Attitudes to Proposed Stage 3 Tax Cuts

Jun 27, 2019

Q. To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statements?

NET: Strongly agree/somewhat agree NET: Strongly disagree/somewhat disagree Don’t know
Maintaining funding for education and health is more important than cutting taxes for people earning more than $200,000 78% 12% 10%
I think people earning over $150,000 should pay a higher rate of tax than those earning $40,000 74% 17% 8%
A $95 billion tax cut for high income earners will make it impossible for government to deliver essential services 57% 25% 18%
I support reducing taxes by $11,000 per year for people earning over $200,000 32% 55% 13%
  • Over three-quarters of voters favour funding for education and health over tax cuts for high earners.
  • Those most likely to say they supported reducing taxes for high income earners were also younger (40% of 18-34 year olds strongly agreeing) and wealthier (41% of high income earners strongly agreeing). Retirees were less likely to support the policy (66% net disagreeing).
NET: Strongly agree/somewhat agree Labor Coalition Greens NET: Other
Maintaining funding for education and health is more important than cutting taxes for people earning more than $200,000 78% 85% 74% 89% 76%
I think people earning over $150,000 should pay a higher rate of tax than those earning $40,000 74% 83% 68% 85% 74%
A $95 billion tax cut for high income earners will make it impossible for government to deliver essential services 57% 65% 52% 63% 60%
I support reducing taxes by $11,000 per year for people earning over $200,000 32% 27% 43% 23% 25%
  • Labor and Greens voters were more likely to agree with statement ‘Maintaining funding for education and health is more important than cutting taxes for those earning more than $200,000’.
  • They were also more likely to agree that ‘People earning over $150,000 should pay a higher rate of tax than those earning $40,000’, and that ‘A $05 billion tax cut for high income earners will make it impossible for government to deliver essential services’.
  • Coalition voters were more likely to agree with ‘I support reducing taxes by $11,000 per year for people earning over $200,000’, with 43% strongly agreeing compared to 27% of Labor voters, 23% of Greens voters and 25% of Other voters.