Budget and cuts to spending

Apr 12, 2010

 Q. If cost savings need to be made in the budget, in which area should spending cuts be made?

  %
Defence and national security 20%
Social security and welfare 15%
Industry and employment 7%
Community services 6%
Infrastructure, transport and energy 4%
Health 3%
Education 2%
None of these 32%
Don’t know 11%

20% of people think that if savings need to be made in the budget, cuts should be made to defence and national security, 15% think cuts should be made to social security and welfare and 7% think that cuts should be made to industry and employment. There is little support for cuts to health (3%) or education (2%).  32% think that cuts should be made to none of the areas listed. 

Green (38%) and Labor (25%) voters were more likely to support cuts to defence and national security.  Coalition voters were more likely to support cuts to social security and welfare (20%) and community services (9%).

People aged 18 – 24 (28%) year olds and 25 – 34 (26%) were more likely to support cuts to defence and national security.    Comments »

Budget expectations

Apr 12, 2010

Q. Do you expect that the budget will be good or bad for you personally, or will it have no impact on you?

  May 2009 April 2010
Total good 19% 11%
Total bad 38% 34%
Very good 2% 1%
Good 17% 10%
Bad 30% 27%
Very bad 8% 7%
No impact 21% 30%
Don’t know 23% 25%

 34% of people surveyed expect that the budget will be bad for them personally, 30% think the budget will have no impact, 11% think it will be good for them and 25% don’t know.

 Coalition voters were more likely to think the budget will be bad for them personally (48%), while Labor (36%) and Green (45%) voters were more likely to think it will have no impact. 

 People aged 55 years and over were more likely to think the budget will be bad for them personally. 

 Compared to the 2009 survey, the number of people that expect the budget will be good for them personally has decreased by eight percent and the number, the number that think it will be bad has decreased by four percent and the number that think it will have no impact has increased by nine percent.  Comments »

Party best at looking after Australia’s interests

Mar 22, 2010

Q.  Which party – Labor or Liberal – would by best at the following –

  Labor Liberal No difference Don’t know
Being on the side of Australian working people when it comes to issues affecting them at the workplace 48% 18% 24% 10%
Handling the economy in a way that best protects ordinary working people in Australia 39% 30% 20% 11%
Creating jobs for Australian workers 36% 27% 26% 11%
Representing you and people like you 35% 30% 24% 11%
Handling the economy 30% 37% 23% 10%
Controlling inflation 24% 35% 31% 11%
Keeping interest rates low 23% 29% 35% 13%
Dealing with the budget and keeping government spending down in general 22% 42% 26% 10%

Just under half (48%) of those surveyed think that Labor is the best party at being on the side of Australian working people when it comes to issues affecting them at the workplace, 39% think Labor is best at handling the economy in a way that protects ordinary working people in Australia. 

The Liberal Party score highest in terms of dealing with the budget and keeping government spending down in general (42%) and handling the economy (37%). 

 In terms of being on the side of Australian working people when it comes to issues affecting them at the workplace, under half (46%) of Coalition voters surveyed think the Liberal Party is best at handling this, 33% of these voters think there is no difference and 16% of Coalition voters think Labor is best at being on the side of Australian working people when it comes to workplace issues.  Comments »

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