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Nation divided over JobSeeker and JobKeeper responses – polling

MEDIA RELEASE: 1 October 2020: Just over half (52%) of Australians disagree with the Federal Government’s reduction and removal of the Coronavirus JobSeeker Allowance supplement according to a new poll released by leading research firm Pollinate and Australian communications and engagement agency Fifty Acres.

However, the Australian public are falling into two camps regarding the recently enacted reductions to JobKeeper with no group having the majority. While 40% of Australians are concerned many businesses are not ready to have support reduced and may collapse, equally 40% agree with the Government’s decision to reduce JobKeeper at this time.

Australians are also split on the Government’s move to support a new gas fired power, with 51% in favour and 49% opposing. Breaking this down further, 40% feel the Government should be exploring sustainable energy options and 29% say gas is not necessarily our future, but it is better than coal.

However, Australians agree on two other issues ahead of the October Budget – the majority (60%) agree Government investment in childhood obesity prevention is important and 2 in 3 (67%) believe that the Government should be making tax cuts in the October federal budget.

“As we pass the 9-month mark since Australia’s first confirmed case of COVID-19, we no longer see an Australia united in working together to emerge from this time successfully. Instead we are a nation divided regarding the role the Government should play in supporting the recovery of Australians and the Australian economy,” Pollinate Managing Director, Garrett Tyler-Parker said.

With the Budget next week, it’s a critical opportunity for the federal government to put forward ideas and solutions that capture people’s imagination and bring the community back together again,” Fifty Acres Founder and CEO, Jo Scard, said.

Methodology Overview

The poll is an online survey conducted amongst 1,000 Australians aged 18+. The poll sample is nationally representative with quotas based on 2016 ABS statistics on key demographics including age, gender & region.

Website: Fifityacres and Pollinate

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