Taxes in Australia compared to other countries

Mar 25, 2014

Q. As far as you know, do you think taxes in Australian are higher or lower than in other developed countries?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Total higher

64%

64%

69%

47%

64%

Total lower

8%

8%

5%

15%

9%

Much higher

29%

31%

30%

17%

31%

A bit higher

35%

33%

39%

30%

33%

Much the same

21%

20%

23%

21%

18%

A bit lower

6%

6%

4%

13%

5%

Much lower

2%

2%

1%

2%

4%

Don’t know

7%

8%

3%

16%

8%

64% think that taxes in Australia are higher than in other developed countries (with 29% saying much higher), 21% think they are much the same  and 8% think they are lower.

There were no substantial differences between demographic groups.

Change in taxes

Mar 25, 2014

Q. And do you think Government taxes have increased or decreased over the last 5 years, or have they stayed much the same?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Total increased

65%

72%

65%

46%

64%

Total decreased

9%

6%

10%

14%

20%

Increased a lot

24%

29%

23%

15%

23%

Increased a bit

41%

43%

42%

31%

41%

Stayed much the same

20%

18%

22%

30%

12%

Decreased a bit

8%

6%

10%

9%

17%

Decreased a lot

1%

*

-

5%

3%

Don’t know

5%

4%

4%

10%

4%

65% think that taxes have increased over the last 5 years, 20% think they have stayed much the same and 9% think they have decreased.

There were no substantial differences between demographic groups.

Level of taxation

Mar 25, 2014

Q. Do you think the current level of taxation is enough for the Government to fund services such as the NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme) and the Gonski education reforms or will taxes need to increase to pay for them?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Current level of taxation is enough

47%

52%

48%

31%

50%

Taxes will need to increase

33%

28%

39%

43%

32%

Don’t know

20%

20%

13%

26%

18%

47% think the current level of taxation is enough for the Government to fund services such as the NDIS and the Gonski education reforms and 33% think taxes will need to increase.

Those more likely to think taxes will need to increase were Liberal/National voters (39%), Greens voters (43%),  aged 55+ (43%) and incomes over $1,600pw (39%).

Australian flag

Mar 25, 2014

Q. The New Zealand Government plans to hold a referendum on changing their flag. Would you support or oppose Australia holding a referendum on changing our flag?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Total support

31%

36%

24%

40%

36%

Total oppose

50%

42%

63%

38%

51%

Strongly support

12%

17%

8%

9%

16%

Support

19%

19%

16%

31%

20%

Oppose

23%

21%

27%

18%

19%

Strongly oppose

27%

21%

36%

20%

32%

No opinion

19%

22%

13%

22%

14%

31% support holding a referendum on changing the Australian flag and 50% oppose.

Those more likely to support a referendum were Greens voters (40%), men (36%) and university educated (38%).

Reporting pay rates for women

Mar 25, 2014

Q. On average, women are paid 17.5 per cent less than men in Australia.

The Federal Government requires companies with more than 100 employees to report on numbers of female employees and their pay rates compared to male employees.

The Federal Government is currently considering making these rules apply only to companies with more than 1000 employees.

Which of the following is closest to your view?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

The rules should apply to all companies with over 100 employees

66%

73%

61%

76%

52%

The rules should apply only to companies with more than 1,000 employees

15%

12%

19%

9%

19%

Don’t know

19%

15%

20%

15%

29%

66% think that rules requiring companies to report on number of female employees and pay rates should apply to all companies with over 100 employees and 15% think it should apply only to companies with more than 1,000 employees.

74% of women thought it should apply to all companies with more than 100 employees compared to 57% of men.

Groups more likely to support the rule applying to all companies of over 100 employees were Greens voters (76%), Labor voters (73%) and part-time workers (71%).

Federal politics – voting intention

Mar 18, 2014

Q. If a Federal Election was held today to which party will you probably give your first preference vote? If not sure, which party are you currently leaning toward?

Q. If don’t know -Well which party are you currently leaning to?

Sample size = 1,912 respondents

First preference/leaning to

Election

7 Sep 13

 

4 weeks ago 18/2/14

2 weeks ago

4/3/14

Last week

11/3/14

This week

18/3/14

Liberal

 

38%

41%

40%

40%

National

3%

3%

3%

3%

Total Lib/Nat

45.6%

41%

44%

42%

43%

Labor

33.4%

40%

38%

38%

36%

Greens

8.6%

8%

8%

8%

9%

Palmer United Party

5.5%

4%

3%

4%

4%

Other/Independent

6.9%

8%

7%

8%

8%

 

2 Party Preferred

Election

7 Sep 13

 

4 weeks ago 18/2/14

2 weeks ago

4/3/14

Last week

11/3/14

This week

18/3/14

Liberal National

53.5%

49%

51%

50%

51%

Labor

46.5%

51%

49%

50%

49%

NB. The data in the above tables comprise 2-week averages derived from the first preference/leaning to voting questions.  Respondents who select ‘don’t know’ are not included in the results.  The two-party preferred estimate is calculated by distributing the votes of the other parties according to their preferences at the 2013 election.

Attention paid to retirement arrangements

Mar 18, 2014

Q. In general, how much attention do you pay to arrangements for your retirement income, such as your superannuation returns and fees, wealth management and other forms of long-term savings?

 

Total

 

Aged

18-34

Aged

35-54

Aged 55+

A lot of attention

21%

8%

20%

37%

Some attention

35%

30%

42%

29%

Not much attention

27%

35%

27%

15%

None at all

15%

21%

8%

16%

Don’t know

3%

5%

2%

2%

21% say they pay a lot of attention to arrangements for your retirement income and a further 35% say they pay some attention. 42% pay no or not much attention.

Interest in retirement income increases with age – 37% of those aged 55+ are paying a lot of attention compered to just 8% of those aged 18-34.

61% of men pay a lot/some attention compared to 51% of women.

Those on higher incomes also pay more attention to their retirement income – 63% of those earning $1,600+ pw are paying a lot or some attention compared to 39% of those earning under $600 pw.

Awareness of amount in superannuation

Mar 18, 2014

Q. And do you know how much you currently have in your Superannuation fund(s)?

 

Total

 

Aged

18-34

Aged

35-54

Aged 55+

Yes, I know almost exactly

28%

17%

26%

43%

Yes, I know approximately

41%

42%

54%

18%

No, I don’t really know

18%

31%

13%

6%

Don’t have any Superannuation funds

14%

7%

7%

33%

28% say they know almost exactly how much they have in superannuation and 41% say they know approximately.

Awareness increases with age – 43% of those aged 55+ know almost exactly compared to 17% of those aged 18-34.

Media regulation

Mar 18, 2014

Q. Thinking about the media in Australia, do you think there needs to be more or less regulation of the media or is the present level of regulation about right?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

 

Total Mar 13

Needs to be more regulation

31%

41%

26%

31%

25%

29%

Needs to be less regulation

15%

11%

17%

22%

19%

10%

Present regulation about right

36%

35%

40%

28%

34%

43%

Don’t know

18%

13%

17%

19%

23%

17%

31% think the media in Australia needs more regulation, 15% think it needs less regulation and 36% think the present regulation is about right. Views have polarised a little since this question was asked in March last year. Those thinking the present regulation is about right has declined from 43% to 36%.

Media regulation

Mar 18, 2014

Q. Mainstream media in Australia is currently regulated by laws requiring diversity of ownership. Would you support or oppose these laws being changed so that media companies can buy any media outlets they wish?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Total support

29%

 

27%

32%

24%

25%

Total oppose

43%

 

45%

41%

50%

51%

Strongly support

9%

10%

7%

14%

8%

Support

20%

17%

25%

10%

17%

Oppose

26%

24%

30%

19%

31%

Strongly oppose

17%

21%

11%

31%

20%

Don’t know

29%

28%

28%

26%

24%

29% support and 43% oppose laws being changed so that media companies can buy any media outlets they wish. While there where some differences across party preference, these differences were not substantial – opposition was over 40% for all voter categories.

Opposition was highest among respondents aged 55+ (56%).

Information on the Internet

Mar 18, 2014

Q. As far as you know, which of the following types of information about you is available on the internet for other people to see?

 

Total

 

Aged

18-34

Aged

35-54

Aged 55+

Your email address

62%

59%

60%

68%

A photo of you

58%

73%

55%

42%

Your occupation

42%

52%

42%

30%

Your date of birth

41%

46%

38%

39%

Groups or organisations you belong to

38%

47%

38%

28%

Your phone number

38%

28%

39%

48%

Who you work for

37%

53%

38%

18%

Your opinions on any subject

33%

41%

31%

26%

Details of your family, such as spouse or children

31%

37%

33%

22%

Your home address

30%

19%

32%

41%

Information or photos that have the potential to embarrass you

12%

20%

10%

6%

A majority of respondents said their email address (62%) and a photo (58%) was available on the internet for others to see.

There tended to be more information on the internet about younger people. For those aged 18-34 73% said there was a photo, 59% email address, 53% who they worked for and 52% their occupation.

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