National Debt Level

May 13, 2014

Q. Compared to other developed countries, do you think Australia’s national debt is higher, lower or about the same?

 

Total

 

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote Other

 

May 2013

August 2013

Total higher

22%

18%

30%

16%

13%

25%

25%

Total lower

45%

52%

39%

61%

46%

48%

46%

A lot higher

7%

5%

11%

5%

3%

9%

10%

A little higher

15%

13%

19%

11%

10%

16%

15%

About the same

20%

19%

22%

11%

23%

18%

19%

A little lower

24%

23%

28%

23%

23%

29%

24%

A lot lower

21%

29%

11%

38%

23%

19%

22%

Don’t know

13%

11%

8%

11%

17%

10%

10%

Just 22% of Australians believe that Australia’s national debt is higher than other developed countries. 45% think it is lower, and just 20% believe it is about the same.

These results are not significantly different from when the question was asked in May or August 2013.

Lib/Nat voters were more likely to think that Australia’s national debt is higher than other developed countries (30%). Labor (52%) and Green (62%) voters were more likely to think that it is lower.

There were no significant differences by age.

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