Essential Report

Preferred tax plans

May 22, 2018

Q. The Government’s budget proposes to provide a tax cut of $530 for middle and lower income earners from next year, and then in seven years change the tax rates so that workers earning between $40,000 and $200,000 pay the same rate of tax. Labor proposes to provide a larger tax cut of $928 for middle and lower income earners, and ask those in the top tax bracket to pay a little more to help reduce the deficit. Which of these proposals do you prefer?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other
The Government proposal 33%   15% 63% 17% 28%
The Labor proposal 45%   75% 23% 62% 43%
Don’t know 22%   95 14% 21% 29%


45% prefer the Labor tax plan and 33% the Government’s plan.

All income groups except those earning $2,000+ pw strongly favour the Labor plan. Those earning more than $2,000 pw favour then Government plan 44% to 39%.


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