Support for tax reforms

Feb 9, 2016

Would you support or oppose the following tax reforms to raise more funds for Government services and infrastructure?

  Total support Total oppose   Strongly support Support Oppose Strongly oppose Don’t know   Support July 15
Force multinational companies to pay a minimum tax rate on Australian earnings 78% 9%   53% 25% 6% 3% 14%   79%
Increase income tax rate for high earners 64% 21%   30% 34% 14% 7% 16%   63%
Remove superannuation tax concessions for high earners 58% 24%   28% 30% 14% 10% 17%   59%
Remove negative gearing 37% 31%   15% 22% 19% 12% 33%   37%
Remove GST exemptions (e.g. on food, education) 32% 55%   14% 18% 23% 32% 13%   33%
Replace stamp duty with land tax 26% 29%   7% 19% 16% 13% 45%   26%
Increase the GST 23% 63%   5% 18% 25% 38% 14%   24%

There was strong majority support for forcing multinational companies to pay a minimum tax rate on Australian earnings (78%), increasing income tax rate for high earners (64%) and removing superannuation tax concessions for high earners (58%).

There was strong majority opposition to increasing the GST (63%).

These results have not changed since this question was asked in July last year.

  Total support   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other
Force multinational companies to pay a minimum tax rate on Australian earnings 78%   81% 85% 84% 74%
Increase income tax rate for high earners 64%   75% 60% 67% 64%
Remove superannuation tax concessions for high earners 58%   69% 59% 64% 57%
Remove negative gearing 37%   40% 39% 39% 36%
Remove GST exemptions (e.g. on food, education) 32%   29% 44% 16% 27%
Replace stamp duty with land tax 26%   26% 28% 23% 34%
Increase the GST 23%   14% 38% 21% 18%

All voter groups strongly supported forcing multinational companies to pay a minimum tax rate on Australian earnings.

Liberal/National voters were more likely to support removing GST exemptions (44%) and increasing the GST (38%).

Labor voters were more likely to support increasing income tax rate for high earners (75%) and removing superannuation tax concessions for high earners (69%).