Free Trade Agreements generally

Apr 15, 2014

Q. Generally, do you think making Free Trade Agreements with other countries is good for Australia or bad for Australia?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Total good

49%

43%

57%

48%

43%

Total bad

11%

14%

8%

20%

15%

Very good

13%

13%

16%

6%

11%

Good

36%

30%

41%

42%

32%

Neither good nor bad

18%

22%

17%

9%

20%

Bad

7%

9%

5%

15%

8%

Very bad

4%

5%

3%

5%

7%

Don’t know

22%

21%

17%

24%

23%

49% think that free trade agreements are generally good for Australia and 11% think they are bad. 18% think they are neither and 22% could not give an opinion.

Those most likely to think they were good were Liberal/National voters (57%), men (55%), aged 55+ (54%) and full-time workers (55%).

Palmer United Party

Apr 15, 2014

Q. The Palmer United Party will hold the balance of power in the new Senate.  Do you think the election of the Palmer United Party candidates to the Senate will be good or bad for democracy?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Good for democracy

27%

27%

22%

22%

62%

Bad for democracy

32%

29%

41%

42%

13%

Makes no difference

19%

20%

19%

19%

13%

Don’t know

22%

24%

18%

17%

12%

27% of respondents think the election of the Palmer United Party candidates to the Senate will be good for democracy and 32% think it will be bad for democracy.

Those more likely to think it will be good for democracy were voters for other parties or independents (62%), those who had not completed secondary education (35%) and residents of Queensland (38%).

Those more likely to think it will be bad for democracy were Liberal/National voters (41%), Greens voters (42%), aged 55+ (44%) and residents of NSW (38%).

Federal politics – voting intention

Apr 8, 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 = 1,918 respondents

First preference/leaning to

Election

7 Sep 13

 

4 weeks ago 11/3/14

2 weeks ago

25/3/14

Last week

1/4/14

This week

8/4/14

Liberal

 

40%

41%

40%

40%

National

3%

3%

2%

3%

Total Lib/Nat

45.6%

42%

44%

42%

42%

Labor

33.4%

38%

37%

39%

38%

Greens

8.6%

8%

9%

9%

9%

Palmer United Party

5.5%

4%

4%

3%

3%

Other/Independent

6.9%

8%

7%

7%

8%

 

2 Party Preferred

Election

7 Sep 13

 

4 weeks ago 11/3/14

2 weeks ago

25/3/14

Last week

1/4/14

This week

8/4/14

Liberal National

53.5%

50%

51%

49%

49%

Labor

46.5%

50%

49%

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

Apr 8, 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/

indep-endent

Tony Abbott as Opp. Leader

2 Sep 13

Tony Abbott as PM

24 Sep

12 Nov

14
Jan
14

11 Feb

11 Mar

Total approve

41%

11%

84%

12%

32%

40%

41%

45%

47%

41%

40%

Total disapprove

47%

84%

7%

76%

55%

49%

36%

40%

43%

47%

47%

Strongly approve

13%

3%

30%

-

5%

13%

14%

14%

13%

12%

11%

Approve

28%

8%

54%

12%

27%

27%

27%

31%

34%

29%

29%

Disapprove

17%

27%

5%

21%

23%

19%

13%

19%

18%

19%

20%

Strongly disapprove

30%

57%

2%

55%

32%

30%

23%

21%

25%

28%

27%

Don’t know

12%

6%

9%

12%

12%

10%

23%

16%

11%

12%

12%

 

41% (up 1%) approve of the job Tony Abbott is doing as Prime Minister and 47% (no change) disapprove. This represents little change in his rating as Prime Minister over the last four weeks – from net -7 to net -6.

By gender – 49% (up 5%) of men approve and 43% (down 3%) disapprove; 34% (down 3%) of women approve and 50% (up 1%) disapprove.

Approval of Bill Shorten

Apr 8, 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/ Indep-endent

 

12 Nov 2013

14 Jan 2014

11 Feb

11 Mar

Total approve

34%

 

62%

16%

36%

29%

31%

35%

30%

32%

Total disapprove

38%

 

15%

61%

35%

44%

27%

32%

34%

39%

Strongly approve

6%

12%

3%

2%

2%

5%

5%

4%

4%

Approve

28%

50%

13%

34%

27%

26%

30%

26%

28%

Disapprove

22%

13%

29%

27%

25%

17%

20%

21%

24%

Strongly disapprove

16%

2%

32%

8%

19%

10%

12%

13%

15%

Don’t know

28%

23%

23%

30%

25%

43%

32%

35%

29%

34% (up 2%) approve of the job Bill Shorten is doing as Opposition Leader and 38% (down 1%) disapprove. 28% could not give an opinion. This represents an improvement in his rating as Opposition Leader over the last four weeks from net -7 to net -4.

By gender – 36% (no change) of men approve and 44% (up 2%) disapprove; 32% (up 3%) of women approve and 32% (down 4%) disapprove.

Better Prime Minister

Apr 8, 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/

indep-endent

 

22 Oct 2013

12 Nov

14 Jan 2014

11 Feb

11 Mar

Tony Abbott

42%

9%

88%

14%

29%

41%

42%

42%

40%

39%

Bill Shorten

32%

67%

3%

54%

23%

22%

27%

31%

30%

33%

Don’t know

26%

25%

8%

31%

49%

37%

31%

27%

31%

28%

42%  (up 3%) think Tony Abbott would make the better Prime Minister and 32% (down 1%) favour Bill Shorten. 26% could not make a choice.

Tony Abbott is favoured 47%/29% among men and 37%/34% among women.

Privatising Medibank Private

Apr 8, 2014

Q. Do you support or oppose the Government’s plan to privatise Medibank Private?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

 

Nov 13

Total support

25%

12%

42%

15%

27%

22%

Total oppose

46%

69%

25%

52%

54%

43%

Strongly support

6%

4%

11%

2%

3%

5%

Support

19%

8%

31%

13%

24%

17%

Oppose

23%

27%

19%

29%

28%

20%

Strongly oppose

23%

42%

6%

23%

26%

23%

Don’t know

28%

18%

33%

34%

19%

35%

46% oppose the privatisation of Medibank Private, 25% support and 28% don’t know. This represents small increases for both support (+3%) and oppose (+3%) since this question was asked in November. Don’t knows have dropped from 35% to 28%.

Those most likely to support the privatisation of Medibank Private were men (32%) and Liberal/National voters (42%).

Those most likely to oppose it were aged 45-64 (54%) and Labor voters (69%).

Impact on fees of privatising Medibank Private

Apr 8, 2014

Q. Do you think the sale of Medibank Private will cause an increase or decrease in health insurance fees or will it make no difference?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Total increase

61%

77%

48%

68%

64%

Total decrease

3%

2%

3%

5%

2%

Fees will increase a lot

36%

55%

21%

30%

36%

Fees will increase a little

25%

22%

27%

38%

28%

Will make no difference to fees

19%

7%

36%

10%

21%

Fees will decrease a little

2%

2%

2%

4%

1%

Fees will decrease a lot

1%

*

1%

1%

1%

Don’t know

17%

14%

15%

17%

13%

61% of respondents think that the sale of Medibank Private will cause an increase in health insurance fees, 19% think it will make no difference and 3% think fees will decrease.

Those most likely to think fees will increase were Labor voters (77%), Greens voters (68%), aged 45-64 (66%) and people on incomes under $600pw (69%).

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