Opinion of retaining personal information

Feb 10, 2015

Q. Which of the following statements is closest to your view?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote Other

 

Aug 2014

Nov 2014

Governments having access to personal telephone and internet information is necessary to protect society from terrorist or criminal actions.

38%

29%

57%

16%

42%

37%

41%

Governments are increasingly using the argument about terrorism to collect and store personal data and information, and this is a dangerous direction for society

44%

55%

26%

71%

48%

49%

44%

Don’t know

18%

15%

16%

13%

10%

13%

15%

Opinions were divided between the two statements. 38% agreed more that “Governments having access to personal telephone and internet information is necessary to protect society from terrorist or criminal actions” and 44% agreed more that “Governments are increasingly using the argument about terrorism to collect and store personal data and information, and this is a dangerous direction for society”

Since this question was asked in November there has been a slight shift away from agreeing that “Governments having access to personal telephone and internet information is necessary to protect society from terrorist or criminal actions” – from 41% to 38%.

Privatisation

Feb 10, 2015

Q. Do you agree or disagree with the following statements about privatisation of Government-owned assets like electricity, water, rail, ports, etc?

 

Total agree

Total disagree

 

Strongly agree

Agree

Disagree

Strongly disagree

Don’t know

Selling off public utilities to private companies will help the economy

25%

53%

4%

21%

28%

25%

22%

Selling Government assets frees up money to reallocate to other services and infrastructure

38%

44%

5%

33%

27%

17%

18%

Privatisation mainly benefits the corporate sector

70%

13%

29%

41%

10%

3%

17%

Utilities like water and power suppliers are too important to be sold off

72%

13%

40%

32%

10%

3%

14%

Private companies can run public utilities more efficiently than Governments

36%

39%

7%

29%

24%

15%

24%

Privatisation means more competition which benefits consumers

33%

49%

6%

27%

29%

20%

19%

Private companies deliver better quality services than Government-run organisations

33%

46%

6%

27%

29%

17%

22%

Prices always increase more when services are privatised

70%

13%

34%

36%

11%

2%

16%

There was strongest agreement with the statements “Utilities like water and power suppliers are too important to be sold off” (72%), “Privatisation mainly benefits the corporate sector” (70%) and “Prices always increase more when services are privatised” (70%).

Federal politics – voting intention

Feb 3, 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 = 1,799 respondents

First preference/leaning to

Election

7 Sep 13

 

2 weeks ago 20/1/15

Last week

27/01/15

This week 3/2/15

Liberal

 

36%

36%

35%

National

4%

3%

3%

Total Liberal/National

45.6%

40%

39%

38%

Labor

33.4%

40%

41%

41%

Greens

8.6%

10%

9%

9%

Palmer United Party

5.5%

2%

2%

3%

Other/Independent

6.9%

9%

9%

9%

 

2 Party Preferred

Election

7 Sep 13

 

2 weeks ago 20/1/15

Last week

27/01/15

This week 3/2/15

Liberal National

53.5%

47%

46%

46%

Labor

46.5%

53%

54%

54%

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.

Republic

Feb 3, 2015

Q.  Are you in favour or against Australia becoming a republic?

 

Total

 

 

Vote Lab

Vote Lib/
Nat

Vote Green

Vote other

 

Jan 2010

Mar 2011

Oct 2011

Jun 2012

Apr 2014

Oct 2014

 

Shift since Oct 2014

In favour

34%

50%

22%

53%

30%

41%

39%

41%

39%

33%

31%

+3

Against

34%

21%

51%

17%

38%

32%

34%

33%

35%

42%

31%

+3

No opinion

32%

30%

26%

30%

32%

27%

27%

26%

27%

25%

38%

-6

34% (up 3% since October) of respondents were in favour of Australian becoming a republic and 34% (up 3%) were against. 32% could not give an opinion.

Greens (53%) and Labor (50%) voters were more likely to be in favour of a republic. Lib/Nat voters (22%) were less likely.

Males (40%) were far more likely than females (29%) to be in favour of a republic.

Knights and Dames

Feb 3, 2015

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the Government’s decision to re-introduce the honours of Knight and Dame of the Order of Australia?

 

 

Total

 

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

 

Apr 2014

Total approve

26%

16%

43%

23%

18%

27%

Total disapprove

46%

60%

32%

64%

53%

43%

Strongly approve

4%

4%

7%

3%

1%

6%

Approve

22%

12%

36%

20%

17%

21%

Disapprove

24%

25%

25%

27%

32%

22%

Strongly disapprove

22%

35%

7%

37%

21%

21%

Don’t know

28%

23%

26%

13%

29%

30%

46% (up 3% since April) disapprove of the Government’s decision to re-introduce the honours of Knight and Dame of the Order of Australia, 26%  (down 1%) approve and 28% don’t know.

Strongest approval came from Liberal/National voters (43%).

Strongest disapproval came from respondents aged 45+ (57%), Labor voters (60%) and Greens voters (64%).

Knighthood for Prince Philip

Feb 3, 2015

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of Australia awarding a knighthood to Prince Philip?

 

 

Total

 

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Total approve

14%

10%

24%

14%

8%

Total disapprove

69%

79%

59%

79%

76%

Strongly approve

4%

4%

6%

4%

2%

Approve

10%

6%

18%

10%

6%

Disapprove

31%

25%

39%

25%

32%

Strongly disapprove

38%

54%

20%

54%

44%

Don’t know

17%

12%

17%

7%

16%

69% disapprove of Australia awarding a knighthood to Prince Philip and only 14% approve.

Highest disapproval came from Labor voters (79%), Greens voters (79%) and those aged 45+ (80%).

Leader Attributes – Tony Abbott

Feb 3, 2015

Q. Which of the following describe your opinion of the Prime Minister, Tony Abbott? 

 

2 Sep 13

(as Opposition leader)

29 Oct 13

27 May 14

2 Dec 14

 

Total

3 Feb

Change

Out of touch with ordinary people

52%

51%

67%

66%

72%

+6

Arrogant

52%

54%

63%

61%

65%

+4

Narrow-minded

55%

54%

61%

61%

63%

+2

Erratic

43%

43%

51%

52%

60%

+8

Hard working

71%

67%

57%

62%

58%

-4

Superficial

48%

49%

57%

54%

55%

+1

Intolerant

47%

49%

55%

53%

54%

+1

Intelligent

63%

62%

52%

51%

50%

-1

Aggressive

47%

46%

52%

49%

45%

-4

Good in a crisis

39%

45%

35%

42%

36%

-6

Understands the problems facing Australia

46%

51%

42%

40%

35%

-5

A capable leader

46%

52%

41%

43%

34%

-9

More honest than most politicians

34%

39%

30%

30%

30%

-

Trustworthy

38%

40%

29%

30%

27%

-3

Visionary

35%

33%

31%

27%

22%

-5

Tony Abbott’s key attributes were out of touch with ordinary people (72%), arrogant (65%), narrow-minded (63%) and erratic (60%).

Since December, the largest shifts have been for a capable leader (-9), erratic (+8), out of touch with ordinary people (+6) and good in a crisis (-6).

Leader Attributes – Bill Shorten

Feb 3, 2015

Q. Which of the following describe your opinion of the Opposition Leader, Bill Shorten?

 

29 Oct 13

27 May 14

2 Dec 14

 

Total

3 Feb

Change

Intelligent

69%

66%

66%

62%

-4

Hard working

65%

66%

64%

61%

-3

Understands the problems facing Australia

50%

53%

53%

52%

-1

A capable leader

49%

51%

46%

47%

+1

Out of touch with ordinary people

42%

39%

40%

45%

+5

Superficial

37%

42%

41%

41%

-

Arrogant

35%

36%

35%

39%

+4

Narrow-minded

31%

35%

36%

38%

+2

Good in a crisis

40%

40%

38%

37%

-1

Trustworthy

34%

36%

34%

33%

-1

Erratic

30%

32%

30%

31%

+1

Visionary

33%

30%

30%

30%

-

Intolerant

30%

29%

27%

30%

+3

More honest than most politicians

27%

32%

29%

29%

-

Aggressive

31%

32%

29%

28%

-1

Bill Shorten’s key attributes were intelligent (62%), hard working (61%), understands the problems facing Australia (52%), a capable leader (47%) and out of touch with ordinary people (45%).

Since December, the largest shift has been for out of touch with ordinary people (+5), intelligent (-4) and arrogant (+4).

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