Essential Report

Gonski education funding

Dec 6, 2016

Q. The Federal Government is proposing to end Gonski needs-based funding after 2017 and introduce a new funding system which would leave schools $3.8 billion worse off in 2018 and 2019 alone.  Do you approve or disapprove of this decision?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other
Total approve 18%   11% 33% 11% 15%
Total disapprove 54%   73% 35% 70% 60%
Strongly approve 7%   6% 11% 3% 6%
Approve 11%   5% 22% 8% 9%
Disapprove 23%   25% 23% 28% 23%
Strongly disapprove 31%   48% 12% 42% 37%
Don’t know 28%   16% 33% 20% 26%

54% disapprove of replacing the Gonski need-based funding after 2017 and 18% approve. Liberal/National voters were split (33% approve/35% disapprove) while 73% of Labor voters and 70% of Greens voters disapprove.

59% of women and 50% of men disapprove. 59% of those aged 45-64 disapprove.

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