Voting Is Not Enough

4 May

The latest Newspoll survey shows that anti-carbon tax sentiment is rising.

h/t Andrew Bolt reader “curious“:

Voters are overwhelmingly against Julia Gillard’s carbon tax after a sharp fall in support in the past two months among the young, families, women and even Labor supporters.

As Tony Abbott continues to campaign against the tax, the latest Newspoll survey reveals 60 per cent of voters are opposed to the government’s plan to put a price on carbon next year and only 30 per cent remain in favour.

Since the election last year, opposition to a carbon price has been rising and jumped after the Prime Minister announced in late February that she planned to introduce a carbon tax from July 1 next year ahead of a full emissions trading scheme in three to five years.

The latest Newspoll survey, taken exclusively for The Australian last weekend, shows that voters are not only against the carbon tax on a ratio of two-to-one, but that opposition to the plan is far more intense than the support for it. Of the 60 per cent opposed to the carbon tax, 39 per cent are “strongly against”, but of the 30 per cent for the plan only 12 per cent are “strongly in favour”.

Feeling strongly about it is not enough:

Ms Gillard yesterday vowed to press ahead with the carbon tax plan despite poor polling…

Voting against it – whether in a poll, or, at the next General Election – is not enough.

There is only one way to kill the tax.

Find out why. And how.

UPDATE:

Peter Brent’s Mumble analysis of Newspoll confirms why the only way to stop the carbon tax, is to stop it being implemented in the first place:

The bottom line is that the Gillard government doesn’t really have to ‘sell’ the carbon tax, it just has to survive its implementation, as the Howard government eventually did.

UPDATE 2:

Oakeshott urges Labor to follow his lead, ignore the wishes of the electorate, and pass the tax despite plummeting voting support:

Independent MP Rob Oakeshott has played down plummeting support for Labor’s proposed carbon tax, urging the government to stick to its guns and deliver the reform.

Peter Costello’s former press secretary Nikki Savva:

The consensus in business and political circles now is that the government will probably succeed in passing the carbon tax through parliament.

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