Dumping the carbon tax and mining tax

May 27, 2013

Q. And which option would you most favour?

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Dump the carbon tax and mining tax and keep the compensation to households

39%

28%

53%

16%

Dump the carbon tax and mining tax and not keep the compensation to households

20%

6%

34%

12%

Keep the carbon tax and mining tax

27%

53%

6%

62%

Don’t know

14%

13%

8%

10%

39% favour dumping the carbon tax and mining tax and keeping the compensation to households, 27% favour keeping the taxes and 20% favour dumping the taxes and not keeping the compensation.

Strongest support for keeping the mining and carbon taxes came from Labor voters (53%), Greens voters (62%) and people on incomes over $1,600pw (32%).

Strongest support for dumping the taxes and keeping the compensation came from Liberal/National voters (53%) and people on incomes less than $1,000pw (48%).

Carbon pricing

May 27, 2013

Q. Do you support or oppose the Government’s carbon pricing scheme which was introduced in July 2012 and requires industries to pay a tax based on the amount of carbon pollution they emit?

7
Mar 11

14 June

19
Sep

21 Nov

25
Jun
12

2
Oct

29
Jan
13

Total
27
May

Vote ALP

Vote Lib

Vote Greens

Total support

35%

38%

37%

38%

35%

38%

37%

43%

70%

22%

79%

Total oppose

48%

49%

52%

53%

54%

48%

50%

43%

18%

69%

12%

Strongly support

9%

13%

14%

14%

14%

12%

11%

15%

30%

4%

34%

Support

26%

25%

23%

24%

21%

26%

26%

28%

40%

18%

45%

Oppose

19%

19%

17%

17%

19%

22%

22%

20%

12%

28%

5%

Strongly oppose

29%

30%

35%

36%

35%

26%

28%

23%

6%

41%

7%

Don’t know

18%

13%

12%

10%

11%

14%

12%

13%

12%

9%

9%

Support for carbon pricing has increased significantly since the last time the question was polled in January. Support is up six points to 43% and opposition down seven points to 43%.

Looking at the results by voting intention, Labor voters (70%) and Greens voters (79%) were the most likely to support carbon pricing, whereas 69% of Coalition voters oppose it.

Younger respondents were more likely to support carbon pricing than older respondents – for those aged under 35, 52% support and 25% oppose while 56% of those aged 55+ oppose and 39% support.

Reasons Government is unpopular

Apr 8, 2013

Q. Although Australia’s economy is doing very well, according to opinion polls the Government is very unpopular. What do you think is the main reason for this? *

 

28 May 12

Total

8 Apr 13

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Voters don’t trust the Prime Minister

28%

27%

19%

35%

31%

The Labor Party is divided and can’t govern properly

na

19%

15%

23%

23%

The economy is doing well for other reasons, like China and the mining boom, not because of the government

15%

13%

9%

19%

11%

Voters would prefer Kevin Rudd as Prime Minister

na

9%

14%

4%

7%

Voters aren’t benefitting from the strong economy.

12%

9%

10%

5%

12%

The carbon tax has increased (will increase) the cost of living

17%

7%

6%

9%

Some other reason

8%

12%

21%

3%

12%

Don’t know

3%

5%

7%

2%

5%

* Based on those who agree the economy is good.

Respondents who thought the economy was doing well, thought the main reasons for the Government’s unpopularity were that voters don’t trust the Prime Minister (27%) and the Labor Party is divided and can’t govern properly (19%).

Both Liberal/National and Greens voters said trust in the Prime Minister was the key issue.

Since May last year, those blaming the impact of the carbon tax has declined from 17% to 7%.

Support for major Government decisions

Mar 18, 2013

Q. Do you support or oppose the following Government decisions?

 

26 Nov 12

18 Mar 13

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Support

Total Oppose

Total Support

Total Oppose

Strongly support

Support

Oppose

Strongly oppose

Don’t know

NBN (National Broadband Network) – high speed broadband access across Australia

69%

20%

73%

19%

35%

38%

10%

9%

8%

The Minerals Resource Rent Tax (MRRT) – a tax on large profits of mining companies

63%

22%

57%

29%

24%

33%

15%

14%

14%

The carbon pricing scheme – a tax on industries based on the amount of carbon pollution they emit

46%

44%

44%

46%

17%

27%

20%

26%

10%

The decision which has the most support amongst respondents is the NBN, with 73% in favour and only 19% opposed – an increase in support since this question was last asked in November (from net +49 to net +54).

There is majority support from respondents for the MRRT, with 57% in favour of the tax and 29% opposed. However, this represents a significant drop in support since November – from net +41 to net +28.

Support for the carbon pricing scheme has declined a little since the last time the question was polled in November. Support has decreased from 46% to 44% and opposition increased from 44% to 46% – a change from net +2 to net -2.

Support for major Government decisions

Nov 26, 2012

Q. Do you support or oppose the following Government decisions?

 

Total Support

Total Oppose

 

Strongly support

Support

Oppose

Strongly oppose

Don’t know

NBN (National Broadband Network) – high speed broadband access across Australia

69%

20%

30%

39%

11%

9%

11%

The Minerals Resource Rent Tax (MRRT) – a tax on large profits of mining companies

63%

22%

25%

38%

12%

10%

15%

The carbon pricing scheme – a tax on industries based on the amount of carbon pollution they emit

46%

44%

17%

29%

19%

25%

10%

The decision which has the most support amongst respondents is the NBN, with 69% in favour and only 20% opposed.

There is also a similar level of support from respondents for the MRRT, with 63% in favour of the tax and about a third of that amount of respondents (22%) opposed.

Support for the carbon pricing scheme has increased since the last time the question was polled on 2 October 2012.  On that occasion, 38% of respondents supported the carbon tax, whilst 48% were opposed.  The question this week, asked slightly differently in so far as being asked in the context of three Government decisions, nonetheless shows an increase in support for the carbon pricing scheme from 38% to 46% and a drop in opposition from 48% to 44%.

Respondents aged 65+ were the most likely to oppose the carbon tax (57%), the NBN (41%) and the MRRT (36%).

Respondents aged 18-24 were more likely to support the NBN (77%), as were those aged between 25-34 (79%).

Impact of carbon pricing scheme

Nov 26, 2012

Q. Since the carbon pricing scheme was introduced on the 1st July this year, has the impact on your household been worse than expected, not as bad as expected or about the same as you expected?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Worse than expected

26%

12%

39%

14%

Not as bad as expected

26%

35%

20%

36%

About the same as expected

36%

47%

30%

37%

Don’t know

12%

6%

11%

13%

An equal portion of respondents believe the impact on their household of the carbon pricing scheme has been worse than expected (26%) and not as bad as expected (26%).  Thirty six percent (36%) believe it to be about the same as they expected, whilst 12% don’t know.

Looking at results by voting intention, Lib/Nat voters are far more likely to claim the impact on their household of the carbon pricing scheme is worse than expected (39%), compared with Labor voters (12%) and Greens voters (14%).

Support or oppose the carbon tax

Oct 2, 2012

Q. Do you support or oppose the Government’s carbon pricing scheme which was introduced in July 2012 and requires industries to pay a tax based on the amount of carbon pollution they emit?

 

7 Mar 2011

14 June 2011

19 Sep 2011

21 Nov 2011

25 Jun 2012

This week

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Total support

35%

38%

37%

38%

35%

38%

65%

15%

69%

Total oppose

48%

49%

52%

53%

54%

48%

22%

76%

18%

Strongly support

9%

13%

14%

14%

14%

12%

26%

2%

25%

Support

26%

25%

23%

24%

21%

26%

39%

13%

44%

Oppose

19%

19%

17%

17%

19%

22%

15%

29%

16%

Strongly oppose

29%

30%

35%

36%

35%

26%

7%

47%

2%

Don’t know

18%

13%

12%

10%

11%

14%

13%

8%

12%

Whereas the majority of respondents have opposed the carbon tax since September 2011, this week’s results show that those opposed has fallen 6 points to 48%.

Support for the carbon tax over the same period (since September 2011) has not changed significantly, although since the last time the question was polled in June 2012, support has risen 3 points from 35% to 38%.

Looking at the results by voting intention, Greens voters were the most likely to support the carbon tax (69%), whereas Coalition voters were the most likely to oppose it 76%.

Impact of carbon tax on cost of living

Oct 2, 2012

Q. Since the carbon tax was introduced on 1st July, have you noticed any increase in the costs of goods or services?

 

9 July   2012

20 Aug 2012

This week

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Yes, have noticed an increase in costs

31%

52%

69%

57%

83%

50%

No, have not noticed any increase in costs

54%

36%

24%

38%

9%

43%

Yes, have noticed a large increase in costs

22%

13%

33%

12%

Yes, have noticed a moderate increase in costs

27%

23%

33%

17%

Yes, have noticed a small increase in costs

20%

21%

20%

21%

No, have not noticed any increase in costs

24%

38%

9%

43%

Don’t know

15%

12%

7%

5%

5%

7%

Responses to this question were changed for this week’s poll from previous results, by separating out the ‘Yes, have noticed an increase in costs’ into three sub-categories: those who claim to have noticed a large increase, a moderate increase and a small increase.

Combining those respondents who believe they have noticed either a large, moderate or small price increases since the carbon tax was introduced, the total yes figure has shifted 17 points up to 69%, from 52% in August 2012.

Looking at the results by voting intention, Coalition voters are by far the most likely to claim to have noticed an increase in the cost of goods and services (83%), compared to 57% of Labor voters and 50% of Greens voters.

Greens voters are the most likely to have not noticed any increase in costs (43%).

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