Essential Report

Expectations for 2016

Dec 15, 2015

Q. Thinking about the next 12 months, do you think 2016 will be a good or bad year for each of the following?

Total good

Total poor

Net score

Very good

Good

Neither good nor poor

Poor

Very poor

Don’t know

Net score Dec 2013

Net score Dec 2014

The Australian economy

28%

26%

+2

3%

25%

35%

20%

6%

10%

-10

-10

Australian politics in general

26%

31%

-5

2%

24%

32%

22%

9%

10%

-24

-29

Large companies and corporations

32%

18%

+14

4%

28%

38%

14%

4%

13%

+13

Small business

26%

23%

+3

2%

24%

37%

18%

5%

13%

-24

-17

Trade unions

15%

31%

-16

2%

13%

37%

21%

10%

17%

-26

-16

The average Australian

24%

26%

-2

1%

23%

39%

20%

6%

10%

-9

-17

Your personal financial situation

33%

21%

+12

4%

29%

39%

13%

8%

8%

+6

Your workplace (employees only)

39%

18%

+21

5%

34%

37%

13%

5%

7%

+15

You and your family overall

43%

15%

+28

7%

36%

35%

10%

5%

8%

+25

+10

Overall, there was a positive outlook for large companies and corporations (net +14), your personal financial situation (+12), your workplace (+21), and you and your family overall (+28). Expectations were especially negative for trade unions (-16).

Compared to last year, respondents were more optimistic about all items measured except for large companies and corporations (up 1) and trade unions (no difference).

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