Defence links with Japan

Jul 15, 2014

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of Australia having closer defence links with Japan?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote Other

Total approve

52%

52%

64%

40%

41%

Total disapprove

18%

20%

14%

19%

25%

Strongly approve

9%

8%

14%

9%

6%

Approve

43%

44%

50%

31%

35%

Disapprove

13%

14%

11%

13%

15%

Strongly disapprove

5%

6%

3%

6%

10%

Don’t know

30%

28%

22%

42%

35%

52% approve and 18% disapprove of Australia having closer defence links with Japan.

Highest approval came from Liberal/National voters (64%), men (64%) and aged 55+ (64%).

Highest disapproval came from other party voters (25%) and those on incomes under $600pw (26%).

Relationships with Japan and China

Jul 15, 2014

Q. Is it more important for Australia to have a close relationship with Japan or China?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote Other

Relationship with Japan more important

5%

5%

8%

2%

2%

Relationship with China more important

15%

18%

15%

12%

13%

Both equally important

62%

61%

65%

72%

63%

Neither are important

5%

5%

3%

2%

12%

Don’t know

12%

11%

10%

12%

10%

62% think it is equally important to have close relationships with China and Japan. 15% think the relationship with China is more important and 5% think the relationship with Japan is more important.

21% of respondents aged under 35 and 20% of those with university education think the relationship with China is more important.

Federal politics – voting intention

Jul 8, 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 = 1,804 respondents

First preference/leaning to

Election

7 Sep 13

 

4 weeks ago 11/6/14

2 weeks ago

24/6/14

Last week

1/7/14

This week

8/7/14

Liberal

 

35%

37%

37%

36%

National

3%

3%

3%

3%

Total Lib/Nat

45.6%

37%

40%

40%

39%

Labor

33.4%

40%

38%

38%

40%

Greens

8.6%

9%

9%

9%

9%

Palmer United Party

5.5%

6%

5%

6%

6%

Other/Independent

6.9%

8%

7%

7%

7%

 

2 Party Preferred

Election

7 Sep 13

 

4 weeks ago 11/6/14

2 weeks ago

24/6/14

Last week

1/7/14

This week

8/7/14

Liberal National

53.5%

46%

48%

48%

47%

Labor

46.5%

54%

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.

Approval of Tony Abbott

Jul 8, 2014

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

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/
Nat

Vote Greens

Vote Other

 

Tony Abbott as Opp. Leader

2 Sep 13

Tony Abbott as PM

24 Sep

14 Jan 2014

11 Mar

13 May

11 June

Total approve

34%

6%

77%

4%

26%

 

40%

41%

47%

40%

35%

35%

Total disapprove

58%

89%

16%

90%

69%

 

49%

36%

43%

47%

55%

58%

Strongly approve

8%

2%

20%

4%

2%

13%

14%

13%

11%

12%

10%

Approve

26%

4%

57%

-

24%

27%

27%

34%

29%

23%

25%

Disapprove

22%

25%

12%

23%

35%

19%

13%

18%

20%

18%

18%

Strongly disapprove

36%

64%

4%

67%

34%

30%

23%

25%

27%

37%

40%

Don’t know

7%

4%

7%

5%

5%

10%

23%

11%

12%

10%

7%

58% of respondents disapprove of the job Tony Abbott is doing as Prime Minister – no change since the last time this question was asked in June – and 34% approve of the job Tony Abbott is doing (down 1%).

77% (down 5%) of Liberal/National voters approve of Tony Abbott’s performance, with 16% (up 4%) disapproving. 89% of Labor voters and 90% of Greens voters disapprove of Tony Abbott’s performance.

By gender men were 36% approve/59% disapprove and women 32% approve/58% disapprove.

Approval of Bill Shorten

Jul 8, 2014

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

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/
Nat

Vote Greens

Vote Other

 

12 Nov 2013

14 Jan 2014

11 Feb

11 Mar

8 Apr

13 May

11 Jun

Total
approve

36%

64%

19%

44%

21%

31%

35%

30%

32%

34%

35%

38%

Total disapprove

39%

16%

64%

16%

55%

27%

32%

34%

39%

38%

37%

40%

Strongly approve

6%

13%

1%

4%

4%

5%

5%

4%

4%

6%

6%

7%

Approve

30%

51%

18%

40%

17%

26%

30%

26%

28%

28%

29%

31%

Disapprove

22%

12%

30%

14%

32%

17%

20%

21%

24%

22%

19%

22%

Strongly disapprove

17%

4%

34%

2%

23%

10%

12%

13%

15%

16%

18%

18%

Don’t know

25%

20%

16%

39%

24%

43%

32%

35%

29%

28%

28%

22%

36% (down 2% since June) of respondents approve of the job Bill Shorten is doing as opposition leader and 39% (down 1%) disapprove.

64% (down 1%) of Labor voters approve of the job Bill Shorten is doing and 16% (no change) disapprove. 39% of Greens voters did not know.

39% of men and 33% of women approve of Bill Shorten. 45% of men and 33% of women disapprove.

Better Prime Minister

Jul 8, 2014

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 Greens

Vote Other

 

22 Oct 2013

14 Jan 2014

11 Feb

11 Mar

8 April

13 May

11 June

Tony Abbott

34%

4%

79%

2%

31%

41%

42%

40%

39%

42%

36%

36%

Bill Shorten

37%

73%

5%

66%

17%

22%

31%

30%

33%

32%

37%

40%

Don’t know

29%

23%

16%

32%

52%

37%

27%

31%

28%

26%

28%

24%

37% (down 3% since June) of respondents think Bill Shorten would make the better Prime Minister and 34% (down 2%) think Tony Abbott would make the better Prime Minister.

Men prefer Bill Shorten 38% to 37% and women prefer Bill Shorten 35% to 31%.

Disability Support Pension

Jul 8, 2014

Q. A recent Government report suggested that the Disability Support Pension should only be paid to those with a permanent disability and those with a disability who have current or future capacity to work should receive a lower level of benefit. Do you support or oppose this proposal?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote Other

Total support

46%

33%

70%

23%

43%

Total oppose

37%

53%

17%

57%

43%

Strong support

16%

11%

26%

4%

14%

Support

30%

22%

44%

19%

29%

Oppose

19%

24%

10%

33%

22%

Strongly oppose

18%

29%

7%

24%

21%

Don’t know

17%

14%

14%

20%

14%

46% support the proposal that the Disability Support Pension should only be paid to those with a permanent disability and those with a disability who have current or future capacity to work should receive a lower level of benefit and 37% oppose the proposal. 

Liberal/National voters strongly supported the proposal (70%) while it was opposed by a majority of Labor voters (53%) and Greens voters (57%).

The proposal was most strongly supported by respondents aged 55+ (59%).

Concern about household expenses

Jul 8, 2014

Q. How concerned or unconcerned are you about the current costs of each specific expense for your household?

 

Total concerned

Total not concerned

 

Very

Quite

Not very 

Not at all 

Don’t know

Household does not have this expense

Electricity

80%

18%

49%

31%

15%

3%

2%

1%

Health or medical (includes health insurance)

76%

19%

42%

34%

16%

3%

2%

3%

Transport (petrol, car, public transport)

74%

23%

35%

39%

20%

3%

2%

1%

Food and groceries

70%

29%

29%

41%

24%

5%

2%

*

Water

63%

30%

29%

34%

23%

7%

2%

6%

Home insurance

61%

29%

27%

34%

23%

6%

3%

6%

Gas

54%

24%

27%

27%

18%

6%

2%

21%

Mortgage or rent

53%

26%

26%

27%

18%

8%

2%

18%

Education

51%

24%

26%

25%

16%

8%

2%

23%

Telephone

51%

45%

20%

31%

34%

13%

2%

1%

Internet

47%

51%

19%

28%

38%

13%

2%

-

The household expenses of most concern were electricity (80% concerned), health or medical (76%), transport (74%) and food and groceries (70%).

For most expenses there were not major differences across demographic groups.

Those aged 25-44 were a little more concerned about food and groceries (76%) and mortgage and rent (70%). Education was of higher concern to those aged 18-24 (72%) and 35-44 (70%).

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