Australians mistakenly believe government gives 13% of federal budget to help world’s poor

A new nationwide survey of over 1500 people reveals Australians mistakenly believe our federal government gives more to aid. Learn more.

Campaign for Australian Aid commissioned an online survey of 1528 Australian adults. This research has a 3% margin of error at the 95% confidence level.

Among the questions asked and answered are the 2 that appear below:

1. As a percentage of the federal budget, how much international aid do you think Australia gave last year? 

The overall average of the answers was: 13.28%

Aid is currently at 0.9% of the federal budget, or 0.25% of Gross National Income (GNI).  

19.3% of people estimated 1% or less (this is the correct answer)

18.7% of people estimated more than 1% but less than 5%

20.6% of people estimated more than 5% or more but less than 10%

16.6% of people estimated more than 10% but less than 20%

9.2% of people estimated more than 20% but less than 30%

15.5% of people estimated 30% or more

2. As a percentage of the federal budget, how much international aid would Australia give if it was up to you to decide?

Average result: 10.34%

Join Campaign for Australian Aid in asking Treasurer Scott Morrison to “Stop the Clock” on scheduled aid cuts in Tuesday’s Budget. Learn more here:

This campaign is backed by Australia's aid & development groups

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