Essential Report

State of the economy

Aug 19, 2014

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

 

 

May 2012

Apr 2013

Sep 2013

Jan 2014

Apr 2014

 

Total

 

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Total good

35%

45%

40%

34%

38%

37%

36%

44%

41%

22%

Total poor

29%

26%

25%

26%

24%

26%

33%

19%

18%

35%

Very good

6%

8%

6%

4%

3%

6%

6%

6%

7%

3%

Good

29%

37%

34%

30%

35%

31%

30%

38%

34%

19%

Neither good nor poor

33%

28%

32%

36%

34%

35%

29%

37%

39%

42%

Poor

20%

17%

20%

21%

19%

18%

21%

15%

16%

20%

Very poor

9%

9%

5%

5%

5%

8%

12%

4%

2%

15%

Don’t know

2%

2%

3%

4%

4%

3%

2%

1%

3%

1%

37% described the economy as good or very good and 26% poor/very poor – 35% said it was neither. This represents a small net decline from +14 to +11 since April.

Those most likely to think the economy was good/very good were people with university education (47%). Liberal/National voters (44%) were more likely that Labor voters (36%) to think the economy was good.

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