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Aug 29, 2017

Q. How much, if at all, does each of the following bother you about the Federal tax system? Do they bother you a lot, some, not too much, or not at all?

  A lot Some Not too much Not at all Don’t know   Dec 2015
The feeling that some corporations don’t pay their fair share 60% 24% 8% 2% 6%   59%
The feeling that some wealthy people don’t pay their fair share 53% 25% 12% 4% 6%   54%
The complexity of the tax system 26% 37% 22% 7% 9%   28%
The amount you pay in taxes 22% 34% 24% 11% 9%   23%
The feeling that some poor people don’t pay their fair share 12% 20% 28% 32% 8%   12%

 

 

60% are bothered a lot by the feeling that some corporations don’t pay their fair share of tax and 53% are bothered a lot by the feeling that some wealthy people don’t pay their fair share.

26% are bothered a lot by the complexity of the system, 22% by the amount of tax they pay and 12% by the feeling that some poor people don’t pay their fair share. These figures have changed little since this question was asked in December 2015.

 

Bothered a lot Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other   Income less than $600 pw Income $600 – $1,000 pw Income $1,000 – $1,600 pw Income $1,600- $2,000 pw Income $2,000 + pw
The feeling that some corporations don’t pay their fair share 60%   71% 51% 67% 69%   64% 66% 62% 59% 59%
The feeling that some wealthy people don’t pay their fair share 53%   66% 40% 66% 60%   59% 52% 58% 55% 50%
The complexity of the tax system 26%   28% 25% 16% 36%   27% 28% 28% 22% 28%
The amount you pay in taxes 22%   20% 19% 21% 36%   12% 18% 22% 31% 26%
The feeling that some poor people don’t pay their fair share 12%   13% 14% 4% 14%   9% 8% 12% 17% 17%

 

Those more likely to be bothered by the feeling that some corporations don’t pay their fair share were Labor voters (71%), Greens voters (71%), other party voters (69%), aged 55+ (77%), incomes $600-1,000 pw (66%) and those not working (66%).

Those more likely to be bothered by the feeling that some wealthy people don’t pay their fair share were aged 45+ (63%), Labor voters (66%) and Greens voters (66%).

Those more likely to be bothered by the complexity of the tax system were aged 55-64 (39%).

Those more likely to be bothered by the amount they pay were aged 35-44 (31%), other party voters (36%) and families with dependent children (29%).

Those more likely to be bothered by the feeling that some poor people don’t pay their fair share were aged 35-44 (19%) and full-time workers (17%).

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