Q. In order to meet their commitment to return to surplus in 2012-13, which measures should the Government take?
|April 4||Total||Vote Labor||Vote Lib/Nat||Vote Greens|
|Increase taxes for big corporations||63%||72%||81%||65%||86%|
|Reduce tax breaks for high income earners||51%||59%||63%||57%||64%|
|Reduce defence spending||32%||37%||32%||37%||67%|
|Cut “middle class welfare” such as the Baby Bonus, first home buyers grant and Family Tax Benefit payments||36%||35%||31%||40%||29%|
|Cut spending on unemployment and disability benefits||21%||21%||15%||28%||13%|
|It does not need to return to surplus so quickly||38%||58%||65%||56%||61%|
The most favoured measures for returning the budget to surplus were increasing taxes for big corporations (72%) and reducing tax breaks for high-income earners (59%).
Labor voters were more likely to support increasing taxes for big corporations (81%).
Liberal/National voters were more likely to support cutting spending on unemployment and welfare benefits (28%), and cutting “middle class welfare” (40%).
Since this question was last asked in April, support has increased for increasing taxes for big corporations (+9%) and reducing tax breaks for high income earners (+8%).
However, the major change since April has been a substantial increase in support for the position that the Government does not need to return to surplus so quickly – up 20% to 58%. This position is supported by 65% of Labor voters and 56% of Liberal/National voters.
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