National security

Sep 30, 2014

Q. When it comes to issues of national security, do you think there should be more restrictions on rights and freedom for some people so there can be more security for others or do you think our current laws strike the right balance between freedom and security?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Should be more restrictions

50%

48%

66%

14%

50%

Current laws strike the right balance

34%

38%

21%

72%

42%

Don’t know

16%

14%

13%

13%

8%

50% think there should be more restrictions on rights and freedom for some people so there can be more security for others and 34% are more likely to think the current laws strike the right balance between freedom and security.

Those most in favour of more restrictions on rights and freedoms were Liberal/National voters (66%), aged 55+ (68%) and people who hadn’t completed secondary education (66%).

Those most likely to think current laws strike the right balance were Greens voters (72%), men (41%), aged 18-34 (43%) and university educated (43%).

Detention without charge

Sep 30, 2014

Q. Do you agree or disagree with restrictions such as detention of people without charging them in relation to allegations of terrorism?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Total agree

59%

58%

78%

19%

58%

Total disagree

24%

26%

10%

64%

30%

Strongly agree

28%

23%

43%

7%

28%

Agree

31%

35%

35%

12%

30%

Disagree

14%

18%

7%

20%

19%

Strongly disagree

10%

8%

3%

44%

11%

Don’t know

17%

16%

12%

16%

12%

59% agree with restrictions such as detention of people without charging them in relation to allegations of terrorism and 24% disagree.

Those most likely to agree were Liberal/National voters (78%), aged 55+ (70%) and people who hadn’t completed secondary education (67%).

Those most likely to disagree were Greens voters (64%) and university educated (32%).

Concern about surveillance of social media

Sep 30, 2014

Q. How concerned are you about privacy and surveillance of social media? 

 

Total

 

Men

Women

Aged 18-34

Aged 35-54

Aged 55+

Total concerned

71%

69%

73%

76%

71%

65%

Total not concerned

25%

27%

24%

20%

26%

35%

Very concerned

28%

27%

29%

31%

27%

26%

Somewhat concerned

43%

42%

44%

45%

43%

39%

Not very concerned

19%

19%

19%

16%

18%

28%

Not at all concerned

6%

8%

5%

4%

8%

7%

Don’t know

3%

3%

3%

4%

3%

-

(based on the  74% of respondents who use social media)

71% of social media users were concerned about privacy and surveillance of social media.
Those most likely to be concerned were aged under 35 (76%) and university educated (77%).

Actions taken on social media

Sep 30, 2014

Q. Have you taken any of the following actions in that last 12 months because of concerns about privacy and surveillance of social media?

 

Total

 

Men

Women

Aged 18-34

Aged 35-54

Aged 55+

Increased my security settings

55%

50%

58%

60%

55%

46%

Changed the types of things I say or put up on social media

49%

47%

51%

59%

44%

42%

Removed information about myself

41%

38%

43%

51%

38%

28%

Cut back my list of friends or people I follow

39%

36%

41%

48%

36%

27%

Taken other actions

20%

20%

20%

25%

18%

16%

(based on the 74% of respondents who use social media)

A majority had taken some form of action in the last 12 months because of concerns about privacy and surveillance of social media. The most common actions taken were increasing security settings (55%) and changing the types of things said or put up on social media (49%).

Federal politics – voting intention

Sep 23, 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 = 1,756 respondents

First preference/leaning to

Election

7 Sep 13

 

4 weeks ago 26/8/14

2 weeks ago

9/9/14

Last week

16/9/14

This week

23/9/14

Liberal

 

36%

36%

35%

36%

National

3%

3%

3%

3%

Total Liberal/National

45.6%

39%

39%

39%

39%

Labor

33.4%

37%

38%

38%

39%

Greens

8.6%

10%

10%

11%

10%

Palmer United Party

5.5%

6%

4%

4%

4%

Other/Independent

6.9%

8%

9%

9%

8%

 

2 Party Preferred

Election

7 Sep 13

 

4 weeks ago 26/8/14

2 weeks ago

9/9/14

Last week

16/9/14

This week

23/9/14

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.

Attributes of the Labor Party

Sep 23, 2014

Q. Here is a list of things both favourable and unfavourable that have been said about various political parties. Which statements do you feel fit the Labor Party?

 

Jul 2009

Mar 2010

April 2011

May 2012

Aug 2013

Mar 2014

 

Total

23 Sep

Change

Will promise to do anything to win votes

57%

63%

72%

70%

65%

63%

62%

-1

Divided

30%

36%

66%

73%

66%

58%

54%

-4

Looks after the interests of working people

39%

47%

53%

54%

54%

-

Moderate

65%

63%

51%

50%

48%

52%

54%

+2

Out of touch with ordinary people

44%

48%

61%

58%

51%

49%

51%

+2

Understands the problems facing Australia

62%

54%

40%

46%

50%

49%

46%

-3

Have good policies

46%

44%

42%

-2

Have a vision for the future

43%

41%

49%

43%

42%

-1

Clear about what they stand for

28%

31%

38%

42%

36%

-6

Too close to the big corporate and financial interests

46%

36%

31%

34%

36%

+2

Has a good team of leaders

60%

52%

34%

29%

36%

34%

33%

-1

Trustworthy

30%

31%

30%

-1

Keeps its promises

44%

33%

20%

22%

27%

30%

29%

-1

Extreme

25%

26%

38%

31%

34%

30%

27%

-3

The Labor Party’s main attributes were – will promise anything to win votes (62%), divided (54%), looks after the interests of working people (54%) and moderate (54%).

Main changes since March were – clear about what they stand for (down 6% to 36%) and divided (down 4% to 54%).

Attributes of the Liberal Party

Sep 23, 2014

Q. And which statements do you feel fit the Liberal Party?

 

Jul 2009

Mar 2010

April 2011

May 2012

Aug 2013

Mar 2014

 

Total

23 Sep

Change

Will promise to do anything to win votes

67%

72%

65%

63%

65%

67%

69%

+2

Too close to the big corporate and financial interests

60%

58%

60%

62%

65%

+3

Out of touch with ordinary people

62%

58%

54%

53%

58%

59%

63%

+4

Have a vision for the future

48%

48%

51%

53%

49%

-4

Clear about what they stand for

44%

46%

45%

50%

46%

-4

Understands the problems facing Australia

44%

43%

51%

52%

48%

47%

44%

-3

Moderate

50%

50%

55%

52%

48%

46%

44%

-2

Divided

74%

66%

49%

37%

31%

32%

40%

+8

Extreme

36%

38%

36%

34%

39%

37%

40%

+3

Have good policies

38%

44%

39%

-5

Has a good team of leaders

29%

31%

40%

39%

36%

43%

38%

-5

Looks after the interests of working people

38%

40%

36%

37%

31%

-6

Trustworthy

30%

32%

28%

-4

Keeps its promises

28%

23%

33%

34%

32%

35%

26%

-9

The Liberal Party’s main attributes were – will promise anything to win votes (69%), too close to the big corporate and financial interest (65%) and out of touch with ordinary people (63%).

Main changes since March were – keeps it promises (down 9% to 26%), divided (up 8% to 40%), looks after the interests of working people (down 6% to 31%), have good policies (down 5% to 39%) and has a good team of leaders (down 5% to 38%).

Party Attributes Comparison – Labor vs Liberal

Sep 23, 2014
 

Labor

Liberal

 

Difference

Looks after the interests of working people

54%

31%

+23

Divided

54%

40%

+14

Moderate

54%

44%

+10

Have good policies

42%

39%

+3

Keeps its promises

29%

26%

+3

Understands the problems facing Australia

46%

44%

+2

Trustworthy

30%

28%

+2

Has a good team of leaders

33%

38%

-5

Will promise to do anything to win votes

62%

69%

-7

Have a vision for the future

42%

49%

-7

Clear about what they stand for

36%

46%

-10

Out of touch with ordinary people

51%

63%

-12

Extreme

27%

40%

-13

Too close to the big corporate and financial interests

36%

65%

-29

The Labor Party is viewed more favourably than the Liberal Party in terms of looking after the interest of working people, moderate, being too close to the big corporate and financial interests, extreme and out of touch with ordinary people.

The Liberal Party is seen more favourably in terms of being divided and clear about what they stand for.

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