Essential Report

Economy heading in right or wrong direction

Jan 27, 2016

Q. Do you think Australia’s economy is heading in the right or wrong direction?

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

May 2010

May 2011

Jun 2012

Apr 2013

Aug 2014

May 2015

Sep 2015

The right direction

30%

24%

48%

12%

15%

51%

45%

43%

36%

35%

35%

34%

The wrong direction

38%

49%

24%

50%

57%

25%

29%

32%

39%

41%

40%

39%

Don’t know

31%

27%

28%

38%

28%

24%

25%

25%

25%

24%

25%

27%

30% (down 4% since September) of respondents think that Australia’s economy is heading in the right direction and 38% (down 1% think it is heading in the wrong direction. This is the least optimistic outlook recorded over the past 5 years.

24% (no change) of Labor voters, 48% (down 6%) of Liberal/National voters and 12% (no change) of Greens voters think the economy is heading in the right direction. 49% (up 2%) of Labor voters, 24% (down 2%) of Liberal/National voters and 50% (down 9%) of Greens voters think it is heading in the wrong direction.

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