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%).

Class Warfare

May 21, 2012

Q. The Federal Opposition has accused the Government of “class warfare” for criticising and increasing taxes for Australia’s richest people and companies. The Government says they are just trying to ensure that all Australians benefit from the mining boom and other wealth derived from Australia’s resources and economic development.  Which position do you most agree with?

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

The Government

46%

77%

20%

77%

The Opposition

28%

5%

56%

5%

Don’t know

26%

18%

25%

18%

28% agree with the Federal Opposition’s claim that the Government is carrying out “class warfare” and 46% agree with the Government’s position that they are just trying to ensure that all Australians benefit from the mining boom.

Those on higher incomes were only a little more likely to agree with the Opposition. For those earning less than $600pw, 53% agree with the Government and 23% agree with the Opposition. For those on incomes over $1,600pw, 45% agree with the Government and 31% with the Opposition.

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Support for Levy on Financial Transactions

May 7, 2012

Q. A number of governments around the world and international organisations have argued for a financial transactions tax  – which is a small levy on large transactions of currencies, bonds and shares which could raise 480 billion euros (about $600 billion) globally. The idea behind this levy is that this would be a good way for the banking sector to contribute back to society for their part in the financial crisis.

Would you support or oppose such a levy?

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Total support

59%

66%

57%

63%

Total oppose

16%

12%

22%

10%

Strongly support

20%

26%

15%

21%

Support

39%

40%

42%

42%

Oppose

10%

7%

13%

7%

Strongly oppose

6%

5%

9%

3%

Don’t know

25%

22%

21%

27%

 

59% supported the idea of a levy on large financial transactions and 16% opposed.

A majority of all demographic and voter groups supported the concept. Highest support came from Labor voters (66%) and men (65%).

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Mining Companies’ Tax

Apr 23, 2012

Q. Overall, do you think mining companies pay too much tax, not enough tax or about the right amount of tax?

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Pay too much tax

11%

8%

15%

2%

Don’t pay enough tax

37%

54%

25%

63%

Pay about the right amount of tax

27%

18%

37%

6%

Don’t know

25%

20%

22%

29%

37% think mining companies don’t pay enough tax, 27% think they pay about the right amount and 11% think they pay too much.

Groups most likely to think they don’t pay enough were men (42%), aged 35-54 (41%) and those earning over $1,600 pw (44%).

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Opinion of Mining Tax

Apr 23, 2012

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the proposed mining tax (called the Minerals Resource Rent Tax) on large profits of mining companies?

 

12 Jul 2010

5 Sep 2011

21 Nov

20 Feb 2012

12 Mar 2012

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Total approve

50%

46%

51%

55%

52%

51%

77%

35%

77%

Total disapprove

28%

34%

33%

28%

34%

29%

8%

50%

7%

Strongly approve

13%

18%

18%

23%

20%

19%

36%

8%

41%

Approve

37%

28%

33%

32%

32%

32%

41%

27%

36%

Disapprove

18%

18%

20%

17%

22%

20%

6%

33%

7%

Strongly disapprove

10%

16%

13%

11%

12%

9%

2%

17%

-

Don’t know

22%

19%

15%

17%

14%

20%

16%

15%

16%

51% approve the Government’s proposed mining tax and 29% disapprove. This represents a strengthening in support over the last 6 weeks (from net +18% to net +22%).

Labor voters (77%) and Greens voters (77%) strongly support the tax – but Liberal/National voters disapprove 50% to 35%.

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Reason for Budget Deficit

Apr 10, 2012

Q. The Federal Government is currently running a budget deficit, but intends to return to surplus with the budget for 2012-13 to be announced next month. Which of the following do you think has been most responsible for the deficit over the last few years?

 

Total 11/4/11

Total 10/4/12

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Poor economic management by the Government

23%

28%

7%

48%

7%

Big companies not paying their fair share of taxes

17%

16%

28%

5%

28%

Lower tax revenues because of the Global Financial Crisis

13%

16%

27%

10%

22%

Spending on big projects like the National Broadband Network

14%

15%

14%

17%

10%

The cost of the Government’s GFC stimulus packages

19%

12%

11%

13%

15%

Don’t know

15%

14%

13%

8%

18%

Overall, respondents believe the main reasons for the budget deficit are poor economic management by the Government (28%), big companies not paying their fair share of taxes (16%) and lower tax revenues because of the Global Financial Crisis (16%).

Since this question was asked 12 months ago, those blaming the Government for poor economic management has increased from 23% to 28% and those blaming the cost of the Government’s GFC stimulus packages has declined from 19% to 12%.

Labor voters were most likely to blame big companies not paying their fair share of taxes (28%) and lower tax revenues because of the GFC (27%) while Liberal/National voters blame poor economic management by the Government (48%). Greens voters tended to blame big companies not paying their fair share of taxes (28%).

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Return to Surplus

Apr 10, 2012

Q. Do you think it is more important for the Government to return the budget to surplus by 2012/13 as planned – which may mean cutting services and raising taxes – OR should they delay the return to surplus and maintain services and invest in infrastructure?

 

Total 4/4/11

 

Total 28/11/11

Total 10/4/12

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Return to surplus by 2012/13, cut services, raise taxes

14%

13%

12%

13%

13%

7%

Delay return to surplus, maintain services, invest in infrastructure

69%

71%

73%

73%

76%

81%

Don’t know

17%

15%

15%

13%

12%

12%

 

12% support the return to surplus by 2012/13 if it means cutting services and raising taxes and 73% think the Government should delay the return to surplus and maintain services and investment. Support for a return to surplus has not significantly changed since this question was asked in November last year.

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Measures to Return to Surplus

Apr 10, 2012

Q. In order to meet their commitment to return to surplus in 2012-13, which measures should the Government take?

Total

11/4/11

Total 10/4/12

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Increase taxes for big corporations

63%

67%

81%

55%

80%

Reduce tax breaks for high income earners

51%

57%

65%

52%

71%

Postpone major infrastructure projects like the NBN

na

41%

29%

58%

19%

Reduce defence spending

32%

38%

42%

30%

64%

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

36%

36%

37%

38%

36%

Cut spending on unemployment and disability benefits

21%

23%

18%

32%

12%

It does not need to return to surplus so quickly

38%

63%

67%

66%

58%

Overall, the most favoured means of returning the budget to surplus were increasing taxes for big corporations (67%) and reducing tax breaks for high-income earners (57%). Both these measures were strongly favoured by Labor and Greens voters.

Although support was less strong, these two measures were also two of the three the most preferred among Liberal/National voters – 58% think the Government should postpone major infrastructure projects like the NBN.

The main changes since this question was asked 12 months ago are increases in support for reducing tax breaks for high-income earners (up 6%) and reducing defence spending (up 6%).

Note, although 63% thought that the budget does not need to return to surplus so quickly, some of these respondents also agreed with some of the measures listed.

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