Refugee compared to skilled migrant intake

Nov 18, 2014

Q. And which of the following is true?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote Other

Australia takes in more refugees than skilled migrants

31%

34%

35%

10%

36%

Australia takes in about the same number of refugees and skilled migrants

12%

10%

15%

13%

10%

Australia takes in more skilled migrants than refugees

25%

28%

22%

35%

27%

Don’t know

32%

28%

28%

43%

26%

31% think that Australia takes in more refugees than skilled migrants and 25% think that Australia takes in more skilled migrants than refugees – while 12% think we take about the same number of each. 32% could not give an answer.

There were not major differences across demographics.  Greens voters (35%) and university educated (33%) were more likely to think we take in more skilled migrants.

Statements about refugee intake

Nov 18, 2014

Q. Do you agree or disagree with the following statements?

 

Total agree

Total disagree

 

Strongly agree

Agree

Disagree

Strongly disagree

Don’t know

Accepting refugees is something a wealthy nation like Australia should do to support poorer nations

49%

36%

15%

34%

23%

13%

14%

Refugees contribute to the nation that accepts them, it is in our interest to increase

39%

44%

12%

27%

27%

17%

17%

Australia’s overall population is too high, we need to wind back our refugee program

43%

40%

18%

25%

26%

14%

17%

Australia’s overall population is too low and we need to increase the number of refugees to boost the numbers in our workforce

20%

62%

4%

16%

31%

31%

17%

Nearly half (49%) agreed that accepting refugees is something a wealthy nation like Australia should do to support poorer nations. A majority (62%) disagreed that at Australia’s overall population is too low and we need to increase the number of refugees to boost the numbers in our workforce.

However, respondents were evenly divided over “Australia’s overall population is too high, we need to wind back our refugee program” (43% agree/40% disagree) and “Refugees contribute to the nation that accepts them, it is in our interest to increase” (39% agree/44% disagree).

Federal politics – voting intention

Nov 11, 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 = 1,786 respondents

First preference/leaning to

Election

7 Sep 13

 

4 weeks ago 14/10/14

2 weeks ago

28/10/14

Last week

4/11/14

This week

11/11/14

Liberal

 

38%

36%

37%

36%

National

3%

3%

3%

4%

Total Liberal/National

45.6%

41%

39%

40%

40%

Labor

33.4%

39%

39%

38%

38%

Greens

8.6%

10%

9%

10%

10%

Palmer United Party

5.5%

3%

4%

4%

4%

Other/Independent

6.9%

7%

8%

8%

9%

 

2 Party Preferred

Election

7 Sep 13

 

4 weeks ago 14/10/14

2 weeks ago

28/10/14

Last week

4/11/14

This week

11/11/14

Liberal National

53.5%

48%

47%

48%

48%

Labor

46.5%

52%

53%

52%

52%

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

Nov 11, 2014

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

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/
Nat

Vote Green

Vote Other

 

As Opp Lead
-er

Sep
13

As PM

Sep 13

 Mar 14

June 14

July
14

Aug 14

Sep 14

Oct 14

Total approve

39%

14%

85%

9%

24%

 

40%

41%

40%

35%

34%

37%

35%

40%

Total dis-approve

50%

82%

8%

85%

66%

 

49%

36%

47%

58%

58%

54%

52%

48%

Strongly approve

11%

2%

28%

5%

3%

13%

14%

11%

10%

8%

13%

9%

10%

Approve

28%

12%

57%

2%

21%

27%

27%

29%

25%

26%

24%

26%

30%

Dis-
approve

24%

34%

5%

36%

45%

19%

13%

20%

18%

22%

19%

22%

22%

Strongly dis-
approve

26%

48%

3%

49%

21%

30%

23%

27%

40%

36%

35%

30%

26%

Don’t know

10%

4%

8%

8%

10%

10%

23%

12%

7%

7%

9%

13%

11%

50% of respondents disapprove of the job Tony Abbott is doing as Prime Minister – up 2% since the last time this question was asked in October – and 39% approve of the job Tony Abbott is doing (down 1%). This represents a change in net rating from -8 to -11.

85% (down 2%) of Liberal/National voters approve of Tony Abbott’s performance, with 8% (no change) disapproving. 82% of Labor voters and 85% of Greens voters disapprove of Tony Abbott’s performance.

By gender men were 45% approve/50% disapprove and women 35% approve/51% disapprove.

Approval of Bill Shorten

Nov 11, 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

 

Nov 13

Mar 14

June 14

July 14

Aug 14

Sep 14

Oct 14

Total approve

37%

63%

24%

35%

21%

31%

32%

38%

36%

34%

35%

35%

Total disapprove

38%

17%

57%

40%

58%

27%

39%

40%

39%

40%

36%

36%

Strongly approve

6%

12%

2%

3%

4%

5%

4%

7%

6%

7%

5%

5%

Approve

31%

51%

22%

32%

17%

26%

28%

31%

30%

27%

30%

30%

Disapprove

25%

14%

30%

32%

46%

17%

24%

22%

22%

21%

22%

24%

Strongly disapprove

13%

3%

27%

8%

12%

10%

15%

18%

17%

19%

14%

12%

Don’t know

25%

20

20%

25%

21%

43%

29%

22%

25%

25%

29%

29%

37% (up 2% since October) of respondents approve of the job Bill Shorten is doing as opposition leader and 38% (up 2%) disapprove – for a net rating of -1 (no change)

63% (up 2%) of Labor voters approve of the job Bill Shorten is doing and 17% (no change) disapprove.

40% of men and 33% of women approve of Bill Shorten. 43% of men and 33% of women disapprove.

Better Prime Minister

Nov 11, 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

 

Oct 13

Mar 14

June 14

July 14

Aug 14

Sep 14

Oct 14

Tony Abbott

36%

8%

82%

4%

28%

41%

39%

36%

34%

37%

35%

38%

Bill Shorten

34%

67%

3%

61%

29%

22%

33%

40%

37%

36%

36%

32%

Don’t know

29%

25%

15%

36%

43%

37%

28%

24%

29%

27%

30%

30%

36% (down 2% since October) of respondents think Tony Abbott would make the better Prime Minister and 34% (up 2%) think Bill Shorten would make the better Prime Minister.

Men prefer Tony Abbott 40% to 33% and women prefer Bill Shorten 36% to 32%.

Trust in organisations to store data

Nov 11, 2014

Q. Under new national security laws phone and internet records of all Australians will be held for two years. How much trust do you have in the following organisations to store your personal data safely and in a way that would prevent abuse?

 

Total a lot/some trust

Total little/no trust

 

A lot of trust

Some trust

Little trust

No trust

Don’t know

Security agencies such as the Australian Federal Police, local police and ASIO

53%

42%

17%

36%

22%

20%

4%

The Government

42%

54%

8%

34%

27%

27%

4%

Telecommunications companies and internet service providers

32%

63%

3%

29%

32%

31%

5%

Other private companies

20%

70%

1%

19%

28%

42%

10%

53% have a lot or some trust in security agencies to store personal data safely and in a way that would prevent abuse – although only 17% have a lot of trust.

A majority have little or no trust in the Government (54%), telecommunications companies and internet service providers (63%) and other private companies (70%) to safely store personal data.

Opinion of retaining personal information

Nov 11, 2014

Q. Which of the following statements is closest to your view?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote Other

 

Aug 2014

Governments having access to personal telephone and internet information is necessary to protect society from terrorist or criminal actions.

41%

32%

67%

17%

30%

37%

Governments are increasingly using the argument about terrorism to collect and store personal data and information, and this is a dangerous direction for society

44%

56%

22%

69%

63%

49%

Don’t know

15%

12%

11%

14%

7%

13%

Opinions were divided between the two statements. 41% agreed more that “Governments having access to personal telephone and internet information is necessary to protect society from terrorist or criminal actions” and 44% agreed more that “Governments are increasingly using the argument about terrorism to collect and store personal data and information, and this is a dangerous direction for society”

Since this question was asked in August there has been a shift to agreeing that “Governments having access to personal telephone and internet information is necessary to protect society from terrorist or criminal actions” – from 37% to 41%.

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