Majority of Australians oppose carbon tax

Many Australians oppose the introduction of the government's new carbon tax, fearing it will lead to job losses.

The 2012 Lowy Institute poll, released June 4, surveyed 1,005 Australian adults on a range of issues facing the country. They found 63 per cent of those surveyed are against "introducing a fixed price on carbon that will then lead to an Emissions Trading Scheme".

The issue was a divisive one, with 45 per cent rating themselves as strongly against, and only 35 per cent being in favour of the carbon tax.

Of those surveyed, 52 per cent opposed the legislation on the grounds that they agreed it would cause job losses and increased unemployment.

The carbon tax will likely impact many household budgets. "A family earning an income of around $100,000 who has two teenagers is expected to face an average cost of living impact of $653 per year", according to the Clean Energy Future website.

Electricity and gas prices are expected to increase with the introduction of the tax on July 1.

While the government has assured tax breaks and assistance packages will ease the impact of these increases, families should still aim to budget efficiently in order to minimise financial complications.

In what must be seen as bad news for Labor, the Lowy poll also found that 57 per cent of those surveyed would be in favour of a coalition government removing the Emissions Trading Scheme, if they were to be elected.

Posted by Callum Fleming