Aug 19, 2014

Essential: voters souring on the economy, prefer local surrogacy

Voters aren't happy with the overall direction of the economy, and don't buy the government's claim that the budget will be good for jobs.

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

Concerns that the economy is going in the wrong direction have risen sharply and nearly half of voters think the budget will be bad for jobs, today’s Essential Report reveals. Although overall sentiment about the economy hasn’t deteriorated.

For the first time since April last year, more voters (41%) believe the economy is going in the wrong direction than the right direction (35%), a big turnaround from April when 39% saw it going in the right direction, compared to 34% who didn’t). While partisanship strongly influences economic perceptions — more than 50% of Labor, Greens and Other voters see the economy going in the wrong direction — 22% of Liberal voters do so as well, up from 15% in April. Since then, Labor voters have also soured on the economic direction — from 43% to 54%.

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