State Government – Co-operate or Compete

Apr 23, 2012

Q. When it comes to business expansion and investment in Australia, do you think that State Governments should co-operate with each other to attract business and investment or should they compete for business and investment by offering lower taxes and less regulation?

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Should co-operate

67%

74%

64%

78%

Should compete

17%

16%

23%

5%

Don’t know

15%

10%

14%

16%

67% believe that State Governments should co-operate with each other to attract business and investment and 17% think they should compete for business and investment by offering lower taxes and less regulation.

23% of Liberal/National voters, 21% of men and 21% of NSW respondents think they should compete. Those most likely to think they should co-operate were Greens voters (78%), Labor voters (74%) and Queensland respondents (73%).

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Federal politics – voting intention

Apr 16, 2012

Q. If a Federal Election was held today to which party will you probably give your first preference vote? If not sure, which party are you currently leaning toward?

Q. If don’t know -Well which party are you currently leaning to?

Sample size = 1,906 respondents

First preference/leaning to

Election

21 Aug 10

4 weeks ago

19/3/12

2 weeks ago

2/4/12

Last week

10/4/12

This week

16/4/12

Liberal

45%

46%

47%

45%

National

3%

3%

3%

3%

Total Lib/Nat

43.6%

48%

48%

50%

48%

Labor

38.0%

32%

33%

31%

31%

Greens

11.8%

11%

11%

11%

11%

Other/Independent

6.6%

9%

8%

9%

9%

 

2PP

Election

21 Aug 10

4 weeks ago

2 weeks ago

Last week

This week

Total Lib/Nat

49.9%

56%

55%

57%

56%

Labor

50.1%

44%

45%

43%

44%

NB.  The data in the above tables comprise 2-week averages derived from the first preference/leaning to voting questions.  Respondents who select ‘don’t know’ are not included in the results.  The two-party preferred estimate is calculated by distributing the votes of the other parties according to their preferences at the 2010 election.

Approval of Julia Gillard

Apr 16, 2012

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the job Julia Gillard is doing as Prime Minister?

 

19 Jul 2010

20 Dec 2010

14 Mar

2011

14 June

12 Sept

17 Oct

14 Nov

12 Dec

16 Jan 2012

13 Feb

12 Mar

16 Apr

Total approve

52%

43%

41%

34%

28%

34%

37%

34%

37%

36%

32%

32%

Total disapprove

30%

40%

46%

54%

64%

59%

55%

54%

52%

53%

61%

58%

Strongly approve

11%

10%

7%

6%

5%

7%

8%

6%

6%

6%

8%

7%

Approve

41%

33%

34%

28%

23%

27%

29%

28%

31%

30%

24%

25%

Disapprove

17%

24%

22%

29%

28%

27%

25%

25%

27%

26%

29%

31%

Strongly disapprove

13%

16%

24%

25%

36%

32%

30%

29%

25%

27%

32%

27%

Don’t know

18%

17%

13%

13%

8%

7%

9%

11%

12%

11%

7%

10%

Julia Gillard’s approval rating has changed little since last month. 32% (no change) approve of the job Julia Gillard is doing as Prime Minister and 58% (down 3%) disapprove – a change in net rating from -29 to -26 over the last 5 weeks.

67% of Labor voters approve (down 8%) and 21% disapprove (up 1%).

By gender – men 32% approve/60% disapprove, women 32% approve/55% disapprove.

Approval of Tony Abbott

Apr 16, 2012

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the job Tony Abbott is doing as Opposition Leader?

 

 

18 Jan

2010

5 Jul

2010

20 Dec 2010

14 Mar

2011

14 June

12 Sept

17 Oct

14 Nov

12 Dec

16 Jan 2012

13 Feb

12 Mar

16 Apr

Total approve

37%

37%

39%

38%

38%

39%

40%

36%

32%

35%

35%

36%

38%

Total disapprove

37%

47%

39%

47%

48%

50%

51%

52%

53%

51%

53%

52%

50%

Strongly approve

5%

8%

9%

7%

6%

8%

8%

6%

6%

7%

6%

7%

7%

Approve

32%

29%

30%

31%

32%

31%

32%

30%

26%

28%

29%

29%

31%

Disapprove

20%

23%

21%

24%

25%

23%

23%

26%

25%

25%

23%

23%

23%

Strongly disapprove

17%

24%

18%

23%

23%

27%

28%

26%

28%

26%

30%

29%

27%

Don’t know

26%

16%

22%

16%

15%

11%

9%

12%

14%

13%

12%

12%

13%

Tony Abbott’s approval rating has improved a little over the last month. 38% (up 2%) approve of the job Tony Abbott is doing as Opposition Leader and 50% (down 2%) disapprove – a change in net rating from -16 to -12 over the last 5 weeks. This is Tony Abbott’s best rating since October.

72% (up 2%) of Coalition voters approve and 17% (down 4%) disapprove.

By gender – men 44% approve/47% disapprove, women 30% approve/52% disapprove.

Better Prime Minister

Apr 16, 2012

Q. Who do you think would make the better Prime Minister out of Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott?

 

5 Jul 2010

14 Mar 2011

14 June

12 Sept

17 Oct

14 Nov

12 Dec

16 Jan 2012

13 Feb

12 Mar

16 Apr

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Julia Gillard

53%

44%

41%

36%

38%

41%

39%

39%

41%

40%

38%

81%

6%

69%

Tony Abbott

26%

33%

36%

40%

39%

36%

35%

36%

34%

37%

36%

2%

74%

7%

Don’t know

21%

23%

24%

24%

23%

24%

26%

25%

25%

23%

25%

16%

20%

24%

38% (down 2%) believe Julia Gillard would make the better Prime Minister and 36% (down 1%) prefer Tony Abbott – a net change from +3% to +2% for Julia Gillard.

Men prefer Tony Abbott 41%/36% and women prefer Julia Gillard 41%/32%.

 

Opinion of NBN

Apr 16, 2012

 Q. From what you’ve heard, do you favour or oppose the planned national broadband network (NBN)?

 

27 Sep 2010

14 Feb 2011

18 Apr 2011

20 Feb 2012

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Total favour

56%

48%

54%

56%

57%

80%

42%

68%

Total oppose

18%

31%

28%

25%

22%

4%

40%

9%

Strongly favour

27%

19%

22%

20%

18%

31%

8%

32%

Favour

29%

29%

32%

36%

39%

49%

34%

36%

Oppose

12%

16%

13%

15%

15%

4%

26%

9%

Strongly oppose

6%

15%

15%

10%

7%

-

14%

-

Don’t know

26%

22%

18%

19%

21%

16%

18%

23%

 

Opposition to the NBN has declined a little since this question was last asked in February.

57% (+1%) favour the NBN and 22% (-3%) oppose it. There is overwhelming majority support from Labor and Greens voters and Liberal/National voters now support the NBN 42%/40%.

By age group, those aged under 35 were 63% favour/13% oppose and those aged 55+ were 53% favour/35% oppose.

79% of those that believe their area will be connected to the NBN in the next three years favour the NBN and only 12% oppose. Those who think they will not be connected in the next three years split 51% support/35% oppose.

Connection to NBN

Apr 16, 2012

 Q. The Government recently announced the areas that will be connected to the NBN over the next 3 years? As far as you know, will the area where you live be connected to the NBN in the next 3 years?


 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Yes

29%

40%

25%

27%

No

19%

13%

26%

20%

Don’t know

52%

48%

49%

53%

 

29% think their area will be connected to the NBN in the next three years – 19% think it will not be connected and 52% don’t know.

Older respondents tended to be better informed about the NBN than younger respondents. 59% of those aged under 35 said they don’t know compared to 45% of those aged 55+.

Whether Sign up for Access to NBN

Apr 16, 2012

Q. When the NBN becomes available in your area, will you sign up for internet access? 

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Definitely will

15%

22%

11%

24%

Probably will

31%

39%

24%

34%

Probably not

16%

8%

24%

7%

Definitely not

6%

1%

10%

2%

Don’t know

33%

29%

31%

34%

 

46% say they will definitely or probably sign up for internet access when the NBN becomes available in their area – 22% will probably or definitely not and 33% don’t know.

Younger respondents were only a little more likely to sign up – 48% of those aged under 35 compared to 46% of aged 35-54 and 41% of those aged 55+.

There were no major demographic differences. The main differences were by voting intention – 61% of Labor voters and 58% of Greens voters said they would definitely/probably sign up compared to only 35% of Liberal/National voters.