Essential Report

State of the economy

Apr 5, 2016

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

  Total

 

  Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other Apr 2014 Mar 2015 Jan 2016
Total good 32%   23% 49% 21% 20% 38% 27% 28%
Total poor 27%   31% 19% 38% 44% 24% 33% 31%
Very good 3% 3% 6% 1% 3% 3% 4%
Good 29% 20% 43% 21% 19% 35% 24% 24%
Neither good nor poor 37% 42% 32% 39% 36% 34% 36% 36%
Poor 21% 24% 16% 29% 30% 19% 24% 24%
Very poor 6% 7% 3% 9% 14% 5% 9% 7%
Don’t know 3% 3% <1% 2% 4% 4% 4%

32% described the economy as good or very good and 27% poor/very poor – 37% said it was neither. This represents some improvement since January.

Liberal National voters were substantially more optimistic than other voters. Among Labor voters 23% (down 3%) thought it was good and 31% (down 7%) poor; for Liberal/National voters 49% (up 11%) said it was good and 19% (down 4%) poor.

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