Budget measures

Apr 29, 2013

Q. Would you support or oppose the following budget measures to increase revenue or decrease spending?

 

Total

Support

 

Support

Oppose

Don’t know

Vote ALP

Vote Lib

Vote Greens

Increase taxes for big corporations

64%

17%

19%

77%

54%

86%

Reduce tax breaks for high income earners

45%

38%

17%

51%

42%

54%

Cut “middle class welfare” such as the Baby Bonus, first home buyers grant and Family Tax Benefit payments

37%

48%

15%

38%

41%

35%

Reduce defence spending

35%

48%

17%

37%

29%

57%

Postpone building the NBN

34%

45%

20%

18%

52%

13%

Postpone the increase in education spending recommended by the Gonski Report

29%

51%

20%

21%

39%

16%

Cut spending on unemployment and disability benefits

25%

60%

15%

23%

32%

13%

Postpone other infrastructure projects like new roads and highways

14%

71%

15%

17%

15%

7%

In terms of possible budget measures to increase revenue or decrease spending, a majority supported increasing taxes for big corporations and were also more likely to support reducing tax breaks for high income earners.

A majority opposed postponing infrastructure, cutting spending on unemployment and disability benefits and postponing increasing the education spending recommended by the Gonski Report.

Measures most supported by Labor voters were increasing taxes for big corporations and reducing tax breaks for high income earners.

Measures most supported by Liberal/National voters were increasing taxes for big corporations and postponing the NBN.