Essential Report

Statements about the Budget

May 10, 2016

Q. Do you agree or disagree with the following statements about the Federal budget that was handed down on Tuesday 3rd May.

  Total agree Total disagree   Strongly Agree Agree Disagree Strongly Disagree Don’t know   Total agree 2015 Total disagree 2015
Overall, the budget is fair and balanced 32% 46%   4% 28% 28% 18% 22% 28% 32%
This budget does not do enough to reduce the deficit 48% 22%   15% 33% 19% 3% 29% 37% 18%
This was the budget Australia needs at this time 29% 46% 4% 25% 27% 19% 26% 28% 31%
This budget favours businesses over workers 61% 19% 25% 36% 16% 3% 21% 47% 12%
This budget is more about improving the Government’s popularity than improving the economy 53% 27% 21% 32% 22% 5% 20% 50% 19%
The budget does not go far enough in addressing multinational tax avoidance. 57% 18% 26% 31% 16% 2% 25%

There was majority agreement with the statements that the budget favours businesses over workers 61%), it does not go far enough in addressing tax avoidance by multinationals (57%) and is more about improving the Government’s popularity than improving the economy (53%).

46% disagree that the budget was fair and balanced – compared to 32% in 2015. There was also a significant increase in those who agreed the budget favours businesses over workers (up 14%).

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