Julian Assange

Jul 1, 2014

Q. Nearly two years ago, Julian Assange, the head of Wikileaks, was granted political asylum by Ecuador and has since been living at Ecuador’s embassy in London. Police officers have been stationed outside the embassy to arrest him if he leaves – at a cost of about $10 million. Which of the following is closest to your view about Julian Assange? 

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

It is a waste of money trying to arrest Julian Assange

69%

76%

61%

73%

80%

Julian Assange should be arrested despite the costs

13%

9%

20%

11%

6%

Don’t know

18%

15%

19%

16%

14%

69% agreed more with the view that it is a waste of money trying to arrest Julian Assange and only 13% thought Julian Assange should be arrested despite the costs. A majority of all voter groups agreed it is a waste of money trying to arrest Julian Assange.

Federal politics – voting intention

Jun 24, 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 = 1,817 respondents

First preference/leaning to

Election

7 Sep 13

 

4 weeks ago 27/5/14

2 weeks ago

11/6/14

Last week

17/6/14

This week

24/6/14

Liberal

 

37%

35%

36%

37%

National

3%

3%

3%

3%

Total Lib/Nat

45.6%

40%

37%

39%

40%

Labor

33.4%

39%

40%

41%

38%

Greens

8.6%

9%

9%

9%

9%

Palmer United Party

5.5%

5%

6%

5%

5%

Other/Independent

6.9%

7%

8%

7%

7%

 

2 Party Preferred

Election

7 Sep 13

 

4 weeks ago 27/5/14

2 weeks ago

11/6/14

Last week

17/6/14

This week

24/6/14

Liberal National

53.5%

48%

46%

46%

48%

Labor

46.5%

52%

54%

54%

52%

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.

War Against Iraq

Jun 24, 2014

Q. It is 11 years since Australia went to war in Iraq. Do you think it was the right or wrong decision for Australia to go to war against Iraq?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

 

April 2013

Right decision

25%

17%

39%

7%

24%

23%

Wrong decision

50%

57%

38%

69%

55%

51%

Don’t know

25%

25%

23%

24%

22%

26%

50% believe Australia made the wrong decision to go to war in Iraq and 25% think it was the right decision. These results are not significantly different from those when this question was asked in April last year.

Those most likely to say it was the wrong decision were Greens voters (69%), Labor voters (57%) and people aged 55+ (60%).

39% of Liberal/National voters and 29% of men thought it was the right decision.

Reason for War Against Iraq

Jun 24, 2014

Q. What do you think was the main reason John Howard’s Government joined the war in Iraq? 

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

 

April 2013

They believed Iraq had weapons of mass destruction

18%

17%

24%

11%

13%

18%

To ensure access to Iraq’s oil

11%

14%

8%

13%

14%

9%

To support the USA

53%

54%

48%

59%

65%

56%

To remove Saddam Hussein

7%

6%

11%

3%

3%

7%

Don’t know

11%

10%

9%

13%

5%

10%

A majority (53%) thought that the main reason Australia joined the war in Iraq was to support the USA. Only 18% thought the main reason was that they believed Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. These results are not significantly different from those when this question was asked in April last year.

USA military action in Iraq

Jun 24, 2014

Q. Would you approve or disapprove of the USA taking military action to support the Iraqi Government in the current fighting in Iraq?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Total approve

39%

34%

49%

24%

36%

Total disapprove

31%

35%

24%

35%

41%

Strongly approve

11%

13%

13%

1%

9%

Approve

28%

21%

36%

23%

27%

Disapprove

20%

23%

16%

17%

27%

Strongly disapprove

11%

12%

8%

18%

14%

Don’t know

30%

31%

26%

42%

21%

39% would approve of the USA taking military action to support the Iraqi Government in the current fighting in Iraq and 31% would disapprove.

Those most likely to approve were Liberal/National voters (49%) and men (48%). Labor voters were split (34% approve/35% disapprove) while Greens voters were more likely to disapprove (24% approve/35% disapprove).

Australian troops in Iraq

Jun 24, 2014

Q. Would you approve or disapprove of Australia sending troops to Iraq if the USA asks for our support?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Total approve

30%

24%

42%

21%

24%

Total disapprove

54%

58%

43%

62%

63%

Strongly approve

7%

10%

7%

1%

5%

Approve

23%

14%

35%

20%

19%

Disapprove

27%

30%

22%

35%

25%

Strongly disapprove

27%

28%

21%

27%

38%

Don’t know

17%

18%

14%

17%

13%

30% would approve of Australia sending troops to Iraq if the USA asks for our support and 54% would disapprove.

Liberal/National voters were split – 42% approve and 43% disapprove – while a majority of other voter groups disapproved.

71% of those aged 55+ disapproved.

Greens holding balance of power

Jun 24, 2014

Q. Do you think the Greens holding the balance of power in the Senate has been good or bad for Australia? 

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Total good

28%

48%

6%

75%

28%

Total bad

37%

18%

68%

-

38%

Very good

12%

24%

1%

42%

6%

Good

16%

24%

5%

33%

22%

Neither good nor bad

23%

24%

19%

21%

27%

Bad

15%

12%

22%

-

20%

Very bad

22%

6%

46%

-

18%

Don’t know

11%

12%

6%

4%

7%

28% think that the Greens holding the balance of power in the Senate has been good for Australia and 37% think it has been bad.

75% of Greens voters and 48% of Labor voters think it has been good for Australia while 68% of Liberal/National voters think it has been bad.

PUP holding balance of power

Jun 24, 2014

Q. When the newly elected Senate takes office in July, the Palmer United Party and other micro-parties will hold the balance of power. Do you think this will be good or bad for Australia? 

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Total good

26%

40%

13%

20%

50%

Total bad

39%

25%

62%

41%

21%

Very good

6%

12%

2%

4%

11%

Good

20%

28%

11%

16%

39%

Neither good nor bad

17%

15%

14%

19%

20%

Bad

20%

16%

27%

24%

14%

Very bad

19%

9%

35%

17%

7%

Don’t know

18%

20%

11%

18%

9%

26% think that the Palmer United Party and other micro-parties holding the balance of power in the Senate will be good for Australia and 39% think it will be bad – similar overall results to the previous question about the Greens.

50% of other voters and 40% of Labor voters think it will be good for Australia while 62% of Liberal/National voters think it will be bad.

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