Same sex marriage

Feb 10, 2015

Q. Do you think people of the same sex should or should not be allowed to marry?

 

Total

 

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

 

Nov 2010

Jul 2011

Sep 2012

Oct 2013

Jun 2014

Dec 2014

Should be allowed to marry

59%

69%

48%

90%

48%

53%

54%

55%

57%

60%

55%

Should not be allowed to marry

28%

21%

40%

7%

41%

36%

35%

36%

31%

28%

32%

Don’t know

13%

10%

12%

3%

11%

11%

11%

9%

12%

12%

14%

59% agreed that people of the same sex should be allowed to marry and 28% think they should not. This is an increase in support since this question was previously asked in December.

Support for same sex marriage is 50% among men but 68% among women. 67% of under 35’s support same sex marriage – compared to 43% of those aged 65+.

Voting for same sex marriage

Feb 10, 2015

Q. If a political party or candidate supported same-sex marriage would you be more likely to vote for them, less likely to vote for them or does it make no difference to your vote?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote Other

More likely to vote for them

26%

32%

13%

67%

25%

Less likely to vote for them

19%

13%

28%

1%

38%

Makes no difference

48%

50%

54%

31%

35%

Don’t know

6%

5%

5%

1%

2%

26% say they would be more likely to vote for a candidate/party that supported same sex marriage, 19% say they would be less likely and 48% say it would make no difference to their vote.

Those more likely include women (32%), aged 18-34 (42%) and university educated (34%).

Those less likely include men (26%) and aged 65+ (31%).

Same sex marriage laws

Feb 10, 2015

Q. Regardless of your opinion about same-sex marriage, do you think it is likely or unlikely that the laws will be changed in the next few years to allow same-sex marriage? 

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote Other

Total likely

56%

59%

52%

70%

47%

Total unlikely

28%

28%

33%

22%

37%

Very likely

15%

19%

13%

21%

11%

Likely

41%

40%

39%

49%

36%

Unlikely

22%

22%

26%

19%

27%

Very unlikely

6%

6%

7%

3%

10%

Don’t know

16%

13%

14%

8%

16%

56% think it is likely that the laws will be changed in the next few years to allow same-sex marriage and 28% think it is unlikely.

There was little difference between across groups on this question.

Opinion of retaining personal information

Feb 10, 2015

Q. Which of the following statements is closest to your view?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote Other

 

Aug 2014

Nov 2014

Governments having access to personal telephone and internet information is necessary to protect society from terrorist or criminal actions.

38%

29%

57%

16%

42%

37%

41%

Governments are increasingly using the argument about terrorism to collect and store personal data and information, and this is a dangerous direction for society

44%

55%

26%

71%

48%

49%

44%

Don’t know

18%

15%

16%

13%

10%

13%

15%

Opinions were divided between the two statements. 38% agreed more that “Governments having access to personal telephone and internet information is necessary to protect society from terrorist or criminal actions” and 44% agreed more that “Governments are increasingly using the argument about terrorism to collect and store personal data and information, and this is a dangerous direction for society”

Since this question was asked in November there has been a slight shift away from agreeing that “Governments having access to personal telephone and internet information is necessary to protect society from terrorist or criminal actions” – from 41% to 38%.

Privatisation

Feb 10, 2015

Q. Do you agree or disagree with the following statements about privatisation of Government-owned assets like electricity, water, rail, ports, etc?

 

Total agree

Total disagree

 

Strongly agree

Agree

Disagree

Strongly disagree

Don’t know

Selling off public utilities to private companies will help the economy

25%

53%

4%

21%

28%

25%

22%

Selling Government assets frees up money to reallocate to other services and infrastructure

38%

44%

5%

33%

27%

17%

18%

Privatisation mainly benefits the corporate sector

70%

13%

29%

41%

10%

3%

17%

Utilities like water and power suppliers are too important to be sold off

72%

13%

40%

32%

10%

3%

14%

Private companies can run public utilities more efficiently than Governments

36%

39%

7%

29%

24%

15%

24%

Privatisation means more competition which benefits consumers

33%

49%

6%

27%

29%

20%

19%

Private companies deliver better quality services than Government-run organisations

33%

46%

6%

27%

29%

17%

22%

Prices always increase more when services are privatised

70%

13%

34%

36%

11%

2%

16%

There was strongest agreement with the statements “Utilities like water and power suppliers are too important to be sold off” (72%), “Privatisation mainly benefits the corporate sector” (70%) and “Prices always increase more when services are privatised” (70%).

Federal politics – voting intention

Feb 3, 2015

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 = 1,799 respondents

First preference/leaning to

Election

7 Sep 13

 

2 weeks ago 20/1/15

Last week

27/01/15

This week 3/2/15

Liberal

 

36%

36%

35%

National

4%

3%

3%

Total Liberal/National

45.6%

40%

39%

38%

Labor

33.4%

40%

41%

41%

Greens

8.6%

10%

9%

9%

Palmer United Party

5.5%

2%

2%

3%

Other/Independent

6.9%

9%

9%

9%

 

2 Party Preferred

Election

7 Sep 13

 

2 weeks ago 20/1/15

Last week

27/01/15

This week 3/2/15

Liberal National

53.5%

47%

46%

46%

Labor

46.5%

53%

54%

54%

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.

Republic

Feb 3, 2015

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

 

Total

 

 

Vote Lab

Vote Lib/
Nat

Vote Green

Vote other

 

Jan 2010

Mar 2011

Oct 2011

Jun 2012

Apr 2014

Oct 2014

 

Shift since Oct 2014

In favour

34%

50%

22%

53%

30%

41%

39%

41%

39%

33%

31%

+3

Against

34%

21%

51%

17%

38%

32%

34%

33%

35%

42%

31%

+3

No opinion

32%

30%

26%

30%

32%

27%

27%

26%

27%

25%

38%

-6

34% (up 3% since October) of respondents were in favour of Australian becoming a republic and 34% (up 3%) were against. 32% could not give an opinion.

Greens (53%) and Labor (50%) voters were more likely to be in favour of a republic. Lib/Nat voters (22%) were less likely.

Males (40%) were far more likely than females (29%) to be in favour of a republic.

Knights and Dames

Feb 3, 2015

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

 

Apr 2014

Total approve

26%

16%

43%

23%

18%

27%

Total disapprove

46%

60%

32%

64%

53%

43%

Strongly approve

4%

4%

7%

3%

1%

6%

Approve

22%

12%

36%

20%

17%

21%

Disapprove

24%

25%

25%

27%

32%

22%

Strongly disapprove

22%

35%

7%

37%

21%

21%

Don’t know

28%

23%

26%

13%

29%

30%

46% (up 3% since April) disapprove of the Government’s decision to re-introduce the honours of Knight and Dame of the Order of Australia, 26%  (down 1%) approve and 28% don’t know.

Strongest approval came from Liberal/National voters (43%).

Strongest disapproval came from respondents aged 45+ (57%), Labor voters (60%) and Greens voters (64%).

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