Essential Report

National Debt Level

May 13, 2014

Q. Compared to other developed countries, do you think Australia’s national debt is higher, lower or about the same?

 

Total

 

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote Other

 

May 2013

August 2013

Total higher

22%

18%

30%

16%

13%

25%

25%

Total lower

45%

52%

39%

61%

46%

48%

46%

A lot higher

7%

5%

11%

5%

3%

9%

10%

A little higher

15%

13%

19%

11%

10%

16%

15%

About the same

20%

19%

22%

11%

23%

18%

19%

A little lower

24%

23%

28%

23%

23%

29%

24%

A lot lower

21%

29%

11%

38%

23%

19%

22%

Don’t know

13%

11%

8%

11%

17%

10%

10%

Just 22% of Australians believe that Australia’s national debt is higher than other developed countries. 45% think it is lower, and just 20% believe it is about the same.

These results are not significantly different from when the question was asked in May or August 2013.

Lib/Nat voters were more likely to think that Australia’s national debt is higher than other developed countries (30%). Labor (52%) and Green (62%) voters were more likely to think that it is lower.

There were no significant differences by age.

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