Essential Report

Defence Spending

Apr 30, 2014

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the Government’s decision to purchase 58 fighter jets from the US at a cost of $12 billion?

 

Total

 

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Total approve

30%

20%

49%

12%

20%

Total disapprove

52%

65%

33%

73%

59%

Strongly approve

7%

3%

13%

<1%

5%

Approve

23%

17%

36%

12%

15%

Disapprove

27%

30%

23%

28%

29%

Strongly disapprove

25%

35%

10%

45%

30%

Don’t know

18%

15%

18%

15%

21%

Just 30% of Australians approve of the Government’s decision to purchase 58 fighter jets from the US. Over half (52%) disapprove.

Greens (12%), Labor (20%) and Other (20%) voters were less likely to approve. Lib/Nat voters (49%) were more likely.

Males (35%) were more likely than females (23%) to approve.

Those aged 50+ were the age group most likely to approve (35%), while those aged 31-50 (27%) and under 30 (24%) were less likely.

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