Essential Report

Timeframe for returning budget to surplus

Apr 28, 2015

Q. And what do you think would be a reasonable timeframe to return the budget to surplus?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other
1-2 years 6% 6% 5% 4% 6%
3-5 years 45% 36% 62% 31% 50%
6-10 years 24% 29% 19% 33% 21%
More than 10 years 9% 13% 5% 17% 10%
Don’t know 16% 16% 9% 15% 13%

45% think that 3-5 years is a reasonable timeframe in which to return the budget to surplus. Only 6% think it should be returned to surplus in the next 1-2 years.

67% of Liberal/National voters think it should be returned to surplus within the next 5 years compared to 42% of labor voters.

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