Essential Report

Income tax or GST

Feb 9, 2016

Q. To raise more Government revenue to maintain services and reduce debt, which of the following actions would you favour most?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other   Nov 2015
Increase income taxes 29%   39% 21% 42% 30%   27%
Increase the GST 22%   16% 37% 14% 13%   26%
Expand the GST to cover food, health and education 12%   12% 16% 8% 9%   14%
Don’t know 37%   33% 26% 36% 48%   33%

 

 

To raise more Government revenue to maintain services and reduce debt, 29% favoured increasing income taxes, 22% favoured increasing the GST, and 12% expanding the coverage of the GST. This indicates a small shift away from making changes to the GST since this question was asked in November.

 

Liberal/National voters (37%) were more inclined to favour increasing the GST while Labor voters (39%) and Greens voters (42%) favoured increasing income tax.

 

 

 

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