Essential Report

Perceptions of change in the standard of living for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

Jun 27, 2019

Q. In your opinion, over the past 10 years, have things got better or worse for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia, or have things stayed much the same?

  Total Labor Coalition Greens NET: Other
A lot better 18% 14% 24% 3% 23%
A little better 28% 26% 35% 23% 28%
Stayed much the same 36% 42% 31% 51% 25%
A little worse 5% 6% 3% 9% 7%
A lot worse 3% 3% 1% 4% 6%
Don’t know 10% 10% 6% 10% 11%
Base (n) 1,097 352 392 97 163
  • Nearly half (46%) believed that things had got at least a little better for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples over the last 10 years.
  • Over a third stated that in their opinion, conditions had stayed much the same for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders over the past 10 years, while only 8% believed conditions had got worse.

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