Federal politics – voting intention

Jul 15, 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 = 1,818 respondents

First preference/leaning to

Election

7 Sep 13

 

4 weeks ago 17/6/14

2 weeks ago

1/7/14

Last week

8/7/14

This week

15/7/14

Liberal

 

36%

37%

36%

35%

National

3%

3%

3%

3%

Total Lib/Nat

45.6%

39%

40%

39%

38%

Labor

33.4%

41%

38%

40%

40%

Greens

8.6%

9%

9%

9%

9%

Palmer United Party

5.5%

5%

6%

6%

6%

Other/Independent

6.9%

7%

7%

7%

7%

 

2 Party Preferred

Election

7 Sep 13

 

4 weeks ago 17/6/14

2 weeks ago

1/7/14

Last week

8/7/14

This week

15/7/14

Liberal National

53.5%

46%

48%

47%

47%

Labor

46.5%

54%

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. 

Financial advice

Jul 15, 2014

Q. Have you ever used a financial planner or received financial advice from a bank? 

 

Total

 

Income less than $600pw

Income $600-1,000pw

Income $1,00-1,600pw

Income $1,600+

pw

 

Aged 18-34

Aged 35-54

Aged 55+

Yes

29%

24%

29%

36%

32%

16%

32%

42%

No

71%

76%

71%

64%

68%

84%

68%

58%

 29% say they have used a financial planner or received financial advice from a bank.

Those most likely to have received advice or used a planner were aged 55+ (42%) and those earning $1,000-1,600pw (36%).

Opinion of financial advice

Jul 15, 2014

Q. Overall, did you receive good or bad advice? 

 

Total

 

Income less than $600pw

Income $600-1,000pw

Income $1,00-1,600pw

Income $1,600+

pw

 

Aged 18-34

Aged 35-54

Aged 55+

Total good

65%

58%

61%

79%

57%

 

74%

64%

62%

Total bad

10%

21%

13%

3%

9%

 

6%

9%

13%

Very good

17%

11%

34%

16%

11%

12%

11%

26%

Good

48%

47%

27%

63%

46%

62%

53%

36%

Neither good nor bad

25%

21%

24%

17%

33%

17%

27%

24%

Bad

6%

8%

11%

2%

5%

4%

5%

7%

Very bad

4%

13%

2%

1%

4%

2%

4%

6%

Don’t know

1%

-

2%

1%

1%

2%

1%

-

65% of those who have received financial advice say it was good advice and 10% say they received bad advice.

Those most likely to think they received bad advice were aged 55+ (13%) and incomes under $600pw (21%)

Trust in financial planners

Jul 15, 2014

Q. How much trust do you have in financial planners to give you independent and appropriate advice?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote Other

 

Received financial advice

Total lot/some trust

37%

38%

41%

34%

25%

63%

Total little/no trust

49%

44%

50%

51%

67%

35%

A lot of trust

8%

6%

14%

1%

3%

19%

Some trust

29%

32%

27%

33%

22%

44%

Little trust

29%

24%

31%

38%

34%

24%

No trust at all

20%

20%

19%

13%

33%

11%

Don’t know

15%

18%

10%

15%

8%

2%

37% say they have a lot or some trust in financial planners to give independent and appropriate advice and 49% have little or no trust.

Of those who have received financial advice or used a planner, 63% have a lot/some trust and 35% have little/no trust in financial planners.

For those on higher incomes (over $1,600pw), 40% have a lot/some trust and 51% little/no trust.

Royal Commission

Jul 15, 2014

Q. Following reports of fraud, forgery and a cover-up in the financial planning division of the Commonwealth Bank, there have been calls for a Royal Commission. Would you agree or disagree that there needs to be a Royal Commission into banks and financial planning?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote Other

 

Received financial advice

Total agree

73%

76%

70%

75%

71%

80%

Total disagree

11%

6%

16%

4%

14%

12%

Strongly agree

34%

35%

29%

37%

42%

33%

Agree

39%

41%

41%

38%

29%

47%

Disagree

8%

5%

11%

4%

9%

10%

Strongly disagree

3%

1%

5%

-

5%

2%

Don’t know

17%

17%

15%

20%

14%

8%

73% agree and only 11% disagree that there needs to be a Royal Commission into banks and financial planning.

At least 70% of all voter groups agree and 80% of people who have used a planner or received a financial advice also agree.

Coal seam gas mining

Jul 15, 2014

Q. There is currently debate over the exploration and extraction of coal seam gas in Australia. Which of the following statements is closest to your view? 

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote Other

Coal seam gas mining should be banned completely

22%

26%

15%

39%

25%

Coal seam gas mining on farming land should be restricted

32%

34%

29%

38%

36%

There is sufficient current regulation of coal seam gas mining

12%

5%

22%

2%

11%

Don’t know

34%

34%

34%

22%

27%

Only 12% agree that there is sufficient current regulation of coal seam gas mining – 32% think coal seam gas mining on farming land should be restricted and 22% think it should be banned completely.

39% of Greens voters and 30% of those aged 55+ think it should be banned completely.

Renewable Energy Target

Jul 15, 2014

Q. The Renewable Energy Target scheme encourages investment in renewable energy by requiring electricity retail companies to purchase a certain amount of renewable energy each year. By the year 2020, at least 20% of electricity must come from renewable resources.

Do you think this target of 20% renewable energy by 2020 is too high, too low or about right?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote

other

 

Feb 14

Too high

13%

9%

20%

5%

15%

13%

Too low

29%

33%

18%

64%

35%

25%

About right

36%

38%

42%

18%

30%

39%

Don’t know

22%

20%

19%

14%

20%

23%

36% think the current renewable energy target is about right, 29% think it is too low and 13% think it is too high. Since this question was asked in February, those thinking it is too low increased 4 points and those thinking it is about right declined 3 points.

64% of Greens voters, 33% of Labor voters and 38% of those with university education think it is too low.

Defence links with Japan

Jul 15, 2014

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of Australia having closer defence links with Japan?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote Other

Total approve

52%

52%

64%

40%

41%

Total disapprove

18%

20%

14%

19%

25%

Strongly approve

9%

8%

14%

9%

6%

Approve

43%

44%

50%

31%

35%

Disapprove

13%

14%

11%

13%

15%

Strongly disapprove

5%

6%

3%

6%

10%

Don’t know

30%

28%

22%

42%

35%

52% approve and 18% disapprove of Australia having closer defence links with Japan.

Highest approval came from Liberal/National voters (64%), men (64%) and aged 55+ (64%).

Highest disapproval came from other party voters (25%) and those on incomes under $600pw (26%).

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