Essential Report

Federal Budget

May 13, 2014

Q. In general, do you think the next Federal Budget, to be announced on Tuesday 13th May 2014 will be good or bad for?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Good

Total Bad

Very good

Good

Neither good nor bad

Bad

Very bad

Don’t know

You personally

8%

55%

2%

6%

28%

36%

19%

9%

Average working people

9%

63%

2%

7%

19%

45%

18%

9%

Australian business

25%

33%

3%

22%

28%

25%

8%

14%

The economy over all

28%

36%

6%

22%

24%

22%

14%

12%

People who are well off

40%

23%

14%

26%

27%

18%

5%

11%

People on lower incomes

12%

60%

2%

10%

17%

33%

27%

10%

Australian families

11%

59%

2%

9%

20%

37%

22%

10%

Older Australians

8%

67%

1%

7%

18%

34%

33%

9%

Younger Australians

11%

49%

2%

9%

28%

29%

20%

12%

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Green

Vote Other

Total Good

Total Bad

Total Good

Total Bad

Total Good

Total Bad

Total Good

Total Bad

7%

70%

11%

38%

4%

69%

5%

67%

6%

77%

15%

44%

3%

81%

5%

72%

28%

34%

27%

30%

17%

40%

20%

40%

11%

55%

54%

14%

11%

14%

15%

47%

50%

20%

26%

28%

56%

12%

47%

20%

9%

79%

21%

39%

1%

78%

7%

74%

6%

77%

20%

37%

2%

78%

5%

71%

6%

78%

14%

47%

76%

5%

79%

11%

65%

15%

30%

1%

70%

6%

58%

Over half (54%) of Australians believe that the budget will be bad for them personally.  67% think it will be bad for older Australians, 63% for average working people and 60% for people on lower incomes.

The only group that more Australians thought the budget would be good for rather than bad was ‘people who are well off’ (40% good, 23% bad).

Just 25% think the budget will be good for Australian business and 28% for the economy overall.

Labor voters are most likely to think that the budget will be bad for ‘people on lower incomes’ (79%), ‘older Australians’ (78%), ‘average working people’ (77%) and ‘Australian families’ (77%).

The only area where Lib/Nat voters were more likely to think that the budget would be good rather than bad was for ‘the economy overall’ (54% think it will be good, 14% think it will be bad).

In terms of the impact for them personally, there was no difference between males and females. Those aged 30-55 were the most likely to think that the budget would be bad for them personally (61% compared to 46% for those under 30 and 51% for those aged 55+).

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