Essential Report

Federal budget priorities

May 2, 2017

Q. The Federal Budget will be announced on Tuesday 9th Do you think the Government should increase, decrease or keep spending the same for –

  Increase spending Keep spending the same Decrease spending Don’t know
Health care 62% 26% 4% 8%
Education 54% 33% 4% 9%
Age pensions 48% 36% 5% 11%
Public transport infrastructure 47% 39% 6% 8%
Protecting Australian jobs 44% 41% 6% 8%
More affordable housing 44% 38% 9% 8%
Renewable energy 41% 37% 14%  9%
Assistance to the needy in Australia 38% 46% 8% 8%
Building highways, roads 38% 44% 9% 9%
Scientific research 37% 43% 11% 9%
Anti-terrorism 32% 49% 11% 9%
Environmental protection 30% 44% 17% 9%
Assistance to the unemployed 22% 48% 21% 9%
Military/defence 20% 46% 24% 10%
Assistance to the needy in the rest of the world 11% 30% 50% 9%
Assistance to businesses 10% 48% 32% 10%

The only spending areas with majority support for increasing spending were health care (62% support) and education (54%). Only 4% thought spending should be decreased for each of these areas.

 

The spending areas with the highest support for decreasing spending were assistance to the needy in the rest of the world (50% support), assistance to businesses (32%) and military/defence (24%).

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