Q. To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding tax policies?
|Strongly agree + Somewhat agree||Strongly disagree + Somewhat disagree||Strongly agree||Somewhat agree||Neither agree nor disagree||Somewhat disagree||Strongly disagree|
|The tax avoidance industry costs Australia $20B a year. Closing tax breaks and loopholes for corporations returns the money to the people through better funded public health and education and more infrastructure to cope with growth||59%||9%||30%||29%||18%||6%||3%|
|The Labor Party plans to close tax loopholes for the wealthy||53%||11%||23%||30%||18%||7%||4%|
|The Liberal Party’s tax policies favour wealthier Australians||51%||15%||30%||21%||19%||10%||5%|
|Labor’s policy is not to increase taxes but to stop tax concessions for the wealthy||46%||17%||21%||25%||18%||10%||7%|
|Taxes will always be higher under Labor||37%||23%||20%||17%||23%||14%||9%|
|The Labor Party plans to increase taxes||35%||22%||17%||18%||23%||14%||8%|
|I don’t really understand tax policy – I take my advice from my accountant||28%||33%||9%||19%||28%||19%||14%|
The most widely agreed with statement addressed the tax avoidance industry and the benefits of curbing it (59% agree, while only 9% disagree). There was also majority support for the idea that the Labor Party plans to close tax loopholes for the wealthy (53% agree) and that the Liberal Party’s tax policies favour wealthier Australians (51% agree).
There is limited support for the idea that the Labor party is the higher taxing party – 35% agree that the Labor party plans to increase taxes (while 22% disagree and 43% are either neutral or don’t know), while 37% agree that taxes will always be higher under Labor (while 23% disagree and 40% are either neutral or don’t know).
Just over a quarter of respondents believe that they don’t really understand tax policy (28% agree).
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