Groups that Benefit from Mining Boom

Nov 28, 2011

Q. How much do the following groups benefit from the current boom in Australia’s mineral exports?

Benefit a lot Some benefit A little benefit No benefit Don’t know
Mining company executives 68% 10% 5% 3% 14%
Mining company shareholders 48% 28% 7% 3% 14%
Foreign companies 42% 25% 8% 3% 23%
Federal government 37% 35% 10% 2% 15%
State governments 31% 38% 12% 2% 16%
Regional communities 12% 30% 29% 10% 17%
All Australians 11% 29% 32% 13% 16%

The main beneficiaries of the current boom in Australia’s mineral exports were thought to be mining company executives (68% benefit a lot), mining company shareholders (48%) and foreign companies (42%). Only 11% thought that all Australians benefit a lot and 12% thought regional communities benefit a lot.

Views were mostly similar across demographics.

Labor voters were a little more likely to think that there was a lot of benefit to all Australians (18%) and mining company shareholders (53%).

Liberal/National voters were a little more likely to think that there was a lot of benefit to State Governments (37%) and the Federal Government (46%).

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