Essential Report

Views towards national deficit and spending

May 25, 2021

Q. Which of the following approaches to debt and spending is closer to your view?

  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Australia needs to spend whatever it takes to help the economy recover, and worry about how to repay the debt later 20% 24% 16% 26% 21% 13% 19% 21% 23% 14%
It’s ok for Australia to spend whatever it takes to help the economy recover, but there needs to be a clear plan for how we will repay the debt in the future 65% 63% 66% 61% 63% 70% 66% 67% 64% 62%
Now is the time to start repaying some of the debt 16% 14% 18% 14% 16% 17% 15% 12% 13% 25%
Base (n) 1,100 539 561 341 379 380 369 410 105 112
  • The majority (65%) think it’s ok for Australia to spend whatever it takes to help the economy recover, but there needs to be a clear plan for how we will repay the debt in the future. While accordance with this view is high across all age groups, those over 55 are more likely than younger cohorts to think this (70% to 62% those under 55).
  • 20% think Australia needs to spend whatever it takes to help the economy recover, and worry about how to repay the debt later. Those most likely to follow this view include men (24%), those aged 18-34 (26%), Greens voters (23%).

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