A special question was inserted in the latest Newspoll. It found that 56% of voters would be concerned if the federal budget were to go into deficit, as a result of further government spending in the new year. Women (64%) were the most skeptical about deficits, while men (50% for deficits versus 47% against) were less skeptical.
Its all in the wording of the special question about Newspolls finding.
I wonder what the communitys degree of concern would have been if they were told that the Governments failure to run a sustained deficit in at least one or two years, while still running a healthy surplus over the economic cycle, would have dire consequences for the unemployed.