Q. Over the next 12 months do you think your personal financial situation will get better, get worse or stay much the same?
|29 Mar 10||28 Jun 10|
|Get a lot better||8%||5%|
|Get a little better||32%||24%|
|Get a little worse||17%||21%|
|Get a lot worse||6%||10%|
|Stay much the same||33%||37%|
Respondents were similarly divided over whether their personal financial situation will get better or worse over the next 12 months – 29% (down 11%) think it will get better and 31% (up 8%) worse. 37% (up 4%) think it will stay much the same. Although this represents a significant negative shift, it is not as big a shift as the overall economic outlook from the previous question.
Men (32% better/25% worse) were more optimistic than women (25%/35%). Optimism was also higher for upper income groups – those earning over $1,600 pw split 42% better/23% worse while those earning under $1,000 pw split 18% better/36% worse.