Impact of removing regulations

Apr 1, 2014

Q. Do you think removing regulations on businesses would have a positive or negative impact on the following -

 

 

Total positive

Total
negative

 

Very positive

Positive

Make no difference

Negative

Very negative

Don’t know

Company profits

57%

8%

13%

44%

17%

6%

2%

18%

Growth and jobs

41%

17%

10%

31%

20%

12%

5%

21%

Prices

29%

28%

5%

24%

25%

20%

8%

18%

Quality of products and services

23%

30%

6%

17%

28%

22%

8%

19%

Workers pay and conditions

23%

39%

5%

18%

20%

24%

15%

17%

Consumer rights

20%

37%

6%

14%

26%

26%

11%

18%

Personal privacy

17%

33%

5%

12%

30%

22%

11%

20%

The natural environment

17%

36%

5%

12%

28%

21%

15%

19%

Ethical behaviour

17%

40%

5%

12%

25%

25%

15%

18%

Respondents were more likely to believe that removing regulations on businesses would have a positive effect on company profits (57%) and growth and jobs (41%).

However, they were more likely to think it would have a negative effect on ethical behaviour (40%), workers pay and conditions (39%), consumer rights (37%) and the natural environment (36%).

Regulation of industries

Apr 1, 2014

Q. Do you think there needs to be more or less regulation of the following, or is the current regulation about right?

 

 

More regulation

Less regulation

Current regulation about right

Don’t know

Aged care providers

47%

13%

18%

22%

Banking

42%

10%

30%

18%

Financial planning

40%

10%

26%

24%

Mining

39%

14%

25%

22%

Building and construction

38%

15%

26%

21%

Planning and development

34%

19%

24%

23%

Private education services

32%

19%

26%

24%

Overall, respondents were more likely to think there should be more rather than less regulation of the industries listed.

In particular, they wanted more regulation of aged care providers (47%), banking (42%) and financial planning (40%).

While respondents aged 55+ were more likely to think there was too much regulation of businesses overall, they were more likely to want more regulation of financial planning (48%), building and construction (49%) and aged care providers (55%).

48% of those on income over $1,600pw wanted more regulation of financial planning.

Controls on food and drink

Apr 1, 2014

Q. In considering how to control food and drink with potential health consequences, such as junk food, soft drink, sugar and salt, do you support or oppose the following?

 

 

Total support

Total oppose

 

Strongly support

Support

Oppose

Strongly oppose

Don’t know

Better labelling to inform consumers

85%

6%

44%

41%

5%

1%

9%

Personal responsibility – it‘s not up to governments

67%

19%

32%

35%

13%

6%

13%

Ban some products exceeding recommended levels altogether

60%

25%

24%

36%

18%

7%

15%

Bans on advertising

54%

33%

19%

35%

26%

7%

13%

Industry self-regulation

45%

35%

11%

34%

22%

13%

20%

Tax increases to make them more expensive

40%

48%

16%

24%

30%

18%

11%

While two-thirds (67%) of respondents support the position that, in terms of controlling food and drink with potential health consequences, it is a “personal responsibility – it’s not up to governments”, a majority also support “better labelling to inform consumers” (85%), “ban some products exceeding recommended levels altogether” (60%) and “bans on advertising” (54%).

Women are a little more likely to support bans on advertising (58%) and better labelling (88%).

Knights and Dames

Apr 1, 2014

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

Total approve

27%

16%

46%

11%

20%

Total disapprove

43%

57%

25%

63%

44%

Strongly approve

6%

2%

12%

3%

4%

Approve

21%

14%

34%

8%

16%

Disapprove

22%

24%

21%

25%

19%

Strongly disapprove

21%

33%

4%

38%

25%

Don’t know

30%

26%

28%

25%

35%

43% disapprove of the Government’s decision to re-introduce the honours of Knight and Dame of the Order of Australia, 27% approve and 30% don’t know.

Strongest approval came from respondents aged 65+ (39%), Liberal/National voters (46%) and those with lower education levels (34% of those who had not completed secondary school).

Strongest disapproval came from respondents aged 45-64 (54%), Labor voters (57%) and Greens voters (63%).

Who should be Knights and Dames

Apr 1, 2014

Q. Which of the following groups of people do you think should be given the honour of Knight or Dame?

 

 

Total

 

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

People who have served the community

57%

49%

64%

57%

62%

Scientists

45%

37%

52%

55%

40%

Defence force chiefs

33%

27%

44%

14%

32%

Judges

23%

19%

27%

32%

14%

Artists

18%

20%

19%

20%

8%

Business leaders

16%

10%

24%

9%

11%

Senior public servants

16%

12%

19%

24%

13%

Actors

15%

18%

18%

9%

11%

Sports stars

14%

15%

18%

4%

9%

Former politicians

13%

12%

15%

17%

7%

There was highest support for awarding the honours of Knight and Dame to “people who have served the community” (57%), scientists (45%) and defence force chiefs (33%).

Liberal/National voters were more likely to support awarding the honours to people who have served the community (64%), scientists (52%), defence force chiefs (44%) and business leaders (24%).

Greens voters were more likely to support awarding the honours to scientists (55%), judges (32%) and senior public servants (24%).

Labor voters were less likely to support awarding the honours to almost all categories.

Interestingly, those aged 18-34 were more supportive of awarding the honours to former politicians (23%), sports stars (19%), senior public servants (30%) and judges (34%).

Federal politics – voting intention

Mar 25, 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 = 1,873 respondents

First preference/leaning to

Election

7 Sep 13

 

4 weeks ago 25/2/14

2 weeks ago

11/3/14

Last week

18/3/14

This week

25/3/14

Liberal

 

39%

40%

40%

41%

National

3%

3%

3%

3%

Total Lib/Nat

45.6%

42%

42%

43%

44%

Labor

33.4%

39%

38%

36%

37%

Greens

8.6%

9%

8%

9%

9%

Palmer United Party

5.5%

4%

4%

4%

4%

Other/Independent

6.9%

7%

8%

8%

7%

 

2 Party Preferred

Election

7 Sep 13

 

4 weeks ago 25/2/14

2 weeks ago

11/3/14

Last week

18/3/14

This week

25/3/14

Liberal National

53.5%

49%

50%

51%

51%

Labor

46.5%

51%

50%

49%

49%

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

Mar 25, 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?

 

6 Jul 09

14 Mar 10

27 April 11

28 May 12

2 Apr 13

19 Aug

5 Nov

 

Total 25 Mar

Change

Will promise to do anything to win votes

57%

63%

72%

70%

71%

65%

63%

63%

-

Divided

30%

36%

66%

73%

82%

66%

72%

58%

-14

Looks after the interests of working people

39%

47%

42%

53%

52%

54%

+2

Moderate

65%

63%

51%

50%

47%

48%

51%

52%

+1

Out of touch with ordinary people

44%

48%

61%

58%

63%

51%

53%

49%

-4

Understands the problems facing Australia

62%

54%

40%

46%

39%

50%

46%

49%

+3

Have good policies

46%

41%

44%

+3

Have a vision for the future

43%

41%

42%

49%

43%

43%

-

Clear about what they stand for

28%

31%

27%

38%

34%

42%

+8

Too close to the big corporate and financial interests

46%

36%

39%

31%

34%

34%

-

Has a good team of leaders

60%

52%

34%

29%

24%

36%

31%

34%

+3

Trustworthy

30%

29%

31%

+2

Extreme

25%

26%

38%

31%

38%

34%

31%

30%

-1

Keeps its promises

44%

33%

20%

22%

19%

27%

26%

30%

+4

The Labor Party’s main attributes were – will promise anything to win votes (63%), divided (58%), looks after the interests of working people (54%) and moderate (52%).

Main changes since November were – divided (down 14% to 58%), clear about what they stand for (up 8% to 42%), out of touch with ordinary people (down 4% to 49%) and keeps its promises (up 4%to 30%).

Attributes of the Liberal Party

Mar 25, 2014

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

 

6 Jul 09

14
Mar
10

27 April 11

28 May 12

2 Apr 13

19 Aug

5 Nov

 

Total 25 Mar

Change

Will promise to do anything to win votes

67%

72%

65%

63%

67%

65%

63%

67%

+4

Too close to the big corporate and financial interests

60%

58%

59%

60%

63%

62%

-1

Out of touch with ordinary people

62%

58%

54%

53%

54%

58%

56%

59%

+3

Have a vision for the future

48%

48%

52%

51%

55%

53%

-2

Clear about what they stand for

44%

46%

48%

45%

56%

50%

-6

Understands the problems facing Australia

44%

43%

51%

52%

50%

48%

50%

47%

-3

Moderate

50%

50%

55%

52%

52%

48%

50%

46%

-4

Have good policies

38%

46%

44%

-2

Has a good team of leaders

29%

31%

40%

39%

41%

36%

46%

43%

-3

Looks after the interests of working people

38%

40%

40%

36%

37%

37%

-

Extreme

36%

38%

36%

34%

35%

39%

42%

37%

-5

Keeps its promises

28%

23%

33%

34%

34%

32%

39%

35%

-4

Trustworthy

30%

35%

32%

-3

Divided

74%

66%

49%

37%

32%

31%

25%

32%

+7

The Liberal Party’s main attributes were – will promise anything to win votes (67%), too close to the big corporate and financial interest (62%), out of touch with ordinary people (59%), have a vision for the future (53%) and clear about what they stand for (50%).

Main changes since November were – divided (up 7% to 32%), clear about what they stand for (down 6% to 50%), extreme (down 5% to 37%), will do anything to win votes (up 4% to 67%), keeps it promises (down 4% to 35%) and moderate (down 4% to 46%).

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