Essential Report

Last 12 months

Dec 15, 2015

Q. Thinking about the last 12 months, has it been a good or bad year for each of the following?

Total good

Total poor

Net score

Very good

Good

Neither good nor poor

Poor

Very poor

Don’t know

Net score Dec 2013

Net score Dec 2014

The Australian economy

23%

34%

-11

3%

20%

39%

28%

6%

5%

-13

-13

Australian politics in general

14%

55%

-41

1%

13%

27%

35%

20%

5%

-62

-53

Large companies and corporations

28%

23%

+5

4%

24%

39%

19%

4%

9%

-9

+14

Small business

21%

33%

-12

2%

19%

37%

26%

7%

9%

-45

-28

Trade unions

11%

38%

-27

2%

9%

35%

25%

13%

15%

-25

-18

The average Australian

21%

35%

-14

2%

19%

40%

27%

8%

5%

-22

-23

Your personal financial situation

24%

30%

-6

3%

21%

42%

19%

11%

3%

-8

-11

Your workplace (employees only)

37%

23%

+14

5%

32%

37%

17%

6%

2%

+8

-5

You and your family overall

40%

19%

+21

5%

35%

38%

14%

5%

2%

+18

+3

Respondents believed that this year has been a poor for all groups except large companies (+5), your workplace (+14) and you and your family overall (+21). It was considered a particularly bad year for Australian politics in general (-41) and trade unions (-27).

Relative to 2014 (as measured in December last year), this year was considered better for politics in general (up 12), small businesses (up 16), your workplace (up 19) and you and your family overall (up 18) but worse for large companies and corporations (down 9) and trade unions (down 9).

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