Essential Report

Increase in GST

Nov 4, 2014

Q. Would you support an increase in the GST if it was : 

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Directly invested in hospitals and health services

56%

57%

63%

66%

46%

Invested in aged pensions

44%

47%

52%

34%

37%

Directly invested in vital infrastructure like roads and railways

39%

40%

50%

32%

24%

Used to pay off our national debt

28%

21%

45%

18%

18%

 

A majority (56%) would support an increase in the GST if it was directly invested in hospitals and health services. There was also substantial support for increasing the GST if invested in aged pensions (44%) or directly invested in vital infrastructure like roads and railways (39%). Only 28% support increasing the GST to pay off the national debt.

Liberal/National voters were more likely to favour increasing the GST for all purposes. Increasing the GST to invest in hospitals and health services was supported by 66% of Greens voters and 57% of Labor voters.

There were few differences by income – except that 53% of those earning less than $1,000 pw supported raising the GST to invest in aged pensions.

Changes to GST

May 27, 2014

Q. Do you support or oppose the following changes to the GST to cover cuts to funding commitments to the states for schools and hospitals announced in the recent Federal Budget?

Raising the GST to 12% for all items currently covered

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Total support

32%

25%

45%

24%

23%

Total oppose

58%

70%

46%

63%

51%

Strongly support

9%

6%

16%

5%

9%

Support

23%

19%

29%

19%

14%

Oppose

19%

17%

21%

14%

20%

Strongly oppose

39%

53%

25%

49%

31%

Don’t know

9%

5%

10%

13%

12%

Expanding the GST to cover fresh fruit and vegetables

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Total support

18%

12%

27%

11%

21%

Total oppose

75%

83%

65%

83%

73%

Strongly support

5%

4%

9%

8%

Support

13%

8%

18%

11%

13%

Oppose

21%

16%

27%

16%

20%

Strongly oppose

54%

67%

38%

67%

53%

Don’t know

7%

4%

9%

6%

6%

There was majority opposition to both raising the GST to 12% (58%) and expanding the GST to cover fresh fruit and vegetables (75%).

While there was strong majority opposition to expanding the GST across all voter groups, Liberal/National voters were split over raising the GST to 12% (45% support/46% oppose).

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