Increasing Productivity

Sep 23, 2014

Q. Which of the following would be the most effective way to increase productivity in Australian workplaces?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

 

Full time workers

Part time workers

July 2012

Invest more in skills and education

29%

35%

26%

40%

22%

28%

29%

35%

More flexibility for businesses in how they employ and manage workers

19%

13%

29%

12%

16%

20%

18%

21%

More input from workers into how businesses are managed

13%

18%

10%

15%

16%

16%

13%

17%

Invest more in technology and innovation

12%

13%

10%

18%

16%

13%

17%

8%

Stop Government assistance to industries so that they are forced to be productive or close

9%

6%

12%

6%

13%

7%

6%

10%

Don’t know

18%

15%

15%

10%

16%

15%

17%

9%

29% think investing more in skills and education is the most effective way to increase productivity, 19% favour more flexibility for businesses in how they employ and manage workers and 13% nominated more input from workers into how businesses are managed.

35% of Labor voters and 40% of Greens voters favour investing in skills and education while 29% of Liberal/National voters favour more flexibility for businesses in how they employ and manage workers.

Main changes since this question was asked in July 2012 are a drop for invest more in skills and education (down 6% to 29%) and an increase in those who could not give an opinion (up 9% to 18%).

Federal politics – voting intention

Sep 16, 2014

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 = 1,736 respondents

First preference/leaning to

Election

7 Sep 13

 

4 weeks ago 19/8/14

2 weeks ago

2/9/14

Last week

9/9/14

This week

16/9/14

Liberal

 

37%

36%

36%

35%

National

3%

4%

3%

3%

Total Liberal/National

45.6%

40%

40%

39%

39%

Labor

33.4%

38%

38%

38%

38%

Greens

8.6%

9%

9%

10%

11%

Palmer United Party

5.5%

6%

5%

4%

4%

Other/Independent

6.9%

7%

8%

9%

9%

 

2 Party Preferred

Election

7 Sep 13

 

4 weeks ago 19/8/14

2 weeks ago

2/9/14

Last week

9/9/14

This week

16/9/14

Liberal National

53.5%

48%

48%

48%

47%

Labor

46.5%

52%

52%

52%

53%

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 2013 election.

Government’s handling of issues

Sep 16, 2014

Q. How would you rate the Federal Liberal-National Government for the way they have handled the following issues? 

 

Total good

Total poor

Net score

 

Very good

Good

Average

Poor

Very poor

Don’t know

 

Net

Feb 2014

Relations with other countries

39%

24%

+15

12%

27%

28%

12%

12%

9%

-3

Treatment of asylum seekers

33%

36%

-3

15%

18%

20%

12%

24%

11%

+1

Supporting Australian businesses

26%

31%

-5

6%

20%

32%

14%

17%

10%

-7

Managing the economy

30%

36%

-6

9%

21%

25%

16%

20%

9%

+3

Industrial relations

20%

36%

-16

3%

17%

31%

15%

21%

13%

-12

Protecting the environment

21%

39%

-18

4%

17%

30%

16%

23%

10%

-10

Supporting Australian jobs

21%

42%

-21

4%

17%

28%

17%

25%

9%

-19

Education and schools

20%

42%

-22

4%

16%

29%

20%

22%

9%

-7

Social welfare

19%

45%

-26

4%

15%

27%

17%

28%

9%

-12

Health services

19%

46%

-27

4%

15%

27%

22%

24%

8%

-13

Climate change

17%

44%

-27

4%

13%

27%

16%

28%

12%

-15

The Government received negative ratings for all issues except relations with other countries (net +15).

Highest negative ratings were given for climate change (17% good/44% poor), health services (19%/46%), social welfare (19%/45%) and education and schools (20%/42%).

Since this question was asked in February there has been a significant increase for relations with other countries (net score up 18) and decreases for education and schools (down 15), health (down 14), social welfare (down 14) and climate change (down 12).

Buying submarines from Japan

Sep 16, 2014

Q. Do you support or oppose the Government buying submarines from Japan if it is cheaper than building them in Australia? 

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Total support

28%

19%

40%

28%

17%

Total oppose

51%

60%

42%

57%

70%

Strongly support

6%

3%

9%

1%

7%

Support

22%

16%

31%

27%

10%

Oppose

23%

22%

25%

23%

25%

Strongly oppose

28%

38%

17%

34%

45%

Don’t know

22%

20%

17%

15%

12%

28% support the Government buying submarines from Japan if it is cheaper than building them in Australia and 51% oppose.

While most voters are strongly opposed, Liberal/National voters are split (40% support/42% oppose).

Military aid to Ukraine

Sep 16, 2014

Q. Would you support or oppose the Australian Government providing military aid to the Ukraine Government fighting against Russian-backed rebel forces?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Total support

36%

33%

54%

19%

33%

Total oppose

42%

47%

32%

64%

51%

Strongly support

8%

7%

14%

3%

8%

Support

28%

26%

40%

16%

25%

Oppose

24%

24%

21%

43%

23%

Strongly oppose

18%

23%

11%

21%

28%

Don’t know

22%

20%

15%

16%

15%

36% would support the Australian Government providing military aid to the Ukraine Government fighting against Russian-backed rebel forces and 42% would oppose.

54% of Liberal/National voters support providing military aid but there are no substantial differences across demographic groups.

Change to superannuation

Sep 16, 2014

Q. As part of the agreement to dump the mining tax, increases to compulsory superannuation have been deferred. Instead of increasing to 12% by 2019 they will remain at 9.5% until 2020. Do you approve or disapprove of this change to superannuation? 

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

 

Work full time

Work part time

Total approve

29%

14%

56%

15%

22%

27%

37%

Total disapprove

49%

66%

25%

72%

53%

53%

46%

Strongly approve

8%

4%

16%

1%

8%

6%

13%

Approve

21%

10%

40%

14%

14%

21%

24%

Disapprove

23%

27%

17%

27%

25%

25%

23%

Strongly disapprove

26%

39%

8%

45%

28%

28%

23%

Don’t know

23%

21%

18%

12%

24%

19%

18%

29% approve the recent change to superannuation and 49% disapprove.

Those most likely to approve were Liberal/National voters (56%) and aged 65+ (44%).

Impact of superannuation changes on salary increases

Sep 16, 2014

Q. Do you expect that, as a result of superannuation increases being deferred, workers will now receive larger salary increases? 

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

 

Work full time

Work part time

Yes

10%

9%

14%

8%

5%

13%

7%

No

65%

68%

60%

83%

77%

70%

66%

Don’t know

25%

23%

26%

9%

18%

17%

27%

Only 10% believe that as a result of superannuation increases being deferred, workers will now receive larger salary increases.

13% of full-time workers and 7% of part-time workers believe workers will now receive larger salary increases.

Compulsory superannuation

Sep 16, 2014

Q. Do you think it should be compulsory to contribute to superannuation or should workers be able to do whatever they want with their income? 

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

 

Work full time

Work part time

Superannuation should be compulsory

61%

65%

65%

66%

47%

60%

59%

Workers should be able to do whatever they want with their income

31%

30%

29%

25%

48%

33%

29%

Don’t know

8%

5%

6%

9%

6%

7%

12%

61% believe that superannuation should be compulsory and 31% think workers should be able to do whatever they want with their income.

Those most likely to oppose compulsory superannuation were aged 35-54 (37%) and other party voters (48%). There was little difference across incomes.

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