Price Increases Since Carbon Tax

Aug 20, 2012

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

 

Total

9 July

Total

20 Aug

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Yes, have noticed an increase in costs

31%

52%

34%

68%

29%

No, have not noticed any increase in costs

54%

36%

54%

21%

64%

Don’t know

15%

12%

12%

11%

7%

52% say they have noticed an increase in the costs of goods or services since the carbon tax was introduced – up 21% from 31% recorded the week after the carbon tax was introduced – and 36% say they have not noticed any increase in costs.

Those most likely to say they have noticed an increase in costs were aged 35-54 (56%) and Liberal/National voters (68%).

Carbon Tax

Jul 9, 2012

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

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Yes, have noticed an increase in costs

31%

23%

40%

17%

No, have not noticed any increase in costs

54%

69%

43%

77%

Don’t know

15%

8%

17%

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31% say they have noticed an increase in the costs of goods or services since the carbon tax was introduced and 54% say they have not noticed any increase in costs.

Those most likely to say they have noticed an increase in costs were aged 25-44 (36%), Liberal/National voters (40%) and full-time workers (34%).

Impact of Carbon Tax

Jun 25, 2012

Q. And what impact do you expect the carbon tax to have on each of the following?

 

Increase a lot

Increase a little

Stay much the same

Decrease a little

Decrease a lot

Don’t know

Energy prices

67%

26%

4%

*

3%

Fuel prices

53%

31%

11%

1%

*

4%

Grocery prices

41%

41%

14%

1%

4%

Fresh fruit and vegetable prices

39%

39%

18%

*

*

4%

Unemployment

31%

27%

32%

2%

1%

8%

Interest rates

22%

18%

38%

8%

1%

13%

A majority expect that energy prices (67%) and fuel prices (53%) will increase a lot due to the carbon tax. 41% expect grocery prices to increase a lot and 39% expect fresh fruit and vegetable prices to increase a lot.

A majority of all demographic groups expect energy prices to increase a lot – even 48% of Labor voters agree.

Those most likely to think fuel prices will increase a lot were women (57%), aged 45-54 (60%) and Liberal/National voters (68%).

Those most likely to think grocery prices will increase a lot were aged 45+ (50%), Liberal/National voters (55%) and those on incomes under $600pw (47%). Opinions about fresh fruit and vegetable prices were similar.

58% also think that unemployment will increase and 40% think interest rates will increase because of the carbon tax.

Reasons Economy is Poor

May 28, 2012

Q. What is the main reason you don’t think the state of the economy is good? *

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Increasing cost of living

34%

34%

32%

40%

Poor economic management by Government

27%

8%

36%

7%

Businesses are struggling

13%

14%

12%

19%

Increasing gap between rich and poor

9%

22%

6%

15%

Global financial problems

7%

11%

5%

11%

Incomes aren’t increasing fast enough to keep up

7%

11%

7%

Other reason

2%

1%

8%

Don’t know

1%

1%

* Based on those who disagree that economy is good.

Those who disagreed that the economy was good said the main reasons were the increasing cost of living (34%) and poor economic management by Government (27%).

36% of respondents aged 55+ blamed poor economic management by Government while the increasing cost of living was the major factor for 43% of respondents aged 25-44.

There were no significant differences across income groups in relation to the increasing cost of living.

Statements about Carbon Pricing Scheme

Jul 18, 2011

Q. Do you agree or disagree with the following statements about the Government’s carbon pricing scheme?

Total agree Total disagree Strongly agree Agree Disagree Strongly disagree Don’t know
The Government has got the balance right in compensating households for a carbon price 31% 48% 6% 25% 23% 25% 22%
A carbon price will lead to a big rise in the cost of living 68% 22% 32% 36% 18% 4% 11%
The carbon price scheme won’t reduce our carbon emissions 51% 34% 25% 26% 24% 10% 15%
There’s too much compensation for industry in the package 33% 32% 9% 24% 26% 6% 35%
There’s not enough compensation for households in the carbon price scheme 49% 29% 20% 29% 25% 4% 22%
Politicians should just get on with taking action on climate change 59% 27% 23% 36% 15% 12% 15%
The cost of living increases are less than I expected 26% 52% 5% 21% 29% 23% 23%
The cost of living increases are less than I expected 46% 33% 14% 32% 21% 11% 22%
The government’s carbon pricing scheme won’t have much effect on me and my family 25% 57% 3% 22% 31% 26% 18%
Tony Abbott and the Liberal Party are more interested in votes than tackling climate change 54% 32% 31% 23% 17% 15% 14%

These responses suggest that the main concern about the carbon pricing scheme is the cost of living increases. The statement with the highest level of agreement is that a carbon price will lead to a big rise in the cost of living (68% agree/22% disagree). Only 25% agree that the government’s carbon pricing scheme won’t have much effect on me and my family. And 26% agree that the cost of living increases are less than I expected.

The only positive aspect of the scheme is that 46% agree that the cost of living increases are less than I expected.

Regarding the opposition, 54% agree that Tony Abbott and the Liberal Party are more interested in votes than tackling climate change.

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Cost of Living

Jun 6, 2011

Q. What do you think is the main reason for the increasing cost of living?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
The strong Australian dollar 17% 30% 9% 17%
Excessive company profits 18% 24% 10% 27%
Lack of competition 14% 18% 9% 24%
Economic management of the Federal Government 28% 8% 51% 9%
Economic management of State Governments 6% 3% 8% 6%
Wage increases 4% 3% 4% 3%
Don’t know 14% 14% 8% 14%

28% believe that economic management of the Federal Government is the main reason for the increasing cost of living. 18% blame excessive company profits and 17% the strong Australian dollar. Only 4% said wage increases.

Most of those blaming the Federal Government were Liberal/National voters. Labor voters nominated the strong Australian dollar and excessive company profits while Greens votes said excessive company profits and lack of competition.

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