Preferred option for reducing spending

Nov 12, 2012

Q. If the Government decided to reduce spending in other areas to pay for these reforms, which of the following options would you favour?

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Reduce the Baby Bonus to $2000 or eliminate it for people earning over $75,000

53%

52%

56%

55%

Eliminate Family Tax Benefit A for families earning over $75,000

13%

15%

12%

12%

Increase taxation of family trusts

13%

16%

12%

14%

Remove the private health insurance rebate altogether

4%

4%

4%

6%

None of them

11%

7%

14%

1%

Don’t know

6%

6%

2%

11%

53% favour reducing the Baby Bonus to $2000 or eliminating it for people earning over $75,000 if the Government decided to reduce spending to pay for reforms. More than half of all voter groups support this measure. It is favoured by 57% of women and 49% of men.

43% of those aged under 35 support it compared to 62% of those aged 45+.

Only 4% favour removing the private health insurance rebate altogether.