Awareness of NDIS

Nov 4, 2014

Q. Have you heard or read a lot, a fair amount, just a little or almost nothing about the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

A lot

4%

6%

4%

4%

1%

A fair amount

15%

14%

16%

17%

19%

A little

37%

36%

43%

27%

35%

Almost nothing

35%

36%

30%

38%

40%

Can’t say

10%

8%

8%

14%

5%

 

19% have heard a lot or a fair amount about the NDIS – 72% say they have heard little or nothing.

This most likely to have heard about the NDIS were aged 65+ (27%).

Approval of NDIS

Nov 4, 2014

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the Government’s decision to implement the National Disability Insurance Scheme to be funded by increasing the Medicare levy from 1.5% to 2%? 

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Total approve

44%

46%

51%

52%

34%

Total disapprove

34%

37%

32%

23%

44%

Strongly approve

8%

11%

8%

12%

5%

Approve

36%

35%

43%

40%

29%

Disapprove

20%

21%

22%

12%

22%

Strongly disapprove

14%

16%

10%

11%

22%

Don’t know

21%

16%

18%

24%

22%

 

44% approve of an NDIS funded by an increase in the Medicare levy and 34% disapprove.

Those most likely to approve were men (51%) and aged 65+ (61%).

Increase in GST

Nov 4, 2014

Q. Would you support an increase in the GST if it was : 

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Directly invested in hospitals and health services

56%

57%

63%

66%

46%

Invested in aged pensions

44%

47%

52%

34%

37%

Directly invested in vital infrastructure like roads and railways

39%

40%

50%

32%

24%

Used to pay off our national debt

28%

21%

45%

18%

18%

 

A majority (56%) would support an increase in the GST if it was directly invested in hospitals and health services. There was also substantial support for increasing the GST if invested in aged pensions (44%) or directly invested in vital infrastructure like roads and railways (39%). Only 28% support increasing the GST to pay off the national debt.

Liberal/National voters were more likely to favour increasing the GST for all purposes. Increasing the GST to invest in hospitals and health services was supported by 66% of Greens voters and 57% of Labor voters.

There were few differences by income – except that 53% of those earning less than $1,000 pw supported raising the GST to invest in aged pensions.

Federal politics – voting intention

Oct 28, 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 = 1,772 respondents

First preference/leaning to

Election

7 Sep 13

 

4 weeks ago 30/9/14

2 weeks ago

14/10/14

Last week

21/10/14

This week

28/10/14

Liberal

 

37%

38%

37%

36%

National

2%

3%

3%

3%

Total Liberal/National

45.6%

40%

41%

40%

39%

Labor

33.4%

39%

39%

39%

39%

Greens

8.6%

10%

10%

10%

9%

Palmer United Party

5.5%

4%

3%

3%

4%

Other/Independent

6.9%

8%

7%

8%

8%

 

2 Party Preferred

Election

7 Sep 13

 

4 weeks ago 30/9/14

2 weeks ago

14/10/14

Last week

21/10/14

This week

28/10/14

Liberal National

53.5%

48%

48%

47%

47%

Labor

46.5%

52%

52%

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.

Importance of international relationships

Oct 28, 2014

Q. How important is it for Australia to have a close relationship with the following nations?

 

Very 

Quite 

Not very 

Don’t know

 

Very 

Mar 11

Very 

Nov 13

Very 

Jun 14

Change

United States

53%

37%

5%

4%

60%

59%

57%

-4

United Kingdom

48%

41%

7%

4%

56%

48%

48%

-

China

44%

45%

6%

6%

48%

54%

46%

-2

Indonesia

32%

46%

15%

7%

31%

40%

35%

-3

Japan

31%

51%

11%

7%

39%

35%

32%

-1

Canada

26%

47%

20%

7%

na

na

28%

-2

India

22%

46%

24%

8%

26%

26%

23%

-1

Germany

22%

43%

27%

8%

23%

20%

21%

+1

Saudi Arabia

17%

38%

35%

10%

na

na

na

na

Russia

16%

39%

37%

8%

na

na

na

na

More than half the respondents think it is very important to have close relationships with the United States (53%). Relations with Russia (16%) and Saudi Arabia (17%) were thought to be the least important.

A close relationship with the United States is considered very important by 67% of Liberal/National voters, 50% of Labor voters and 41% of Greens voters.

Since this question was last asked in June, there has been a 4% decrease in the rating of the importance of relations with the United States.

Trust in the Government’s handling of international relations

Oct 28, 2014

Q. How much trust do you have in Tony Abbott and the Liberal Government to handle Australia’s international relations? 

 

 Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

 

Nov 2013

Jun 2014

Total a lot/some

40%

16%

82%

19%

26%

41%

35%

Total little/no trust

53%

81%

15%

80%

71%

53%

59%

A lot of trust

17%

1%

44%

2%

8%

20%

17%

Some trust

23%

15%

38%

17%

18%

21%

18%

A little trust

18%

24%

13%

10%

20%

18%

16%

No trust

35%

57%

2%

70%

51%

35%

43%

Don’t know

6%

3%

3%

1%

2%

7%

5%

17% of people have “a lot of trust” in Tony Abbott and the Liberal Government to handle Australia’s international relations.

35% have no trust.

Labor (57%) and Greens (70%) voters were far more likely to have ‘no trust’. Liberal/National voters were far less likely (2%) to have no trust. 44% of Liberal/National voters have “a lot of trust”.

Since this question was asked in June, those saying they have a lot or some trust has increased by 5% and those saying they have no trust decreased by 6% – a similar position to the poll in November last year.

Tony Abbott representing Australia

Oct 28, 2014

Q. When you think of Tony Abbott representing Australia at international conferences and meetings, how confident are you that he will do a good job in representing Australia to the international community? 

 

 Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

 

Jun 2014

Total very/somewhat confident

49%

23%

91%

16%

34%

45%

Very confident

17%

2%

42%

2%

8%

18%

Somewhat confident

32%

21%

49%

14%

26%

27%

Not at all confident

47%

74%

9%

82%

63%

50%

Don’t know

4%

3%

1%

2%

3%

5%

49% (up 4% since June) say they are very or somewhat confident that Tony Abbott will do a good job in representing Australia to the international community and 47% (down 3%) say they are not at all confident.

Relations with Indonesia

Oct 28, 2014

Q. How would you rate the performance of Tony Abbott and the Coalition Government in handling relations with Indonesia?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

 

Nov 2013

May 2014

Total good

32%

8%

71%

7%

17%

29%

25%

Total poor

39%

63%

8%

70%

48%

42%

43%

Very good

12%

1%

31%

*

3%

11%

8%

Good

20%

7%

40%

7%

14%

18%

17%

Neither good nor poor

22%

23%

18%

14%

29%

21%

19%

Poor

18%

28%

6%

26%

19%

16%

19%

Very poor

21%

35%

2%

44%

29%

26%

24%

Don’t know

8%

6%

4%

9%

6%

8%

13%

32% of respondents would rate Tony Abbott and the Coalition Government handling of relations with Indonesia as good. 39% would rate them as poor. This represents an improvement since May of 11 points from net -18 to net -7.

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