CHOICE Consumer Pulse

Spotlight on the federal budget – April 2015

Australians' concern over the impact of the budget

Quite concerned: 36%

Very concerned: 31%

Not very concerned: 20%

Not at all concerned: 3%

Don't know: 9%

Total concerned: 67%

Overall how concerned are you about how the upcoming federal budget may affect you? Base: All people n=1049.

How are Australians feeling about the deficit?

Australia is facing a federal 'budget emergency' and we should take immediate and significant actions to reduce it: 22%

Australia is facing long-term pressure on the federal budget and we should take actions over the next 5–10 years: 45%

Australia has a manageable deficit and we don't need to take action to reduce it beyond what is already being done: 17%

Don't know: 17%

FB2. Which of the following best describes your attitude to Australia's deficit? Base: All people n=1049.

Where should the government spend and cut back?


Cut spending: 3%

Spend the same: 28%

Increase spending: 62%

Aged pension

Cut spending: 5%

Spend the same: 40%

Increase spending: 47%


Cut spending: 5%

Spend the same: 44%

Increase spending: 42%

Pharmaceutical benefits

Cut spending: 5%

Spend the same: 50%

Increase spending: 37%

Medicare benefits for GP visits/doctors

Cut spending: 7%

Spend the same: 50%

Increase spending: 35%

Public transport

Cut spending: 8%

Spend the same: 53%

Increase spending: 31%


Cut spending: 9%

Spend the same: 48%

Increase spending: 35%

Disability support payments

Cut spending: 9%

Spend the same: 49%

Increase spending: 34%

Paying off the deficit

Cut spending: 11%

Spend the same: 47%

Increase spending: 31%

Financial support for students

Cut spending: 14%

Spend the same: 54%

Increase spending: 23%


Cut spending: 18%

Spend the same: 51%

Increase spending: 23%

Family support payments

Cut spending: 18%

Spend the same: 49%

Increase spending: 23%

Defence and national security

Cut spending: 21%

Spend the same: 46%

Increase spending: 25%

Childcare payments and rebates

Cut spending: 22%

Spend the same: 41%

Increase spending: 24%

Public broadcasting (ABC and SBS)

Cut spending: 26%

Spend the same: 46%

Increase spending: 17%

Unemployment benefits

Cut spending: 27%

Spend the same: 45%

Increase spending: 20%

In the federal budget, would you like to see more, less or the same amount of government spending in the following areas? Base: All people n=1049. NB: Does not add to 100%, don't know/not applicable not shown.

Support for alternative revenue raising avenues


Increase taxes on large businesses

Against: 10%

In favour: 68%

Increase taxes on mining companies

Against: 11%

In favour: 63%

Increase income tax on high-income earners

Against: 12%

In favour: 67%

Increasing taxes on banks

Against: 14%

In favour: 60%

Limit aged pension for wealthy retirees

Against: 17%

In favour: 59%

Decrease super tax benefits for high-income earners

Against: 18%

In favour: 54%

Decrease the tax benefits of 'negative gearing'

Against: 16%

In favour: 45%


Restore the carbon tax

Against: 37%

In favour: 32%


Increase income tax on medium-income earners

Against: 52%

In favour: 21%

Increase GST above 10%

Against: 60%

In favour: 20%

Increase taxes on small businesses

Against: 60%

In favour: 15%

Introduce GST on education

Against: 61%

In favour: 16%

Introduce GST on fresh food

Against: 66%

In favour: 17%

Introduce GST on healthcare

Against: 68%

In favour: 13%

Increase income tax for low-income earners

Against: 69%

In favour: 13%

Below are some options for how the government can raise money. To what extent do you support the following measures to raise revenue in the federal budget? Base: All people n=1049. NB: Does not add to 100%, don't know/not applicable not shown.

About the report

The survey was designed and analysed by CHOICE.

Fieldwork was administered by GMI Lightspeed Research Australia who is a member of AMSRS and abides strictly to codes of conduct for market research and panel management in Australia.

Total sample is n=1049 Australians aged 18–75 years of age. Final data is weighted to ensure it is representative of the Australian population ABS Census 2011. Fieldwork was conducted between 17–24 March, 2015.

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