Essential Report

Federal budget: Balance of interests between different groups

May 25, 2021

Q. To the best of your knowledge, did the federal budget put the interests of each of the groups ahead of the other, or was there a balance?

Men and women This budget

May’21

Difference

(% points)

Last budget

Oct’20

This budget puts the interests of men ahead of the interests of women 19% -12% 31%
This budget puts the interests of women ahead of the interests of men 34% 20% 14%
This budget was balanced between women and men 47% -7% 54%
Base (n) 1,100 1,082

 

Young people and older people This budget

May’21

Difference

(% points)

Last budget

Oct’20

This budget puts the interests of young people ahead of the interests of older people 32% -13% 45%
This budget puts the interests of older people ahead of the interests of young people 28% 7% 21%
This budget was balanced between the young and the old 40% 6% 34%
Base (n) 1,100 1,082

 

Employees and businesses This budget

May’21

Difference

(% points)

Last budget

Oct’20

This budget puts the interests of employees ahead of the interests of businesses 13% -1% 14%
This budget puts the interests of businesses ahead of the interests of employees 49% 7% 42%
This budget was balanced between businesses and employees 38% -7% 45%
Base (n) 1,100 1,082
  • Compared to last year, this budget is seen to provide more support for women, with 34% saying it puts the interests of women ahead of men (14% in October), and 47% saying it is balanced between the interests of men and women. As such, fewer people think this year’s budget puts the interests of men ahead of women (19% from 31% in October).
  • This year’s budget was seen to be less friendly to the interests of younger people. Fewer think the budget puts the interests of young people ahead of the interests of older people compared to last year (32% compared to 45% last October). More think this budget puts the interests of older people ahead of the interests of young people (28% from 21%), or that it was balanced between the young and the old (40% from 34%).
  • Around half think this budget puts the interests of businesses ahead of the interests of employees (49%), while a further 38% think it was balanced between business and employee interests. Just 13% think the budget favoured employees’ interests over those of businesses.

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