Medicare tax increase

Sep 8, 2020

Q. It has been proposed that the Medicare levy could be increased from 2% to 2.65% to fund improvements to the aged care sector.

To what extent would you support or oppose this increase?

  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
  Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor Liberal + National Greens TOTAL: Other
Strongly oppose 15% 17% 13% 10% 22% 12% 11% 13% 11% 37%
Somewhat oppose 17% 18% 16% 23% 16% 13% 17% 18% 23% 13%
Neither support, nor oppose 32% 28% 36% 38% 28% 31% 31% 28% 33% 29%
Somewhat support 23% 24% 22% 21% 22% 27% 28% 27% 17% 13%
Strongly support 12% 13% 12% 8% 12% 17% 14% 13% 15% 7%
TOTAL: Oppose 32% 35% 29% 33% 38% 25% 28% 31% 35% 51%
TOTAL: Support 36% 37% 35% 29% 34% 44% 41% 41% 32% 21%
Base (n) 1,076 524 552 326 365 385 321 390 108 138
  • The proposal to increase the Medicare levy to help fund the aged care sector could be a polarising issue for Australians. Similar proportions say they support (36%) and oppose (32%) the proposal
  • Support for increasing the levy is highest mong those aged over 55 years (44%).
  • There is net support among voters of the two major parties – 41% support, 28% opposition among Labor voters and 41% support, 31% oppose among Coalition voters). Those voting for minor, or independent candidates generally oppose the proposal (51% oppose, 21% support).

Level of tax

Mar 10, 2015

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

*DPN = Don’t pay enough

Total

Labor voters

Lib/Nat voters

Pay too much

DPN

Pay about right 

Don’t know

Pay too much

DPN

Pay about right 

Don’t know

Pay too much

DPN

Pay about right 

Don’t know

Large
business

3%

64%

14%

19%

3%

72%

8%

17%

3%

60%

21%

16%

Small
business

41%

6%

34%

19%

39%

8%

40%

14%

43%

6%

36%

15%

People on
low incomes

47%

5%

36%

13%

57%

4%

30%

9%

34%

6%

48%

12%

People on average incomes

43%

5%

41%

11%

52%

4%

36%

8%

33%

7%

50%

10%

People on
high incomes

10%

59%

19%

12%

9%

66%

17%

8%

9%

56%

25%

11%

You
personally

36%

4%

47%

13%

40%

4%

45%

11%

29%

5%

53%

13%

Mining companies

4%

67%

12%

17%

3%

75%

9%

13%

4%

63%

18%

15%

Retirees
on large incomes

15%

29%

30%

26%

15%

33%

29%

22%

14%

26%

38%

23%

Large intl companies (such as Google & Apple)

2%

73%

8%

18%

2%

74%

8%

16%

2%

73%

10%

15%

Religious
organisation

5%

53%

16%

26%

4%

54%

15%

27%

5%

53%

21%

21%

From the groups listed, people on low income (47%), small businesses (41%) and people on average incomes (43%) were the groups respondents were most likely to think pay too much tax.

More than half of respondents believe that ‘large international companies’ (73%), ‘large businesses’ (64%), ‘mining companies’ (67%), and ‘religious organisations’ (53%) do not pay enough tax.

Overall, Labor voters were more likely than Liberal voters to think the following groups pay too much tax – low incomes (Labor 57%/LNP34%), average incomes (52%/33%) and ‘you personally’ (40%/29%). Labor voters were also more likely to think the following don’t pay enough tax – large businesses (72%/60%), people on high incomes (66%/56%) and mining companies (75%/63%).

Impact of higher tax on multinational corporations

Mar 10, 2015

Q. Do you think that making big multinational corporations pay more tax would be good for the economy because it would increase Government revenue or bad for the economy because these companies would stop investing in Australia? 

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote Other

Good for the economy

60%

65%

61%

66%

62%

Bad for the economy

13%

12%

14%

8%

12%

Don’t know

27%

23%

25%

26%

26%

60% think that making big multinational corporations pay more tax would be good for the economy because it would increase Government revenue and 13% think it would be bad for the economy because these companies would stop investing in Australia.

More than 60% of all voter groups believe it would be good for the economy. 66% of men and 72% of respondents aged 55+ think it would be good for the economy.

Level of taxation

Mar 25, 2014

Q. Do you think the current level of taxation is enough for the Government to fund services such as the NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme) and the Gonski education reforms or will taxes need to increase to pay for them?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Current level of taxation is enough

47%

52%

48%

31%

50%

Taxes will need to increase

33%

28%

39%

43%

32%

Don’t know

20%

20%

13%

26%

18%

47% think the current level of taxation is enough for the Government to fund services such as the NDIS and the Gonski education reforms and 33% think taxes will need to increase.

Those more likely to think taxes will need to increase were Liberal/National voters (39%), Greens voters (43%),  aged 55+ (43%) and incomes over $1,600pw (39%).

Class Warfare

May 21, 2012

Q. The Federal Opposition has accused the Government of “class warfare” for criticising and increasing taxes for Australia’s richest people and companies. The Government says they are just trying to ensure that all Australians benefit from the mining boom and other wealth derived from Australia’s resources and economic development.  Which position do you most agree with?

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

The Government

46%

77%

20%

77%

The Opposition

28%

5%

56%

5%

Don’t know

26%

18%

25%

18%

28% agree with the Federal Opposition’s claim that the Government is carrying out “class warfare” and 46% agree with the Government’s position that they are just trying to ensure that all Australians benefit from the mining boom.

Those on higher incomes were only a little more likely to agree with the Opposition. For those earning less than $600pw, 53% agree with the Government and 23% agree with the Opposition. For those on incomes over $1,600pw, 45% agree with the Government and 31% with the Opposition.

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Support for Levy on Financial Transactions

May 7, 2012

Q. A number of governments around the world and international organisations have argued for a financial transactions tax  – which is a small levy on large transactions of currencies, bonds and shares which could raise 480 billion euros (about $600 billion) globally. The idea behind this levy is that this would be a good way for the banking sector to contribute back to society for their part in the financial crisis.

Would you support or oppose such a levy?

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Total support

59%

66%

57%

63%

Total oppose

16%

12%

22%

10%

Strongly support

20%

26%

15%

21%

Support

39%

40%

42%

42%

Oppose

10%

7%

13%

7%

Strongly oppose

6%

5%

9%

3%

Don’t know

25%

22%

21%

27%

 

59% supported the idea of a levy on large financial transactions and 16% opposed.

A majority of all demographic and voter groups supported the concept. Highest support came from Labor voters (66%) and men (65%).

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Mining Companies’ Tax

Apr 23, 2012

Q. Overall, do you think mining companies pay too much tax, not enough tax or about the right amount of tax?

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Pay too much tax

11%

8%

15%

2%

Don’t pay enough tax

37%

54%

25%

63%

Pay about the right amount of tax

27%

18%

37%

6%

Don’t know

25%

20%

22%

29%

37% think mining companies don’t pay enough tax, 27% think they pay about the right amount and 11% think they pay too much.

Groups most likely to think they don’t pay enough were men (42%), aged 35-54 (41%) and those earning over $1,600 pw (44%).

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Opinion of Mining Tax

Apr 23, 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

12 Mar 2012

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Total approve

50%

46%

51%

55%

52%

51%

77%

35%

77%

Total disapprove

28%

34%

33%

28%

34%

29%

8%

50%

7%

Strongly approve

13%

18%

18%

23%

20%

19%

36%

8%

41%

Approve

37%

28%

33%

32%

32%

32%

41%

27%

36%

Disapprove

18%

18%

20%

17%

22%

20%

6%

33%

7%

Strongly disapprove

10%

16%

13%

11%

12%

9%

2%

17%

Don’t know

22%

19%

15%

17%

14%

20%

16%

15%

16%

51% approve the Government’s proposed mining tax and 29% disapprove. This represents a strengthening in support over the last 6 weeks (from net +18% to net +22%).

Labor voters (77%) and Greens voters (77%) strongly support the tax – but Liberal/National voters disapprove 50% to 35%.

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