Actions taken on social media

Sep 30, 2014

Q. Have you taken any of the following actions in that last 12 months because of concerns about privacy and surveillance of social media?

 

Total

 

Men

Women

Aged 18-34

Aged 35-54

Aged 55+

Increased my security settings

55%

50%

58%

60%

55%

46%

Changed the types of things I say or put up on social media

49%

47%

51%

59%

44%

42%

Removed information about myself

41%

38%

43%

51%

38%

28%

Cut back my list of friends or people I follow

39%

36%

41%

48%

36%

27%

Taken other actions

20%

20%

20%

25%

18%

16%

(based on the 74% of respondents who use social media)

A majority had taken some form of action in the last 12 months because of concerns about privacy and surveillance of social media. The most common actions taken were increasing security settings (55%) and changing the types of things said or put up on social media (49%).

Federal politics – voting intention

Sep 23, 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 = 1,756 respondents

First preference/leaning to

Election

7 Sep 13

 

4 weeks ago 26/8/14

2 weeks ago

9/9/14

Last week

16/9/14

This week

23/9/14

Liberal

 

36%

36%

35%

36%

National

3%

3%

3%

3%

Total Liberal/National

45.6%

39%

39%

39%

39%

Labor

33.4%

37%

38%

38%

39%

Greens

8.6%

10%

10%

11%

10%

Palmer United Party

5.5%

6%

4%

4%

4%

Other/Independent

6.9%

8%

9%

9%

8%

 

2 Party Preferred

Election

7 Sep 13

 

4 weeks ago 26/8/14

2 weeks ago

9/9/14

Last week

16/9/14

This week

23/9/14

Liberal National

53.5%

48%

48%

47%

47%

Labor

46.5%

52%

52%

53%

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.

Attributes of the Labor Party

Sep 23, 2014

Q. Here is a list of things both favourable and unfavourable that have been said about various political parties. Which statements do you feel fit the Labor Party?

 

Jul 2009

Mar 2010

April 2011

May 2012

Aug 2013

Mar 2014

 

Total

23 Sep

Change

Will promise to do anything to win votes

57%

63%

72%

70%

65%

63%

62%

-1

Divided

30%

36%

66%

73%

66%

58%

54%

-4

Looks after the interests of working people

39%

47%

53%

54%

54%

-

Moderate

65%

63%

51%

50%

48%

52%

54%

+2

Out of touch with ordinary people

44%

48%

61%

58%

51%

49%

51%

+2

Understands the problems facing Australia

62%

54%

40%

46%

50%

49%

46%

-3

Have good policies

46%

44%

42%

-2

Have a vision for the future

43%

41%

49%

43%

42%

-1

Clear about what they stand for

28%

31%

38%

42%

36%

-6

Too close to the big corporate and financial interests

46%

36%

31%

34%

36%

+2

Has a good team of leaders

60%

52%

34%

29%

36%

34%

33%

-1

Trustworthy

30%

31%

30%

-1

Keeps its promises

44%

33%

20%

22%

27%

30%

29%

-1

Extreme

25%

26%

38%

31%

34%

30%

27%

-3

The Labor Party’s main attributes were – will promise anything to win votes (62%), divided (54%), looks after the interests of working people (54%) and moderate (54%).

Main changes since March were – clear about what they stand for (down 6% to 36%) and divided (down 4% to 54%).

Attributes of the Liberal Party

Sep 23, 2014

Q. And which statements do you feel fit the Liberal Party?

 

Jul 2009

Mar 2010

April 2011

May 2012

Aug 2013

Mar 2014

 

Total

23 Sep

Change

Will promise to do anything to win votes

67%

72%

65%

63%

65%

67%

69%

+2

Too close to the big corporate and financial interests

60%

58%

60%

62%

65%

+3

Out of touch with ordinary people

62%

58%

54%

53%

58%

59%

63%

+4

Have a vision for the future

48%

48%

51%

53%

49%

-4

Clear about what they stand for

44%

46%

45%

50%

46%

-4

Understands the problems facing Australia

44%

43%

51%

52%

48%

47%

44%

-3

Moderate

50%

50%

55%

52%

48%

46%

44%

-2

Divided

74%

66%

49%

37%

31%

32%

40%

+8

Extreme

36%

38%

36%

34%

39%

37%

40%

+3

Have good policies

38%

44%

39%

-5

Has a good team of leaders

29%

31%

40%

39%

36%

43%

38%

-5

Looks after the interests of working people

38%

40%

36%

37%

31%

-6

Trustworthy

30%

32%

28%

-4

Keeps its promises

28%

23%

33%

34%

32%

35%

26%

-9

The Liberal Party’s main attributes were – will promise anything to win votes (69%), too close to the big corporate and financial interest (65%) and out of touch with ordinary people (63%).

Main changes since March were – keeps it promises (down 9% to 26%), divided (up 8% to 40%), looks after the interests of working people (down 6% to 31%), have good policies (down 5% to 39%) and has a good team of leaders (down 5% to 38%).

Party Attributes Comparison – Labor vs Liberal

Sep 23, 2014
 

Labor

Liberal

 

Difference

Looks after the interests of working people

54%

31%

+23

Divided

54%

40%

+14

Moderate

54%

44%

+10

Have good policies

42%

39%

+3

Keeps its promises

29%

26%

+3

Understands the problems facing Australia

46%

44%

+2

Trustworthy

30%

28%

+2

Has a good team of leaders

33%

38%

-5

Will promise to do anything to win votes

62%

69%

-7

Have a vision for the future

42%

49%

-7

Clear about what they stand for

36%

46%

-10

Out of touch with ordinary people

51%

63%

-12

Extreme

27%

40%

-13

Too close to the big corporate and financial interests

36%

65%

-29

The Labor Party is viewed more favourably than the Liberal Party in terms of looking after the interest of working people, moderate, being too close to the big corporate and financial interests, extreme and out of touch with ordinary people.

The Liberal Party is seen more favourably in terms of being divided and clear about what they stand for.

Approval of military aid to Iraq

Sep 23, 2014

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the Australian Government’s decision to send 600 military personnel plus aircraft to Iraq for military action against the Islamic State (IS)?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Total approve

52%

43%

74%

30%

49%

Total disapprove

34%

42%

19%

59%

39%

Strongly approve

17%

12%

27%

5%

19%

Approve

35%

31%

47%

25%

30%

Disapprove

19%

22%

13%

29%

20%

Strongly disapprove

15%

20%

6%

30%

19%

Don’t know

15%

16%

8%

11%

12%

52% approve of the Australian Government’s decision to send 600 military personnel plus aircraft to Iraq for military action against the Islamic State and 34% disapprove.

A large majority (74%) of Liberal/National voters approve while Labor voters are split 43% approve/42% disapprove.

Men split 60% approve/29% disapprove compared to women 44% approve/39% disapprove.

Main reason for sending military forces to Iraq

Sep 23, 2014

Q. What do you think is the main reason the Australian Government is sending military forces to Iraq?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

To fight against terrorism

36%

31%

52%

15%

31%

To support the USA

29%

30%

26%

36%

29%

To protect the people of Iraq

9%

6%

13%

7%

9%

To distract attention from the government’s problems

9%

16%

1%

15%

14%

To make Australia look important

8%

10%

4%

15%

10%

Don’t know

8%

7%

4%

13%

8%

36% think the main reason the Australian Government is sending military forces to Iraq is to fight against terrorism and 29% think the main reason is to support the USA. Only 9% think it is to protect the people of Iraq.

A majority (52%) of Liberal/National voters think the main reason is to fight against terrorism. 41% of respondents aged 55+ think it is to fight against terrorism compared to 30% of those aged under 35.

Threat of terrorism

Sep 23, 2014

Q. Do you think that sending military forces to Iraq will make Australia more or less safe from the threat of terrorism?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Total more safe

15%

11%

25%

5%

11%

Total less safe

51%

54%

41%

73%

58%

A lot more safe

5%

4%

8%

2%

3%

A little more safe

10%

7%

17%

3%

8%

Make no difference

25%

27%

28%

18%

23%

A little less safe

27%

28%

25%

41%

22%

A lot less safe

24%

26%

16%

32%

36%

Don’t know

9%

7%

6%

3%

8%

Only 15% think that sending military forces to Iraq will make Australia more safe from the threat of terrorism and 51% think it will make Australia less safe.

Those most likely to think it will make Australia less safe from the threat of terrorism were Greens voters (73%), other party voters (58%) and women (57%)

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