Level of tax continued (historical data)

May 13, 2014

Q.  Do you think the following pay too much tax, not enough tax or about the right amount?

 

Total

May 2013

Pay too much

Don’t pay enough

Pay about right amount

Don’t know

Pay too much

Don’t pay enough

Pay about right amount

Don’t know

Large businesses

5%

61%

19%

15%

7%

63%

17%

13%

Small businesses

40%

6%

39%

15%

43%

7%

37%

14%

People on low incomes

43%

6%

41%

10%

41%

8%

41%

10%

People on average incomes

38%

6%

47%

9%

37%

7%

49%

8%

People on high incomes

12%

59%

19%

10%

12%

60%

19%

8%

Mining companies

5%

61%

19%

15%

7%

62%

16%

15%

Please note: ‘retirees on large incomes’, ‘large carbon emitters’, ‘large international companies’ and ‘religious organisations’ were not included in May 2013.

The results have not changed significantly since the last time this question was asked in May 2013.

Next 12 months

Dec 17, 2013

Q. Thinking about the next 12 months, do you think 2014 will be a good or bad year for each of the following?

 

Total good

Total

bad

 

Very good

Good

Neither good nor bad

Bad

Very bad

Don’t know

The Australian economy

27%

37%

2%

25%

31%

27%

10%

6%

Australian politics in general

21%

45%

2%

19%

29%

25%

20%

6%

Large companies and corporations

30%

30%

4%

26%

32%

22%

8%

8%

Small business

17%

41%

1%

16%

34%

30%

11%

8%

Trade unions

11%

37%

2%

9%

38%

24%

13%

14%

The average Australian

23%

34%

1%

22%

38%

26%

8%

5%

Your personal financial situation

31%

25%

3%

28%

39%

18%

7%

4%

Your workplace*

36%

21%

4%

32%

39%

16%

5%

3%

You and your family overall

41%

16%

7%

34%

38%

11%

5%

5%

* working people

Respondents are more likely to be positive about 2014 for “you and your family” (41% good/16% bad), “your workplace” (36%/21%) and “your personal financial situation” (31%/25%).

Compared to their opinions of 2013, they expect improvements for “Australian politics in general” (up 11% to 21% good), “large companies and corporations” (up 5% to 30%) and “small business” (up 7% to 17%) – although all of these are off low base figures.

Paying tax

May 6, 2013

Q. Do you think the following pay too much tax, not enough tax or about the right amount?

 

Total

Labor voters

Lib/Nat voters

 

Pay too much

Don’t pay eno
-ugh

Pay about right
amnt.

Don’t know

Pay too much

Don’t pay eno
-ugh

Pay about right

Don’t know

Pay too much

Don’t pay eno
-ugh

Pay about right
amnt.

Don’t know

Large
bus.

7%

63%

17%

13%

4%

75%

12%

9%

9%

52%

25%

14%

Small
bus.

43%

7%

37%

14%

37%

8%

43%

11%

49%

5%

34%

11%

People on
low incomes

41%

8%

41%

10%

49%

3%

41%

7%

33%

11%

46%

10%

People on average
incomes

37%

7%

49%

8%

32%

8%

54%

6%

38%

6%

50%

6%

People on
high incomes

12%

60%

19%

8%

5%

77%

13%

6%

18%

47%

27%

7%

Mining
co.

7%

62%

16%

15%

4%

78%

8%

11%

11%

49%

24%

16%

A majority think that large businesses (63%), mining companies (62%) and people on high incomes do not pay enough tax.

They are more likely to think that small businesses pay too much tax (43%) and that people on average incomes pay about the right amount (49%).

They were split over whether people on low incomes pay too much or about the right amount.

At least three quarters of Labor voters think mining companies, people on upper incomes and big businesses do not pay enough tax.

The Past Year – The Economy and Industries

Dec 12, 2011

Q. Thinking about the last 12 months, has it been a good or bad year for each of the following?

Total good

(Dec 10

Total bad

(Dec 10)

Total good Total bad Very good Good Neither good nor bad Bad Very bad Don’t know
The banks 69% 13% 71% 8% 35% 36% 16% 6% 2% 4%
The mining industry 57% 14% 68% 11% 34% 34% 15% 8% 3% 6%
Large companies and corporations 44% 15% 40% 22% 8% 32% 32% 18% 4% 6%
The Australian economy 41% 20% 33% 31% 4% 29% 32% 24% 7% 3%
The media 30% 14% 25% 27% 6% 19% 37% 19% 8% 10%
Farming and agriculture 14% 50% 23% 40% 2% 21% 30% 28% 12% 7%
The environment 14% 37% 20% 33% 3% 17% 41% 24% 9% 6%
Small business 14% 45% 10% 61% 1% 9% 24% 42% 19% 6%

A majority of respondents think it has been a good year for the banks (71%) and the mining industry (68%). They are also more likely to think it has been a good year for large companies and corporations (40% good/22% bad) and the economy (33%/31%). However, they are more likely to think the year has been bad for small business (61%), farming and agriculture (40%) and the environment (33%).

In terms of the economy, Labor voters (50% good/18% bad) and Greens voters (47%/15%) were more likely to think it has been a good year – while 45% of Liberal/National voters considered it poor and 23% good.

Compared to last years’ results, respondents considered 2011 a better year than 2010 for the mining industry (up 11% to 68% good), farming and agriculture (up 9% to 23%) and the environment (up 6% to 20%). Perceptions of the economy dropped from a net +21% to +2%.

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Interests Represented by Parties

May 30, 2011

Q. Which political party do you think best represents the interests of –

Labor Liberal Greens Don’t know
Families with young children 34% 31% 5% 29%
Students 30% 28% 10% 33%
Working people on average incomes 40% 32% 5% 23%
Working people on low incomes 43% 27% 6% 24%
Working people on high incomes 13% 63% 2% 22%
People on welfare 38% 23% 8% 30%
Pensioners 33% 28% 5% 34%
Small businesses and self-employed 20% 47% 4% 29%
Big business 13% 62% 2% 23%
The next generation of Australians 19% 31% 17% 33%
Indigenous people 23% 21% 16% 40%
Ethnic communities 22% 21% 15% 42%
Rural and regional Australians 18% 34% 11% 36%

The Labor Party is considered the party which best represents the interests of working people on low and average incomes, people on welfare and pensioners. The Liberal Party is considered best at representing the interests of people on high incomes, big business, small business and self-employed, rural and regional Australians and the next generation. The Greens’ main strengths are in representing the next generation, indigenous people and ethnic communities.

There was little difference between the major parties in terms of representing the interests of families with young children, students, indigenous people and ethnic communities.

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The Past Year – The Economy and Industries

Dec 13, 2010

  Q. Thinking about the last 12 months, has it been a good or bad year for each of the following?

  Total good Total bad Very good Good Neither good nor bad Bad Very bad Don’t know
The banks 69% 13% 42% 27% 14% 9% 4% 4%
The mining industry 57% 14% 27% 30% 24% 11% 3% 6%
Large companies and corporations 44% 15% 10% 34% 35% 13% 2% 7%
The Australian economy 41% 20% 5% 36% 36% 17% 3% 4%
The media 30% 14% 8% 22% 45% 10% 4% 10%
The environment 14% 37% 2% 12% 43% 28% 9% 5%
Small business 14% 45% 2% 12% 35% 34% 11% 6%
Farming and agriculture 14% 50% 2% 12% 31% 35% 15% 5%

 A majority of respondents think it has been a good year for the banks (69%) and the mining industry (57%). They are also more likely to think it has been a good year for large companies and corporations (44% good/15% bad), the economy (41%/20%), and the media (30%/14%).

 However, they are more likely to think the year has been bad for farming and agriculture (50%), small business (45%) and the environment (37%).

In terms of the economy, all voter groups were more likely to think it has been a good year – Labor 55% good/11% bad, Liberal/National 33%/29% and Greens 53%/12%. Comments »

Government Support

Apr 27, 2010

Q7. During their term in office, do you think the Rudd Government has given too much support, not enough support or just about the right amount of support to the following –

  Given too much support Given enough support Not given enough support Don’t know
Pensioners 3% 27% 57% 12%
Poor families 3% 28% 54% 16%
Country Australia 2% 31% 46% 21%
Small businesses 2% 37% 39% 22%
Working people 2% 47% 37% 13%
Unemployed workers 10% 37% 34% 19%
Recent immigrants 41% 26% 17% 17%
Large businesses 26% 37% 14% 23%
Unions 19% 42% 13% 26%
The banks and other large financial institutions 43% 33% 5% 19%

About half the respondents think that the Rudd Government has not given enough support to pensioners (57%), poor families (54%) and country Australia (46%). A sizable proportion think that too much support has been given to the banks and other large financial institutions (43%) and recent immigrants (41%). 47% think the Rudd Government has given enough support to working people and 42% think they have given enough support to unions.

Among Labor voters, 50% think the Government has not given enough support to pensioners and 54% think they have not given enough support to poor families. Comments »

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