Reasons for prices increases under the carbon tax

Oct 2, 2012

Q. In respect of the increases to the costs of goods and services that you have noticed, do you believe that they are due to the carbon tax?

n=717

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Yes

62%

45%

73%

46%

No

12%

22%

8%

9%

Not sure

26%

33%

19%

45%

The 69% of respondents (n=717) that believed they had noticed a price increase were asked whether they believed the increases were due to the carbon tax.

Sixty two per cent (62%) of these respondents believe that it is due to the carbon tax, whilst 12% do not.  Twenty six per cent (26%) of respondents were not sure.

Looking at the results by voting intention, Coalition voters were the most likely to attribute price increases to the carbon tax (73%) and 8% did not.

Forty five per cent (45%) of Labor voters believe the increases are due to the carbon tax and 22% do not.

Whilst 46% of Greens voters believe that the increases are due to the carbon tax (46%) an almost equal portion (45%) remain unsure.

Power Costs

Aug 20, 2012

Q. Over the last few years, have your gas and/or electricity costs increased, decreased or stayed much the same?

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Total increased

86%

84%

90%

72%

Increased a lot

42%

35%

48%

23%

Increased a moderate amount

29%

30%

30%

31%

Increased a little

15%

19%

12%

18%

Stayed about the same

7%

9%

5%

13%

Decreased a little

1%

1%

1%

1%

Decreased a moderate amount

*

*

2%

Decreased a lot

1%

2%

*

4%

Don’t know

4%

4%

2%

8%

42% think that gas and electricity prices have increased a lot over the last few years and 29% think they have increased a moderate amount. Only 9% think they have stayed about the same or decreased.

Those most likely to think they have increased a lot were aged 45+ (49%), Liberal/National voters (48%) and Victorians (47%).

Main Reason for Price Increases

Aug 20, 2012

Q. Do you believe these price increases are due mainly to the carbon tax, or mainly due to other reasons? *

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Mainly due to carbon tax

72%

53%

81%

70%

Mainly due to other reasons

17%

36%

9%

18%

Don’t know

11%

12%

10%

13%

* based on the 52% who have noticed price increases

72% of those who said they had noticed cost increases think it is mainly dues to the carbon tax.

Those most likely to blame the carbon tax were Liberal/National voters (81%), aged under 35 (78%) and those earning over $1,000pw (76%).

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