Unemployment benefits

Jan 21, 2013

Q. Do you think unemployment benefits are …

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Income less than $31,200

Income $31,200

$51,999

Income $52,000

$83,199

Income $83,200
+

Too generous

25%

18%

32%

21%

13%

18%

24%

35%

About right

30%

30%

34%

26%

30%

31%

31%

32%

Not high enough

33%

43%

24%

41%

51%

43%

32%

22%

Don’t know

11%

9%

10%

12%

6%

9%

12%

11%

33% think that unemployment benefits are not high enough, 30% think they are about right and 25% think they are too generous.

Those most likely to think unemployment benefits were not high enough were Labor voters (43%), Greens voters (41%), those on lower incomes (51% of those earning less than $600pw and 43% of those earning $600-1,000pw), not working (40%) and respondents aged 45-64 (47%).

Those most likely to think unemployment benefits were too generous were Liberal/National voters (32%), aged under 45 (31%), in full-time employment (33%) and income over $1,600pw (35%).

Welfare benefits

Jan 21, 2013

Q. Which of the following statements is closest to your view?

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Income less than $31,200

Income $31,200

$51,999

Income $52,000

$83,199

Income $83,200
+

Australia’s current welfare system has created a culture of dependency, whereby many people, and often whole families, get used to living off Government benefits; the system needs to be radically changed to get such people to take more responsibility for their lives and their families.

53%

42%

67%

32%

40%

44%

47%

69%

Most people who rely on welfare benefits are victims of circumstances beyond their control. The benefits they receive are far from generous, and are the least a civilised society should provide in order to help them and their families avoid living in poverty.

30%

45%

20%

44%

42%

41%

36%

19%

Neither

10%

6%

8%

18%

11%

10%

9%

7%

Don’t know

7%

7%

6%

6%

7%

5%

8%

5%

53% agreed that Australia’s current welfare system has created a culture of dependency . . . . and 30% agreed that most people who rely on welfare benefits are victims of circumstances  . . . .

Those most likely to agree with the first statement were Liberal/National voters (67%), respondents on incomes over $1,600pw (69%) and full-time workers (61%).

Those most likely to agree with the second statement were Labor voters (45%), Greens voters (44%), not working (37%) and incomes under $1,000pw (42%).

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