Essential Report

Foreign aid budget

Jun 2, 2015

Q. As far as you know, about how much of the Federal budget is spent on foreign aid?

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote Other

Jul 2011

Less than 1%

13%

14%

10%

31%

17%

7%

About 1%

11%

12%

12%

12%

8%

8%

About 2%

14%

14%

18%

8%

9%

17%

About 5%

10%

10%

11%

11%

14%

11%

More than 5%

9%

11%

8%

7%

16%

16%

Don’t know

43%

39%

41%

32%

35%

41%

19% (down 8% since July 2011) think Australia spends 5% or more of the Federal Budget on foreign aid – 24% (up 9%) think it is 1% or less. 43% could not give an estimate.

The majority of respondents who gave an answer over-estimated how much Australia spends on foreign aid – the actual figure for the 2014-15 budget was less than 1%.

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