Essential Report

Government support for industries

Aug 14, 2018

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of governments giving the following types of financial support to these industries?

  Total approve Total disapprove   Strongly approve Approve Disapprove Strongly disapprove Don’t know   2014 approve
Agriculture – drought relief 88% 5%   52% 36% 3% 2% 6%   83%
Renewable energy – subsidies for wind and solar power 76% 15%   39% 37% 8% 7% 9%  
Health care – private health rebate 73% 14%   30% 43% 9% 5% 12%   72%
Tourism – development grants 63% 22%   11% 52% 18% 4% 16%   61%
Food processing – production subsidies 55% 24%   12% 43% 19% 5% 21%   55%
Film – production grants 45% 36%   8% 37% 25% 11% 19%   46%
Banks – guaranteeing debt 37% 42%   9% 28% 23% 19% 20%   36%
Real estate investment – negative gearing 36% 42%   9% 27% 22% 20% 22%   35%
Mining industry – fuel rebate 33% 44%   8% 25% 27% 17% 23%   26%

There was majority approval of the Government giving financial support to agriculture (88% approve), renewable energy (76%), health care (73%), tourism (63%) and food processing (55%). Approval of drought relief has increased 5% since this question was asked in 2014.

Liberal/National voters are more likely than Labor voters to approve support for tourism (72% to 58%), food processing (62%/52%), banks (47%/33%), real estate (49%/32%) and mining (43%/30%).

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