Essential Report

Perceptions of Government spending

Dec 15, 2015

Q. As far as you know, is the current Liberal National Government’s spending higher or lower than the previous Labor Government or are they spending about the same?

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Higher than previous Labor Government

22%

36%

12%

33%

26%

Lower than previous Labor Government

21%

13%

33%

15%

17%

Spending about the same

23%

22%

27%

22%

22%

Don’t know

34%

29%

28%

30%

35%

Perceptions of Government spending varied – 23% thought the Liberal National Government’s spending was about the same as the previous Labor Government, 22% thought it was higher and 21% thought it was lower.

Those most likely to think it was higher were Labor voters (36%), Greens voters (33%) and men (28%). 33% of Liberal National voters thought it was lower.

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