Essential Report

Federal Budget Approval

Apr 9, 2019

Q. Overall, do you approve or disapprove of the Federal Budget that was handed down on Tuesday 2nd April? 

  Total Vote Labor Vote Liberal / National Vote Greens NET: Vote Other
NET: Approve 51% 39% 79% 32% 48%
NET: Disapprove 27% 45% 8% 44% 28%
Strongly approve 11% 5% 23% 2% 8%
Somewhat approve 40% 34% 56% 29% 39%
Somewhat disapprove 18% 28% 7% 28% 17%
Strongly disapprove 9% 16% 1% 16% 11%
Don’t know 21% 16% 13% 24% 25%
  • Just over half (51%) of voters approve of the 2019 Budget, with 27% disapproving and 21% unsure.
  • Approval was highest among Coalition voters (79%), males (57%), those aged over 55 (57%), and those with an annual household income of between $52k and $104k (58%).
  • However approval was lowest among Greens (32%) and Labour voters (39%), and those not in paid employment (38%).
  2019 Budget 2018

Budget

2017

Budget

NET: Approve 51% 44% 41%
NET: Disapprove 27% 28% 33%
Strongly approve 11% 5% 5%
Somewhat approve 40% 39% 36%
Somewhat disapprove 18% 19% 23%
Strongly disapprove 9% 9% 10%
Don’t know 21% 28% 25%
  • The 2019 Budget has been met with higher approval than the previous two Budgets. Approval in 2019 is 7%pts higher than last year (44%) and 10%pts higher than 2017.
  • Those disapproving of the Budget is similar in 2019 and 2018 (27% and 28%) and slightly lower in 2017, when 33% disapproved.

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