Essential Report

Increasing GST or Medicare levy

Jul 28, 2015

Q. If you had to choose, which of the following tax reforms to raise more funds for Government services and infrastructure would you favour? 

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote Other
Increasing the GST 35% 29% 47% 34% 34%
Increasing the Medicare levy 33% 40% 26% 39% 33%
Don’t know 32% 31% 27% 27% 33%

Given the choice of increasing the GST or increasing the Medicare levy, 35% favour increasing the GST and 33% favour increasing the Medicare levy. 32% could not choose.

Labor voters favoured increasing the Medicare levy (40%) while Liberal/National voters favoured increasing the GST (47%).

Those on low incomes (under $600 pw) favoured increasing the Medicare levy (45% to 22%) while those on higher incomes ($1,600+ pw) favoured increasing the GST (50% to 27%).

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