Selling Government-owned assets

Apr 8, 2014

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the Treasurer Joe Hockey’s proposal that State Governments sell their Government-owned assets (e.g. ports, rail, roads) to fund construction of new infrastructure?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other/ Indep-endent

Total approve

25%

 

10%

44%

17%

23%

Total disapprove

58%

 

80%

41%

63%

60%

Strongly approve

7%

3%

11%

4%

8%

Approve

18%

7%

33%

13%

15%

Disapprove

27%

25%

31%

28%

22%

Strongly disapprove

31%

55%

10%

35%

38%

Don’t know

18%

11%

16%

19%

16%

58% disapprove of the Treasurer Joe Hockey’s proposal that State Governments sell their Government-owned to fund construction of new infrastructure and 25% approve.

Labor voters (80%) and Greens voters (63%) strongly disapprove but Liberal/National voters are divided with 44% approve/41% disapprove.

Climate change

Apr 8, 2014

Q. Do you believe that there is fairly conclusive evidence that climate change is happening and caused by human activity or do you believe that the evidence is still not in and we may just be witnessing a normal fluctuation in the earth’s climate which happens from time to time?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

 

Nov 09

Dec 10

Jun 11

Oct 12

Oct 13

Jan 14

Climate change is happening and is caused by human activity

56%

70%

39%

87%

46%

53%

45%

50%

48%

52%

51%

We are just witnessing a normal fluctuation in the earth’s climate

34%

23%

51%

5%

39%

34%

36%

39%

39%

36%

39%

Don’t know

10%

7%

10%

8%

15%

13%

19%

12%

13%

12%

11%

56% (up 5% since January) agree that climate change is happening and is caused by human activity and 34% (down 5%) believe that we may just be witnessing a normal fluctuation in the earth’s climate. This is the largest gap recorded between these figures since this question was first asked in 2009.

By age groups, those aged under 35 split 65%/22% and those aged 55+ split 42%/52%. People with higher education were more likely to think climate change is happening and is caused by human activity – those with university degrees split 66%/24%.

Actions on climate change

Apr 8, 2014

Q. Which of the following actions on climate change do you most support?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

 

Oct 13

Keeping the carbon tax

17%

27%

6%

29%

19%

15%

Replacing the carbon tax with an emissions trading scheme

22%

30%

14%

35%

19%

21%

Replacing the carbon tax with the Liberal’s “direct action” plan

12%

4%

23%

4%

13%

15%

Dumping the carbon tax and not replacing it at all

30%

19%

44%

9%

35%

31%

Don’t know

19%

20%

13%

23%

15%

18%

30% think the carbon tax should be dumped and not replaced, 22% support replacing it with an emissions trading scheme, 12% prefer the Liberal’s “direct action” plan and 17% think the Government should keep the carbon tax. These figures have changed little since this question was asked in October.

Those most likely to support keeping the tax or changing to an emissions trading scheme were Labor voters (57%) and Greens voters (64%) and those with a university education (51%).

Those most likely to think the carbon tax should be dumped and not replaced were Liberal/National voters (44%) and those who had not completed secondary education (43%). Only 23% of Liberal/National voters preferred the Liberal’s “direct action” plan (down from 28% in October).

Federal politics – voting intention

Apr 1, 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 = 1,867 respondents

First preference/leaning to

Election

7 Sep 13

 

4 weeks ago 4/3/14

2 weeks ago

18/3/14

Last week

25/3/14

This week

1/4/14

Liberal

 

41%

40%

41%

40%

National

3%

3%

3%

2%

Total Lib/Nat

45.6%

44%

43%

44%

42%

Labor

33.4%

38%

36%

37%

39%

Greens

8.6%

8%

9%

9%

9%

Palmer United Party

5.5%

3%

4%

4%

3%

Other/Independent

6.9%

7%

8%

7%

7%

 

2 Party Preferred

Election

7 Sep 13

 

4 weeks ago 4/3/14

2 weeks ago

18/3/14

Last week

25/3/14

This week

1/4/14

Liberal National

53.5%

51%

51%

51%

49%

Labor

46.5%

49%

49%

49%

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.


 

State of the economy

Apr 1, 2014

Q. Overall, how would you describe the current state of the Australian economy?

 

 

28 May 12

8 Apr 13

16 Sep 13

21 Jan 14

 

Total

 

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Total good

35%

45%

40%

34%

38%

38%

47%

36%

21%

Total poor

29%

26%

25%

26%

24%

24%

18%

24%

46%

Very good

6%

8%

6%

4%

3%

3%

5%

5%

-

Good

29%

37%

34%

30%

35%

35%

42%

31%

21%

Neither good nor poor

33%

28%

32%

36%

34%

34%

33%

37%

33%

Poor

20%

17%

20%

21%

19%

18%

16%

20%

31%

Very poor

9%

9%

5%

5%

5%

6%

2%

4%

15%

Don’t know

2%

2%

3%

4%

4%

4%

2%

4%

-

38% described the economy as good or very good and 24% poor/very poor – 34% said it was neither. This represents a net improvement from +8 to +14 since January. The main shift since January was an increase of 7% for “good” and a decrease of 6% for “poor” among Liberal/National voters.

Those most likely to think the economy was good/very good were people with incomes over $1,600pw (42%). Liberal/National voters (47%) were more likely that Labor voters (38%) to think the economy was good.

Australian economy heading in right or wrong direction

Apr 1, 2014

Q. From what you have read and heard, do you think the Australian economy is heading in the right direction or the wrong direction?

 

 

17 May 10

9 May 11

18 Jun 12

29 Apr 13

16 Sep 13

21 Jan 14

 

Total

 

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

The right direction

51%

45%

43%

36%

44%

38%

39%

25%

67%

22%

21%

The wrong direction

25%

29%

32%

39%

26%

33%

34%

43%

15%

50%

61%

Don’t know

24%

25%

25%

25%

30%

29%

26%

32%

19%

29%

18%

39% of respondents think that Australia’s economy is heading in the right direction – 34% think it is heading in the wrong direction. These figures are almost unchanged since this question was asked in January.

25% (up 2%) of Labor voters, 67% (up 4%) of Liberal/National voters and 22% (up 1%) of Greens voters think the economy is heading in the right direction. 45% of men think the economy is heading in the right direction compared to 33% of women.

Changes to Racial Discrimination Act

Apr 1, 2014

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the Government’s plan to change the Racial Discrimination Act so that it is no longer unlawful to “offend, insult or humiliate” someone because of their race or ethnicity? It will still be unlawful to  “intimidate or vilify” someone because of their race or ethnicity.

 

 

Total

 

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Total approve

38%

30%

56%

16%

38%

Total disapprove

44%

53%

25%

81%

46%

Strongly approve

13%

8%

21%

4%

14%

Approve

25%

22%

35%

12%

24%

Disapprove

18%

17%

14%

25%

26%

Strongly disapprove

26%

36%

11%

56%

20%

Don’t know

18%

17%

19%

3%

16%

38% approve the Government’s proposed changes to the Racial Discrimination Act and 44% disapprove.

A majority of Labor voters (53%) and Greens voters (81%) disapprove while 56% of Liberal/National voters approve.

Men approve 43% to 40% while women disapprove 47% to 34%. 51% of those with university education disapprove.

Regulation of businesses

Apr 1, 2014

Q. Do you think that there is currently too much or not enough regulation of businesses in Australia?

 

 

Total

 

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Too much

24%

17%

38%

6%

23%

Not enough

26%

33%

18%

37%

28%

About right amount

24%

25%

22%

26%

30%

Don’t know

25%

25%

22%

31%

18%

Respondents were evenly divided over whether there is too much or not enough regulation of businesses in Australia. 26% think there is not enough, 24% think there is too much and 24% think there is about the right amount.

Those most likely to think there is too much were Liberal/National voters (38%), men (30%) and aged 55+ (38%).

Those most likely to think there is not enough were Labor voters (33%) and Greens voters (37%).

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