Essential Report

Direction of economy

May 2, 2017

 Q. From what you have read and heard, do you think the Australian economy is heading in the right direction or the wrong direction? 

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other   Dec ‘16
The right direction 29%   25% 45% 18% 16%   26%
The wrong direction 41%   48% 31% 56% 55%   45%
Don’t know 30%   28% 23% 26% 29%   29%


Overall, 29% thought that the economy is heading in the right direction (up 3% from December), and 41% thought it was heading in the wrong direction (down 4%).

Liberal/National voters were more likely to think the economy is heading in the right direction (45%) than Labor (25%), Greens (18%) and independent/other voters (16%).

Men were more likely to think that the economy was heading in the right direction (36%) than women (23%).

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