Essential Report

Negative gearing

Feb 23, 2016

Do you approve or disapprove of the Labor Party’s policy to change negative gearing so that, for future purchases, investors can only claim tax deductions for investments in newly built homes? (Version 1)

Do you approve or disapprove of changing negative gearing so that, for future purchases, investors can only claim tax deductions for investments in newly built homes? (Version 2)

  Total version 1 Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other Total version 2 Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other
Total approve 38% 56% 29% 45% 34% 37% 43% 40% 48% 34%
Total disapprove 28% 19% 44% 18% 30% 32% 29% 36% 14% 36%
Strongly approve 16% 24% 11% 24% 17% 19% 26% 16% 29% 15%
Approve 22% 32% 18% 21% 17% 18% 17% 24% 19% 19%
Disapprove 14% 13% 215 4% 9% 18% 21% 18% 8% 22%
Strongly disapprove 14% 6% 235 14% 21% 14% 8% 18% 6% 14%
Don’t know 32% 25% 27% 36% 37% 31% 28% 24% 38% 30%

Note – half the sample were asked Version 1 and half were asked Version 2.

When told it was a Labor policy, 38% approved changes to negative gearing and 28% disapproved. When not told that it was a Labor policy 37% approved and 32% disapproved.

For Labor voters 56% approved when told it was a Labor policy and 43% when not told.

For Liberal/National voters 29% approved when told it was a Labor policy and 40% when not told.

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