Essential Report

State of the economy

Jul 19, 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 Apr 2014 Mar 2015 Jan 2016 Apr 2016
Total good 30%   26% 44% 26% 14%   35% 45% 38% 27% 28% 32%
Total poor 26%   30% 18% 20% 41%   29% 26% 24% 33% 31% 27%
Very good 4%   4% 4% 5% 1%   6% 8% 3% 3% 4% 3%
Good 26%   22% 40% 21% 13%   29% 37% 35% 24% 24% 29%
Neither good nor poor 41%   42% 36% 48% 43%   33% 28% 34% 36% 36% 37%
Poor 20%   23% 16% 16% 29%   20% 17% 19% 24% 24% 21%
Very poor 6%   7% 2% 4% 12%   9% 9% 5% 9% 7% 6%
Don’t know 4%   2% 2% 5% 2%   2% 2% 4% 4% 4% 3% 

30% described the economy as good or very good and 26% poor/very poor – 41% said it was neither. This represents little change since April.

Liberal National voters were substantially more optimistic than other voters. Among Labor voters 26% (up 3%) thought it was good and 30% (down 1%) poor; for Liberal/National voters 44% (down 5%) said it was good and 18% (down 1%) poor.

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