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Anti-budget sentiment remains strong: poll

Voters are maintaining their rage over the federal budget, with a big majority branding it unfair and believing it will increase cost-of-living pressures and make it harder for the young to find jobs.

Seventy per cent of voters do not believe the budget shares the burden of cuts, benefit changes and tax increases equally, according to the Ipsos I-view Omnibus survey taken in the past week - with just 19 per cent saying it is shared.

This is an increase from the 63 per cent of voters who considered the budget unfair when asked in the Age/Nielsen poll taken immediately after the budget was handed down. It is even higher among older voters, with 75 per cent of those over 50 saying the burden is not shared equally.

Rather than the budget instilling economic confidence, the Ipsos survey shows that 58 per cent of voters believe it will leave the economy either the same or worse in three years, with just 25 per cent believing it will be better.

Eighty-two per cent of voters believe the cost of living will rise as a result of the budget, with just 8 per cent saying it will have no effect and 3 per cent predicting the cost of living will fall.

Tony Abbott's ratings have also dipped further from the lows of the immediate post-budget polls, with Ipsos showing 66 per cent of voters are dissatisfied with his performance, compared with 62 per cent in the post-budget Nielsen poll and 60 per cent in Newspoll.

He also trails Bill Shorten as preferred prime minister by eight points, a similar margin to the Neilsen poll (nine) and Newspoll (10).

Two of three Australians believe that the measures affecting young people - including the deregulation of university fees and the six-month delay in being able to receive dole payments - will impact negatively on their ability to get into the workforce.

Sixty-nine per cent agreed the budget was out of line with the Coalition's pre-election promises.

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