Dumping the mining tax

Sep 9, 2014

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the Government’s decision to dump the mining tax?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote Other

Total approve

44%

26%

78%

8%

41%

Total disapprove

31%

53%

8%

71%

31%

Strongly approve

16%

7%

32%

1%

14%

Approve

28%

19%

46%

7%

27%

Disapprove

14%

24%

4%

26%

14%

Strongly disapprove

17%

27%

4%

45%

17%

Don’t know

25%

22%

14%

20%

27%

44% approve of the Government’s decision to dump the mining tax and 31% disapprove.

Those most likely to approve were Liberal/National voters (78%) and aged 65+ (58%),

Those most likely to disapprove were Greens voters (71%) and Labor voters (53%).

Federal politics – voting intention

Sep 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 = 1,802 respondents

First preference/leaning to

Election

7 Sep 13

 

4 weeks ago 5/8/14

2 weeks ago

19/8/14

Last week

26/8/14

This week

2/9/14

Liberal

 

39%

37%

36%

36%

National

2%

3%

3%

4%

Total Liberal/National

45.6%

41%

40%

39%

40%

Labor

33.4%

39%

38%

37%

38%

Greens

8.6%

9%

9%

10%

9%

Palmer United Party

5.5%

4%

6%

6%

5%

Other/Independent

6.9%

7%

7%

8%

8%

 

2 Party Preferred

Election

7 Sep 13

 

4 weeks ago 5/8/14

2 weeks ago

19/8/14

Last week

26/8/14

This week

2/9/14

Liberal National

53.5%

49%

48%

48%

48%

Labor

46.5%

51%

52%

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.


 

Threat of terrorism

Sep 2, 2014

Q. Over the last few years, do you think that the threat of terrorism happening in Australia has increased, decreased or stayed much the same?

 

 

Total

 

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Total increased

57%

56%

69%

25%

55%

Total decreased

6%

5%

3%

27%

6%

Increased a lot

22%

18%

30%

8%

24%

Increased a little

35%

38%

39%

17%

31%

Stayed about the same

33%

38%

26%

45%

33%

Decreased a little

3%

4%

2%

2%

4%

Decreased a lot

3%

1%

1%

25%

2%

Don’t know

4%

2%

2%

4%

5%

57% think that the threat of terrorism happening in Australia has increased, 33% think it has stayed about the same and 6% think it has decreased.

Those most likely to think it has increased were Liberal/National voters (69%), women (62%) and those aged 55+ (77%).

Spending on security

Sep 2, 2014

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s recent decision to spend $64 million to support community groups and security agencies to reduce the threat of home-grown terrorism?

 

 

Total

 

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Total approve

56%

47%

78%

34%

44%

Total disapprove

24%

34%

10%

46%

31%

Strongly approve

20%

8%

37%

22%

10%

Approve

36%

39%

41%

12%

34%

Disapprove

16%

22%

8%

23%

20%

Strongly disapprove

8%

12%

2%

23%

11%

Don’t know

19%

19%

12%

19%

24%

56% approve of Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s recent decision to spend $64 million to support community groups and security agencies to reduce the threat of home-grown terrorism and 24% disapprove.

Those most likely to approve were Liberal/National voters (78%), aged 55+ (67%) and those earning less than $600pw (66%).

Those most likely to disapprove were Greens voters (46%), Labor voters (34%) and university educated (29%).

Contribution of multiculturalism

Sep 2, 2014

Q. Overall, has multiculturalism (that is, the acceptance of people from different countries, cultures and religions) made a positive or negative contribution to Australian society?

 

 

Total

 

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

 

Feb 2011

Total positive

57%

64%

51%

81%

49%

57%

Total negative

30%

27%

37%

13%

42%

29%

Very positive

18%

27%

7%

50%

13%

15%

Positive

39%

37%

44%

31%

36%

42%

Negative

19%

21%

22%

7%

21%

18%

Very negative

11%

6%

15%

6%

21%

11%

Made no difference

6%

6%

6%

2%

6%

6%

Don’t know

6%

3%

7%

4%

3%

8%

57% believe that multiculturalism has made a positive contribution to Australian society and 30% believe the contribution has been negative. These results are almost identical to when this question was asked in 2011. A majority of major party voter groups believe the contribution has been positive.

Older respondents tend to have a more negative view – those aged 55+ were split 49% positive/42% negative while those aged under 35 were 69% positive and 19% negative. 72% of university educated respondents thought it was positive.

View of multiculturalism

Sep 2, 2014

Q. Which of the following statements is closer to your view about multiculturalism?

 

 

Total

 

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

 

Feb 2011

Multiculturalism and cultural diversity has enriched the social and economic lives of all Australians.

55%

65%

45%

82%

45%

53%

Multiculturalism has failed and caused social division and religious extremism in Australia.

34%

27%

41%

14%

44%

38%

Don’t know

11%

7%

15%

4%

11%

9%

55% think that multiculturalism and cultural diversity has enriched the social and economic lives of all Australians while 34% agree more that multiculturalism has failed and caused social division and religious extremism in Australia. This represents a small shift toward a more positive view of the impact of multiculturalism since this question was asked in 2011.

Those most likely to have a positive view of multiculturalism were aged under 35 (68%), Greens voters (82%), Labor voters (65%) and those with university education (69%).

Immigration and Religion

Sep 2, 2014

Q. When a family applies to migrate to Australia, should it be possible for them to be rejected purely on the basis of their religion?

 

 

Total

 

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

 

Feb 2011

Should be rejected on basis of religion

21%

16%

27%

9%

29%

19%

Should not be rejected on basis of religion

63%

71%

53%

84%

56%

65%

Don’t know

17%

13%

20%

7%

15%

15%

63% believed that when a family applies to migrate to Australia, they should not be rejected purely on the basis of their religion and 21% think it should be possible to reject purely based on religion. These figures are similar to when this question was asked in 2011.

There were no substantial differences across age and gender groups.

Liberal voters were a little more supportive of being able to reject based on religion (27%) and Greens voters were strongly opposed (84%).

Energy sources

Sep 2, 2014

Q. Do you think Australia should put more emphasis, less emphasis or about the same emphasis as it does now on producing domestic energy from the following sources?

 

 

More emphasis

Same emphasis

Less emphasis

Don’t know

Solar power

70%

21%

3%

5%

Wind

60%

26%

8%

6%

Hydro

46%

39%

6%

9%

Gas

23%

47%

22%

8%

Nuclear power

18%

26%

41%

15%

Coal

9%

31%

53%

8%

70% think Australia should put more emphasis on producing domestic energy from solar power and 60% think there should be more emphasis on wind power. A majority (53%) think there should be less emphasis on producing energy from coal.

There were few significant differences across demographic groups. Those aged 55+ were a little more likely to want more emphasis on solar (74%) and less emphasis on coal (64%).

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