Essential Report

Government decisions

Oct 7, 2014

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the following decisions the Federal Government has made over the last 12 months?

 

Total approve

Total dis-approve

Net

 

Strongly approve

Approve

Dis-approve

Strongly dis-approve

No opinion

Turning back asylum seeker boats

61%

30%

+31

37%

24%

15%

15%

10%

Freezing foreign aid at current levels

58%

27%

+31

25%

33%

14%

13%

15%

Dumping the carbon tax

53%

34%

+19

24%

29%

14%

20%

12%

Sending military aid to Iraq

44%

43%

+1

12%

32%

20%

23%

13%

Dumping the mining tax

41%

42%

-1

15%

26%

19%

23%

18%

A six-month wait for under-30’s before they can receive unemployment benefits

38%

52%

-14

16%

22%

21%

31%

10%

Cutting public sector jobs

34%

52%

-18

10%

24%

28%

24%

14%

Cutting $120 million in future funding to the ABC

25%

58%

-33

11%

14%

28%

30%

17%

Increasing the pension age

28%

63%

-35

9%

19%

28%

35%

9%

$7 co-payment for visits to the doctor

27%

66%

-39

7%

20%

22%

44%

8%

Deregulating university fees

22%

63%

-41

6%

16%

23%

40%

14%

Cutting $20 billion from future hospital funding to the states

12%

81%

-69

4%

8%

27%

54%

8%

The most approved Government decisions were turning back asylum seeker boats (61% approve), freezing foreign aid (58%) and dumping the carbon tax (53%). The most disapproved decisions were cutting $20 billion from hospital funding (81% disapprove), $7 co-payment for doctor visits (66%), deregulating university fees (63%) and increasing the pension age (63%).

Sending military aid to Iraq was approved by men (51% approve/39% disapprove) but disapproved by women (37% approve/47% disapprove).

The $7 co-payment was disapproved by 72% of those aged 45-64 and 71% of those earning less than $1,000 pw.

Deregulating university fees was disapproved by 77% of those aged 18-24.

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