Impact of Cutting Public Sector

Aug 28, 2012

Q. The Liberal and National Parties have said they will cut between $50 billion and $70 billion from the Commonwealth public sector if they win the next election and the Treasurer Joe Hockey has said at least 12,000 jobs will be cut.

Do you think cutting at least 12,000 jobs from the Commonwealth public sector will result in better or worse service to the people of Australia?

 

Total

Vote

Labor

Vote

Lib/Nat

Vote

Greens

Total better service

14%

7%

25%

3%

Total worse service

53%

77%

31%

74%

Much better service

6%

1%

13%

1%

A little better service

8%

6%

12%

2%

Make no difference

23%

10%

37%

12%

A little worse service

19%

19%

19%

19%

Much worse service

34%

58%

12%

55%

Don’t know

10%

6%

8%

12%

53% thought that cutting 12,000 jobs from the Commonwealth public sector would result in worse service and 14% thought it result in better service. 23% thought it would make no difference.

Those mostly likely to think it would result in worse service were aged 18-24 (64%), Labor voters (77%), Greens voters (74%) and those on incomes under $600pw (62%). Only 31% of Liberal/National voters thought it would result in worse service.

Performance of Groups/Organisations

Jan 31, 2011

Q. And from what you have seen and heard, how would you rate each of the following in terms of how they have responded to the floods?

Total good Total poor Very good Good Average Poor Very poor Don’t know
The Federal Labor Government 48% 15% 15% 33% 26% 7% 8% 11%
The Federal Coalition Opposition 29% 19% 6% 23% 37% 12% 7% 15%
The Queensland State Government 78% 3% 48% 30% 10% 1% 2% 9%
The Queensland State Government (Qld only) 79% 3% 51% 28% 11% 1% 2% 7%
The Victorian State Government 48% 4% 14% 34% 22% 3% 1% 26%
The Victorian State Government (Vic only) 53% 8% 13% 40% 23% 6% 2% 16%
The NSW State Government 33% 12% 8% 25% 27% 8% 4% 27%
The NSW State Government (NSW only) 26% 22% 5% 21% 33% 13% 9% 20%
The Australian military 78% 2% 49% 29% 8% 1% 1% 10%
State emergency services 88% 2% 71% 17% 4% 1% 1% 7%
The media 61% 9% 26% 35% 23% 5% 4% 7%
The banks 22% 26% 6% 16% 30% 17% 9% 23%
The insurance industry 10% 53% 2% 8% 22% 25% 28% 14%
Australian businesses overall 48% 8% 13% 35% 30% 6% 2% 14%
The Australian people overall 85% 2% 56% 29% 7% 1% 1% 6%

Groups with highest ratings for their response to the floods were state emergency services (88% good), the Australian people overall (85%), the Queensland State Government (78%) and the Australian military (78%).

The Federal Government’s response was rated 48% good/15% poor/26% average while the Federal Opposition was rated 29% good/19% poor/37% average.

The only groups with overall negative ratings were the insurance industry (53% poor/10% good) and the banks (26% poor/22% good).

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