Support for Carbon Tax

Jul 13, 2011

Q. Does the Government’s decision to exempt fuel from the carbon tax for households, trade and small business make you more or less likely to support a carbon tax or does it make no difference?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Men Women Age

18-34

Aged

35-54

Aged 55+
Total more likely to support 30% 50% 20% 44% 30% 31% 41% 26% 24%
Total less likely to support 11% 8% 11% 19% 14% 8% 12% 13% 10%
A lot more likely to support 7% 18% 2% 12% 9% 6% 8% 7% 6%
A little more likely to support 23% 32% 18% 32% 21% 25% 33% 19% 18%
A little less likely to support 6% 8% 5% 13% 7% 4% 8% 7% 5%
A lot less likely to support 5% * 8% 8% 7% 4% 4% 6% 5%
Makes no difference 52% 36% 66% 29% 50% 53% 37% 55% 63%
Don’t know 6% 6% 2% 5% 5% 7% 9% 6% 3%

More than half the respondents (52%) said the Government’s decision to exempt fuel from the carbon tax for households, trade and small business makes no difference to their support for the carbon tax. 30% say it makes them more likely to support the tax and 11% less likely.

Those more likely to support the tax were Labor voters (50%), Greens voters (44%) and people aged under 35 (41%).

Those most likely to say it makes no difference were Coalition voters (66%) and people aged 55+ (63%).

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Support for Carbon Pricing

Jul 11, 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 Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Total support 35% 38% 34% 39% 41% 38% 38% 35% 65% 15% 73%
Total oppose 48% 49% 51% 49% 44% 48% 49% 53% 20% 79% 21%
Strongly support 9% 12% 12% 13% 14% 14% 13% 11% 23% 3% 35%
Support 26% 26% 22% 26% 27% 24% 25% 24% 42% 12% 38%
Oppose 19% 17% 19% 15% 15% 19% 19% 19% 15% 23% 16%
Strongly oppose 29% 32% 32% 34% 29% 29% 30% 34% 5% 56% 5%
Don’t know 18% 13% 15% 12% 15% 15% 13% 12% 16% 7% 7%

35% (down 3%) support the Government’s proposed carbon pricing scheme and 53% (up 4%) oppose. It is supported by 65% of Labor voters and 73% of Greens voters but opposed by 79% of coalition voters.

By age, those aged under 35 split 40% support/43% oppose, and those aged 55+ split 33% support/59% oppose.

  • note that these result reflect opinions prior to the announcement of the details of carbon pricing.

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Support for Carbon Pricing

Jun 14, 2011

Q. Do you support or oppose the Government’s recent announcement 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 Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Total support 35% 38% 34% 39% 41% 38% 38% 60% 19% 68%
Total oppose 48% 49% 51% 49% 44% 48% 49% 28% 72% 18%
Strongly support 9% 12% 12% 13% 14% 14% 13% 24% 3% 35%
Support 26% 26% 22% 26% 27% 24% 25% 36% 16% 33%
Oppose 19% 17% 19% 15% 15% 19% 19% 17% 20% 10%
Strongly oppose 29% 32% 32% 34% 29% 29% 30% 11% 52% 8%
Don’t know 18% 13% 15% 12% 15% 15% 13% 12% 9% 13%

38% support the Government’s proposed carbon pricing scheme and 49% oppose – no significant change since the question was asked in May. It is supported by 60% of Labor voters and 68% of Greens voters but opposed by 72% of coalition voters.

By age, those aged under 35 split 46% support/39% oppose, and those aged 55+ split 31% support/62% oppose.

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Support for Carbon Pricing

May 30, 2011

Q. Do you support or oppose the Government’s recent announcement 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 Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Total support 35% 38% 34% 39% 41% 38% 62% 17% 62%
Total oppose 48% 49% 51% 49% 44% 48% 22% 73% 23%
Strongly support 9% 12% 12% 13% 14% 14% 26% 4% 29%
Support 26% 26% 22% 26% 27% 24% 36% 13% 33%
Oppose 19% 17% 19% 15% 15% 19% 13% 23% 17%
Strongly oppose 29% 32% 32% 34% 29% 29% 9% 50% 6%
Don’t know 18% 13% 15% 12% 15% 15% 16% 11% 14%

38% support the Government’s proposed carbon pricing scheme and 48% oppose. Although a change from last week’s figures this is much the same as recorded in the April poll. It is supported by 62% of Labor and Greens voters but opposed by 73% of coalition voters.

By age, those aged under 35 split 44% support/35% oppose, and those aged 55+ split 33% support/58% oppose.

For those who believe that climate change is happening and is caused by human activity 60% support and 24% oppose. For those who believe that we may just be witnessing a normal fluctuation in the earth’s climate 13% support and 80% oppose

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Early Election over Carbon Tax

May 30, 2011

Q. Do you think the Government should call an early election over the carbon tax?

28 March 31 May Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Yes 40% 42% 15% 71% 18%
No 44% 42% 68% 19% 66%
Don’t know 17% 16% 17% 11% 16%

42% think the Government should call an early election over the carbon tax and 42% disagree. This is similar to the views recorded in the previous poll in March and is strongly associated with voting intention.

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Who Will Pay Carbon Tax?

May 26, 2011

Q. Thinking about Carbon Tax, how would you expect it will be paid? (This question has been commissioned by Network Ten)

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Men Women Age

18-34

Aged

35-54

Aged 55+
Industries will have to absorb the costs 14% 17% 9% 22% 14% 13% 16% 14% 10%
Consumers will end up paying it because industry will increase prices 63% 54% 79% 40% 63% 63% 59% 65% 65%
Industries will pay and consumers will be compensated for any price increases 13% 17% 8% 32% 13% 13% 12% 11% 16%
Don’t know 10% 11% 4% 6% 10% 11% 13% 10% 8%

Nearly two thirds (63%) of respondents believe that consumers will end up paying the carbon tax because industry will increase prices – 14% think industries will have to absorb the costs and 13% think industries will pay but consumers will be compensated for price increases.

Greens voters are least likely to think that consumers will end up paying for it (40%). Otherwise perceptions are similar across demographic groups.

Of those who think consumers will end up paying, 30% support the scheme and 58% oppose.

Of those who think industry will absorb the costs, 74% support the scheme and 21% oppose.

Of those who think Industries will pay and consumers will be compensated, 74% support the scheme and 19% oppose.

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Opinion of Carbon Pricing Proposal

Apr 18, 2011

Q. Do you support or oppose the Government’s recent announcement 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 Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Total support 35% 38% 34% 39% 63% 21% 75%
Total oppose 48% 49% 51% 49% 25% 72% 17%
Strongly support 9% 12% 12% 13% 25% 4% 37%
Support 26% 26% 22% 26% 38% 17% 38%
Oppose 19% 17% 19% 15% 10% 18% 10%
Strongly oppose 29% 32% 32% 34% 15% 54% 7%
Don’t know 18% 13% 15% 12% 12% 7% 8%

Support for the Government’s carbon pricing scheme has recovered to similar levels recorded in mid-March.

Since this question was asked 3 weeks ago, support has increased to 39% (+5%) and opposition dropped to 49% (-2%).

Strongest support was shown by those aged under 35 (42%) and those on incomes over $1,600 pw (46%).

Those most strongly opposed were aged 55+ (58%).

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Opinion of Carbon Pricing Proposal with Compensation

Apr 18, 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 and small businesses for increased prices?

14 March Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Total support 54% 51% 78% 34% 80%
Total oppose 30% 33% 11% 51% 7%
Strongly support 17% 17% 30% 8% 35%
Support 37% 34% 43% 25% 44%
Oppose 14% 12% 7% 18% 8%
Strongly oppose 16% 21% 6% 37% 5%
Don’t know 17% 16% 14% 13% 8%

With compensation for low and middle income earners and small businesses, support for the Government’s carbon pricing scheme increased to 51% and opposition dropped to 33%. This is a slight fall in support since this question was last asked in mid-March.

With compensation, support among Labor voters increases 15% to 78% and for Liberal/National voters increases 13% to 34%.

Support among men increased from 39% to 47% and for women increases from 38% to 55%.

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