Essential Report

Foreign aid spending

Jun 6, 2017

Q. Do you think Australia spends too much or too little on foreign aid?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other Jun 2015 Jul 2011
Spends too much 41%   36% 46% 13% 66% 44% 42%
Spends too little 16%   18% 12% 46% 11% 16% 16%
Spends about the right amount 19%   19% 26% 13% 11% 21% 21%
Don’t know 24%   27% 16% 27% 11% 19% 21%

41% thought we spend too much on foreign aid, 16% thought we spend too little, and 19% thought we spend about the right amount.

Of those who identified the correct amount spent on foreign aid, 47% thought we spend too little, 24% thought we spend too much, and 18% thought we spend the right amount.

Of those who over-estimated the amount spent on foreign aid, 50% thought we spend too much, 18% thought we spend too little, and 27% thought we spend the right amount.

36% of those who said they did not know how much we spend in foreign aid said that we spend too much. 

Additional Table

The following table provides a cross-tabulation of the previous two questions, breaking down attitudes towards foreign aid spending by how much is believed to be spent on foreign aid.

  Total   Under 1% (Correct) 1-5% Over 5% Don’t know
Spends too much 41%   24% 39% 77% 36%
Spends too little 16%   47% 22% 6% 8%
Spends about the right amount 19%   18% 32% 12% 10%
Don’t know 24%   12% 6% 4% 45%

 

 

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