Groups better off under Labor or Liberal Government

Jul 1, 2013

Q. Do you think the following groups of people would be better off under a Labor Government or a Liberal Government?

 

Better off under a Labor Government

Better off under a Liberal Government

Makes
no difference

Don’t know

 

Difference
(Labor minus Liberal)

Difference
Sept
12

People with disabilities

41%

20%

23%

16%

+21

+20

People and families on low incomes

42%

21%

21%

16%

+21

+27

Single parents

35%

20%

25%

20%

+15

+23

Unemployed people

35%

21%

27%

18%

+14

+27

Families with children at public school

36%

22%

23%

19%

+14

+19

Recent immigrants to Australia

31%

18%

28%

24%

+13

+18

Pensioners

34%

23%

25%

19%

+11

+16

Average working people

31%

29%

24%

16%

+2

+5

People and families on middle incomes

28%

33%

21%

18%

-5

-7

Farmers and other agricultural producers

19%

34%

24%

24%

-15

-13

Small businesses

20%

38%

20%

21%

-18

-16

Families with children at private school

15%

42%

23%

20%

-27

-30

Banks and other financial institutions

10%

45%

23%

21%

-35

-38

People and families on high incomes

12%

53%

17%

18%

-41

-43

Large corporations

10%

53%

18%

19%

-43

-48

Respondents were substantially more likely to think the following groups would be better off under a Labor Government – people with disabilities, low income families, single parents, unemployed and families with children at public school.

They were substantially more likely to think the following groups would be better off under a Liberal Government – large corporations, high income families, banks and financial institutions, families with children at private schools.

Paying tax

May 6, 2013

Q. Do you think the following pay too much tax, not enough tax or about the right amount?

 

Total

Labor voters

Lib/Nat voters

 

Pay too much

Don’t pay eno
-ugh

Pay about right
amnt.

Don’t know

Pay too much

Don’t pay eno
-ugh

Pay about right

Don’t know

Pay too much

Don’t pay eno
-ugh

Pay about right
amnt.

Don’t know

Large
bus.

7%

63%

17%

13%

4%

75%

12%

9%

9%

52%

25%

14%

Small
bus.

43%

7%

37%

14%

37%

8%

43%

11%

49%

5%

34%

11%

People on
low incomes

41%

8%

41%

10%

49%

3%

41%

7%

33%

11%

46%

10%

People on average
incomes

37%

7%

49%

8%

32%

8%

54%

6%

38%

6%

50%

6%

People on
high incomes

12%

60%

19%

8%

5%

77%

13%

6%

18%

47%

27%

7%

Mining
co.

7%

62%

16%

15%

4%

78%

8%

11%

11%

49%

24%

16%

A majority think that large businesses (63%), mining companies (62%) and people on high incomes do not pay enough tax.

They are more likely to think that small businesses pay too much tax (43%) and that people on average incomes pay about the right amount (49%).

They were split over whether people on low incomes pay too much or about the right amount.

At least three quarters of Labor voters think mining companies, people on upper incomes and big businesses do not pay enough tax.

Decisions of the Labor Government

Sep 10, 2012

Q. Thinking about the decisions the Labor Government has made over the last few years, do you think the following decisions were good or bad for Australia?

Total good

Total bad

Very good

Good

Neither good nor bad

Bad

Very bad

Don’t know

Expanding dental health services for people on low incomes

77%

5%

33%

44%

14%

2%

3%

5%

Increasing the tax free threshold from $6,000 to $18,200

75%

4%

36%

39%

16%

3%

1%

5%

Increasing the age pension

70%

11%

30%

40%

13%

7%

4%

6%

Increasing superannuation from 9% to 12%

68%

9%

27%

41%

16%

6%

3%

6%

Protecting large areas of Australia’s marine environment in a network of marine reserves

67%

8%

28%

39%

20%

5%

3%

7%

Introducing the National Disability Insurance Scheme

58%

5%

21%

37%

23%

3%

2%

14%

Implementing the recommendations of the Gonski report to increase education funding

54%

8%

20%

34%

25%

5%

3%

13%

Stimulus spending to tackle the Global Financial Crisis (GFC)

54%

22%

22%

32%

18%

14%

8%

8%

Spending on new school buildings during the GFC

53%

22%

15%

38%

18%

12%

10%

6%

Paid parental leave

52%

20%

17%

35%

23%

12%

8%

5%

Introducing a tax on large profits of mining companies

49%

25%

24%

25%

17%

13%

12%

8%

Implementing the recommendations of the expert committee on asylum seekers including offshore processing

45%

15%

15%

30%

28%

8%

7%

12%

Building the NBN (National Broadband Network)

43%

28%

17%

26%

22%

14%

14%

7%

Abolished WorkChoices

42%

27%

23%

19%

19%

17%

10%

12%

Introducing a carbon tax to tackle climate change

28%

51%

14%

14%

15%

16%

35%

7%

The two most popular decisions of the Labor Government are ‘expanding dental health services for people on low incomes’ (77% total good) and ‘increasing the tax free threshold from $6,000 to $18,000 (75% total good).   The least popular decisions were ‘Building the NBN’ (43% total good), ‘Abolished WorkChoices’ (42% total good) and ‘introducing a carbon tax to tackle climate change’ (28% total good).

Of the fifteen decisions put to respondents, the majority of respondents believed that 10 of the 15 decisions were good for Australia.  For the remaining 5 decisions, a larger portion of respondents generally regarded the decision to be good for Australia except for ‘introducing a carbon tax to tackle climate change’, where the majority of respondents (51%) believed it to be bad for Australia.

Female respondents were more likely to endorse the dental health reforms (80% total good) compared with male respondents (74% total good).

Increasing the age pension was most strongly supported by respondents aged 65+ (77% total good).

Introducing paid parental leave was more popular with female respondents (57% total good), compared with male respondents (46% total good).  Looking at this decision by age, it was most popular amongst respondents aged 25-34 (62%) and 35-44 (62%) whereas respondents aged 65+ were the most likely to regard the decision as a bad one (36% total bad).

Implementing the recommendations of the expert committee on asylum seekers including offshore processing proved to be a very popular decision amongst respondents aged 65+ (65% total good), whereas respondents aged 25-34 were the most likely to regard it as a bad decision (43% total bad).

Female respondents were more likely to regard ‘protecting large areas of Australia’s marine environment’ as a good decision (72% total good) compared with male respondents (60% total good).

Groups better off under Labor or Liberal Government

Sep 3, 2012

Q. Do you think the following groups of people would be better off under a Labor Government or a Liberal Government?

 

Better off under a Labor Government

Better off under a Liberal Government

Makes no difference

Don’t know

Difference

(Labor minus Liberal)

Pensioners

36%

20%

29%

15%

+16

Unemployed people

41%

14%

29%

15%

+27

People with disabilities

36%

16%

30%

17%

+20

People and families on low incomes

44%

17%

25%

13%

+27

People and families on middle incomes

26%

33%

28%

13%

-7

People and families on high incomes

11%

54%

21%

13%

-43

Single parents

39%

16%

29%

16%

+23

Average working people

32%

27%

28%

13%

+5

Large corporations

9%

57%

20%

14%

-48

Banks and other financial institutions

9%

47%

27%

16%

-38

Small businesses

21%

37%

26%

16%

-16

Families with children at public school

38%

19%

28%

15%

+19

Families with children at private school

14%

44%

27%

16%

-30

Recent immigrants to Australia

35%

17%

30%

17%

+18

Farmers and other agricultural producers

19%

32%

31%

19%

-13

Respondents were substantially more likely to think the following groups would be better off under a Labor Government – unemployed, low income families, single parents and people with disabilities.

They were substantially more likely to think the following groups would be better off under a Liberal Government – large corporations, high income families, banks and financial institutions, families with children at private schools.

Groups better off under by Respondent Category 

Respondent category (respondent or family member is in this category) Groups better or worse off

Better off under a Labor Government

Better off under a Liberal Government

Makes no difference

Don’t know

Difference

(Labor minus Liberal)

Pensioners Pensioners

41%

25%

26%

8%

+16

Unemployed Unemployed people

42%

13%

30%

15%

+29

Have a disability People with disabilities

44%

18%

31%

8%

+26

On low income People and families on low incomes

44%

17%

26%

13%

+27

On middle income People and families on middle incomes

25%

37%

27%

11%

-12

On high income People and families on high incomes

16%

58%

15%

11%

-42

Single parent Single parents

38%

19%

27%

16%

+19

Working Average working people

30%

29%

29%

12%

+1

Work for a large corporation Large corporations

11%

57%

18%

14%

-46

Work for a bank or other financial institution Banks and other financial institutions

23%

45%

16%

16%

-22

Work for a small business Small businesses

24%

37%

25%

14%

-13

Self-employed or own a small business Small businesses

24%

40%

20%

17%

-16

Have children at public school Families with children at public school

39%

17%

27%

16%

+22

Have children at private school Families with children at private school

21%

42%

22%

15%

-21

Recent immigrants to Australia * Recent immigrants to Australia

63%

9%

20%

9%

+54

Farmers and other agricultural producers Farmers and other agricultural producers

27%

38%

19%

17%

-11

* small sample – less than 100

This table shows groups affected mainly held views similar to the total sample. The main exceptions were that people with disabilities were more likely to think they would be better off under Labor, people working in banks/finance were more likely to think banks/financial institutions would be better off under Labor and people with children at primary school were more likely to think they would be better off under a Labor Government.

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