Essential Report

Changes to GST

May 27, 2014

Q. Do you support or oppose the following changes to the GST to cover cuts to funding commitments to the states for schools and hospitals announced in the recent Federal Budget?

Raising the GST to 12% for all items currently covered

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Total support

32%

25%

45%

24%

23%

Total oppose

58%

70%

46%

63%

51%

Strongly support

9%

6%

16%

5%

9%

Support

23%

19%

29%

19%

14%

Oppose

19%

17%

21%

14%

20%

Strongly oppose

39%

53%

25%

49%

31%

Don’t know

9%

5%

10%

13%

12%

Expanding the GST to cover fresh fruit and vegetables

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Total support

18%

12%

27%

11%

21%

Total oppose

75%

83%

65%

83%

73%

Strongly support

5%

4%

9%

8%

Support

13%

8%

18%

11%

13%

Oppose

21%

16%

27%

16%

20%

Strongly oppose

54%

67%

38%

67%

53%

Don’t know

7%

4%

9%

6%

6%

There was majority opposition to both raising the GST to 12% (58%) and expanding the GST to cover fresh fruit and vegetables (75%).

While there was strong majority opposition to expanding the GST across all voter groups, Liberal/National voters were split over raising the GST to 12% (45% support/46% oppose).

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