Essential Report

Federal takeover of hospitals from the State Government

Feb 15, 2010

Q. Would you support or oppose the Federal Government taking over the responsibility for hospitals from the State Governments?

  %
Total support 58%
Total oppose   10%
Strongly support 26%
Support 32%
Neither support nor oppose 19%
Oppose 7%
Strongly oppose 3%
Don’t know 13%

 Over half (58%) of those surveyed support the Federal Government taking over responsibility for hospitals from the State Governments, 10% disapprove, 19% neither support nor oppose and 13% don’t know. 

 People aged 55 years and over were more likely that those in other age groups to support a Federal Government takeover of hospitals (79%).

 People in NSW were more likely than those in any other states to support a hospitals takeover (67%), while people in Western Australia (18%) and South Australia (17%) were more likely to oppose such a move. 

 Males were more likely than females to support a hospital takeover by the Federal Government (65% v 52%). 

 Support for a Federal Government takeover of hospitals from the State Government was highest amongst Labor voters (70%), followed by Coalition voters (63%) and then Green voters (54%).

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