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%|
- 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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