Q. Do you think it is more important for the Government to return the budget to surplus by 2012/13 as planned – which may mean cutting services and raising taxes – OR should they delay the return to surplus and maintain services and invest in infrastructure?
|April 4||Total||Vote Labor||Vote Lib/Nat||Vote Greens|
|Return to surplus by 2012/13, cut services, raise taxes||14%||13%||13%||19%||7%|
|Delay return to surplus, maintain services, invest in infrastructure||69%||71%||76%||68%||82%|
13% support the return to surplus by 2012/13 if it means cutting services and raising taxes and 69% think the Government should delay the return to surplus and maintain services and investment. Opinions are unchanged since this question was asked in April.
No more than 19% of any demographic or voter group supported the return to surplus by 2012/13.
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