Essential Report

Result of cutting penalty rates

Mar 7, 2017

Q. What do you think will be the more likely result of cutting penalty rates for hospitality and retail workers?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other   Work full time Work part time
Businesses will make bigger profits 57%   73% 41% 66% 61%   60% 55%
Businesses will employ more workers 24%   12% 42% 12% 23%   24% 22%
Don’t know 20%   15% 17% 22% 16%   17% 23%

57% think that the most likely result of cutting penalty rates will be that businesses will make bigger profits. 24% think businesses will employ more workers.

Those most likely to think businesses will make more profits were Labor voters (73%) and Greens voters (66%).

Those most likely to think businesses will employ more workers were Liberal National voters (42%) and aged 65+ (41%).

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