Essential Report

Return to budget surplus

Nov 26, 2013

Q. Do you think it is more important for the Government to return the budget to surplus as soon as possible – which may mean cutting services and raising taxes – OR should they delay the return to surplus and maintain services and invest in infrastructure?

 

 Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Return to surplus as soon as possible, cut services, raise taxes

15%

5%

26%

10%

8%

Delay return to surplus, maintain services, invest in infrastructure

69%

82%

61%

79%

71%

Don’t know

16%

13%

13%

11%

21%

Only 15% think that the Government should return the budget to surplus as soon as possible – which may mean cutting services and raising taxes – and 69% think they should delay the return to surplus and maintain services and invest in infrastructure.

Liberal/National voters were a little more likely to think it is more important to return to surplus as soon as possible (26%).

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