Company tax cut

Feb 13, 2018

Q. Which of the following statements is closest to your view?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other
Cutting the company tax rate will bring Australia’s tax base into line with other nations, attract investment and create more jobs and higher wages 32%   24% 53% 19% 28%
Cutting the company tax rate will simply deliver business $50 billion more in profits – it won’t result in higher wages. 38%   48% 24% 52% 49%
Not sure 30%   28% 23% 29% 22%

 

Respondents were divided over these statements. 38% agreed more that “Cutting the company tax rate will simply deliver business $50 billion more in profits . . . “ and 32% agreed more that “Cutting the company tax rate will bring Australia’s tax base into line with other nations  . . . “. 30% were not sure.

Those more likely to agree that  “Cutting the company tax rate will simply deliver business $50 billion more in profits . . . “ were Labor voters (48%), Greens voters (52%) and other voters (49%).

Those more likely to agree that “Cutting the company tax rate will bring Australia’s tax base into line with other nations  . . . “. were LNP voters (53%) and workers on incomes over $2,000pw. (41%).

Company tax cuts and wages

Feb 13, 2018

Q. Would you approve or disapprove of forcing businesses to pass on a certain proportion of their tax cuts as pay rises for their workers?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other
Total approve 72%   79% 73% 72% 71%
Total disapprove 10%   6% 15% 3% 14%
Strongly approve 28%   38% 22% 30% 26%
Approve 44%   41% 51% 42% 45%
Disapprove 8%   5% 13% 2% 9%
Strongly disapprove 2%   1% 2% 1% 5%
Don’t know 18%   15% 12% 25% 15%

72% approve of forcing businesses to pass on a certain proportion of their tax cuts as pay rises for their workers and only 10% disapprove. There were only small differences across voter groups – and over 70% of each voter group approved.

74% of full-time workers and 71% of part-time workers approved.

Statements about Adani coal mine

Feb 13, 2018

Q. Indian mining company Adani wants to build a new coal mine in Queensland which would produce coal to be exported back to India. Do you agree or disagree with the following statements?

  Total agree Total dis-agree   Strongly agree Agree Dis-agree Strongly dis-agree Don’t know   Qld. agree Qld dis-agree
The mine will create jobs that Queensland badly needs 58% 25%   15% 43% 13% 12% 18%   72% 19%
The mine will undermine jobs in Queensland tourism by contributing to damage to the great Barrier Reef 53% 22%   26% 27% 16% 6% 24%   42% 39%
The mine will divert investment that would better be spent on developing the renewable industry 51% 25%   23% 28% 18% 7% 24%   47% 33%
The mine will undermine attempts to act on climate change 52% 26%   24% 28% 17% 9% 21%   48% 37%

 

A majority agreed with each statement with around one quarter disagreeing.

However, Queensland respondents were more likely to agree that the mine will create jobs that Queensland badly needs, and somewhat less likely to agree with the other statements.

The views of Labor voters were similar to the average while LNP voters were more likely to agree that the mine will create jobs that Queensland badly needs (70%) and more likely to disagree with the other statements.


 

Opinion of new coal mines

Feb 13, 2018

Q. If it goes ahead, the Adani mine would be the first of nine coal mines in the Galilee Basin in Central Queensland. Which of the following statements is closest to your view?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other
Allow all mines to go ahead subject to environmental approvals 13%   13% 17% 11% 9%
Independently assess each mine proposal on its economic and environmental merit 48%   50% 58% 25% 49%
Ban expansion of coal mines in the Galilee Basin altogether 22%   25% 15% 46% 30%
Don’t know 16%   12% 10% 18% 12%

 

48% think that any new mine should be assessed on its economic and environmental merit, 22% think coal mining in the Galilee basin should be banned and 13% think all mines should go ahead subject to environmental approvals.

Those most likely to favour assessment of each proposal were LNP voters (58%) and Queenslanders (54%).

Those most likely to favour banning expansion of coal mines were Greens voters (46%) and other voters (30%).

Federal voting intention

Jan 30, 2018

Q. If a Federal Election was held today to which party will you probably give your first preference vote? If not sure, which party are you currently leaning toward? If don’t know – Well which party are you currently leaning to?

  Total   2 weeks ago 16/1/18   Election  2 Jul 16
Liberal 32%   34%    
National 3%   3%    
Total Liberal/National 35%   37%   42.0%
Labor 36%   38%   34.7%
Greens 10%   9%   10.2%
Nick Xenophon Team 3%   3%    
Pauline Hanson’s One Nation 8%   6%    
Other/Independent 8%   7%   13.1%
2 party preferred          
Liberal National 46%   47%   50.4%
Labor 54%   53%   49.6%

 

  1. Respondents who select ‘don’t know’ are not included in the results. The two-party preferred estimate is calculated by distributing the votes of the other parties according to their preferences at the 2016 election.

Party trust to handle issues

Jan 30, 2018

Q. Which party would you trust most to handle the following issues?

  Liberal Labor Don’t know   Differ-ence Differ-ence

Jun2017

Security and the war on terrorism 42% 24% 35%   +18 +20
Management of the economy 40% 30% 29%   +10 +15
Controlling interest rates 34% 30% 36%   +4 +10
Managing population growth 30% 27% 43%   +3 +6
Treatment of asylum seekers 32% 31% 37%   +1 +1
Ensuring a quality water supply 31% 30% 39%   +1 -5
Political leadership 31% 33% 37%   -2 +8
Protecting Australian jobs and protection of local industries 28% 38% 34%   -10 -13
Ensuring a fair taxation system 28% 39% 34%   -11 -10
Ensuring a quality education for all children 29% 40% 32%   -11 -11
Ensuring the quality of Australia’s health system 28% 39% 33%   -11 -11
Housing affordability 24% 36% 40%   -12 -12
Protecting the environment 24% 36% 41%   -12 -14
A fair industrial relations system 27% 40% 34%   -13 -14
Addressing climate change 22% 36% 43%   -14 -16

The Liberal Party is trusted more to handle security and the war on terrorism (+18, down 2 since June) and management of the economy (+10, down 5).

 

The Labor Party is trusted more to handle addressing climate change (+14, down 2), a fair industrial relations system (+13, down 1), protecting the environment (+12, down 2) and housing affordability (+12, no change).

 

Since this question was asked in June, the Labor Party has improved its position against the Liberal Party on political leadership (up 10), controlling interest rates (up 6) and management of the economy (up 5).

Australian society

Jan 30, 2018

 Q. Thinking about our current political and economic system – that is, the rules and laws that govern the way Australian society operates – which of the following best describes your view?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other   Jan 2017 Nov 2017
The system needs to be fundamentally changed 32%   33% 22% 39% 49%   40% 32%
The system is fundamentally sound but needs to be refined 48%   54% 54% 46% 37%   44% 44%
The system works well as it is and should not be changed in any substantial way 8%   4% 14% 7% 7%   6% 10%
Don’t know 12%   9% 10% 8% 7%   11% 14%

 

48% think Australia’s political and economic system is fundamentally sound but needs to be refined and 32% think the system needs to be fundamentally changed. Only 8% think it should not be changed in any way.

Those thinking the system just needs to be refined has increased 4 points from 44% since November.

Those most likely to think it needs fundamental change were “other” voters (49%) and Greens voters (39%).

Those most likely to think the system just needs to be refined were LNP voters (54%), Labor voters (54%) and aged 55+ (54%).

Economic issues

Jan 30, 2018

Q. Do you think the following have become better or worse compared to 12 months ago?

  Total better Total worse   A lot better A little better No change A little worse A lot worse Don’t know   Total better Feb 2016 Total worse Feb 2016
Company profits 42% 12% 14% 28% 27% 8% 4% 20% 30% 22%
Unemployment 32% 33% 5% 27% 29% 21% 12% 7% 13% 53%
The economy overall 30% 32% 4% 26% 31% 23% 9% 7% 12% 55%
Your personal financial situation 25% 40% 4% 21% 32% 23% 17% 4% 18% 42%
Wages 10% 39% 2% 8% 40% 25% 14% 10% 14% 35%
National debt 17% 47% 3% 14% 23% 28% 19% 14% 9% 56%
Job security 13% 47% 2% 11% 33% 30% 17% 8% 11% 53%
Cost of living 7% 73% 2% 5% 16% 41% 32% 3% 7% 71%
Electricity costs 6% 75% 2% 4% 14% 32% 43% 5% 9% 62%

A substantial majority believe that, in the last 12 months, cost of living (73%) and electricity costs (75%) have all got worse. The only economic measure that has got better is company profits (42% better/12% worse).

Compared the last time this question was asked in February 2016, there has been an increase in the percentage that think electricity costs (up 13% to 75%) have got worse. However, there has also been an increase in the percentage that think company profits (+12), unemployment (+19) and the economy overall (+18) have got better.

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