Essential Report

Level of taxation

Dec 19, 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   Jan 2017 Pay too much Jan 2017 Don’t pay enough Jan 2017 Pay about right amount Jan 2017 Don’t know
People on low incomes 52% 6% 32% 10%   46% 7% 34% 13%
People on average incomes 45% 7% 40% 8%   43% 6% 39% 12%
You personally 35% 7% 46% 13%   39% 5% 42% 14%
Small businesses 41% 10% 38% 12%   37% 8% 39% 17%
Retirees on large incomes 16% 31% 32% 22%   13% 31% 31% 24%
Religious organisations 5% 53% 20% 19%   3% 58% 18% 21%
People on high incomes 9% 63% 19% 9%   11% 59% 18% 12%
Mining companies 6% 61% 17% 16%   5% 61% 13% 21%
Large businesses 7% 69% 13% 11%   6% 65% 13% 16%
Large international companies (such as Google and Apple) 5% 72% 10% 13%   2% 72% 9% 17%

 

 

From the groups listed, people on low income (52%), people on average incomes (45%), you personally (35%) and small businesses (41%) 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 (69%), mining companies (61%), people on high incomes (63%) and religious organisations (53%) do not pay enough tax.

Results were generally similar to when this question was asked in January.

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