Last 12 months

Dec 9, 2014

Q. Thinking about the last 12 months, has it been a good or bad year for each of the following?

 

Total good

Total poor

Net score

 

Very good

Good

Neither good nor poor

Poor

Very poor

Don’t know

 

Net score Dec 2013

The Australian economy

20%

33%

-13

1%

19%

39%

26%

7%

7%

-13

Australian politics in general

12%

65%

-53

1%

11%

25%

32%

23%

7%

-62

Large companies and corporations

30%

16%

+14

6%

24%

38%

12%

4%

16%

-9

Small business

13%

41%

-28

1%

12%

32%

33%

8%

14%

-45

Trade unions

11%

29%

-18

2%

9%

38%

20%

9%

23%

-25

The average Australian

17%

40%

-23

1%

16%

36%

28%

12%

7%

-22

Your personal financial situation

23%

34%

-11

2%

21%

39%

22%

12%

4%

-8

Your workplace (employees only)

26%

31%

-5

2%

24%

38%

24%

7%

4%

+8

You and your family overall

29%

26%

+3

3%

26%

41%

19%

7%

5%

+18

Respondents believed that this year has been a poor for all groups except large companies and corporations (+14) and you and your family overall (+3). It was considered a particularly bad year for Australian politics in general (-53), small business (-28) and the average Australian (-23).

Relative to 2013 (as measured in December last year), this year was considered better for politics in general (up 9), large corporations and businesses (up 23) and small businesses (up 17) but worse for their workplace (down 13) and you and your family overall (down 15).

Expectations for 2015

Dec 9, 2014

Q. Thinking about the next 12 months, do you think 2015 will be a good or bad year for each of the following? 

 

Total good

Total poor

Net score

 

Very good

Good

Neither good nor poor

Poor

Very poor

Don’t know

 

Net score Dec 2013

The Australian economy

23%

33%

-10

2%

21%

29%

23%

10%

16%

-10

Australian politics in general

15%

44%

-29

1%

14%

25%

27%

17%

15%

-24

Large companies and corporations

30%

17%

+13

5%

25%

33%

13%

4%

19%

-

Small business

15%

32%

-17

1%

14%

34%

24%

8%

18%

-24

Trade unions

11%

27%

-16

1%

10%

37%

19%

8%

25%

-26

The average Australian

18%

35%

-17

1%

17%

33%

25%

10%

14%

-9

Your personal financial situation

26%

26%

-

3%

23%

36%

17%

9%

12%

+6

Your workplace

20%

20%

-

3%

17%

35%

13%

7%

26%

+15

You and your family overall

30%

20%

+10

4%

26%

37%

13%

7%

12%

+25

Overall, there was a positive outlook for large companies and corporations (net +13) and you and your family overall (+10). Expectations were negative for politics in general (-29), small businesses (-17), the average Australian (-17) and trade unions (-16).

Compared to last year, respondents were more optimistic about large businesses and corporations (up 13), small businesses (up 7) and trade unions (up 10) but feeling less optimistic about their workplace (down 15), you and your family overall (down 15%) and the average Australian (down 8).

Same sex marriage

Dec 9, 2014

Q. Do you think people of the same sex should or should not be allowed to marry? 

 

Total

 

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

 

Nov 2010

Jul 2011

Sep 2012

Oct 2013

Jun 2014

Should be allowed to marry

55%

60%

45%

85%

47%

53%

54%

55%

57%

60%

Should not be allowed to marry

32%

28%

40%

8%

45%

36%

35%

36%

31%

28%

Don’t know

14%

12%

12%

7%

7%

11%

11%

9%

12%

12%

55% agreed that people of the same sex should be allowed to marry and 32% think they should not. This is a drop in support since this question was previously asked in June.

Support for same sex marriage is 49% among men but 60% among women. 65% of under 35’s support same sex marriage – compared to 32% of those aged 65+.

Federal politics – voting intention

Dec 2, 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 = 1,761 respondents

First preference/leaning to

Election

7 Sep 13

 

4 weeks ago 4/11/14

2 weeks ago

18/11/14

Last week

25/11/14

This week

2/12/14

Liberal

 

37%

37%

38%

37%

National

3%

3%

3%

3%

Total Liberal/National

45.6%

40%

40%

40%

40%

Labor

33.4%

38%

38%

39%

40%

Greens

8.6%

10%

10%

10%

9%

Palmer United Party

5.5%

4%

3%

3%

3%

Other/Independent

6.9%

8%

9%

8%

8%

 

2 Party Preferred

Election

7 Sep 13

 

4 weeks ago 4/11/14

2 weeks ago

18/11/14

Last week

25/11/14

This week

2/12/14

Liberal National

53.5%

48%

48%

48%

47%

Labor

46.5%

52%

52%

52%

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.

Balance of power in the Senate

Dec 2, 2014

Q. The balance of power in the Senate is now held by micro parties such as Palmer United Party, Family First, Liberal Democrats, Motor Enthusiasts Party and independents. Is this good or bad for democracy?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote Other

Good for democracy

37%

49%

23%

54%

58%

Bad for democracy

29%

19%

50%

20%

15%

Makes no difference

18%

18%

16%

10%

22%

Don’t know

17%

13%

12%

16%

5%

37% said that having the balance of power in the Senate held by micro parties is good for democracy and 29% think it is bad.

A majority of Greens and other voters think it is good while 50% of Liberal/National voters think it is bad.

When a similar question about PUP holding the balance of power was asked in July, results were similar – 36% thought it was good and 28% bad.

Election promises

Dec 2, 2014

Q. In response to claims that he has broken election promises, the Prime Minister said he has ‘fundamentally kept faith with the Australian people’. Do you agree or disagree?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote Other

Total agree

31%

12%

66%

3%

25%

Total disagree

56%

82%

21%

92%

71%

Strongly agree

8%

5%

15%

1%

4%

Agree

23%

7%

51%

2%

21%

Disagree

22%

23%

18%

33%

31%

Strongly disagree

34%

59%

3%

59%

40%

Don’t know

13%

6%

13%

4%

3%

56% disagree that Tony Abbott has “fundamentally kept faith with the Australian people” and 31% agree.

While two thirds of Liberal/National voters agree, the vast majority of Labor (82%), Greens (92%) and other voters (71%) disagree.

Leader Attributes – Tony Abbott

Dec 2, 2014

Q. Which of the following describe your opinion of the Prime Minister, Tony Abbott?

 

2 Sep 13

(as Opposition leader)

29 Oct 13

27 May 14

 

Total

2 Dec

Change

Out of touch with ordinary people

52%

51%

67%

66%

-1

Hard working

71%

67%

57%

62%

+5

Arrogant

52%

54%

63%

61%

-2

Narrow-minded

55%

54%

61%

61%

-

Superficial

48%

49%

57%

54%

-3

Intolerant

47%

49%

55%

53%

-2

Erratic

43%

43%

51%

52%

+1

Intelligent

63%

62%

52%

51%

-1

Aggressive

47%

46%

52%

49%

-3

A capable leader

46%

52%

41%

43%

+2

Good in a crisis

39%

45%

35%

42%

+7

Understands the problems facing Australia

46%

51%

42%

40%

-2

More honest than most politicians

34%

39%

30%

30%

-

Trustworthy

38%

40%

29%

30%

+1

Visionary

35%

33%

31%

27%

-4

Tony Abbott’s key attributes were out of touch with ordinary people (66%), hard working (62%), arrogant (61%) and narrow-minded (61%).

Since May, the largest shifts have been for good in a crisis (+7), hard working (+5) ands visionary (-4).

Leader Attributes – Bill Shorten

Dec 2, 2014

Q. Which of the following describe your opinion of the Opposition Leader, Bill Shorten?

 

29 Oct 13

27 May 14

 

Total

2 Dec

Change

Intelligent

69%

66%

66%

-

Hard working

65%

66%

64%

-2

Understands the problems facing Australia

50%

53%

53%

-

A capable leader

49%

51%

46%

-5

Superficial

37%

42%

41%

-1

Out of touch with ordinary people

42%

39%

40%

+1

Good in a crisis

40%

40%

38%

-2

Narrow-minded

31%

35%

36%

+1

Arrogant

35%

36%

35%

-1

Trustworthy

34%

36%

34%

-2

Visionary

33%

30%

30%

-

Erratic

30%

32%

30%

-2

More honest than most politicians

27%

32%

29%

-3

Aggressive

31%

32%

29%

-3

Intolerant

30%

29%

27%

-2

Bill Shorten’s key attributes were intelligent (66%), hard working (64%), understands the problems facing Australia (53%) and a capable leader (46%).

Since May, the largest shift has been for a capable leader (-5).

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