A new poll has revealed that more than half of Australians have forgiven Prime Minister Anthony Albanese for reneging on his promise in stage three tax cuts.
The DemosAU poll conducted earlier this month found 51 per cent supported Labour’s newly revised stage three changes, which will give more take-home pay to people on low and middle incomes.
The question asked sought to know people’s true feelings about the Prime Minister’s motives including the line “critics say the changes break an election promise”.
Of the other 49 per cent, 32 per cent opposed the changes, while 17 per cent were undecided, the survey of 1,154 Australians showed.
Support for the changes is strongest among older Australians, with 54 per cent of people aged 55 and over backing the newly engaged Mr Albanese.
A new poll has found that more than half of Australians believed Prime Minister Anthony Albanese (pictured with his fiancee Jodie Haydon) did the right thing by breaking his promise in stage three tax cuts.
Other polls, whose questions did not specifically mention that Labour’s stage three changes were a broken promise, showed greater support.
The Australia Institute poll, for example, found that two-thirds of voters in the Victorian seat of Dunkley, where a by-election will be held in March, are in favor of cuts.
The latest poll found that Labor voters were the strongest supporters of the changes, followed by the Greens and other minor parties.
But 46 per cent of Liberal and National voters opposed the changes, compared to just 41 per cent in favour.
What a person currently earns does not appear to have much impact on their views on tax cuts, and even those whose tax cuts will be smaller than the Coalition’s original plan generally support Labour’s version.
About 54 percent of people who earn $200,000 or more support the changes, but only 43 percent of those who earn $45,000 or less support the cuts.
The DemosAU poll found 51 per cent were in favor of Labour’s stage three changes, which will give more take-home pay to people on low and middle incomes. People are pictured at Sydney’s Pitt St shopping centre.
There were also some differences by state, with 35 per cent of Queenslanders against the changes, while 33 per cent opposed the cuts in New South Wales and only 29 per cent of Victorians are in favor. against them.
“Opposition to the changes in the third stage is higher in the DemosAU survey than in any other public survey,” DemosAU director George Hasanakos told the Daily Telegraph.
“This probably reflects the greater importance of the term ‘broken promise’ in DemosAU’s formulation of the question.”
Hasanakos said Coalition voters generally seemed “comfortable” with Labour’s changes, specifically citing older voters who are more likely to be Conservative.
“It is those over 55 years of age who constitute the decisive factor in the majority support for the changes,” he stated.
Labour’s stage three legislation has already passed the lower house of parliament and is expected to be voted on in the Senate later this month.