Q. How much do the following groups benefit from the current boom in Australia’s mineral exports?
|Benefit a lot||Some benefit||A little benefit||No benefit||Don’t know|
|Mining company executives||68%||10%||5%||3%||14%|
|Mining company shareholders||48%||28%||7%||3%||14%|
The main beneficiaries of the current boom in Australia’s mineral exports were thought to be mining company executives (68% benefit a lot), mining company shareholders (48%) and foreign companies (42%). Only 11% thought that all Australians benefit a lot and 12% thought regional communities benefit a lot.
Views were mostly similar across demographics.
Labor voters were a little more likely to think that there was a lot of benefit to all Australians (18%) and mining company shareholders (53%).
Liberal/National voters were a little more likely to think that there was a lot of benefit to State Governments (37%) and the Federal Government (46%).
Q. And should the following groups receive more or less benefit from the current boom in minerals exports or is the current benefit they receive about right?
|Should benefit more||Should benefit less||Current benefit about right||Don’t know|
|Mining company shareholders||12%||28%||41%||18%|
|Mining company executives||4%||57%||21%||18%|
A majority of respondents think there should be more benefits to all Australians (68%) and regional communities (58%). A majority also believe there should be less benefit to mining company executives (57%) and foreign companies (56%).
75% of Labor voters, 65% of Liberal/National voters and 84% of Greens voters think all Australians should benefit more.
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