Essential Report

State of the economy

Sep 29, 2015

Q. Overall, how would you describe the current state of the Australian economy?

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

May 2012

Apr 2013

Sep 2013

Jan 2014

Apr 2014

Aug 2014

Mar 2015

Total good

26%

23%

36%

14%

21%

35%

45%

40%

34%

38%

37%

27%

Total poor

32%

37%

24%

43%

41%

29%

26%

25%

26%

24%

26%

33%

Very good

3%

3%

4%

1%

1%

6%

8%

6%

4%

3%

6%

3%

Good

23%

20%

32%

13%

20%

29%

37%

34%

30%

35%

31%

24%

Neither good nor poor

39%

36%

39%

41%

37%

33%

28%

32%

36%

34%

35%

36%

Poor

24%

28%

20%

33%

27%

20%

17%

20%

21%

19%

18%

24%

Very poor

8%

9%

4%

10%

14%

9%

9%

5%

5%

5%

8%

9%

Don’t know

3%

3%

2%

2%

2%

2%

2%

3%

4%

4%

3%

4%

26% described the economy as good or very good and 32% poor/very poor – 39% said it was neither. This represents no significant change since March.

Liberal National voters were more optimistic than other voters. Among Labor voters 23% (down 5%) thought it was good and 37% (up 3%) poor; for Liberal/National voters 36% (up 3%) said it was good and 24% (down 4%) poor.

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