Opinion of Mining Tax

Mar 12, 2012

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the proposed mining tax (called the Minerals Resource Rent Tax) on large profits of mining companies?

 

12 Jul 2010

5 Sep 2011

21 Nov

20 Feb 2012

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Total approve

50%

46%

51%

55%

52%

76%

33%

79%

Total disapprove

28%

34%

33%

28%

34%

12%

55%

12%

Strongly approve

13%

18%

18%

23%

20%

36%

7%

51%

Approve

37%

28%

33%

32%

32%

40%

26%

28%

Disapprove

18%

18%

20%

17%

22%

9%

34%

10%

Strongly disapprove

10%

16%

13%

11%

12%

3%

21%

2%

Don’t know

22%

19%

15%

17%

14%

13%

12%

8%

52% approve the Government’s proposed mining tax and 34% disapprove. This represents a weakening in support over the last 3 weeks (from net +27% to net +18%) but a similar result to that of November 2011.

Labor voters (76%) and Greens voters (79%) strongly support the tax – but Liberal/National voters disapprove 55% to 33%.

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Opinion of Mining Tax

Feb 20, 2012

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the proposed mining tax (called the Minerals Resource Rent Tax) on large profits of mining companies?

12 Jul 2010 5 Sep 2011 21 Nov 2011 Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Total approve 50% 46% 51% 55% 80% 39% 74%
Total disapprove 28% 34% 33% 28% 7% 46% 12%
Strongly approve 13% 18% 18% 23% 46% 7% 44%
Approve 37% 28% 33% 32% 34% 32% 30%
Disapprove 18% 18% 20% 17% 6% 26% 9%
Strongly disapprove 10% 16% 13% 11% 1% 20% 3%
Don’t know 22% 19% 15% 17% 13% 14% 14%

Approval for the proposed mining tax has increased over the course of the last 6 months, rising 9 percentage points from 46% in September 2011 to 55% total approval in this week’s poll.

Labor voters are the most in favour of the proposed mining tax, with 80% in favour, followed by Greens voters (74% in favour).  The majority of Coalition voters remain opposed to the proposed tax, with 46% opposed and 39% in favour.

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Important Decisions

Dec 12, 2011

Q. Which of the following decisions made by the Federal Labor Government since they were elected do you think is most important for Australia’s future? And which is second? And which is third?

First Second Third Total
The mining tax on large profits 17% 18% 13% 48%
Addressing climate change with the carbon tax 19% 11% 13% 43%
Increase compulsory superannuation to 12% 17% 13% 12% 42%
Provide 18 weeks paid parental leave 7% 6% 7% 20%
Childcare rebate increased from 30% to 50% 4% 7% 6% 17%
Allow Labor politicians to have a conscience vote on same-sex marriage 4% 6% 5% 15%
Allow the export of uranium to India 4% 5% 4% 13%
Gambling reforms which require poker machine players to set a limit on losses. 3% 5% 5% 13%
Plain packaging for cigarettes 3% 4% 5% 12%
None of them 13% 3% 3% 13%
Don’t know 8% 1% 2% 8%

The three most important decisions made by the Government were the mining tax, the carbon tax and the increase in compulsory superannuation.

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Mining Tax

Nov 21, 2011

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the proposed mining tax (called the Minerals Resource Rent Tax) on large profits of mining companies?

12 Jul 2010 5 Sep 2011 Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Total approve 50% 46% 51% 74% 32% 85%
Total disapprove 28% 34% 33% 13% 55% 7%
Strongly approve 13% 18% 18% 32% 5% 51%
Approve 37% 28% 33% 42% 27% 34%
Disapprove 18% 18% 20% 11% 30% 7%
Strongly disapprove 10% 16% 13% 2% 25%
Don’t know 22% 19% 15% 12% 12% 9%

51% approve the Government’s proposed mining tax and 33% disapprove. This represents a strengthening in support since this question was asked in September (from net +12% to net +18%).

Labor voters (74%) and Greens voters (85%) strongly support the tax – but Liberal/National voters disapprove 55% to 32%.

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Tax reform

Oct 3, 2011

Q.  For each of the following proposals around tax reform, please indicate whether you strongly support, support, oppose or strongly oppose the suggestion.

Total Support Total Oppose Strongly support Support Oppose Strongly Oppose Don’t know
Decreasing income tax for low income earners 81% 11% 34% 47% 8% 3% 7%
Improving tax breaks for small-medium business 76% 10% 20% 56% 7% 3% 13%
Increasing the mining tax 47% 37% 16% 31% 22% 15% 16%
Abolishing negative gearing on new property purchases 33% 37% 8% 25% 20% 17% 29%
Cutting the company tax rate 32% 41% 6% 26% 29% 12% 28%
Repealing the fringe benefits tax 30% 28% 7% 23% 19% 9% 42%
Increasing the carbon tax 19% 68% 5% 14% 21% 47% 13%
Introducing an inheritance tax 10% 75% 3% 7% 24% 51% 15%
Increasing the goods and services tax (GST) 9% 84% 1% 8% 31% 53% 7%

Decreasing income tax for low income earners has the strongest support from respondents, with 81% either strongly supporting or supporting the suggestion.   Improving tax breaks for small-medium business also attracted a similar amount of endorsement (76% total support).

Increasing the mining tax has a significant amount of support (47% total support).

Whilst the proposed reforms of abolishing negative gearing on new property purchases and cutting the company tax rate attracted a significant amount of support, more respondents are opposed to these measures than in favour of them: with 37% opposed to abolishing negative gearing and 41% opposed to cutting the company tax rate.

Strongest opposition is registered against the proposal to increase the GST, with 84% opposed to the idea and only 9% in favour of it.  Introducing an inheritance tax is similarly unpopular (75% total opposed).

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Tax reform by Voting Intention

Oct 3, 2011

Q.  For each of the following proposals around tax reform, please indicate whether you strongly support, support, oppose or strongly oppose the suggestion.

Total Support Total Support – Labor Total Support – Lib/Nat Total Support – Greens
Decreasing income tax for low income earners 81% 85% 81% 81%
Improving tax breaks for small-medium business 76% 74% 85% 71%
Increasing the mining tax 47% 67% 35% 72%
Abolishing negative gearing on new property purchases 33% 37% 33% 38%
Cutting the company tax rate 32% 24% 43% 25%
Repealing the fringe benefits tax 30% 25% 40% 22%
Increasing the carbon tax 19% 29% 8% 60%
Introducing an inheritance tax 10% 14% 10% 18%
Increasing the goods and services tax (GST) 9% 7% 12% 12%

Labor voters are far more likely to support increasing the mining tax (47% total support) and increasing the carbon tax (29% total support).

Coalition voters are more likely to support improving tax breaks for small-medium business (85% total support), cutting the company tax rate (43% total support), repealing the fringe benefits tax (40% total support) and increasing the GST (12% total support).

Greens voters are the most likely to support increasing the mining tax (72%) and by far the most likely to support increasing the carbon tax (60% total support).  They are also more likely to support introducing an inheritance tax (18% total support) and increasing the GST (12% total support).

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Mining Tax

Sep 5, 2011

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the proposed mining tax (called the Minerals Resource Rent Tax) on large profits of mining companies?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens 12 Jul 2010
Total approve 46% 72% 27% 82% 50%
Total disapprove 34% 13% 57% 2% 28%
Strongly approve 18% 33% 7% 43% 13%
Approve 28% 39% 20% 39% 37%
Disapprove 18% 10% 29% 1% 18%
Strongly disapprove 16% 3% 28% 1% 10%
Don’t know 19% 15% 17% 16% 22%

46% approve the Government’s proposed mining tax and 34% disapprove. This represents a weakening in support since this question was asked in July 2010.

Labor voters (72%) and Greens voters (82%) strongly support the tax – but Liberal/National voters disapprove 57% to 27%.

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Attitudes to Mining Tax

Sep 5, 2011

Q. Do you agree or disagree with the following statements about the proposed mining tax?

Total agree Total disagree Strongly agree Agree Disagree Strongly disagree Don’t know
A mining tax is needed so that more of the profits of mining companies are kept in Australia instead of being sent overseas. 57% 24% 26% 31% 15% 9% 19%
A mining tax will hurt business and undermine the country’s economic recovery. 36% 44% 13% 23% 29% 15% 20%
It’s about time all corporations, including the miners, started paying their fair share of taxes. 62% 19% 26% 36% 13% 6% 18%
A miners’ tax is just another example of the Gillard ALP’s anti-business attitude. 34% 45% 16% 18% 24% 21% 21%
The mining companies make huge profits from resources which belong to all Australians, so all Australians should benefit from these large profits. 67% 15% 34% 33% 12% 3% 18%

There was strong agreement that all corporations, including the miners, started paying their fair share of taxes (62%) and that all Australians should benefit from the large profits of mining companies (67%). Respondents were more likely to disagree that a mining tax will hurt business and undermine the country’s economic recovery (44% disagree/36% agree) and that the tax is just another example of the Gillard ALP’s anti-business attitude (45% disagree/34% agree).

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