Knighthood for Prince Philip

Feb 3, 2015

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of Australia awarding a knighthood to Prince Philip?

 

 

Total

 

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Total approve

14%

10%

24%

14%

8%

Total disapprove

69%

79%

59%

79%

76%

Strongly approve

4%

4%

6%

4%

2%

Approve

10%

6%

18%

10%

6%

Disapprove

31%

25%

39%

25%

32%

Strongly disapprove

38%

54%

20%

54%

44%

Don’t know

17%

12%

17%

7%

16%

69% disapprove of Australia awarding a knighthood to Prince Philip and only 14% approve.

Highest disapproval came from Labor voters (79%), Greens voters (79%) and those aged 45+ (80%).

Leader Attributes – Tony Abbott

Feb 3, 2015

Q. Which of the following describe your opinion of the Prime Minister, Tony Abbott? 

 

2 Sep 13

(as Opposition leader)

29 Oct 13

27 May 14

2 Dec 14

 

Total

3 Feb

Change

Out of touch with ordinary people

52%

51%

67%

66%

72%

+6

Arrogant

52%

54%

63%

61%

65%

+4

Narrow-minded

55%

54%

61%

61%

63%

+2

Erratic

43%

43%

51%

52%

60%

+8

Hard working

71%

67%

57%

62%

58%

-4

Superficial

48%

49%

57%

54%

55%

+1

Intolerant

47%

49%

55%

53%

54%

+1

Intelligent

63%

62%

52%

51%

50%

-1

Aggressive

47%

46%

52%

49%

45%

-4

Good in a crisis

39%

45%

35%

42%

36%

-6

Understands the problems facing Australia

46%

51%

42%

40%

35%

-5

A capable leader

46%

52%

41%

43%

34%

-9

More honest than most politicians

34%

39%

30%

30%

30%

-

Trustworthy

38%

40%

29%

30%

27%

-3

Visionary

35%

33%

31%

27%

22%

-5

Tony Abbott’s key attributes were out of touch with ordinary people (72%), arrogant (65%), narrow-minded (63%) and erratic (60%).

Since December, the largest shifts have been for a capable leader (-9), erratic (+8), out of touch with ordinary people (+6) and good in a crisis (-6).

Leader Attributes – Bill Shorten

Feb 3, 2015

Q. Which of the following describe your opinion of the Opposition Leader, Bill Shorten?

 

29 Oct 13

27 May 14

2 Dec 14

 

Total

3 Feb

Change

Intelligent

69%

66%

66%

62%

-4

Hard working

65%

66%

64%

61%

-3

Understands the problems facing Australia

50%

53%

53%

52%

-1

A capable leader

49%

51%

46%

47%

+1

Out of touch with ordinary people

42%

39%

40%

45%

+5

Superficial

37%

42%

41%

41%

-

Arrogant

35%

36%

35%

39%

+4

Narrow-minded

31%

35%

36%

38%

+2

Good in a crisis

40%

40%

38%

37%

-1

Trustworthy

34%

36%

34%

33%

-1

Erratic

30%

32%

30%

31%

+1

Visionary

33%

30%

30%

30%

-

Intolerant

30%

29%

27%

30%

+3

More honest than most politicians

27%

32%

29%

29%

-

Aggressive

31%

32%

29%

28%

-1

Bill Shorten’s key attributes were intelligent (62%), hard working (61%), understands the problems facing Australia (52%), a capable leader (47%) and out of touch with ordinary people (45%).

Since December, the largest shift has been for out of touch with ordinary people (+5), intelligent (-4) and arrogant (+4).

Leader Attributes – Comparisons

Feb 3, 2015

 

 

Abbott

Shorten

 

Difference

Erratic

60%

31%

+29

Out of touch with ordinary people

72%

45%

+27

Arrogant

65%

39%

+26

Narrow-minded

63%

38%

+25

Intolerant

54%

30%

+24

Aggressive

45%

28%

+17

Superficial

55%

41%

+14

More honest than most politicians

30%

29%

+1

Good in a crisis

36%

37%

-1

Hard-working

58%

61%

-3

Trustworthy

27%

33%

-6

Visionary

22%

30%

-8

Intelligent

50%

62%

-12

A capable leader

34%

47%

-13

Understands the problems facing Australia

35%

52%

-17

Compared to Bill Shorten, Tony Abbott is much more likely to be considered erratic (+29), out of touch with ordinary people (+27), arrogant (+26), narrow minded (+25) and intolerant (+24).

Bill Shorten is regarded by more respondents to be someone who understands the problems facing Australia (-17), a capable leader (-13) and intelligent (-12).

Best leader of the Liberal Party

Feb 3, 2015

Q. Which of the following do you think would make the best leader of the Liberal Party? 

 

Total

 

Male

Female

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

 

Jun 2014

Tony Abbott

11%

13%

8%

4%

23%

3%

3%

18%

Malcolm Turnbull

24%

27%

22%

27%

24%

37%

22%

31%

Joe Hockey

5%

4%

5%

6%

4%

5%

3%

6%

Julie Bishop

21%

19%

23%

20%

26%

11%

23%

4%

Christopher Pyne

<1%

1%

<1%

-

<1%

1%

1%

<1%

Scott Morrison

2%

3%

1%

1%

4%

2%

-

1%

Someone else

13%

13%

14%

17%

4%

23%

24%

19%

Don’t know

24%

21%

27%

25%

13%

19%

24%

21%

24% (down 7% since June) think Malcolm Turnbull would make the best leader of the Liberal Party, 21% prefer Julie Bishop (up 17%), 11% (down 7%) prefer Tony Abbott and 5% (down 1%) Joe Hockey.

Among Liberal/National voters, 26% (up 23%) prefer Julie Bishop, 24% (down 3%) Malcolm Turnbull, 23% (down 20%) Tony Abbott and 4% (down 7%) Joe Hockey.

Preferences of men were Malcolm Turnbull 27%, Julie Bishop 19% and Tony Abbott 13%.

Preferences of women were Julie Bishop 23%, Malcolm Turnbull 22% and Tony Abbott 8%.

Minimum wage

Feb 3, 2015

Q. The current Australian minimum wage for adult workers is $16.37 per hour or $640.90 for a 38-hour week. Do you think this is too high, too low or about right?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

 

Work full time

Work part time

Total too low

61%

69%

43%

73%

74%

51%

68%

Total too high

6%

2%

12%

6%

3%

10%

2%

Much too low

25%

31%

13%

28%

34%

22%

29%

A little to low

36%

38%

30%

45%

40%

29%

39%

About right

27%

24%

39%

18%

19%

32%

24%

A little too high

3%

1%

7%

1%

2%

5%

2%

Much too high

3%

1%

5%

5%

1%

5%

-

Don’t know

7%

5%

6%

2%

4%

6%

7%

61% believe that the current minimum wage is too low, 27% think it is about right and 6% think it is too high.

Those most likely to think it is too low were Greens voters (73%), Labor voters (69%), part time workers (68%) and women (67%).

Federal politics – voting intention

Jan 28, 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 = 1,774 respondents 

First preference/leaning to

Election

7 Sep 13

 

Last week 20/1/14

This week

27/01/15

Liberal

 

36%

36%

National

4%

3%

Total Liberal/National

45.6%

40%

39%

Labor

33.4%

40%

41%

Greens

8.6%

10%

9%

Palmer United Party

5.5%

2%

2%

Other/Independent

6.9%

9%

9%

 

2 Party Preferred

Election

7 Sep 13

 

Last week 20/1/14

This week

27/01/15

Liberal National

53.5%

47%

46%

Labor

46.5%

53%

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.

Government’s handling of issues

Jan 28, 2015

Q. How would you rate the Federal Liberal-National Government for the way they have handled the following issues?

 

Total good

Total poor

Net score

 

Very good

Good

Average

Poor

Very poor

Don’t know

 

Net

Feb 2014

Net Sept 2014

Relations with other countries

33%

28%

+5

9%

24%

32%

14%

14%

7%

-3

+15

Supporting Australian businesses

26%

31%

-5

5%

21%

34%

16%

15%

10%

-7

-5

Treatment of asylum seekers

33%

39%

-6

13%

20%

20%

13%

26%

8%

+1

-3

Managing the economy

26%

40%

-14

6%

20%

28%

20%

20%

6%

+3

-6

Industrial relations

21%

36%

-15

4%

17%

32%

16%

20%

11%

-12

-16

Protecting the environment

19%

42%

-23

4%

15%

31%

15%

27%

9%

-10

-18

Supporting Australian jobs

19%

43%

-24

4%

15%

30%

20%

23%

7%

-19

-21

Education and schools

21%

45%

-24

4%

17%

27%

21%

24%

7%

-7

-22

Climate change

19%

46%

-27

5%

14%

25%

14%

32%

9%

-15

-27

Social welfare

19%

47%

-28

4%

15%

26%

22%

25%

8%

-12

-26

Health services

18%

49%

-31

3%

15%

26%

21%

28%

7%

-13

-27

The Government received negative ratings for all issues except relations with other countries (net +5).

Highest negative ratings were given for health services (18% good/49% poor), social welfare (19%/47%), climate change (19%/46%), education and schools (21%/45%), supporting Australian jobs (19%/43%) and protecting the environment (19%/42%).

Since this question was asked in September there has been a significant decrease for relations with other countries (net score down 10), managing the economy (down 8) and protecting the environment (down 5).

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