An overwhelming majority of voters are opposed to any cuts to penalty rates for night shifts, weekends and public holidays according to today’s Essential Report. Essential found 81% of voters surveyed think that people who are required to work outside of normal hours should receive a higher hourly rate of pay and 13% think they should not. There has been no change of opinion on this issue since this question was asked in May 2013. A large majority of all demographic and voter groups agree that workers should receive higher rates for working outside normal hours -- although Labor voters (91%) and Greens voters (91%) are somewhat more likely to support this than Liberal/National voters (69%). The poll was conducted from Friday, after Fairfax Media reported the previous weekend that employers were urging an overhaul to penalty rates in submissions to the Fair Work Commission, which is reviewing minimum wages and conditions in more than 200 awards.