Essential Report

The last 12 months

Dec 17, 2013

Q. Thinking about the last 12 months, has it been a good or bad year for each of the following?

 

Total good

Total

bad

 

Very good

Good

Neither good nor bad

Bad

Very bad

Don’t know

 

Good 2012

Bad 2012

The Australian economy

25%

38%

3%

22%

34%

31%

7%

4%

29%

37%

Australian politics in general

8%

70%

1%

7%

18%

35%

35%

4%

9%

61%

Large companies and corporations

25%

34%

4%

21%

33%

25%

9%

7%

32%

31%

Small business

10%

55%

1%

9%

29%

38%

17%

6%

10%

62%

Trade unions

11%

36%

2%

9%

39%

24%

12%

14%

18%

30%

The average Australian

19%

41%

1%

18%

36%

31%

10%

4%

17%

45%

Your personal financial situation

26%

34%

3%

23%

39%

23%

11%

2%

Your workplace *

35%

27%

5%

30%

35%

20%

7%

2%

You and your family overall

39%

21%

7%

32%

37%

15%

6%

2%

29%

36%

* working people

70% think 2013 has been a bad year for Australian politics in general and 55% think it has been a bad year for small business.

The only issues on which more think it has been a good year were “you and your family overall (39% good/21% bad) and “your workplace” (35%/27%).

Compared to 2012, respondents were more likely to think 2013 had been a bad year for Australian politics (up 8%) and trade unions (up 6%).

However, they were more likely to think 2013 had been a good year to “you and your family overall (up 10%).

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