Report

Confidence in Government to eliminate deficit

Apr 28, 2015

The Government says that while the budget deficit is not likely to fall significantly in the near future, it is on the right track to return to surplus. How confident are you that the Government has an effective plan to eliminate the budget deficit?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other
Total very/somewhat confident 36% 18% 71% 14% 20%
Total not very/at all confident 52% 71% 24% 75% 72%
Very confident 9% 3% 21% 3% 4%
Somewhat confident 27% 15% 50% 11% 16%
Not very confident 28% 35% 18% 28% 38%
Not at all confident 24% 36% 6% 47% 34%
Don’t know 13% 12% 6% 11% 8%

Only 9% are very confident that the Government has an effective plan to eliminate the budget deficit. 27% are somewhat confident and 52% are not very or not at all confident.

71% of Liberal/National voters are very/somewhat confident but a substantial majority of all other voters are not confident.

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