Essential Report

Level of taxation

Jan 31, 2017

Q. Do you think the following pay too much tax, not enough tax or about the right amount?

  Pay too much Don’t pay enough Pay about right amount Don’t know   Mar 2015 Pay too much Mar 2015 Don’t pay enough Mar 2015 Pay about right amount Mar 2015 Don’t know
Large businesses 6% 65% 13% 16%   3% 64% 14% 19%
Small businesses 37% 8% 39% 17%   41% 6% 34% 19%
People on low incomes 46% 7% 34% 13%   47% 5% 36% 13%
People on average incomes 43% 6% 39% 12%   43% 5% 41% 11%
People on high incomes 11% 59% 18% 12%   10% 59% 19% 12%
You personally 39% 5% 42% 14%   36% 4% 47% 13%
Mining companies 5% 61% 13% 21%   4% 67% 12% 17%
Retirees on large incomes 13% 31% 31% 24%   15% 29% 30% 26%
Large international companies (such as Google and Apple) 2% 72% 9% 17%   2% 73% 8% 18%
Religious organisations 3% 58% 18% 21%   5% 53% 16% 26%

From the groups listed, people on low income (46%), people on average incomes (43%), you personally (39%) and small businesses (37%) and were the groups respondents were most likely to think pay too much tax.

More than half of respondents believe that large international companies (72%), large businesses (65%), mining companies (61%), people on high incomes (59%) and religious organisations (58%) do not pay enough tax.

Overall, Labor voters were more likely than Liberal voters to think the following groups pay too much tax – low incomes (Labor 55%/LNP37%) and average incomes (48%/39%).

Labor voters were also more likely to think the following don’t pay enough tax – large businesses (73%/57%), people on high incomes (66%/50%) and mining companies (68%/55%).

Results were very similar to when this question was asked in March 2015.

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