Essential Report

Statements about the budget (by voting intention)

May 20, 2014

Q.  Please indicate whether – in general – you agree with the following statements about the Federal budget that was handed down on Tuesday 13 May.

 

Vote Labor

 

Vote Lib/Nat

 

Vote Green

 

Total Agree

Total Disagree

Total Agree

Total Disagree

Total Agree

Total Disagree

Overall, the budget was fair and balanced

5%

79%

60%

13%

11%

71%

The cuts in the budget were necessary to ensure Australia’s future prosperity

15%

58%

80%

6%

20%

52%

This was the budget Australia needed

7%

73%

73%

9%

16%

69%

This budget only cares about the bottom line and not people

82%

5%

29%

42%

74%

11%

This budget hurts the most vulnerable in Australia

86%

6%

32%

35%

72%

10%

This budget does not look after the needs of business

23%

31%

15%

31%

14%

31%

I would have preferred for this budget to focus on improving services to Australians rather than curtailing the deficit

71%

6%

27%

42%

65%

8%

As the table indicated, Lib/Nat voters were more likely to agree with the positive statements about the budget, while Labor and Green voters were more likely to agree with the negative.

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