Attributes of party leaders

Jun 24, 2014

Q. Which of the following describe your opinion of the leader of the Greens, Christine Milne?

Q. Which of the following describe your opinion of the leader of the Palmer United Party, Clive Palmer?

 

Christine Milne

Clive Palmer

Intelligent

56%

52%

Hard-working

57%

52%

A capable leader

44%

33%

Understands the problems facing Australia

41%

42%

Visionary

30%

35%

Good in a crisis

31%

28%

Superficial

38%

57%

More honest than most politicians

36%

31%

Trustworthy

37%

23%

Narrow-minded

48%

55%

Arrogant

38%

70%

Out of touch with ordinary people

51%

59%

Intolerant

36%

52%

Aggressive

38%

67%

Erratic

36%

64%

Christine Milne’s key attributes were hard working, intelligent, out of touch with ordinary people and narrow minded.

Clive Palmer’s key attributes were arrogant, aggressive, erratic, out of touch with ordinary people, superficial and narrow minded.

Election promises

Jun 24, 2014

Q. The Prime Minister, Tony Abbott has said that no election promises were broken in the recent Federal budget. Do you agree or disagree? 

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Total agree

19%

7%

41%

4%

9%

Total disagree

72%

92%

49%

86%

86%

Strongly agree

5%

5%

8%

1%

4%

Agree

14%

2%

33%

3%

5%

Disagree

26%

11%

40%

19%

27%

Strongly disagree

46%

81%

9%

67%

59%

Don’t know

8%

1%

10%

10%

4%

19% agree with Tony Abbott’s claim that no election promises were broken in the recent Federal budget and 72% disagree.

Even Liberal/National voters were more likely to disagree – 41% agree, 49% disagree.

Federal politics – voting intention

Jun 17, 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 = 1,828 respondents

First preference/leaning to

Election

7 Sep 13

 

4 weeks ago 20/5/14

2 weeks ago

3/6/14

Last week

11/6/14

This week

17/6/14

Liberal

 

38%

35%

35%

36%

National

3%

3%

3%

3%

Total Lib/Nat

45.6%

40%

38%

37%

39%

Labor

33.4%

40%

39%

40%

41%

Greens

8.6%

8%

10%

9%

9%

Palmer United Party

5.5%

5%

6%

6%

5%

Other/Independent

6.9%

7%

7%

8%

7%

 

2 Party Preferred

Election

7 Sep 13

 

4 weeks ago 20/5/14

2 weeks ago

3/6/14

Last week

11/6/14

This week

17/6/14

Liberal National

53.5%

48%

47%

46%

46%

Labor

46.5%

52%

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. 

Importance of international relationships

Jun 17, 2014

Q. How important is it for Australia to have a close relationship with the following nations?

 

Very import-ant

Quite import-ant

Not very import-ant

Don’t know

Very import-
ant

28 Mar 11

Very import-
ant

29 Oct 12

Very import-ant

26 Nov 13

Change

New Zealand

61%

30%

6%

4%

69%

54%

54%

+7

United States

57%

33%

6%

4%

60%

55%

59%

-2

United Kingdom

48%

38%

10%

4%

56%

47%

48%

-

China

46%

41%

8%

4%

48%

45%

54%

-8

Indonesia

35%

43%

16%

6%

31%

33%

40%

-5

Japan

32%

51%

12%

5%

39%

31%

35%

-3

Canada

28%

40%

25%

7%

na

na

na

na

India

23%

42%

29%

7%

26%

26%

26%

-3

Germany

21%

41%

31%

7%

23%

20%

20%

+1

More than half the respondents think it is very important to have close relationships with New Zealand (61%) and the United States (57%).

A close relationship with the United States is considered very important by 64% of Liberal/National voters, 58% of Labor voters and 43% of Greens voters.

Since this question was last asked in November, the largest increase in the rating of the importance of relations was with New Zealand (+7). Importance of relations with China (-8) and Indonesia (-5) has declined.

Trust in Tony Abbott representing Australia

Jun 17, 2014

Q. How much trust do you have in Tony Abbott and the Liberal Government to handle Australia’s international relations? 

 

 Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

 

26 Nov 13

Total a lot/some

35%

8%

81%

11%

25%

41%

Total little/no trust

59%

88%

19%

87%

71%

53%

A lot of trust

17%

3%

45%

1%

7%

20%

Some trust

18%

5%

36%

10%

18%

21%

A little trust

16%

16%

14%

12%

28%

18%

No trust

43%

72%

5%

75%

43%

35%

Don’t know

5%

5%

1%

1%

4%

7%

17% of people have “a lot of trust” in Tony Abbott and the Liberal Government to handle Australia’s international relations.

43% have no trust.

Labor (72%) and Greens (75%) voters were far more likely to have ‘no trust’. Liberal/National voters were far less likely (5%) to have no trust. 45% of Liberal/National voters have “a lot of trust”.

Since this question was asked in November, those saying they have a lot or some trust has declined by 6% and those saying they have no trust increased by 8%.

Tony Abbott representing Australia

Jun 17, 2014

Q. When you think of Tony Abbott representing Australia at international conferences and meetings, how confident are you that he will do a good job in representing Australia to the international community? 

 

 Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

 

Kevin Rudd

5 Oct 09

Total very/somewhat confident

45%

15%

91%

14%

44%

74%

Very confident

18%

3%

46%

2%

6%

31%

Somewhat confident

27%

12%

45%

12%

38%

43%

Not at all confident

50%

81%

8%

85%

54%

18%

Don’t know

5%

%

1%

1%

2%

8%

45% say they are very or somewhat confident that Tony Abbott will do a good job in representing Australia to the international community and 50% say they are not at all confident.

When this question was asked about Kevin Rudd in 2009, 74% said they were very/somewhat confident and only 18% said they were not at all confident.

Climate change

Jun 17, 2014

Q. Do you believe that there is fairly conclusive evidence that climate change is happening and caused by human activity or do you believe that the evidence is still not in and we may just be witnessing a normal fluctuation in the earth’s climate which happens from time to time?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

 

Nov 09

Dec 10

Jun 11

Oct 12

Oct 13

Jan 14

Apr 14

Climate change is happening and is caused by human activity

53%

69%

31%

88%

44%

53%

45%

50%

48%

52%

51%

56%

We are just witnessing a normal fluctuation in the earth’s climate

35%

20%

57%

11%

43%

34%

36%

39%

39%

36%

39%

34%

Don’t know

12%

11%

12%

1%

13%

13%

19%

12%

13%

12%

11%

10%

53% (down 3% since April) agree that climate change is happening and is caused by human activity and 35% (up 1%) believe that we may just be witnessing a normal fluctuation in the earth’s climate.

By age groups, those aged under 35 split 61%/23% and those aged 55+ split 42%/48%. People with higher education were more likely to think climate change is happening and is caused by human activity – those with university degrees split 62%/27%.

Opposing carbon taxes

Jun 17, 2014

Q. On his recent trip to Canada the Prime Minister Tony Abbott proposed that Australia and Canada should take the lead internationally in opposing carbon taxes and emission trading schemes to address climate change. Do you agree or disagree with proposal?

 

 Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Total agree

38%

19%

65%

21%

43%

Total disagree

39%

59%

14%

67%

39%

Strongly agree

13%

4%

24%

8%

17%

Agree

25%

15%

41%

13%

26%

Disagree

17%

19%

13%

17%

21%

Strongly disagree

22%

40%

1%

50%

18%

Don’t know

24%

22%

21%

12%

19%

38% agreed with Tony Abbott’s proposal that Australia and Canada should take the lead internationally in opposing carbon taxes and emission trading schemes to address climate change and 39% disagreed.

34% of those with university degrees agreed and 46% disagreed.

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