Essential Report

Unemployment benefits – community service

Aug 5, 2014

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the Government’s proposal to require people receiving unemployment benefits to carry out up to 25 hours a week of community service? 

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Total approve

68%

53%

85%

53%

67%

Total disapprove

25%

40%

8%

38%

27%

Strongly approve

31%

22%

44%

21%

24%

Approve

37%

31%

41%

32%

43%

Disapprove

14%

20%

7%

17%

18%

Strongly disapprove

11%

20%

1%

21%

9%

Don’t know

8%

8%

6%

8%

6%

68% approve of the Government’s proposal to require people receiving unemployment benefits to carry out up to 25 hours a week of community service and 25% disapprove

Those most likely to approve were aged 55+ (81%) and Liberal/National voters (85%).

Those most likely to disapprove were aged under 25 (35%), Labor voters (40%) and incomes under $600pw (39%).

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