Search results for "medicare"
Jun 28, 2016
Essential Research

Privatising Medicare

Q. If the Liberal Party wins the Federal election, do you think it is likely or unlikely that they will attempt to rivatize Medicare?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other
Total likely 50%   79% 23% 77% 54%
Total not likely 34%   13% 63% 18% 33%
Very likely 25% 47% 6% 38% 28%
Somewhat likely 25% 32% 17% 39% 26%
Not very likely 15% 9% 22% 13% 19%
Not at all likely 19% 4% 41% 5% 14%
Don’t know 17% 8% 13% 6% 13%

50% think it is likely that the Liberal Party will attempt to rivatize Medicare if they win the Federal election.

79% of Labor voters and 77% of Greens voters think it is likely compared to 23% of Liberal National voters.

Jul 28, 2015
Essential Research

Increasing GST or Medicare levy

Q. If you had to choose, which of the following tax reforms to raise more funds for Government services and infrastructure would you favour? 

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote Other
Increasing the GST 35% 29% 47% 34% 34%
Increasing the Medicare levy 33% 40% 26% 39% 33%
Don’t know 32% 31% 27% 27% 33%

Given the choice of increasing the GST or increasing the Medicare levy, 35% favour increasing the GST and 33% favour increasing the Medicare levy. 32% could not choose.

Labor voters favoured increasing the Medicare levy (40%) while Liberal/National voters favoured increasing the GST (47%).

Those on low incomes (under $600 pw) favoured increasing the Medicare levy (45% to 22%) while those on higher incomes ($1,600+ pw) favoured increasing the GST (50% to 27%).

Dec 16, 2014
Essential Research

Medicare rebate

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the recent Government announcement to drop the proposed $7 Medicare co-payment but reduce the doctor’s rebate by $5 and allow the doctor to bill non-concession card holders for that additional $5? 

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Total approve

40%

29%

63%

17%

38%

Total disapprove

44%

60%

25%

62%

44%

Strongly approve

13%

11%

20%

5%

8%

Approve

27%

18%

43%

12%

30%

Disapprove

21%

23%

16%

33%

24%

Strongly disapprove

23%

37%

9%

29%

20%

Don’t know

17%

10%

12%

20%

19%

Respondents were divided on approval of the recent change to charges for GP visits.

40% approved of the recent Government announcement to drop the proposed $7 Medicare co-payment but reduce the doctor’s rebate by $5 and allow the doctor to bill non-concession card holders for that additional $5 and 44% disapproved.

Those most likely to approve were Liberal/National voters (63%) and aged 65+ (50%).

Those most likely to disapprove were Labor voters (60%), Greens voters (62%) and aged 45-54 (48%).

May 7, 2019
Essential Research

Views on Labor Policies

Q. Here are some policies proposed by Labor. To what extent do you oppose or support each? NET: Strongly/Somewhat support   

  Total Vote Labor Vote Liberal / National Vote Greens NET: Vote Other
Extend Medicare to cover cancer and aged dental treatment 76% 83% 68% 85% 82%
Waive up-front fees for 100,000 students to enable them to attend TAFE 60% 73% 50% 70% 57%
Have a target for at least 50% of Australia’s energy to be generated from renewables by 2030 58% 75% 42% 80% 54%
Reverse cuts to penalty rates 50% 66% 36% 60% 49%
Introduce a mechanism for First Nations people to have a greater say in policy issues that impact on their lives to parliament, often referred to as an indigenous voice 43% 55% 31% 65% 37%
Reduce tax concessions for investors and self-funded retirees 39% 54% 26% 49% 36%
  • Over three-quarters of people support the Labor policy to ‘Extend Medicare to cover cancer and aged dental treatment’. This was the most supported policy among Labor (83% support), Liberal/National (68%), Greens (85%) and other party/candidate (82%) voters.
  • All Labor policies received majority support among Labor voters.
  • The policy to ‘Reduce tax concessions for investors and self-funded retirees’ had the lowest support overall, with 39%. 32% of people opposed this policy.
Feb 27, 2018
Essential Research

Health insurance

Q. Most Australians with private health insurance currently receive a subsidy from the Australian Government to help cover the cost of their premiums. Would you support or oppose abolishing the subsidy and using those funds to include dental care within Medicare?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote LNP Vote Greens Vote other
Total support 48%   55% 39% 65% 49%
Total oppose 32%   27% 45% 17% 35%
Strongly support 22% 28% 13% 31% 28%
Support 26% 27% 26% 34% 21%
Oppose 13% 11% 18% 6% 16%
Strongly oppose 19% 16% 27% 11% 19%
Don’t know 20% 17% 16% 18% 16%

 

48% supported abolishing the private health insurance subsidy and using those funds to include dental care within Medicare and 32% opposed.

Those most likely to support this idea were Greens voters (65%), Labor voters (55%) and aged 18-34 (57%)

Those most likely to oppose were Liberal National voters (45%) and aged 55+ (44%).

May 30, 2017
Essential Research

Government Decisions

Q. Thinking about some of the major decisions the Federal Government has made over the years, do you think the following decisions have been good for Australia or bad for Australia?

  Total good Total bad   Very good Good Neither good nor bad Bad Very bad Don’t know Total Good (Oct 2016)
Compulsory superannuation 75% 5%   39% 36% 12% 3% 2% 8% 71%
Medibank (Now Medicare) 56% 14%   26% 30% 19% 9% 5% 11% 63%
Introducing the GST 43% 24%   11% 32% 24% 14% 10% 9% 46%
Free trade agreements 41% 16%   10% 31% 27% 9% 7% 17% 38%
Floating the dollar 37% 10%   10% 27% 27% 7% 3% 25% 33%
Reducing subsidies to car manufacturing 35% 25%   10% 25% 24% 17% 8% 16% 28%
Privatising Qantas 31% 29%   6% 25% 24% 19% 10% 15% 28%
Privatising Telstra 27% 39%   6% 21% 20% 23% 16% 13% 22%
Privatising the Commonwealth Bank 26% 34%   7% 19% 24% 19% 15% 16% 24%

The least popular government initiative was privatising Telstra, which 39% thought was bad. Those most likely to think this decision was bad were South Australians (57% bad), other party/independent voters (55%) and those aged 55-64 (53%).The most popular government initiative listed was compulsory superannuation, which 75% thought was good. Those most likely to think this decision was good were those aged 65+ (86% good), Liberal/National voters (85%) and Western Australians (82%). 11% of other party/independent voters thought compulsory superannuation was bad.

The largest changes since this question was last asked in October 2016 were for Medibank/Medicare, approval for which dropped by 7%, and reducing car manufacturing subsidies, approval for which increased by 7%.

May 23, 2017
Essential Research

Trust in Parties

Q. Which party do you most trust to properly fund the following:

  Labor Coalition Don’t know
Medicare 44% 26% 29%
National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) 36% 28% 36%
Universities 41% 25% 34%
The age pension 45% 22% 33%
Public schools 45% 25% 30%
Independent/private schools 20% 44% 36%

Labor was more trusted to fund Medicare (44% trust), the NDIS (36%), universities (41%), the age pension (45%) and public schools (45%). The Coalition was more trusted to fund independent/private schools (44%).

36% did not know who they would trust more to properly fund the NDIS.

May 23, 2017
Essential Research

Budget Response

  • ALP leader Bill Shorten announced a number of policy measures in response to last week’s federal budget. Do you approve or disapprove of these measures?
  Total approve Total disapprove   Strongly approve Approve Neither approve nor disapprove Disapprove Strongly disapprove Don’t know
Create a $100m fund to invest in TAFE campuses 57% 10%   19% 38% 24% 6% 4% 10%  
Restrict the Medicare levy increase to taxpayers earning more than $87k per year, rather than all taxpayers 55% 21%   22% 33% 15% 12% 9% 10%  
Require at least one in ten people employed on every government infrastructure project to be an apprentice 55% 9%   17% 38% 24% 6% 3% 12%  
Continue the ‘deficit levy’ on earnings above $180k per year 54% 10%   21% 33% 18% 6% 4% 18%  
Oppose a cut to the company tax rate, which is expected to cost $65bn over ten years. 41% 23%   20% 21% 21% 14% 9% 16%  

The most popular measure was the $100m TAFE fund, which was supported by 57%. Support for this proposal was strongest amongst Labor voters (69% approve) and those aged 45-64 (63%).

The least popular measure was opposing the Coalition’s company tax cut, thought this still received 41% approval, and only 23% disapproval. Liberal/National voters were the only group in which more people disapproved (36%) than approved (25%) of this measure.

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