Essential Report

Cutting penalty rates

Jan 13, 2015

Q. Would you support or oppose cutting weekend and public holiday penalty rates for hospitality and retail workers?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote Other

 

Work full time

Work part time

Total support

23%

16%

37%

13%

12%

29%

15%

Total oppose

68%

76%

53%

82%

77%

62%

71%

Strongly support

9%

7%

16%

5%

3%

12%

6%

Support

14%

9%

21%

8%

9%

17%

9%

Oppose

32%

26%

35%

27%

43%

33%

23%

Strongly oppose

36%

50%

18%

55%

34%

29%

48%

Don’t know

10%

8%

10%

5%

10%

10%

14%

68% oppose cutting weekend and public holiday penalty rates for hospitality and retail workers and 23% support.

While a majority of all demographic and voter groups oppose cutting penalty rates, those most likely to oppose were Labor voters (76%), Greens voters (82%), women (73%) and those aged 45-64 (76%). 37% of Liberal/National voters and 36% of those aged 65+ support cutting penalty rates.

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