Essential Report

Priority for the upcoming budget

May 11, 2021

Q. Which one of the following options is closest to your thinking about what the priority should be of the upcoming budget?

  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
The government should prioritise the reduction of national debt by cutting public funding for services 20% 24% 16% 27% 21% 13% 15% 22% 25% 33%
The government should prioritise providing support for people and industries struggling because of the pandemic 80% 76% 84% 73% 79% 87% 85% 78% 75% 67%
Base (n) 1,092 536 556 340 372 380 371 400 109 111
  • The majority of Australians think the government should prioritise providing support for people and industries struggling because of the pandemic in the upcoming budget (80%), over the reduction of national debt by cutting public funding for services (20%).
  • Preference for providing support for people and industries struggling because of the pandemic is highest among women (84%), those over 55 (87%) and Labor voters (85%).

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