Importance of G20

Oct 28, 2014

Q. In November, Australia will host the G20, an annual meeting of the leaders of the 20 major economies of the world to discuss economic issues.  How important do you think the G20 meeting is to Australia’s economy?

 

 Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

 

Jun 2014

Total important

73%

77%

79%

82%

60%

72%

 
Total not important

17%

14%

16%

14%

33%

20%

 
Very important

29%

27%

36%

31%

22%

29%

 
Somewhat important

44%

50%

43%

51%

38%

43%

 
Not very important

12%

9%

14%

9%

20%

14%

 
Not at all important

5%

5%

2%

5%

13%

6%

 
Don’t know

10%

10%

5%

4%

7%

9%

 

73% think the G20 meeting is very or somewhat important to Australia’s economy and 17% think it is not very or not at all important. These figures have changed little since this question was asked in June.

A substantial majority of all voters groups think it is very/somewhat important. There were no major demographic differences.

Whitlam Government

Oct 28, 2014

Q. Below is a list of some of the achievements of Gough Whitlam’s Government from 1972-75. Which of them do you think were the three most important achievements?

 

 Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

 

Aged 18-34

Aged 35-54

Aged 55+

Established Medibank – the national health insurance system

68%

73%

66%

75%

67%

61%

65%

84%

Abolished university fees

39%

47%

32%

57%

32%

42%

39%

35%

Ended conscription

28%

28%

30%

17%

41%

20%

29%

38%

Protected the Great Barrier Reef

25%

21%

28%

22%

30%

24%

27%

22%

Established diplomatic relations with China

25%

26%

31%

13%

20%

23%

22%

31%

Aboriginal land rights

22%

26%

14%

30%

23%

23%

19%

26%

Passed the Racial Discrimination Act

22%

25%

16%

39%

18%

27%

25%

11%

Direct Commonwealth funding to non-Government schools

14%

13%

17%

3%

10%

14%

16%

10%

Introduced the policy of multiculturalism

13%

11%

11%

25%

9%

20%

12%

5%

Lowered voting age to 18

11%

6%

15%

9%

20%

7%

13%

13%

Cut tariffs on imports

10%

6%

14%

5%

5%

10%

10%

10%

Independence for PNG

5%

2%

6%

*

9%

8%

4%

4%

The most important achievements of the Whitlam Government were thought to be establishing Medibank (68%), abolishing university fees (39%) and ending conscription (28%).

Among those aged 55+ (who were more likely to recall the Whitlam Government) the most important achievements were establishing Medibank (84%), ending conscription (38%), abolishing university fees (35%) and establishing diplomatic relations with China (31%).

Republic

Oct 28, 2014

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

 

Total

 

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

 

Jan 2010

March 2011

Oct 2011

Jun 2012

Apr 2014

 

Shift since April 2014

In favour

31%

42%

23%

42%

29%

41%

39%

41%

39%

33%

-2

Against

31%

20%

48%

15%

34%

32%

34%

33%

35%

42%

-11

No opinion

38%

38%

29%

43%

37%

27%

27%

26%

27%

25%

+13

31% of respondents were in favour of Australian becoming a republic and 31% were against. 38% could not give an opinion – the highest response in the last 4 years.

Greens (42%) and Labor (42%) voters were more likely to be in favour of a republic. Lib/Nat voters (23%) were less likely.

Males (40%) were far more likely than females (22%) to be in favour of a republic.

Federal politics – voting intention

Oct 21, 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 = 1,801 respondents

First preference/leaning to

Election

7 Sep 13

 

4 weeks ago 23/9/14

2 weeks ago

7/10/14

Last week

14/10/14

This week

21/10/14

Liberal

 

36%

38%

38%

37%

National

3%

2%

3%

3%

Total Liberal/National

45.6%

39%

40%

41%

40%

Labor

33.4%

39%

39%

39%

39%

Greens

8.6%

10%

10%

10%

10%

Palmer United Party

5.5%

4%

4%

3%

3%

Other/Independent

6.9%

8%

7%

7%

8%

 

2 Party Preferred

Election

7 Sep 13

 

4 weeks ago 23/9/14

2 weeks ago

7/10/14

Last week

14/10/14

This week

21/10/14

Liberal National

53.5%

47%

48%

48%

47%

Labor

46.5%

53%

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.

Economic issues

Oct 21, 2014

Q. Do you think the following have become better or worse compared to 12 months ago?

 

Total better

Total worse

 

A lot better

A little better

No change

A little worse

A lot worse

Don’t know

Company profits

31%

19%

9%

22%

29%

12%

7%

19%

Wages

9%

36%

*

9%

44%

21%

15%

11%

Your personal financial situation

16%

44%

2%

14%

35%

28%

16%

5%

The economy overall

18%

50%

 

1%

17%

27%

33%

17%

6%

National debt

15%

51%

1%

14%

26%

29%

22%

9%

Unemployment

11%

60%

 

*

11%

23%

36%

24%

6%

Job security

6%

61%

1%

5%

26%

32%

29%

7%

Electricity costs

7%

67%

*

7%

19%

33%

34%

6%

Cost of living

6%

72%

*

6%

17%

40%

32%

5%

A substantial majority believe that, in the last 12 months, cost of living (72%), electricity costs (67%), job security (61%) and unemployment (60%) have all got worse.

The only economic measure that has got better is company profits (31% better/19% worse).

Job security

Oct 21, 2014

Q. In the next two years, do you expect your job to be more secure, less secure or about the same?

 

Total

 

Work full time

Work part time

Income less than $1,000 pw

Income $1,000-$1,600 pw

Income $1,600+ pw

Total more secure

14%

16%

7%

18%

11%

15%

Total less secure

31%

33%

30%

31%

32%

31%

Much more secure

5%

5%

2%

9%

2%

5%

Somewhat more secure

9%

11%

5%

9%

9%

10%

About the same

50%

49%

53%

44%

53%

52%

Somewhat less secure

17%

17%

20%

17%

15%

17%

Much less secure

14%

16%

10%

14%

17%

14%

Don’t know

4%

2%

9%

7%

3%

3%

(Based on working people : n = 613)

14% of workers expect their job to be more secure in the next two years and 31% think it will be less secure – 50% think it will be about the same.

Only 7% of part-time workers think their job will become more secure. At least 30% of all work and income groups think their job will be less secure.

Income and cost of living

Oct 21, 2014

Q. In the last two years, do you think your and your household’s income has gone up more than the cost of living, fallen behind or stayed even with the cost of living?

 

Total

 

Work full time

Work part time

Income less than $600 pw

Income $600-$1,000pw

Income $1,000-$1,600 pw

Income $1,600+ pw

Gone up more

13%

19%

11%

13%

12%

8%

18%

Fallen behind

48%

44%

52%

58%

57%

49%

43%

Stayed even

31%

32%

29%

26%

25%

35%

35%

Don’t know

8%

5%

9%

3%

6%

7%

4%

48% believe that, in the last two years, their income has fallen behind the cost of living. 31% think it has stayed even with the cost of living and 13% think it has gone up more.

58% of those earning under $600 pw and 57% of those earning $600-$1,000 pw think their income has fallen behind while 53% of those earning over $1,600 pw think it has stayed the same or gone up.

Financial situation

Oct 21, 2014

Q. Which of the following statements best describes your financial situation?

 

Total

 

Work full time

Work part time

Income less than $600 pw

Income $600-$1,000pw

Income $1,000-$1,600 pw

Income $1,600+ pw

I don’t have enough money for basic essentials like housing food and electricity

7%

5%

6%

27%

7%

3%

2%

I have enough money for basic essentials but I cannot save any money

35%

30%

35%

52%

44%

37%

25%

I have enough money for basic essentials and I can save a little money

47%

52%

49%

20%

41%

51%

56%

I have enough money for basic essentials and I can save a lot of money

8%

10%

6%

1%

4%

6%

15%

Don’t know

4%

3%

4%

-

3%

3%

2%

47% say they have enough money for basic essentials and can save a little money and 35% say they have enough money for basic essentials but cannot save any money. Only 8% say they can save a lot of money.

Only 21% of those earning less than $600 pw say they can save any money – compared to 71% of those earning over $1,600 pw.

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