Concern about information on the Internet

Mar 18, 2014

Q. How concerned are you about how much information about you might be available on the internet?

 

Total

 

Aged

18-34

Aged

35-54

Aged 55+

Total concerned

70%

 

69%

70%

72%

Total not concerned

28%

 

29%

28%

28%

Very concerned

25%

20%

25%

32%

Somewhat concerned

45%

49%

45%

40%

Not very concerned

23%

24%

24%

22%

Not at all concerned

5%

5%

4%

6%

Don’t know

1%

1%

2%

*

70% were very or somewhat concerned about how much information about them might be available on the internet.

20% of those aged 18-34 were very concerned compared to 32% of those aged 55+. There were no major differences across other demographic groups.

Actions taken to protect privacy

Mar 18, 2014

Q. Have you ever taken any of the following actions to protect your privacy on the internet?

 

Total

 

Aged

18-34

Aged

35-54

Aged 55+

Cleared cookies and browser in history

73%

77%

72%

70%

Set your browser to disable or turned off cookies

56%

55%

57%

54%

Stopped using a website you think might be using information about you

54%

60%

53%

49%

Deleted something you posted in the past

51%

68%

46%

36%

Decided not to use a website because they wanted your real name

46%

49%

45%

43%

Used a false name or untraceable username

36%

48%

34%

23%

Use a non-identifiable email address

31%

41%

31%

20%

The majority of respondents had taken some form of action to protect their privacy on the internet.

73% had cleared their cookies and browser, 56% had set browser to disable or turned off cookies and 54% had stopped using a website thet aight be using their information.

68% of those aged 18-34 had deleted posts – and were also more likely to use a false name (48%) or  anonymous email address (41%).

Same party in Government at State and Federal levels

Mar 18, 2014

Q. Do you think it is better to have the same party in Government at both State and Federal levels or do you think it is better to have different parties in Government at State and Federal levels?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

 

Total

Nov 13

Same party in Government

26%

26%

38%

10%

11%

26%

Different parties in Government

24%

27%

17%

41%

37%

22%

Makes no difference

36%

36%

34%

33%

40%

40%

Don’t know

13%

11%

11%

15%

12%

12%

36% think it doesn’t make any difference whether the parties in Government at State and Federal levels are different or the same. 26% think it is better if they are the same and 24% think it would be better if they were different. These figures have changed little since this question was asked in November.

Labor voters were a little more likely to favour different parties while Liberal/National voters were more likely to favour having the same party in power at both levels.

Government Responsibilities

Mar 18, 2014

Q. Which of the following should be mainly the responsibility of the Federal Government and which should be mainly the responsibility of the State Governments – or should they have equal responsibility?

 

Mainly Federal

Mainly State

Both

equally

Don’t know

Improving the health system

43%

11%

41%

6%

Addressing climate change

41%

4%

45%

9%

Improving the education system

40%

14%

40%

6%

Industrial relations issues

39%

13%

40%

8%

Managing mining projects and mining profits

39%

20%

32%

9%

Managing the environment

32%

11%

50%

7%

Managing our water resources

25%

23%

46%

6%

Constructing new roads and highways

21%

33%

41%

6%

Investing in regional areas

16%

40%

37%

7%

Investing in public transport

11%

52%

32%

6%

Issues which were considered mainly Federal responsibilities were the health system, climate change and education.

Public transport and regional investment were considered to be more the responsibilities of the State Governments.

The environment, managing water resources and constructing new roads and highways were more likely to be considered a shared responsibility.

Federal politics – voting intention

Mar 11, 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 = 1,860 respondents

First preference/leaning to

Election

7 Sep 13

 

4 weeks ago 11/2/14

2 weeks ago

25/2/14

Last week

4/3/14

This week

11/3/14

Liberal

 

40%

39%

41%

40%

National

3%

3%

3%

3%

Total Lib/Nat

45.6%

43%

42%

44%

42%

Labor

33.4%

39%

39%

38%

38%

Greens

8.6%

8%

9%

8%

8%

Palmer United Party

5.5%

3%

4%

3%

4%

Other/Independent

6.9%

7%

7%

7%

8%

 

2 Party Preferred

Election

7 Sep 13

 

4 weeks ago 11/2/14

2 weeks ago

25/2/14

Last week

4/3/14

This week

11/3/14

Liberal National

53.5%

50%

49%

51%

50%

Labor

46.5%

50%

51%

49%

50%

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

Mar 11, 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/

indep-endent

Tony Abbott as Opposition Leader

2 Sep 13

Tony Abbott as Prime Minister

24 Sep

10 Dec

14 Jan 2014

11 Feb

Total approve

40%

11%

83%

13%

30%

40%

41%

45%

47%

41%

Total disapprove

47%

84%

6%

81%

54%

49%

36%

46%

43%

47%

Strongly approve

11%

2%

27%

2%

2%

13%

14%

12%

13%

12%

Approve

29%

9%

56%

11%

28%

27%

27%

33%

34%

29%

Disapprove

20%

31%

6%

17%

29%

19%

13%

20%

18%

19%

Strongly disapprove

27%

53%

*

64%

25%

30%

23%

26%

25%

28%

Don’t know

12%

6%

11%

6%

16%

10%

23%

9%

11%

12%

40% (down 1%) approve of the job Tony Abbott is doing as Prime Minister and 47% (no change) disapprove. This represents little change in his rating as Prime Minister over the last four weeks – from net -6 to net -7.

By gender – 44% (down 1%) of men approve and 46% (down 1%) disapprove; 37% (down 1%) of women approve and 49% (up 2%) disapprove.

Approval of Bill Shorten

Mar 11, 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/ Indep-endent

12 Nov 2013

10 Dec

14 jan 2014

11 Feb

Total approve

32%

57%

17%

45%

19%

31%

39%

35%

30%

Total disapprove

39%

15%

62%

29%

46%

27%

31%

32%

34%

Strongly approve

4%

10%

2%

-

2%

5%

7%

5%

4%

Approve

28%

47%

15%

45%

17%

26%

32%

30%

26%

Disapprove

24%

14%

31%

24%

31%

17%

19%

20%

21%

Strongly disapprove

15%

1%

31%

5%

15%

10%

12%

12%

13%

Don’t know

29%

28%

20%

26%

34%

43%

31%

32%

35%

32% (up 2%) approve of the job Bill Shorten is doing as Opposition Leader and 39% (up 5%) disapprove. 29% could not give an opinion. This represents a decline in his rating as Opposition Leader over the last four weeks from net -4 to net -7.

By gender – 36% (up 3%) of men approve and 42% (no change) disapprove; 29% (up 1%) of women approve and 36% (up 8%) disapprove.

Better Prime Minister

Mar 11, 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/

indep-endent

22 Oct 2013

12 Nov

10 Dec

14 Jan 2014

11 Feb

Tony Abbott

39%

6%

83%

12%

28%

41%

42%

43%

42%

40%

Bill Shorten

33%

67%

2%

58%

30%

22%

27%

33%

31%

30%

Don’t know

28%

27%

15%

29%

42%

37%

31%

24%

27%

31%

39%  (down 1%) think Tony Abbott would make the better Prime Minister and 33% (up 3%) favour Bill Shorten. 28% could not make a choice.

Tony Abbott is favoured 41%/35% among men and 36%/31% among women.

Cost of living

Mar 11, 2014

Q. Compared to two or three years ago is your household paying more or less for the following – (Feb 2013)

 

Paying a lot more

Paying a little more

Paying about the same

Paying a little less

Paying a lot less

Don’t know

Feb 2013

Paying a lot more

Petrol

56%

27%

9%

2%

1%

4%

50%

Fresh food – fruit, vegetables, meat

36%

39%

20%

2%

1%

3%

36%

Packaged food

26%

37%

28%

4%

1%

4%

28%

Electricity and gas

62%

23%

9%

2%

2%

3%

70%

Housing – mortgage or rent

24%

20%

32%

8%

4%

13%

24%

Insurance

36%

36%

18%

3%

1%

6%

43%

Water

40%

32%

20%

1%

1%

7%

47%

Clothing

17%

28%

42%

9%

2%

2%

21%

Education

21%

15%

28%

3%

6%

27%

24%

Medical, dental

32%

32%

28%

3%

2%

5%

33%

Items which respondents said they were “paying a lot more” for were electricity and gas (62%), petrol (56%) and water (40%).

Since this question was asked 12 months ago, the main changes have been for electricity and gas (down 8%), insurance (down 7%), water (down 7%) and petrol (up 6%),

Foreign ownership of Qantas

Mar 11, 2014

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the Government’s intention to allow majority foreign ownership of Qantas domestic operations?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other/

indep-endent

Total approve

36%

29%

52%

27%

25%

Total disapprove

48%

54%

35%

61%

67%

Strongly approve

9%

6%

15%

6%

4%

Approve

27%

23%

37%

21%

21%

Disapprove

25%

23%

23%

33%

33%

Strongly disapprove

23%

31%

12%

28%

34%

Don’t know

15%

17%

13%

12%

9%

36% approve of the Government’s intention to allow majority foreign ownership of Qantas domestic operations and 48% disapprove.

Those most likely to approve were Liberal/National voters (52%), men (46%) and those with university education (45%).

Those most likely to disapprove were Labor voters (54%), Greens voters (61%), women (54%) and those on lower incomes (53% of people earning less than $1,000pw)

Impact of foreign ownership of Qantas

Mar 11, 2014

Q. Do you think allowing majority foreign ownership of Qantas domestic operations will be good or bad for -

 

Total good

Total

bad

 

Very good

Good

Make no difference

Bad

Very bad

Don’t know

Australian jobs

16%

59%

4%

12%

19%

28%

31%

6%

Air travellers

30%

25%

8%

22%

36%

15%

10%

10%

Qantas profits

48%

19%

9%

39%

20%

11%

8%

13%

The Australian economy

24%

46%

6%

18%

20%

26%

19%

10%

Overall, respondents thought that majority foreign ownership of Qantas would be good for Qantas profits (48%) but bad for Australian jobs (59%) and the economy (46%). They were divided over the impact on air travellers (30% good/25% bad/36% no difference).

64% of Labor voters and 49% of Liberal/National voters thought it would be bad for jobs.

41% of those with university education and 44% of people aged 25-34 thought it would be good for air travellers.

56% of university educated, 59% of those aged 25-34 and 55% of Liberal/National voters thought it would be good for Qantas profits.

In terms of the economy, Labor voters split 18% good/52% bad compared to Liberal/National voters 37% good/33% bad.

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