Essential Report

Fairness of tax system

Apr 12, 2016

Q: Now thinking about taxes – overall, how fair do you think our present Federal tax system is?

 
Total
 
Vote Labor
Vote Lib/Nat
Vote Greens
Vote other
 
Income less than $600 pw
Income $600 – $1,000 pw
Income $1,000 – $1,600 pw
Income $1,600- $2,000 pw
Income $2,000+ pw
 
Dec 2015
Total fair 36%   34% 48% 32% 24%   18% 33% 43% 33% 45%   40%
Total not fair 55%   59% 44% 62% 70%   72% 58% 54% 60% 45%   52%
Very fair 3%   3% 5% 3% 3%   1% 4% 5% 1% 5%   4%
Moderately fair 33%   31% 43% 29% 21%   17% 29% 38% 32% 40%   36%
Not too fair 30%   27% 32% 26% 30%   35% 28% 30% 39% 25%   30%
Not fair at all 25%   32% 12% 36% 40%   37% 30% 24% 21% 20%   22%
Don’t know 10%   6% 8% 5% 5%   9% 10% 4% 7% 10%   8%

36% think the Federal tax system is very or moderately fair and 55% think it is not too fair or not fair at all. This represents a small shift toward thinking the tax system is not fair since this question was asked in December.

Those most likely to think it not fair were Greens voters (62%), other voters (70%) and incomes under $600 pw (72%) and $1,600-$2,000 pw (60%).

Those most likely to think it is fair were Liberal/National voters (48%), incomes $2,000+ pw (45%) and university educated (43%).

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