A split in public sentiment is appearing on whether scrapping or postponing the National Broadband Network (NBN) is the best way to help fund the Queensland flood recovery.
According to a Essential Research poll, 28 per cent of voters questioned believe postponing work on the NBN or canning it completely would be the best way to help fund the Queensland effort.
The Essential Research poll asked 1053 people a series of questions between January 25 and January 30. Respondents could picked from scrapping or postponing the NBN, selling off Medibank Private, using the Government’s one-off levy, raising mining taxes or to postpone returning the budget to surplus.
Delaying or destroying the NBN was the most popular method picked by respondents followed by postponing the return to a budget surplus, which was supported by 24 per cent.
Just 22 per cent of voters supported the Government’s decision to introduce a one-off levy.
Of the 28 per cent of respondents that wanted the NBN scrapped or delayed, 48 per cent identified themselves as Liberal or National Party voters. Just 11 per cent were Labor voters and 10 per cent were Australian Greens voters.
Age was also a major factor with 40 per cent of respondents aged 55 or older supporting a stop to the NBN.
But the figures weren’t all bad for the Government with 48 per cent of voters describing its actions in responding to the floods as “very good” or “good”. In contrast, only 29 per cent described the Coalition in similar terms.