Essential Report

Approval of changes to negative gearing

May 3, 2016

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of changing negative gearing so that, for future purchases, investors can only claim tax deductions for investments in newly built homes? 

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other Feb 2016 March 2016
Total approve 36% 42% 36% 40% 33% 37% 35%
Total disapprove 38% 30% 52% 31% 41% 32% 39%
Strongly approve 11% 16% 8% 11% 13% 19% 10%
Approve 25% 26% 28% 29% 20% 18% 25%
Disapprove 21% 19% 25% 20% 25% 18% 25%
Strongly disapprove 17% 11% 27% 11% 16% 14% 14%
Don’t know 26% 28% 12% 29% 26% 31% 26%

36% approve of changing negative gearing so that, for future purchases, investors can only claim tax deductions for investments in newly built homes and 38% disapprove. This is a similar result to when this question was asked in March.

Those most likely to approve were Labor voters (42%) and men (46%).

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