Taxation

Sep 8, 2015

Q. Would you support or oppose cutting income tax and raising the GST to 15%?

Total

 

  Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other
Total support 27% 18% 41% 17% 29%
Total oppose 52% 63% 43% 64% 53%
Strongly support 7% 4% 13% 2% 3%
Support 20% 14% 28% 15% 26%
Oppose 26% 25% 28% 29% 26%
Strongly oppose 26% 38% 15% 35% 27%
Don’t know 21% 19% 16% 19% 18%

The majority (52%) of Australians are opposed to cutting income tax and raising the GST to 15%. 27% support this policy.

Although more likely than the average to support this policy (41%), in total a slightly larger proportion of Liberal/National voters oppose it (43%).

Labor (63%) and Greens (64%) voters were more likely to oppose this policy.

Males (33%) were more likely than females (20%) to support this policy. Likewise females (51%) were more likely than males (43%) to oppose it.

Opposition was high across the three largest states with 49% in NSW, 47% in QLD and 45% in VIC opposing this policy. 25% in NSW, 29% in QLD and 28% in VIC support the policy.

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.

Preferred option for raising revenue

Nov 12, 2012

Q. If the Government decided to increase its revenue to pay for these reforms, which of the following options would you favour?

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Increase income taxes for those on high incomes

46%

53%

40%

51%

Increase the GST rate to 11 or 12%

10%

11%

12%

14%

Extend the GST to goods and services like food and health which are currently exempt

5%

4%

6%

8%

Increase income taxes overall

5%

6%

5%

5%

None of them

27%

20%

32%

14%

Don’t know

7%

6%

4%

7%

46% favour increasing income taxes for those on high incomes if the Government decided to increase its revenue to pay for reforms.

Increasing the GST rate (10%) has greater support than extending the GST to food and health (5%).

Increasing income taxes for those on high incomes is favoured by 53% of those earning less than $1,600 pw compared to 35% of those earning over $1,600 pw.

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