Essential Report

Disability Support Pension

Jul 8, 2014

Q. A recent Government report suggested that the Disability Support Pension should only be paid to those with a permanent disability and those with a disability who have current or future capacity to work should receive a lower level of benefit. Do you support or oppose this proposal?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote Other

Total support

46%

33%

70%

23%

43%

Total oppose

37%

53%

17%

57%

43%

Strong support

16%

11%

26%

4%

14%

Support

30%

22%

44%

19%

29%

Oppose

19%

24%

10%

33%

22%

Strongly oppose

18%

29%

7%

24%

21%

Don’t know

17%

14%

14%

20%

14%

46% support the proposal that the Disability Support Pension should only be paid to those with a permanent disability and those with a disability who have current or future capacity to work should receive a lower level of benefit and 37% oppose the proposal. 

Liberal/National voters strongly supported the proposal (70%) while it was opposed by a majority of Labor voters (53%) and Greens voters (57%).

The proposal was most strongly supported by respondents aged 55+ (59%).

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