Attitudes to Mining Tax

Sep 5, 2011

Q. Do you agree or disagree with the following statements about the proposed mining tax?

Total agree Total disagree Strongly agree Agree Disagree Strongly disagree Don’t know
A mining tax is needed so that more of the profits of mining companies are kept in Australia instead of being sent overseas. 57% 24% 26% 31% 15% 9% 19%
A mining tax will hurt business and undermine the country’s economic recovery. 36% 44% 13% 23% 29% 15% 20%
It’s about time all corporations, including the miners, started paying their fair share of taxes. 62% 19% 26% 36% 13% 6% 18%
A miners’ tax is just another example of the Gillard ALP’s anti-business attitude. 34% 45% 16% 18% 24% 21% 21%
The mining companies make huge profits from resources which belong to all Australians, so all Australians should benefit from these large profits. 67% 15% 34% 33% 12% 3% 18%

There was strong agreement that all corporations, including the miners, started paying their fair share of taxes (62%) and that all Australians should benefit from the large profits of mining companies (67%). Respondents were more likely to disagree that a mining tax will hurt business and undermine the country’s economic recovery (44% disagree/36% agree) and that the tax is just another example of the Gillard ALP’s anti-business attitude (45% disagree/34% agree).

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