Support for Carbon Pricing Scheme with compensation and investment in renewables

Sep 19, 2011

Q. Would you support or oppose this carbon pricing scheme if the money paid by big polluting industries was used to compensate low and middle income earners for increased prices and to invest in renewable energy?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Total support 50% 77% 27% 84%
Total oppose 37% 12% 61% 9%
Strongly support 20% 41% 4% 40%
Support 30% 36% 23% 44%
Oppose 15% 8% 23% 4%
Strongly oppose 22% 4% 38% 5%
Don’t know 13% 10% 11% 7%

Total support for the carbon pricing scheme rose sharply by 13 points to 50% when respondents were asked whether they supported the scheme if the money paid by big polluting industries was used to compensate low and middle income earners and to invest in renewable energy.

Conversely, total opposition for the scheme fell by 13% to 37% total opposed.

The reference to compensation and investment in renewables has the effect of shifting total support up by 10% amongst Labor voters (77%), up 14% amongst Lib/Nat voters and up 8% amongst Green voters.

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Debate on the Carbon Pricing Scheme

Sep 19, 2011

Q. Do you think the introduction of the carbon pricing scheme has been rushed and needs more time to consider or do you think it has been discussed enough and it is now time to make a decision?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Has been rushed and needs more time to consider 52% 28% 72% 20%
Has been discussed enough and it is now time to make a decision 38% 60% 21% 73%
Don’t know 10% 11% 6% 8%

The majority of respondents think that the carbon pricing scheme had been rushed and more time is needed to consider it (52%).  Thirty eight per cent (38%) think that it has been discussed enough and it is now time to make a decision.  Ten percent (10%) of respondents don’t know.

Lib/Nat voters are the most likely to think that the scheme has been rushed (72%) and Greens voters are the least likely to think so (20%).

Greens voters (73%), followed by Labor voters (60%) are more likely to think that the scheme has been discussed enough and it is now time to make a decision.

Respondents aged 65+ are far more likely to regard the scheme has having been rushed (62%).   Those aged 18-14 years old (43%) and 55-64 (44%) are the most likely to think that the scheme has been discussed enough and it is now time to make a decision.

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Opposition Leader’s proposal on Carbon Tax

Aug 29, 2011

Q. Do you think the Opposition Leader’s proposal to ditch the carbon tax but keep the personal tax cuts will –

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Help Australia’s economy 44% 19% 73% 11%
Hurt Australia’s economy 30% 58% 8% 67%
Don’t know 26% 24% 19% 22%

44% think Tony Abbott’s proposal to ditch the carbon tax but keep the tax cuts will help Australia’s economy and 30% think it will hurt the economy. Opinions were closely associated with voting intention – 73% of Liberal/National voters think it will help the economy while 58% of Labor voters and 67% of Greens voters think it will hurt the economy.

Those on higher incomes are more likely to think it will help the economy – 50% of those on $1,600+pw compared to only 39% of those earning less than $1,000pw.

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Government Actions on Economy

Aug 29, 2011

Q. If the Australian economy weakens and unemployment goes up would you approve or disapprove of the Government taking the following actions?

Total approve Total disapprove Strongly approve Approve Disapprove Strongly disapprove Don’t know
Reduce interest rates 79% 11% 32% 47% 8% 3% 11%$
Cut taxes for both individuals and businesses 61% 25% 16% 45% 21% 4% 14%
Cut taxes on low and middle income earners to help with cost of living while offsetting the revenue loss with a carbon tax on the 500 big polluters 61% 27% 26% 35% 15% 12% 12%
Introduce a mining tax on the big miners and use the money for govt. investment in infrastructure and social spending to stimulate the economy 58% 26% 24% 34% 16% 10% 16%
Cut taxes on lower and middle income earners to help with cost of living with no offsetting carbon tax on the 500 big polluters 51% 33% 15% 36% 24% 9% 16%
Cut taxes and cut Government investment in infrastructure and social spending 39% 43% 12% 27% 30% 13% 18%

Actions most approved were reduce interest rates (79% approve), cut taxes for both individuals and businesses (61%) and cut taxes on low and middle income earners to help with cost of living while offsetting the revenue loss with a carbon tax on the 500 big polluters (61%).

Cutting taxes while offsetting the revenue loss with a carbon tax was more popular than not offsetting the tax cuts with a carbon tax (61% to 51%).

The only action not approved by a majority was cutting taxes and investment in infrastructure and social spending (39% approve/43% disapprove). This was approved by 48% of Liberal/National voters but only 33% of Labor voters and 27% of Greens voters.

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Anti-Government Rallies

Aug 29, 2011

Q. Do the recent rallies in Canberra – the no carbon tax rally and the trucking convoy – represent your views about the Government?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Yes 40% 14% 66% 10%
No 38% 73% 13% 75%
Don’t know 22% 13% 22% 15%

40% say the recent rallies in Canberra represent their views about the Government, 38% say they do not represent their views.

Those most likely to say the rallies represent their views were Liberal/National voters (66%), aged 65+ (60%) and full-time workers (46%).

Those most likely to say the rallies do not represent their views were Labor voters (73%), Greens voters (75%) and those aged under 35 (45%).

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Support for Carbon Pricing Scheme

Aug 1, 2011

Q. Do you support or oppose the Government’s proposal to introduce a carbon pricing scheme from 1 July 2012, which will require industries to pay a tax based on the amount of carbon pollution they emit?

7 March 14 March 28 March 18 April 23 May 30 May 14 June 11 July 18 July Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Total support 35% 38% 34% 39% 41% 38% 38% 35% 39% 39% 77% 12% 82%
Total oppose 48% 49% 51% 49% 44% 48% 49% 53% 49% 51% 14% 83% 11%
Strongly support 9% 12% 12% 13% 14% 14% 13% 11% 15% 15% 33% 2% 42%
Support 26% 26% 22% 26% 27% 24% 25% 24% 24% 24% 44% 10% 40%
Oppose 19% 17% 19% 15% 15% 19% 19% 19% 16% 19% 9% 26% 6%
Strongly oppose 29% 32% 32% 34% 29% 29% 30% 34% 33% 32% 5% 57% 5%
Don’t know 18% 13% 15% 12% 15% 15% 13% 12% 12% 10% 9% 5% 7%

Opinions of the Government’s carbon pricing scheme have changed little the last time this was surveyed two weeks ago. 39% support (no change) and 51% oppose (down 2%).

82% of Greens voters and 77% of Labor voters support the scheme and 83% of Liberal/National voters oppose.

Those aged under 35 are more likely to support the scheme (46% support/39% oppose) and those aged over 55 oppose (36% support/57% oppose).

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Importance of Carbon Pricing Issue

Aug 1, 2011

Q. How important is the issue of the carbon pricing scheme in deciding which party you would vote for?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Very important 30% 25% 39% 33%
Somewhat important 29% 28% 31% 35%
A little important 21% 25% 16% 18%
Not at all important 13% 18% 12% 8%
Don’t know 7% 3% 2% 6%

30% say that the carbon pricing scheme is very important to their voting decision and 29% say it is somewhat important. Liberal/National voters are more likely to consider it very important (39%).

The carbon pricing issue is more important to those who are opposed than those who support it. 68% of those who oppose the scheme say it is very/somewhat important compared to 58% of those who support it.

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Overturning the Carbon Pricing Scheme

Jul 25, 2011

Q. If the Government introduces their carbon pricing scheme Tony Abbott has said that if the Liberal Party wins the next election he will repeal this legislation. Do you support or oppose his proposal to overturn the carbon pricing scheme after it has been put in place?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Total support 50% 24% 81% 15%
Total oppose 36% 63% 9% 73%
Strongly support 30% 8% 56% 8%
Support 20% 16% 25% 7%
Oppose 14% 19% 7% 12%
Strongly oppose 22% 44% 2% 61%
Don’t know 15% 13% 9% 10%

Overall, 50% of respondents support Tony Abbott’s proposal to overturn the carbon pricing scheme after it has been put in place.

Not surprisingly 81% of Lib/Nat voters support Tony Abbott’s proposal. 63% of Labor voters, and 73% of Green voters oppose Tony Abbott’s proposal.

Support for Tony Abbott’s proposal increased with age, with 63% of those aged 65+, compared to 36% of those aged 18-24 supporting the proposal to overturn the carbon pricing scheme.

Males (53%) were slightly more likely than females (47%) to support Tony Abbott’s proposal.

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