Budget measures

Apr 29, 2013

Q. Would you support or oppose the following budget measures to increase revenue or decrease spending?

 

Total

Support

 

Support

Oppose

Don’t know

Vote ALP

Vote Lib

Vote Greens

Increase taxes for big corporations

64%

17%

19%

77%

54%

86%

Reduce tax breaks for high income earners

45%

38%

17%

51%

42%

54%

Cut “middle class welfare” such as the Baby Bonus, first home buyers grant and Family Tax Benefit payments

37%

48%

15%

38%

41%

35%

Reduce defence spending

35%

48%

17%

37%

29%

57%

Postpone building the NBN

34%

45%

20%

18%

52%

13%

Postpone the increase in education spending recommended by the Gonski Report

29%

51%

20%

21%

39%

16%

Cut spending on unemployment and disability benefits

25%

60%

15%

23%

32%

13%

Postpone other infrastructure projects like new roads and highways

14%

71%

15%

17%

15%

7%

In terms of possible budget measures to increase revenue or decrease spending, a majority supported increasing taxes for big corporations and were also more likely to support reducing tax breaks for high income earners.

A majority opposed postponing infrastructure, cutting spending on unemployment and disability benefits and postponing increasing the education spending recommended by the Gonski Report.

Measures most supported by Labor voters were increasing taxes for big corporations and reducing tax breaks for high income earners.

Measures most supported by Liberal/National voters were increasing taxes for big corporations and postponing the NBN.

Opinion of Gonski report recommendations

Apr 22, 2013

Q. The Gonski report on funding education has recommended a new model for school funding that would mean all students are entitled to a set level of funding regardless of where they go to school, disadvantaged schools receive more funding and taxpayer funding for private schools is adjusted down based on parents’ capacity to pay.

Do you support or oppose these recommendations?

 

27 Feb 12

30 Jul 12

Total

22 Apr 13

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Total support

68%

65%

62%

77%

49%

76%

Total oppose

13%

14%

18%

6%

31%

5%

Strongly support

25%

25%

25%

42%

12%

41%

Support

43%

40%

37%

35%

37%

35%

Oppose

9%

10%

11%

4%

18%

4%

Strongly oppose

4%

4%

7%

2%

13%

1%

Don’t know

19%

20%

20%

16%

20%

19%

62% say they support the recommendations of the Gonski report on funding education and 18% were opposed. Support has weakened very slightly (-3%) since this question was asked last July.

Strongest support was shown by Labor voters (77%) and Greens voters (76%).

Since last July, support from Liberal/National voters has dropped from 59% to 49% and opposition increased from 20% to 31%.

Opinion of Gonski Report Recommendations

Feb 27, 2012

Q. The Gonski report on funding education has recommended a new model for school funding that would mean all students are entitled to a set level of funding regardless of where they go to school, disadvantaged schools receive more funding and taxpayer funding for private schools is adjusted down based on parents’ capacity to pay.

Do you support or oppose these recommendations?

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Total support

68%

79%

64%

76%

Total oppose

13%

7%

17%

14%

Strongly support

25%

37%

17%

35%

Support

43%

42%

47%

41%

Oppose

9%

5%

12%

9%

Strongly oppose

4%

2%

5%

5%

Don’t know

19%

14%

19%

10

68% say they support the recommendations of the Gonski report on funding education and 13% were opposed.
Strongest support was shown by Labor voters (79%), Greens voters (76%) and people aged 55+ (75%).

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Education Funding or Budget Surplus

Feb 27, 2012

Q. The Gonski report also recommends a $5 billion increase in education funding with $1.5 billion of this additional funding coming from the Federal Government and the rest from the State Governments. If the Federal Government provides this additional funding it may mean they will not be able to return the budget to surplus next year.

Do you think it is more important to provide this additional funding for schools or more important to return a budget surplus?

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

More important to provide additional funding to schools

61%

63%

58%

83%

More important to return a budget surplus

24%

25%

29%

11%

Don’t know

15%

12%

12%

6%

61% think it is more important to provide additional funding to schools and 24% say it is more important to return a budget surplus.

Those who think it is more important to provide additional funding were women (65%), aged 45+ (67%), and Greens voters (83%).

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Funding for Elite private Schools

Feb 27, 2012

Q. Do you think all schools should get an increase in funding or should some of the wealthy elite private schools not get an increase in funding?

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

All schools should receive an increase in funding

23%

17%

31%

11%

Some wealthy elite private schools should not get an increase in funding

73%

78%

68%

83%

Don’t know

4%

5%

2%

5%

Only 23% think that all schools should receive an increase in funding and 73% think that some wealthy elite private schools should not get an increase.

Highest support for all schools to receive an increase in funding came from Liberal/National voters (31%) and those on incomes over $1,600pw (28%).

Highest support for wealthy elite private schools not receiving additional funding came from Greens voters (83%), Labor voters (78%) and people aged 45-64 (78%).

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