Groups better or worse off

Mar 17, 2015

Q. Do you think that over the next 40 years the following groups of people will be better off or worse off than they are today?

 

Better off

Worse off

No difference

Don’t know

Children

24%

42%

21%

14%

Young Adults

18%

52%

18%

12%

Families with school-aged children

14%

52%

21%

13%

Middle aged

15%

50%

22%

13%

Retirees

14%

63%

13%

10%

Overall, respondents thought that all groups were more likely to be worse off over the next 40 years.

In particular, 63% think retirees will be worse off and only 14% think they will be better off.

Men tended to be more optimistic overall than women and Liberal/National voters more optimistic than Labor and Greens voters.

Using superannuation to buy a home

Mar 17, 2015

Q. Do you think people should be allowed to access their superannuation to buy a home or should superannuation be preserved for retirement?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote Other

 

Aged 18-34

Aged 35-54

Aged 55+

Should be allowed to use to buy a home

41%

38%

42%

50%

39%

45%

44%

31%

Should be preserved for retirement

46%

52%

47%

32%

49%

36%

44%

62%

Don’t know

13%

10%

10%

19%

12%

19%

12%

7%

41% think that people should be allowed to access their superannuation to buy a home and 46% think that superannuation should be preserved for retirement.

Those most likely to think people should be allowed to access their superannuation to buy a home were aged 18-24 (49%), Greens voters (50%) and university educated (45%).

Those most likely to think superannuation should be preserved for retirement were aged 55+ (62%), Labor voters (52%) and incomes over $1,600pw (53%).

Funding for car industry

Mar 17, 2015

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the Government re-instating about $100 million in funding to the car industry to ensure that car manufacturing continues until the planned closure in 2017?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote Other

Total approve

38%

45%

34%

32%

39%

Total disapprove

39%

30%

47%

40%

47%

Strongly approve

9%

12%

7%

5%

11%

Approve

29%

33%

27%

27%

28%

Disapprove

24%

19%

31%

20%

25%

Strongly disapprove

15%

11%

16%

20%

22%

Don’t know

24%

24%

19%

29%

13%

38% approve of the Government re-instating about $100 million in funding to the car industry and 39% disapprove.

Those most likely to approve were Labor voters (45%).

Those most likely to disapprove were Liberal/National voters (47%) and aged 55+ (46%).

Human rights obligations

Mar 17, 2015

Q. How concerned are you that Australia has been criticised by the United Nations for failing to meet its international human rights obligations in the treatment of asylum seekers? 

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote Other

Total concerned

44%

59%

23%

83%

40%

Total not concerned

48%

33%

71%

14%

58%

Very concerned

21%

28%

7%

64%

21%

Somewhat concerned

23%

31%

16%

19%

19%

Not very concerned

19%

15%

24%

11%

22%

Not at all concerned

29%

18%

47%

3%

36%

Don’t know

9%

7%

6%

3%

3%

44% were concerned that Australia has been criticised by the United Nations for failing to meet its international human rights obligations in the treatment of asylum seekers and 48% were not concerned.

Those most likely to be concerned were Labor voters (59%), Greens voters (83%), aged 18-34 (56%) and university educated (52%).

Those most likely to be not  concerned were Liberal/National voters (71%) and aged 55+ (63%).

Federal politics – voting intention

Mar 10, 2015

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 = 1,797 respondents 

First preference/leaning to

Election

7 Sep 13

 

4 weeks ago

10/2/15

2 weeks ago 24/2/15

Last week

3/3/15

This week 10/3/15

Liberal

 

36%

38%

37%

37%

National

3%

3%

3%

3%

Total Liberal/National

45.6%

39%

40%

40%

40%

Labor

33.4%

41%

41%

41%

40%

Greens

8.6%

10%

9%

9%

9%

Palmer United Party

5.5%

3%

2%

2%

2%

Other/Independent

6.9%

8%

8%

9%

9%

 

2 Party Preferred

Election

7 Sep 13

 

4 weeks ago

10/2/15

2 weeks ago 24/2/15

Last week

3/3/15

This week 10/3/15

Liberal National

53.5%

46%

47%

47%

47%

Labor

46.5%

54%

53%

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.

Approval of Tony Abbott

Mar 10, 2015

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

 

Total

 

Vote ALP

Vote Lib/
Nat

Vote Green

Vote Other

 

Sep 2013

Mar 2014

June 2014

Sep 2014

Dec 2014

Jan 2015

Feb 2015

Total approve

31%

5%

72%

5%

20%

 

41%

40%

35%

35%

32%

37%

29%

Total dis-approve

56%

89%

20%

86%

68%

 

36%

47%

58%

52%

55%

53%

62%

Strongly approve

7%

1%

18%

-

4%

14%

11%

10%

9%

8%

9%

7%

Approve

24%

4%

54%

5%

16%

27%

29%

25%

26%

24%

28%

22%

Dis-approve

22%

24%

16%

31%

32%

13%

20%

18%

22%

22%

23%

26%

Strongly dis-approve

34%

65%

4%

55%

34%

23%

27%

40%

30%

33%

30%

36%

Don’t know

12%

6%

7%

9%

15%

23%

12%

7%

13%

12%

10%

9%

56% of respondents disapprove of the job Tony Abbott is doing as Prime Minister – down 6% since the last time this question was asked in February – and 31% approve of the job Tony Abbott is doing (up 2%). This represents a change in net rating from -33 to -25.

72% (up 7%) of Liberal/National voters approve of Tony Abbott’s performance, with 20% (down 9%) disapproving. 89% of Labor voters and 86% of Greens voters disapprove of Tony Abbott’s performance.

By gender men were 35% approve/54% disapprove and women 28% approve/59% disapprove.

Approval of Bill Shorten

Mar 10, 2015

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

 

Total

 

Vote ALP

Vote Lib/
Nat

Vote Green

Vote Other

 

Nov 2013

Mar 2014

June 2014

Sep 2014

Dec 2014

Jan 2015

Feb 2015

Total
approve

34%

61%

20%

26%

22%

31%

32%

38%

35%

35%

39%

33%

Total dis-approve

39%

18%

65%

35%

50%

27%

39%

40%

36%

39%

33%

38%

Strongly approve

5%

14%

*

1%

1%

5%

4%

7%

5%

7%

7%

8%

Approve

29%

47%

20%

25%

21%

26%

28%

31%

30%

28%

32%

25%

Dis-approve

21%

14%

29%

25%

27%

17%

24%

22%

22%

23%

19%

21%

Strongly dis-approve

18%

4%

36%

10%

23%

10%

15%

18%

14%

16%

14%

17%

Don’t know

27%

22%

15%

38%

28%

43%

29%

22%

29%

26%

28%

29%

34% (up 1% since February) of respondents approve of the job Bill Shorten is doing as opposition leader and 39% (up 1%) disapprove – for a net rating of -5 (no change).

61% (down 3%) of Labor voters approve of the job Bill Shorten is doing and 18% (up 6%) disapprove.

36% of men and 31% of women approve of Bill Shorten. 44% of men and 35% of women disapprove.

Better Prime Minister

Mar 10, 2015

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 Green

Vote Other

 

Oct 2013

Mar 2014

June 2014

Sep 2014

Dec 2104

Jan 2015

Feb 2015

Tony Abbott

33%

4%

77%

4%

22%

41%

39%

36%

35%

31%

35%

31%

Bill Shorten

37%

77%

8%

56%

26%

22%

33%

40%

36%

36%

37%

39%

Don’t know

30%

19%

15%

41%

52%

37%

28%

24%

30%

33%

28%

30%

33% (up 2% since February) of respondents think Tony Abbott would make the better Prime Minister and 37% (down 2%) think Bill Shorten would make the better Prime Minister.

36% of men prefer Tony Abbott and 37% prefer Bill Shorten – and women prefer Bill Shorten 38% to 29%.

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