Fewer than five percent of us feel better off after the budget – that’s the finding from the latest ONE News Colmar Brunton poll, which shows that while spending cuts weren’t popular voters felt they were necessary to help the economy.
In fact just 4% of NZers feel better off. 62% say their circumstances haven't changed and 28% say they are worse off.
Cutting back KiwiSaver was a big part of the Budget spending cuts and that wasn't popular with voters. 42% said they supported the Kiwi Saver changes. 50% opposed them and the remainder were undecided.
It seems though that voters accept the idea that spending cuts were necessary for the health of the economy. 31% of people thought the Budget would improve the economy. 41% thought it would have no real impact, 20% thought the Budget would have a negative impact on the economy and the remainder were undecided.