Q. The Federal Government has announced a one-off levy on tax-payers and cuts in spending to fund the damage from the recent floods across Australia. Do you agree or disagree with each of the following actions they have taken?
|Total agree||Total disagree||Strongly agree||Agree||Disagree||Strongly disagree||Don’t know|
|A levy on taxpayers earning over $50,000||44%||50%||14%||30%||23%||27%||7%|
|Scrapped cash for clunkers (Grants for owners of old cars to buy new cars)||59%||29%||24%||35%||18%||11%||11%|
|Scrapped the Green Car innovation fund||43%||39%||16%||27%||25%||14%||17%|
|Deferred grants for development of carbon capture and storage technology||45%||40%||17%||28%||26%||14%||16%|
|Deferred or capped grants for solar energy programs||32%||56%||10%||22%||33%||23%||12%|
|Scrapped Higher Education Capital Development Pool (for building new tertiary education centres)||31%||51%||9%||22%||33%||18%||17%|
Respondents were more likely to agree with the Government decisions to scrap cash for clunkers (59% agree/29% disagree), scrap the Green Car innovation fund (43%/39%) and defer grants for development of carbon capture and storage technology (45%/40%).
However, they tended to disagree with the levy on taxpayers earning over $50,000 (50% disagree/44% agree), defer or cap grants for solar energy programs (56%/32%) and scrap Higher Education Capital Development Pool (51%/31%).
70% of Labor voters agreed with the levy and 26% disagreed while Coalition supporters disagreed 69% to 24% agreed. Older respondents were more likely to agree with the levy – 50% of those aged 45+ agreed and 43% disagreed. For those aged under 45, 38% agreed and 53% disagreed.
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