Q. The Federal Government is currently running a budget deficit, but intends to return to surplus in 2012-13. Which of the following do you think is most responsible for the deficit?
|Total||Vote Labor||Vote Lib/Nat||Vote Greens|
|Poor economic management by the Government||23%||5%||43%||8%|
|The cost of the Government’s GFC stimulus packages||19%||19%||20%||21%|
|Big companies not paying their fair share of taxes||17%||29%||6%||30%|
|Spending on big projects like the National Broadband Network||14%||8%||18%||10%|
|Lower tax revenues because of the Global Financial Crisis||13%||25%||4%||19%|
Overall, respondents believe the main reasons for the budget deficit are poor economic management by the Government (23%), the cost of the Government’s GFC stimulus (19%) and big companies not paying their fair share of taxes (17%).
Labor voters were most likely to blame big companies not paying their fair share of taxes (29%) and lower tax revenues because of the GFC (25%) while Liberal/National voters blame poor economic management by the Government (43%). Greens voters tended to blame big companies not paying their fair share of taxes (30%).
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