Controversial carbon tax draws negative response

The controversial carbon tax, which officially came into effect yesterday (July 1), has been met with a mixed reception according to a new poll from Neilson and Fairfax.

Support for the tax currently stands at just 33 per cent, while 62 per cent of survey participants consider themselves opposed to the legislation.

These results come as families across the country brace for the impact of increases to electricity and gas prices.

The same poll also showed that support for the Labor government on a two-party-preferred basis has fallen to 42 per cent, with the Coalition likely to win handsomely if an election were to be held tomorrow.

Prime minister Julia Gillard has stuck by the policy however, arguing that the benefits will eventually outweigh the negative impact.

"Australian's are a practical people and they will be able to see carbon pricing at work and make their own judgement," said Gillard.

While the government is promising compensation for low income households to assist in dealing with the increased cost of living, 51 per cent of respondents said they believed they would be worse off under the carbon tax. 

Those in opposition to the legislation have been vocal, with a crowd of around 1,000 protesters marched through the Sydney CBD yesterday brandishing slogans such as "Axe the Tax".

"This tax on electricity, because that's what it is, will in fact get into the nook and cranny of every aspect of your life," said Coalition member Bronwyn Bishop at the event.

"Everything we do will increase in cost."

Posted by Callum Fleming