Essential Report

Pension age

Dec 3, 2013

Q. The current age for eligibility for the age pension is 65 years but is planned to rise to 67 by 2023. The Productivity Commission has recommended that the pension age be further raised to 70 years by 2035.

Do you approve or disapprove of the recommendation to raise the pension age to 70 years?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

 

Men

Women

 

Aged 18-34

Aged 35-54

Aged 55+

Total approve

24%

22%

27%

29%

18%

31%

18%

30%

21%

21%

Total disapprove

70%

72%

71%

58%

76%

64%

76%

62%

75%

75%

Strongly approve

6%

5%

7%

5%

7%

9%

4%

7%

7%

4%

Approve

18%

17%

20%

24%

11%

22%

14%

23%

14%

17%

Disapprove

30%

29%

31%

27%

32%

27%

32%

32%

30%

28%

Strongly disapprove

40%

43%

40%

31%

44%

37%

44%

30%

45%

47%

Don’t know

6%

6%

2%

13%

6%

5%

7%

9%

5%

4%

Only 24% approve of the Productivity Commission’s recommendation to raise the pension age to 70 years and 70% disapprove. Women (76%) are more likely to disapprove than men (64%). There were not major differences by income.

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