Australians' Optimism about the Economy Jumps to Highest Level in over 12 Months

SYDNEY, March, 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

Allianz Future Optimism Index

  • Australians' optimism about the future of the economy hits levels not seen since 2011, after falling to near record lows at the end of 2012.
  • Senior Australians are now the most optimistic of all, up from their lowest recorded level at the end of 2012.
  • The largest rises in optimism occurred in NSW, South Australia and Western Australia.
  • Western Australians regain their mantle as the most optimistic about the future of the economy.

Allianz Australia Managing Director, Niran Peiris said, "Australians have begun 2013 in a much more optimistic frame of mind when it comes to their outlook on the economy. After falling to a near record low at the end of 2012, optimism about the future of the economy has rebounded strongly to levels not seen for over 12 months."

"The rise in optimism about the future of the economy was particularly apparent among those aged 35 and older, in particular, optimism among senior Australians has rocketed to see them become the most optimistic of all Australians. Optimism among women has also reached levels not seen in more than a year."

"While optimism has risen across the country, the biggest rises were seen in NSW, Western Australia and South Australia. One of the biggest turnarounds occurred in South Australia, which has rebounded strongly after recording the survey's lowest ever score in December 2012. A similar rise has seen West Australians regain their mantle as the nation's most optimistic when it comes to the future of the economy. The uncertainty often created by elections does not appear to have impacted on West Australians' optimism about the future of the economy."

Survey results

All Australians

After hitting a near record low in December 2012 with an Index Score of just 3, optimism about the future of the economy has jumped strongly to a score of 12 in February.

Future of the Economy: Optimism Index for all Australian

Optimism

Index

Nov 10

Jan 11

Mar 11

Jun 11

Nov 11

Jan 12

Mar 12

May 12

July 12

Sept 12

Dec 12

Feb 13

Future of the Economy

21

13

15

11

11

8

5

1

8

7

3

12

Optimism by Gender

Prior to September 2012, the Optimism Index often revealed a difference between the sexes in relation to their optimism towards the future of the economy with men on average 9 index points higher. The narrowing of this difference in September has continued in December, with optimism among men and women rising by similar magnitudes to both reach a score of 12. While this level has not been uncommon for men, women are the most optimistic they have been for over a year, since November 2011.

Future of the Economy - Optimism Index by Gender


Nov 10

Jan 11

Mar 11

Jun 11

Nov 11

Jan 12

Mar 12

May 12

July 12

Sept 12

Dec 12

Feb 13

Men

28

20

19

21

12

12

7

4

12

8

3

12

Women

14

7

10

2

10

4

4

-3

3

6

2

12

Optimism by State

Among the states there were a few big rises in optimism towards the future of the economy. In NSW, the index jumped from 2 to 15 and Western Australia from 7 to 23, the highest of all the States.

One of the biggest turnarounds occurred in South Australia, whose residents were the least optimistic in the country at the end of 2012. South Australians' score rose from -8 last December, the lowest yet recorded by the survey, to 7 in February, which puts them back in line with States like Queensland and Victoria.

Future of the Economy - Optimism Index by State of residence


Nov 10

Jan 11

Mar 11

Jun 11

Nov 11

Jan 12

Mar 12

May 12

July 12

Sept 12

Dec 12

Feb 13

NSW

23

17

14

14

10

8

6

2

3

5

2

15

Vic

18

15

22

18

11

3

5

2

11

13

5

11

Qld

16

8

6

3

10

4

1

-5

2

-2

1

8

SA

23

1

17

10

7

4

9

-1

8

2

-8

7

WA

31

16

16

10

15

27

15

4

23

17

7

23

Optimism by Age

Younger Australians (aged 18-34) remain relatively optimistic, but the current overall rise in optimism has been driven by Australians aged over 35. Strong rises in optimism were seen in the 35 to 49 and 50 to 64 year old age groups, whose score rose from 0 last December to 10 and 11, respectively, in February. However, the biggest lift in optimism occurred among older Australians, with the score for those aged 65 and older jumping strongly from 1 to 18. Optimism among older Australians has risen from their lowest recorded level in December to be the most optimistic of all Australians in February.

Future of the Economy - Optimism Index by Age Group


Nov 10

Jan 11

Mar 11

Jun 11

Nov 11

Jan 12

Mar 12

May 12

July 12

Sept 12

Dec 12

Feb 13

18-34

29

16

20

16

8

11

10

0

10

13

7

11

35-49

17

11

4

5

10

5

0

1

2

2

0

10

50-64

19

11

15

11

13

3

-3

-2

9

1

0

11

65+

16

17

21

13

15

13

18

6

11

11

1

18

Optimism by Voting Intention

In terms of voting intention, a rise in optimism about the future of the economy was seen among voters from both sides of politics, although Coalition voters remain significantly less optimistic than their ALP counterparts.

Future of the Economy - Optimism Index by Voting Intention


Jun 11

Nov 11

Jan 12

Mar 12

May 12

July 12

Sept 12

Dec 12

Feb 13

ALP
Voters

30

27

18

17

17

26

23

18

31

Coalition
Voters

-4

5

5

0

-7

-5

-3

-4

7

Other

18

4

2

1

-2

16

2

-3

5

Background

Allianz and Newspoll have joined forces to conduct a bi-monthly survey which measures Australians' level of optimism about the future of the economy, environment and society, as well as their overall happiness. Optimism indexes in each of these four areas are created to measure changes in optimism over time and differences in optimism among those in different demographic groups.

Respondents' score their level of optimism on a scale from zero to ten. Those that score between zero and three are regarded as pessimists and those that score between eight and ten as optimists. Those that score between four and seven are regarded as neutral.

The net result of deducting the proportion of pessimists from the proportion of optimists gives the relevant Optimism Index. A positive Optimism Index results if the number of optimists exceeds the number of pessimists, and the reverse results in a negative Optimism Index.

Media enquiries

Nicholas Scofield
Allianz Australia
+61-2-9390-6596
+61-416-088-414
nicholas.scofield@allianz.com.au

SOURCE Allianz Australia



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