Retirement income and savings policies could be deciding factors in this coming federal election.
That is one of the conclusions of our latest What the people want, polling report. Download the report by clicking here.
Forty-eight per cent of the seats in parliament have a median voter age of 50 years or older. Twenty-five of those seats can be classified as marginal, with 10 held by the Liberal Party, 10 by the ALP and five by the Nationals. On the AEC definition, there are 47 marginal seats in Australia.
At the age of 50, men can expect to live to 83.1 years, and women to 86.1. Make it to 65 and life expectancy increases to 85.1 and 87.5.
That’s about 20 years living off your savings, which makes for a risk-averse cohort for whom adverse changes to rules around retirement and savings can mean a wasted lifetime of misdirected labour and financial strategy.
Who do Australians trust when it comes to savings? According to a poll of our virtual focus group by the Australian Institute for Progress, it is the Coalition by 45 per cent to 33 per cent against Labor.
Factors favouring the Coalition are perceptions of superior economic management, including being business friendly and tending towards lower taxes.
The ALP has damaged itself with its franking credits policy but gets marks for being the party that introduced compulsory superannuation and championed the banking inquiry.
Fifty per cent of Australians expect to be comfortable in retirement. Only 25 per cent thought they would be uncomfortable.
Indeed, many of our respondents were already retired and reported they either had enough savings, or that the pension was sufficient to their needs.
Others expressed concern they would have to modify their lifestyle or that factors beyond their control, such as low income, ill-health, or gender, were interfering with their ability to save.
The groups most worried about their retirement were One Nation/Australian Conservatives voters and minor party supporters.
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