Federal Budget

Apr 5, 2011

Q. Do you support or oppose the Australian Government’s proposal to establish a regional processing centre for asylum seekers in East Timor?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Men Women Age

18-34

Aged

35-54

Aged 55+
Total support 37% 47% 33% 38% 42% 32% 40% 37% 35%
Total oppose 38% 27% 46% 38% 39% 36% 29% 39% 46%
Strongly support 11% 13% 9% 5% 12% 9% 8% 11% 13%
Support 26% 34% 24% 33% 30% 23% 32% 26% 22%
Oppose 18% 16% 20% 22% 18% 18% 17% 20% 18%
Strongly oppose 20% 11% 26% 16% 21% 18% 12% 19% 28%
Don’t know 25% 25% 21% 25% 19% 32% 31% 24% 20%

Opinions on the Australian Government’s proposal to establish a regional processing centre for asylum seekers in East Timor are evenly divided – 37% support the proposal and 38% oppose.

Strongest support comes from Labor voters (47%) and those aged 18-34 (40%). Strongest opposition comes form Liberal/National voters (46%) and those aged 55+ (46%).

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Federal Budget

Apr 4, 2011

Q. Thinking about the next Federal Budget, overall do you think the Government should increase, maintain or cut spending on services and programs?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Increase spending 15% 16% 13% 20%
Maintain spending 49% 58% 46% 54%
Cut spending 22% 14% 31% 15%
Don’t know 14% 12% 10% 11%

49% think the Government should maintain spending in the next Federal Budget, 22% think spending should be cut and 15% think it should be increased.

By voting intention, 74% of Labor voters and Greens voters think spending should be maintained or increased compared to 59% of Liberal/National voters. 31% of Liberal/National voters think spending should be cut.

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Interest in Federal Budget

May 17, 2010

Q. Thinking about the Federal Budget – how much attention did you pay to this week’s Federal Budget?

  Last year This year
Total a lot/some 66% 53%
Total a little/none 31% 44%
A lot 29% 18%
Some 37% 35%
A little 25% 29%
None 6% 15%
Can’t say 3% 3%

 Just over half (53%) of respondents said they paid a lot or some attention to the Federal Budget. This is significantly lower than the corresponding figure of 66% for last year’s budget.

 Those most interested were men (60% a lot/some) and people aged 55+ (65%). Only 44% of respondents aged 18-34 paid a lot or some attention to the budget. Comments »

Reducing the Deficit

May 17, 2010

Q. Do you think that with this Budget, the Government has done enough to reduce the deficit and return the budget to surplus in the next few years?

  Total Vote Labor Vote Liberal/ National
Has done enough 31% 59% 12%
Hasn’t done enough 39% 16% 69%
Don’t know 31% 26% 20%

 31% think that the Government has done enough to reduce the deficit and 39% think they have not done enough. Responses mostly followed party preferences – 59% of Labor voters think they have done enough and 69% of Coalition voters think they have not done enough. Greens voters split 40% enough/31% not enough. Comments »

Interest in Federal Budget

May 3, 2010

Q. Thinking about the Federal Budget – how interested are you in reading and hearing about the Federal Budget?

Very interested           30%
Somewhat interested  37%
A little interested 22%
Not at all interested 8%
Can’t say 4%

  67% of respondents say they are very or somewhat interested in reading and hearing about the Federal Budget.

 74% of both Labor and Liberal/National voters say they are interested.

 73% of men and 60% of women are interested. Younger people are less interested – only 46% of those under 35 are interested compared to 81% of those aged 55+. Comments »

Federal Budget 2010

Apr 12, 2010

Q. Thinking about the Government budget set to be announced soon, which of the following is the most important thing the Government needs to do?

  May 2009 April 2010 Shift
Cut spending so we don’t go further into debt 24% 32% +8%
Assist those on low incomes by increasing payments to pensioners and the unemployed 26% 24% -2%
Stimulate the economy by cutting income taxes 25% 20% -5%
Increase Government spending to further stimulate economic growth * 9% *
Stimulate the economy by giving assistance to businesses 15% 5% -10%
Don’t know 10% 10%

*Not asked in 2009 survey.

32% of people think that the most important thing that the Government needs to do in the upcoming budget is cut spending so we don’t go further into debt, 24% think increasing payments to pensioners and the unemployed is the most important thing the Government needs to do and 20% think the budget should include stimulating the economy by cutting income taxes. 

Coalition voters were more likely to think the most important thing that should be included in the upcoming budget are cuts to spending so we don’t go further into debt (51%).  Labor (33%) and Green (34%) voters were more likely to think that assisting those on low incomes by increasing payments to pensioners and unemployed is the most important thing the Government needs to do in the upcoming budget.  

People aged 65 years and over were more likely to think that the most important thing the Government needs to do in the upcoming budget is assist those on low incomes by increasing payments to pensioners and the unemployed (40%).  People aged 25 – 34 were more likely to think the most important budget measure should be cutting income taxes (33%).

People earning $600 – $1000 were more likely to support increased payments to pensioners (41%) while those on $1600+ were more likely to prefer cuts to income tax (26%). 

The most significant shift since the 2009 survey is in terms of stimulating the economy by assisting business (-10%) and cut spending so we don’t go further into debt (+8%). Comments »

Support for various budget measures

Apr 12, 2010

Q. If you had to choose, which of the following budget measures would you support?

  %
Increase taxes for people on high incomes 41%
Increase taxes on businesses 8%
Cut Government spending 41%
Don’t know 10%

 41% support increased taxes for people on high incomes, a further 41% support cuts to Government spending, 8% support increased taxes on business and 10% don’t know which budget measure they support. 

Labor voters were more likely to support increased taxes for people on high incomes (62%), Coalition voters were more likely to support cuts to Government spending (65%) and Green voters were more likely to support increased taxes on business (15%). 

People earning $600 – $1000 per week were more likely to prefer increased taxes for people on high incomes (53%), while people earning $1600 per week or more were more likely to prefer cuts to Government spending (45%).  Comments »

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