Spending on anti-terrorism

Aug 19, 2014

Q. Do you think the Australian Government should be spending more or less on anti-terrorism measures or is current spending about right?

 

Total

 

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Spending more

28%

23%

39%

15%

28%

Spending less

19%

22%

12%

37%

21%

Current spending about right

36%

40%

37%

22%

40%

Don’t know

16%

15%

12%

26%

11%

28% think the Australian Government should be spending more on anti-terrorism measures and 19% think they should be spending less – 36% think the current spending is about right.

Those most likely to support spending more were aged 55+ (40%), Liberal/National voters (39%) and those who had not completed secondary education (38%).

Those most likely to support spending less were aged under 25 (27%), Greens voters (37%) and those with university education (26%).

Surrogacy

Aug 19, 2014

Q. Surrogacy entails a woman agreeing to bear a child, which is then transferred to other persons. Do you approve or disapprove of surrogacy in the following circumstances?

 

Total approve

Total dis-approve

 

 

Strongly approve

Approve

Dis-approve

Strongly dis-approve

Don’t know

Where the woman bearing the child is a close friend or relation and is not paid

69%

19%

23%

46%

9%

10%

12%

Where the woman bearing the child lives in Australia and is paid

58%

28%

15%

43%

15%

13%

13%

Where the woman bearing the child lives in another country and is paid

33%

51%

8%

25%

21%

30%

15%

A majority approve of surrogacy where the woman bearing the child is a close friend or relation and is not paid (69%) and where the woman bearing the child lives in Australia and is paid (58%) but disapprove if the woman bearing the child lives in another country and is paid (33% approve/51% disapprove).

A majority of all demographic and voter groups approved of surrogacy where the woman bearing the child lives in Australia – whether paid or unpaid.

For situations where the woman bearing the child lives in another country and is paid, those most likely to approve were aged under 45 (41%), Greens voters (53%) and those earning $1,600pw (44%). Those most likely to disapprove were aged 55+ (67%) and Liberal/National voters (58%).

Federal politics – voting intention

Aug 12, 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 = 1,845 respondents

First preference/leaning to

Election

7 Sep 13

 

4 weeks ago 15/7/14

2 weeks ago

29/7/14

Last week

5/8/14

This week

12/8/14

Liberal

 

35%

38%

39%

38%

National

3%

2%

2%

3%

Total Lib/Nat

45.6%

38%

41%

41%

41%

Labor

33.4%

40%

38%

39%

39%

Greens

8.6%

9%

9%

9%

8%

Palmer United Party

5.5%

6%

5%

4%

5%

Other/Independent

6.9%

7%

7%

7%

7%

 

2 Party Preferred

Election

7 Sep 13

 

4 weeks ago 15/7/14

2 weeks ago

29/7/14

Last week

5/8/14

This week

12/8/14

Liberal National

53.5%

47%

49%

49%

49%

Labor

46.5%

53%

51%

51%

51%

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. 

Approval of Tony Abbott

Aug 12, 2014

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

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib /Nat

Vote Greens

Vote Other

 

Tony Abbott  as    Opp-osition Leader

2 Sep 13

Tony Abbott as Prime Minister

24 Sep

14 Jan 

11 Feb

13 May

8 July

Total approve

37%

7%

80%

5%

22%

 

40%

41%

47%

41%

35%

34%

Total dis-approve

54%

89%

12%

86%

70%

 

49%

36%

43%

47%

55%

58%

Strongly approve

13%

3%

31%

-

*

13%

14%

13%

12%

12%

8%

Approve

24%

4%

49%

5%

22%

27%

27%

34%

29%

23%

26%

Disapprove

19%

28%

9%

27%

21%

19%

13%

18%

19%

18%

22%

Strongly disapprove

35%

61%

3%

59%

49%

30%

23%

25%

28%

37%

36%

Don’t know

9%

4%

8%

9%

8%

10%

23%

11%

12%

10%

7%

54% of respondents disapprove of the job Tony Abbott is doing as Prime Minister – down 4% since the last time this question was asked in July – and 37% approve of the job Tony Abbott is doing (up 3%). This represents an improvement in net rating from -24 to -17.

80% (up 3%) of Liberal/National voters approve of Tony Abbott’s performance, with 12% (down 4%) disapproving. 89% of Labor voters and 86% of Greens voters disapprove of Tony Abbott’s performance.

By gender men were 40% approve/51% disapprove and women 32% approve/57% disapprove.

Approval of Bill Shorten

Aug 12, 2014

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

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib /Nat

Vote Greens

Vote Other

 

12 Nov 

14 Jan 

11 Feb

11 Mar

8 Apr

13 May

11 Jun

8 Jul

Total approve

34%

63%

14%

35%

26%

31%

35%

30%

32%

34%

35%

38%

36%

Total dis-approve

40%

14%

70%

30%

52%

27%

32%

34%

39%

38%

37%

40%

39%

Strongly approve

7%

15%

2%

4%

3%

5%

5%

4%

4%

6%

6%

7%

6%

Approve

27%

48%

12%

31%

23%

26%

30%

26%

28%

28%

29%

31%

30%

Dis-   approve

21%

11%

32%

23%

27%

17%

20%

21%

24%

22%

19%

22%

22%

Strongly dis -approve

19%

3%

38%

7%

25%

10%

12%

13%

15%

16%

18%

18%

17%

Don’t know

25%

23%

17%

34%

22%

43%

32%

35%

29%

28%

28%

22%

25%

34% (down 2% since July) of respondents approve of the job Bill Shorten is doing as opposition leader and 40% (up 1%) disapprove. This represents a decline in net rating from -3 to -6.

63% (down 1%) of Labor voters approve of the job Bill Shorten is doing and 14% (down 2%) disapprove.

33% of men and 36% of women approve of Bill Shorten. 46% of men and 35% of women disapprove.

Better Prime Minister

Aug 12, 2014

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

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/  Nat

Vote Greens

Vote Other

 

22 Oct 2013

14 Jan 

11 Feb

11 Mar

8 April

13 May

11 June

8 July

Tony Abbott

37%

6%

84%

6%

22%

41%

42%

40%

39%

42%

36%

36%

34%

Bill Shorten

36%

73%

2%

55%

31%

22%

31%

30%

33%

32%

37%

40%

37%

Don’t know

27%

22%

14%

39%

47%

37%

27%

31%

28%

26%

28%

24%

29%

37% (up 3% since July) of respondents think Tony Abbott would make the better Prime Minister and 36% (down 1%) think Bill Shorten would make the better Prime Minister.

Men prefer Tony Abbott 42% to 35% and women prefer Bill Shorten 36% to 33%.

Importance of environmental issues

Aug 12, 2014

Q. How important are the following environmental issues to you?

 

Total import-ant

Total not import-ant

 

Very import-ant

Moder-ately import-ant

 

Import -ant

Vote Labor

Import -ant

Vote Lib/ Nat

Import -ant

Vote Greens

Import -ant

Vote Other

Protecting the Great Barrier Reef

91%

7%

58%

33%

94%

89%

94%

90%

Protecting endangered species

87%

11%

49%

38%

91%

83%

89%

87%

Cutting air and water  pollution

87%

11%

46%

41%

91%

83%

89%

85%

Protecting  native forests

86%

11%

45%

41%

91%

83%

91%

87%

Deforestation (for timber and paper)

80%

17%

35%

45%

83%

76%

77%

76%

Strengthen environmental protection laws

77%

20%

35%

42%

84%

69%

88%

79%

Deforestation (for palm oil products)

74%

22%

37%

37%

78%

67%

82%

75%

Population growth

73%

25%

33%

40%

72%

77%

67%

74%

Addressing climate change

71%

27%

37%

34%

84%

57%

85%

67%

The most important environmental issues were protecting the Great Barrier Reef (91%), protecting endangered species (87%), cutting air and water pollution (87%) and protecting native forests (86%). All issues were thought to be important by over 70% of respondents.

The ranking of issues was similar across party voting groups except for -

  • Addressing climate change, which was rated more important by Labor voters (84%) and Greens voters (85%) but lower by Liberal/National voters (57%).
  • Strengthen environmental protection laws, which was rated more important by Labor voters (84%) and Greens voters (88%).

Population growth, which was rated more important by Liberal/National voters (77%).

Retaining telephone and internet records

Aug 12, 2014

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the government proposal to require telecommunications companies and internet service providers to retain records of your telephone and internet activity for intelligence and criminal investigation purposes?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote Other

Total approve

39%

31%

59%

15%

26%

Total disapprove

51%

58%

33%

80%

64%

Strongly approve

10%

6%

18%

2%

6%

Approve

29%

25%

41%

13%

20%

Disapprove

21%

22%

18%

28%

22%

Strongly disapprove

30%

36%

15%

52%

42%

Don’t know

11%

10%

9%

5%

9%

39% approve of the government proposal to require telecommunications companies and internet service providers to retain records of your telephone and internet activity for intelligence and criminal investigation purposes and 51% disapprove.

80% of Greens voters and 58% of Labor voters disapprove while 59% of Liberal/National voters approve.

64% of respondents aged 18-34 disapprove while 54% of those aged 55+ approve.

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