Seniors less optimistic about 2018

Fewer Australians – older people in particular -  believe 2018 will be an improvement on 2017, with the results of a survey showing the lowest positive rating since 1990.

The Roy Morgan Research SMS Survey conducted in mid-November shows only 31 percent of Australians thought 2018 would be better than 2017, while 39 percent said 2018 would be the same and 30 percent said 2018 wwould be worse.

Roy Morgan’s Michele Levine said the 31 percent was the lowest figure recorded for Australians expecting the following year to be better. The 2017 results were the lowest net positive rating since 1990 when more Australians expected 1991 to be worse (49 percent) than better (33 percent).

Slightly more men than women expected 2018 to be better than 2017.

On the basis of age, older people were less optimistic than younger people, with only 26 percent of 50-64 year-olds and 20 percent of those aged 65 and over saying 2018 would be better than 2017.

State-by-state, Victorians were most optimistic, with 33 percent expecting 2018 to be better than 2017, closely followed by West Australians on 32 percent and Queenslanders with 31 percent. These were the only three States in which there are more optimistic respondents than pessimistic.

Across the Tasman, 53 per cent of New Zealanders said 2018 would be better than 2017 and only 26 per cent said 2018 would be worse.

Ms Levine said the high level of optimism in New Zealand followed new Labour government coming to power in October after September’s election.

Source: This special Roy Morgan SMS Survey was conducted in mid-November with a cross-section of 1,458 Australians aged 18+.


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