Voters are the least pessimistic about their standard of
living in the months ahead than at any time since the early
months of the Gillard government, a poll has found.
Six months after the start of the carbon tax and following
successive official interest rate cuts, the highest number of
people since Kevin Rudd was prime minister think their
standard of living will stay the same and the lowest number
since the first six months of the Gillard government think it
will get worse, the Newspoll found.
The big fall in pessimism, despite the global financial
uncertainty, is the result of a huge drop in the percentage
of coalition supporters who think their standard of living is
going to get worse, The Australian reports.
The poll, taken before Treasurer Wayne Swan revealed the
budget would not be in surplus, found the proportion of
people who thought their standard of living would get worse
dropped from 36 per cent in June to 27 per cent, The
Those who thought it would stay the same in the next six
months rose eight percentage points to 58 per cent.
There was no overall change among people who think their
standard of living will improve, although there was a slight
rise among Labor voters.