How did citizens react to the budget?

By David Donaldson

April 4, 2019

What makes headlines and what citizens find interesting are not always the same thing.

That’s certainly borne out by the figures on what social media was talking about in the aftermath of the federal budget.

While news stories focused most heavily on infrastructure, the biggest topic on social media was health (see top graph).

That’s according to data gathered by news and social media intelligence company Meltwater.

How social media reacted to welfare announcements in the budget.

Reactions on social media were largely negative across a range of topics, with welfare the highest: 77% of sentiments expressed about the budget on the issue of welfare were negative — likely because the government is holding out on giving Newstart recipients an increase to their payments in real terms.

How social media reacted to health announcements in the budget.

Only on health and tax were sentiments more neutral.

Social media sentiment about Scott Morrison in the budget discussion.

Social media sentiments about both Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten were primarily negative: both received around 48% negative comments and 16% positive.

Social media sentiment about Bill Shorten in the budget discussion.
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