Essential Report

Raise taxes or cut spending

Aug 13, 2013

Q. Do you think the Government should raise taxes or cut spending to reduce the national debt or should they do neither?

 

6 May 13

 

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Raise taxes

13%

6%

7%

3%

14%

Reduce spending

55%

45%

32%

64%

24%

Both

na

21%

21%

21%

22%

Neither

20%

18%

28%

9%

29%

Don’t know

12%

10%

12%

4%

10%

In order to reduce debt, 45% think the Government should reduce spending, 6% think they should raise taxes and 21% think they should do both. 18% think they should do neither.

64% of Liberal/National voters think the Government should reduce spending compared to 32% of Labor voters and 24% of Greens voters.

(Note the category “both” has been added to this question since it was previously asked)

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