Essential Report

Abolish minimum wage

Apr 15, 2014

Q. The current Australian minimum wage for adult workers is $16.37 per hour. It has been suggested that this minimum wage should be abolished so that some workers could be paid less than this rate. Do you agree or disagree that the minimum wage should be abolished?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Total agree

15%

9%

21%

15%

15%

Total disagree

77%

86%

68%

78%

82%

Strongly agree

5%

5%

7%

5%

Agree

10%

4%

14%

15%

10%

Disagree

19%

11%

27%

9%

16%

Strongly disagree

58%

75%

41%

69%

66%

Don’t know

9%

4%

12%

6%

3%

77% disagree with abolishing the minimum wage and 15% agree.

Those most likely to agree were Liberal/National voters (21%), men (21%), full-time workers (20%) and those with university education (20%).

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