Support for free trade measures

Nov 18, 2014

Q. Would you support or oppose the following measures in a Free Trade Agreement with China? 

 

Total support

Total oppose

 

Strongly support

Support

Oppose

Strongly oppose

Don’t know

Fewer restrictions on Chinese workers coming to Australia

20%

57%

6%

14%

25%

32%

24%

Greater access to Chinese markets for Australian businesses

61%

12%

20%

41%

8%

4%

26%

Reduced tariffs on imported manufactured goods from China

43%

28%

11%

32%

16%

12%

28%

Fewer restrictions on Chinese investment in Australia

23%

52%

7%

16%

22%

30%

26%

A majority (61%) support a free trade agreement that gives greater access to Chinese markets for Australian businesses and respondents were also more likely to support reduced tariffs on imported manufactured goods from China (43%).

A majority oppose fewer restrictions on Chinese workers coming to Australia (57%) and fewer restrictions on Chinese investment in Australia (52%).

There were few significant differences between Labor and Liberal/National voters – except that 51% of Liberal/National voters supported reduced tariffs on imported manufactured goods from China.

Opinion of G20

Nov 18, 2014

Q. Australia is hosting the G20 summit of world leaders in Brisbane on the weekend of 15th and 16th November. Which of the following is closest to your view? 

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote Other

The G20 summit will deliver real outcomes for Australia and the global economy

16%

16%

23%

8%

9%

The G20 is an expensive talk fest, it’s unlikely to change anything

62%

66%

54%

75%

79%

Don’t know

21%

18%

23%

17%

11%

62% were more likely to agree that the G20 is an expensive talk fest, it’s unlikely to change anything.

Those most likely to favour this statement were aged 55+ (72%) and live in Queensland (72%).

Number of refugees

Nov 18, 2014

Q. How many refugees do you think Australia takes in every year?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote Other

About 5,000

10%

12%

7%

18%

9%

About 10,000

12%

14%

13%

15%

6%

About 15,000

15%

15%

15%

16%

20%

About 25,000

19%

19%

20%

17%

24%

About 50,000

14%

13%

16%

6%

19%

Don’t know

31%

28%

29%

28%

22%

10% think we take in about 5,000 refugees every year, 27% think we take in 10,000 or 15,000 and 33% think we take in 25,000 or more. The official figure is around 13,000.

There were not large differences in the responses across voter groups although Greens voters were more likely to give a lower estimate (33% said 5,000 or 10,000 – compared to 22% of the total) and other party voters were more likely to give a higher estimate (43% said 25,000 or 50,000).

Refugee intake compared to other countries

Nov 18, 2014

Q. As far as you know which of the following statements is true?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote Other

Australia takes in fewer refugees than comparable nations

32%

40%

22%

60%

31%

Australia takes in about the same number of refugees as comparable nations

20%

18%

26%

12%

21%

Australia takes in more refugees than comparable nations

25%

25%

28%

8%

34%

Don’t know

23%

17%

24%

20%

14%

32% think that Australia takes in fewer refugees than comparable nations and 45% think we take in about the same number or more. 23% could not give an answer.

60% of Greens voters and 40% of Labor voters think we take in fewer – as did 45% of those with university education.

Refugee compared to skilled migrant intake

Nov 18, 2014

Q. And which of the following is true?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote Other

Australia takes in more refugees than skilled migrants

31%

34%

35%

10%

36%

Australia takes in about the same number of refugees and skilled migrants

12%

10%

15%

13%

10%

Australia takes in more skilled migrants than refugees

25%

28%

22%

35%

27%

Don’t know

32%

28%

28%

43%

26%

31% think that Australia takes in more refugees than skilled migrants and 25% think that Australia takes in more skilled migrants than refugees – while 12% think we take about the same number of each. 32% could not give an answer.

There were not major differences across demographics.  Greens voters (35%) and university educated (33%) were more likely to think we take in more skilled migrants.

Statements about refugee intake

Nov 18, 2014

Q. Do you agree or disagree with the following statements?

 

Total agree

Total disagree

 

Strongly agree

Agree

Disagree

Strongly disagree

Don’t know

Accepting refugees is something a wealthy nation like Australia should do to support poorer nations

49%

36%

15%

34%

23%

13%

14%

Refugees contribute to the nation that accepts them, it is in our interest to increase

39%

44%

12%

27%

27%

17%

17%

Australia’s overall population is too high, we need to wind back our refugee program

43%

40%

18%

25%

26%

14%

17%

Australia’s overall population is too low and we need to increase the number of refugees to boost the numbers in our workforce

20%

62%

4%

16%

31%

31%

17%

Nearly half (49%) agreed that accepting refugees is something a wealthy nation like Australia should do to support poorer nations. A majority (62%) disagreed that at Australia’s overall population is too low and we need to increase the number of refugees to boost the numbers in our workforce.

However, respondents were evenly divided over “Australia’s overall population is too high, we need to wind back our refugee program” (43% agree/40% disagree) and “Refugees contribute to the nation that accepts them, it is in our interest to increase” (39% agree/44% disagree).

Federal politics – voting intention

Nov 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 = 1,786 respondents

First preference/leaning to

Election

7 Sep 13

 

4 weeks ago 14/10/14

2 weeks ago

28/10/14

Last week

4/11/14

This week

11/11/14

Liberal

 

38%

36%

37%

36%

National

3%

3%

3%

4%

Total Liberal/National

45.6%

41%

39%

40%

40%

Labor

33.4%

39%

39%

38%

38%

Greens

8.6%

10%

9%

10%

10%

Palmer United Party

5.5%

3%

4%

4%

4%

Other/Independent

6.9%

7%

8%

8%

9%

 

2 Party Preferred

Election

7 Sep 13

 

4 weeks ago 14/10/14

2 weeks ago

28/10/14

Last week

4/11/14

This week

11/11/14

Liberal National

53.5%

48%

47%

48%

48%

Labor

46.5%

52%

53%

52%

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.

Approval of Tony Abbott

Nov 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 Green

Vote Other

 

As Opp Lead
-er

Sep
13

As PM

Sep 13

 Mar 14

June 14

July
14

Aug 14

Sep 14

Oct 14

Total approve

39%

14%

85%

9%

24%

 

40%

41%

40%

35%

34%

37%

35%

40%

Total dis-approve

50%

82%

8%

85%

66%

 

49%

36%

47%

58%

58%

54%

52%

48%

Strongly approve

11%

2%

28%

5%

3%

13%

14%

11%

10%

8%

13%

9%

10%

Approve

28%

12%

57%

2%

21%

27%

27%

29%

25%

26%

24%

26%

30%

Dis-
approve

24%

34%

5%

36%

45%

19%

13%

20%

18%

22%

19%

22%

22%

Strongly dis-
approve

26%

48%

3%

49%

21%

30%

23%

27%

40%

36%

35%

30%

26%

Don’t know

10%

4%

8%

8%

10%

10%

23%

12%

7%

7%

9%

13%

11%

50% of respondents disapprove of the job Tony Abbott is doing as Prime Minister – up 2% since the last time this question was asked in October – and 39% approve of the job Tony Abbott is doing (down 1%). This represents a change in net rating from -8 to -11.

85% (down 2%) of Liberal/National voters approve of Tony Abbott’s performance, with 8% (no change) disapproving. 82% of Labor voters and 85% of Greens voters disapprove of Tony Abbott’s performance.

By gender men were 45% approve/50% disapprove and women 35% approve/51% disapprove.

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