Budget surplus

Feb 5, 2013

Q. Thinking about the Federal Government budget, how important do you believe it is for the budget to be in surplus…?

 

Total impor
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Total
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at all impor
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2 Oct
12

…for the country as a whole

69%

26%

28%

41%

22%

4%

5%

68%

…for you personally

54%

39%

20%

34%

29%

10%

7%

46%

A clear majority of respondents (69%) regard having a Federal Government budget surplus to be important for the country as a whole, whereas a somewhat smaller majority regard it to be important for them personally (54%).

39% of respondents believe having a Federal Government budget surplus was not important for them personally.

Since this question was last asked in October, those who think a budget surplus is important for them personally has increased from 46% to 54%.

Those most likely to think a budget surplus is important to them personally were Liberal/National voters (67%) and full-time workers (60%).

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