Essential Report

Foreign aid budget

Jun 6, 2017

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 Jun 2015 Jul 2011
Less than 1% 10%   10% 9% 20% 10% 13% 7%
About 1% 9%   8% 10% 12% 7% 11% 8%
About 2% 15%   15% 21% 13% 8% 14% 17%
About 5% 10%   10% 12% 5% 12% 10% 11%
More than 5% 12%   12% 11% 8% 26% 9% 16%
Don’t know 44%   44% 37% 41% 37% 43% 41%

 

Only 10% identified the correct amount of aid spending (less than 1% of the budget), a 3% decrease since June 2015. Those most likely to identify the correct amount were Greens voters (20%), those with a University degree (15%) and those earning over $104k per year (14%).

Overall, 82% of those who provided an answer other than ‘don’t know’ overestimated the amount spent on foreign aid.

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