Essential Report

Impact of Government policies

Sep 3, 2019

Q. Over the next three years, do you think the policies of the current Government will…

  Total Gender Age
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+
Make a large positive difference to Australia 12% 14% 11% 15% 11% 11%
Make a modest positive difference to Australia 28% 32% 26% 24% 27% 33%
Make neither a positive nor negative difference to Australia 25% 21% 29% 29% 26% 21%
Make a modest negative difference to Australia 12% 14% 11% 12% 11% 14%
Make a large negative difference to Australia 10% 12% 9% 5% 11% 14%
Unsure 11% 8% 15% 15% 13% 7%
NET: Positive difference to Australia 41% 45% 36% 39% 28% 44%
NET: Negative difference to Australia 23% 26% 20% 17% 22% 28%
Base (n) 1,075 527 548 328 373 374

 

  Total Federal Voting Intention (Lower House)
Labor NET: Coalition Greens Independent / Other
Make a large positive difference to Australia 12% 9% 20% 2% 6%
Make a modest positive difference to Australia 28% 18% 48% 22% 15%
Make neither a positive nor negative difference to Australia 25% 29% 18% 29% 33%
Make a modest negative difference to Australia 12% 20% 5% 17% 13%
Make a large negative difference to Australia 10% 14% 2% 21% 21%
Unsure 11% 11% 5% 9% 13%
NET: Positive difference to Australia 41% 27% 69% 25% 21%
NET: Negative difference to Australia 23% 33% 8% 38% 34%
Base (n) 1,075 336 381 100 137
  • Overall, 41% of people believe the policies of the current Government will make a positive difference to Australia. Of these, 12% expect there to be a large positive difference, and 28% expect a moderate positive difference.
  • Just under a quarter (23%) expect the policies to make a negative difference to Australia.
  • Coalition voters (69%) and men (45%) were most likely to expect the Government’s policies to make a positive difference to Australia.
  • Those intending to vote Labor (33%), Green (38%) and Other (34%) were all more likely to say the policies of the next three years would make a negative difference to Australia.

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