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Foreign Aid Budget

Jul 11, 2011

Q. As far as you know, about how much of the Federal budget is spent on foreign aid?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Less than 1% 7% 8% 6% 15%
About 1% 8% 10% 8% 14%
About 2% 17% 23% 17% 12%
About 5% 11% 8% 15% 10%
More than 5% 16% 16% 15% 7%
Don’t know 41% 35% 38% 42%

27% think Australia spends 5% or more of the Federal Budget on foreign aid – 15% think it is 1% or less. The majority of respondents who gave an answer over-estimated how much Australia spends on foreign aid – the actual figure for the 2011-12 budget was 1.3%.

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Foreign Aid Spending

Jul 11, 2011

Q. And do you think Australia spends too much or too little on foreign aid?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Spend 1% or less Spend about 2% Spend 5% or more Don’t know spend
Spends too much 42% 34% 52% 25% 25% 28% 66% 40%
Spends too little 16% 20% 11% 37% 36% 25% 7% 9%
Spends about the right amount 21% 27% 21% 21% 30% 39% 19% 13%
Don’t know 21% 20% 15% 16% 9% 8% 8% 39%

42% think Australia spends too much on foreign aid, 21% about the right amount and 16% too little. Opinions are strongly related to perceptions of how much is spent. Those who think Australia spends a higher % of the budget are much more likely to think the spend is too much.

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