Q. It is expected that a tax on carbon pollution will increase the cost of electricity. Which of the following do you think should receive compensation for this increased cost?
|Should receive compensation||Should not receive compensation||Don’t know|
|Low income households||84%||8%||8%|
|Small business owners||70%||14%||15%|
|Trade exposed industries||28%||44%||29%|
|The aluminium industry||18%||56%||26%|
There was strong majority support for compensating households (especially low income households), farmers and small businesses.
Support for compensating companies and industries was relatively low. A little over one quarter think trade exposed and manufacturing industries should be compensated and only 15% think power companies should be compensated.
Although all voter groups showed similar support for compensating low income families, Coalition voters showed stronger support for compensation for all other groups – for example, 78% of Coalition voters thought all households should be compensated compared to 65% of Labor voters and 51% of Greens voters.
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