Essential Report

State of the economy

Jan 27, 2016

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

Aug 2014

Mar 2015

Sep 2015

Total good

28%

26%

38%

26%

13%

35%

45%

40%

34%

37%

27%

26%

Total poor

31%

38%

23%

36%

42%

29%

26%

25%

26%

26%

33%

32%

Very good

4%

4%

6%

2%

6%

8%

6%

4%

6%

3%

3%

Good

24%

22%

32%

24%

13%

29%

37%

34%

30%

31%

24%

23%

Neither good nor poor

36%

33%

37%

33%

39%

33%

28%

32%

36%

35%

36%

39%

Poor

24%

28%

18%

32%

29%

20%

17%

20%

21%

18%

24%

24%

Very poor

7%

10%

5%

4%

13%

9%

9%

5%

5%

8%

9%

8%

Don’t know

4%

2%

2%

4%

5%

2%

2%

3%

4%

3%

4%

3%

28% described the economy as good or very good and 31% poor/very poor – 36% said it was neither. This represents no significant change since September.

Liberal National voters were more optimistic than other voters. Among Labor voters 26% (up 3%) thought it was good and 38% (up 1%) poor; for Liberal/National voters 38% (up 2%) said it was good and 23% (down 1%) poor.

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