The Australia Institute surveyed a nationally representative sample of 1,004 Australians about their attitudes towards free and universal childcare.

Key findings:

  • A majority of Australians (59%) support the Government reintroducing free and universal childcare, with almost one in four Australians (24%) strongly supporting the proposal. Only 24% oppose.
  • There was no significant difference in responses by gender, with both men (59% support) and women (58% support) equally supportive of free and universal childcare.
  • The majority of Coalition (51%), Labor (66%), Greens (65%) and Independent/Other (58%) voters support free and universal childcare.
  • Australia Institute commissioned economic modelling shows increased Government funding for childcare would be nearly 20 times more effective at creating jobs than an income tax cut of the same size.

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