Essential Report

Support for policies

Aug 27, 2018

Q. Would you support or oppose the following policies?

  Total support Total oppose   Strongly support Support Oppose Strongly oppose Don’t know
Withdraw from the Paris climate change agreement on reducing emissions 32% 46%   14% 18% 21% 25% 23%
Funding more coal-fired power stations 41% 41%   14% 27% 20% 21% 17%
Cutting immigration numbers 62% 27%   33% 29% 17% 10% 11%
Expanding short-term work visas 34% 46%   8% 26% 27% 19% 20%
Cutting the tax rate for big businesses 25% 62%   6% 19% 25% 37% 13%
Cutting the tax rate for people earning over $200,000 23% 64%   6% 17% 28% 36% 13%

There was strong majority support for cutting immigration – including 55% of Labor voters and 78% of LNP voters. A majority opposed cutting tax rates for big businesses (62% oppose) and wealthy people (64% oppose).

Respondents were more likely to oppose withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement and expanding short-term work visas.

They were split (41%/41%) over funding more coal-fired power stations.

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