Essential Report

Income tax

Apr 5, 2016

Q. It has been proposed that the states and territories be allowed to charge some form of income tax to be used to fund services like health and education. It would mean Federal income tax rates would be reduced. Would you support or oppose this proposal?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other
Total support 34%   33% 44% 32% 21%
Total oppose 34%   40% 31% 38% 51%
Strongly support 11%   13% 14% 7% 5%
Support 23%   20% 30% 25% 16%
Oppose 16%   16% 16% 14% 26%
Strongly oppose 18%   24% 15% 24% 25%
Don’t know 31%   27% 24% 31% 28%

34% support allowing the states and territories to charge some form of income tax and 34% oppose. 31% could not give an opinion.

Strongest support came from Liberal/National voters (44%) and those aged under 35 (42%). All other voter groups were more likely to oppose.

Those most likely to oppose were men (42%) and aged 55+ (47%).

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