Q. Which are the three most important issues in deciding how you would vote at a Federal election?
10 May 10
|Management of the economy||38%||18%||7%||63%||62%||+1%|
|Ensuring the quality of Australia’s health system||16%||20%||19%||55%||50%||+5%|
|Australian jobs and protection of local industries||7%||8%||9%||24%||29%||-5%|
|Ensuring a quality education for all children||4%||11%||9%||24%||19%||+5%|
|Ensuring a fair taxation system||4%||6%||8%||18%||22%||-4%|
|Protecting the environment||5%||5%||5%||15%||13%||+2%|
|Addressing climate change||4%||4%||4%||12%||12%||–|
|Controlling interest rates||3%||5%||4%||12%||16%||-4%|
|Managing population growth||1%||4%||7%||12%||14%||-2%|
|Treatment of asylum seekers||4%||3%||4%||11%||*|
|A fair industrial relations system||2%||4%||5%||11%||9%||+2%|
|Security and the war on terrorism||1%||2%||5%||8%||7%||+1%|
|Ensuring a quality water supply||1%||1%||4%||6%||7%||-1%|
*Not asked in May 2010 poll
The most important election issues were management of the economy, the quality of the health system, jobs and local industry and a quality education for all children.
Since this issue was last polled in May, health and education have increased in importance (both +5%) and Australian jobs and protection of local industry declined 5%. Comments »
Q. And which party would you trust most to handle the following issues?
|A fair industrial relations system||45%||24%||5%||26%|
|Ensuring a quality education for all children||41%||25%||4%||29%|
|Australian jobs and protection of local industries||42%||28%||3%||27%|
|Ensuring the quality of Australia’s health system||38%||27%||4%||31%|
|Ensuring a fair taxation system||36%||28%||4%||32%|
|Ensuring a quality water supply||23%||23%||22%||32%|
|Managing population growth||24%||27%||9%||40%|
|Security and the war on terrorism||25%||30%||3%||42%|
|Management of the economy||32%||38%||3%||27%|
|Treatment of asylum seekers||23%||29%||11%||37%|
|Controlling interest rates||28%||35%||2%||35%|
|Addressing climate change||18%||16%||36%||29%|
|Protecting the environment||17%||13%||47%||23%|
Labor have a substantial lead over the Liberal Party as the best party to handle a fair industrial relations system (+21%), quality education for all (+16%), Australian jobs and protection of industries (+14%) and ensuring the quality of Australia’s health system (+11%).
The Liberal Party’s main strengths were controlling interest rates (+7%), treatment of asylum seekers (+6%) and management of the economy (+6%).
The Greens were thought to be the best party for protecting the environment (47%) and addressing climate change (36%). Comments »
Q. Which of the following approaches do you think the Government should take in their dispute with the mining companies over the proposed resources super profits tax?
|Total||Vote Labor||Vote Lib/Nat||Vote Greens|
|Proceed with the tax as planned||11%||17%||4%||17%|
|Compromise a little and make minor changes to the tax||35%||52%||18%||62%|
|Compromise a lot and make major changes to the tax||26%||20%||41%||7%|
|Not proceed with the tax in any form||14%||3%||30%||5%|
Nearly half the respondents (46%) believe that the Government should proceed with the resources super profits tax unchanged or with minor changes. Only 14% oppose that tax in any form and 26% think the Government should make major changes to the tax.
69% of Labor voters want the tax to proceed unchanged or with minor changes as does 79% of Greens voters. 41% of Liberal/National voters want major changes and 30% do not want the tax in any form. Comments »
Q. Which of the following statements is closest to your view in relation to the Government’s proposed resources super profits tax?
|Total||Vote Labor||Vote Lib/Nat|
|The new tax will result in mining companies cutting back on their investments in Australia and there will be a significant loss of Australian jobs||42%||16%||72%|
|Mining companies will continue to make large profits. They are just trying to avoid paying their fair share of tax.||40%||69%||16%|
Respondents were split over which statement best described their view of the Government’s proposed resources super profits tax – 42% agreed “the new tax will result in mining companies cutting back on their investments in Australia and there will be a significant loss of Australian jobs” and 40% agreed “mining companies will continue to make large profits. They are just trying to avoid paying their fair share of tax”.
Opinions were strongly related to party preference – 69% of Labor voters agreed that “mining companies will continue to make large profits. They are just trying to avoid paying their fair share of tax” and 72% of Liberal/National voters agreed that “the new tax will result in mining companies cutting back on their investments in Australia and there will be a significant loss of Australian jobs”.
53% of those on low incomes (<$600pw) agreed that “mining companies will continue to make large profits. They are just trying to avoid paying their fair share of tax”. Comments »
Q. The Government has proposed a resources super profits tax- which is a 40% tax on the large profits of mining companies – in order to fund a reduction in company tax, assistance for small business and an increase in superannuation. Do you support or oppose this tax?
43% support and 36% oppose the resources super profits tax- which is a 40% tax on the large profits of mining companies – in order to fund a reduction in company tax, assistance for small business and an increase in superannuation.
Labor voters support the tax 66%/15% and Coalition voters oppose the tax 66%/23%. 66% of Greens voters support the tax and 19% oppose.
48% of higher income earners ($1,600+ pw) support the tax and 36% oppose.
A differnt question about the RSPT was asked 2 weeks ago. It showed that 52% approved of higher taxes on the profits of large mining companies and 34% disapproved. Comments »
Q4. The Federal Government recently announced changes to our tax system as a result of the Henry Report, which was a review of Australia’s taxation. Do you approve or disapprove of the following Government proposals?
|Total approve||Total disapprove||Strongly approve||Approve||Disapprove||Strongly disapprove||Don’t know|
|Higher taxes on the profits of large mining companies||52%||34%||14%||38%||19%||15%||14%|
|Increasing superannuation contributions from 9% to 12%||74%||17%||25%||49%||12%||5%||10%|
|Cutting company tax rates||54%||29%||10%||44%||23%||6%||18%|
|Increasing taxes on cigarettes and alcohol||63%||31%||33%||30%||15%||16%||6%|
There was majority approval of all recent changes to Australia’s taxation.
The most popular proposal was to increase superannuation contributions from 9% to 12% – 74% approved and 17% disapproved.
63% approved increasing taxes on cigarettes and alcohol.
More than half approved cutting company tax rates (54%) and higher taxes on the profits of large mining companies (52%).
78% of Labor voters approved higher taxes on mining company profits (11% disapprove) and 56% of Liberal/National voters disapproved (35% approve).
Increasing superannuation contributions received high support from both Labor (85%) and Liberal/National voters (72%). 61% of both Labor and Liberal/National voters supported cutting company tax rates. 63% of Labor voters and 69% of Liberal/National voters approved increasing taxes on cigarettes and alcohol. Comments »
Q5. Overall, from what you have read and heard, do you think the Federal Government is heading in the right direction on taxation or the wrong direction on taxation?
|The right direction||34%|
|The wrong direction||38%|
Respondents were split over whether the Federal Government is heading in the right or wrong direction on taxation. 34% think they are heading in the right direction 38% in the wrong direction and 28% don’t know.
Opinions split very much along party lines – 65% of Labor voters said right direction (12% wrong direction) and 61% of Liberal/National voters said wrong direction (17% right direction). People on higher incomes ($1,600+ pw) were more likely to think the Government was headed in the right direction (40%/36%). Comments »
Q8. Do you think Australians pay –
|Too much tax||61%|
|Too little tax||4%|
|About the right amount||28%|
61% think Australians pay too much tax and 28% think Australians pay about the right amount.
72% of full-time workers think we pay too much tax but there were no significant differences by income level.
Labor and Liberal/National voters also gave similar responses. Comments »
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