Q. In order to meet their commitment to return to surplus in 2012-13, which measures should the Government take?
|Total||Vote Labor||Vote Lib/Nat||Vote Greens|
|Increase taxes for big corporations||63%||79%||51%||77%|
|Reduce tax breaks for high income earners||51%||57%||46%||67%|
|Cut “middle class welfare” such as the Baby Bonus, first home buyers grant and Family Tax Benefit payments||36%||33%||41%||39%|
|Reduce defence spending||32%||36%||26%||51%|
|Cut spending on unemployment and disability benefits||21%||15%||31%||11%|
|It does not need to return to surplus so quickly||38%||39%||36%||57%|
Overall, the most favoured means of returning the budget to surplus were increasing taxes for big corporations (63%) and reducing tax breaks for high income earners (51%). Both these measures were strongly favoured by Labor and Greens voters.
Although support was less strong, these two measures were also the most preferred among Liberal/National voters.
Note, although 38% thought that the budget does not need to return to surplus so quickly, some of these respondents also agreed with some of the measures listed.
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