Jobs vs profitability

Mar 11, 2014

Q. Would you approve or disapprove of Qantas jobs being sent offshore if it improves the profitability and long-term success of Qantas?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other/

indep-endent

Total approve

25%

19%

38%

18%

16%

Total disapprove

62%

68%

50%

67%

72%

Strongly approve

5%

3%

9%

4%

1%

Approve

20%

16%

29%

14%

15%

Disapprove

31%

28%

28%

38%

36%

Strongly disapprove

31%

40%

22%

29%

36%

Don’t know

14%

13%

13%

17%

12%

62% would disapprove of Qantas jobs being sent offshore if it improves the profitability and long-term success of Qantas and 25% would approve. A majority of all voter groups disapproved.

Federal politics – voting intention

Mar 5, 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 = 1,842 respondents

First preference/leaning to

Election

7 Sep 13

 

4 weeks ago 4/2/14

2 weeks ago

18/2/14

Last week

25/2/14

This week

4/3/14

Liberal

 

40%

38%

39%

41%

National

3%

3%

3%

3%

Total Lib/Nat

45.6%

43%

41%

42%

44%

Labor

33.4%

39%

40%

39%

38%

Greens

8.6%

8%

8%

9%

8%

Palmer United Party

5.5%

3%

4%

4%

3%

Other/Independent

6.9%

7%

8%

7%

7%

 

2 Party Preferred

Election

7 Sep 13

 

4 weeks ago 4/2/14

2 weeks ago

18/2/14

Last week

25/2/14

This week

4/3/14

Liberal National

53.5%

50%

49%

49%

51%

Labor

46.5%

50%

51%

51%

49%

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 performance

Mar 5, 2014

Q. Overall, would you say that the performance of Tony Abbott and the Coalition Government has been better or worse than you expected or has it been about what you expected?

 

 Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

 

Nov 13

Total better

20%

7%

39%

2%

9%

18%

Total worse

40%

66%

10%

81%

48%

27%

Much better than expected

9%

4%

18%

-

1%

6%

Somewhat better than expected

11%

3%

21%

2%

8%

12%

About what expected

36%

24%

50%

14%

39%

47%

Somewhat worse than expected

17%

21%

9%

36%

23%

14%

Much worse than expected

23%

45%

1%

45%

25%

13%

Don’t know

5%

3%

1%

3%

5%

8%

20% think that the performance of Tony Abbott and the Coalition Government has been better than expected, 40% say it has been worse than expected and 36% think it has been about what they expected.

This is a substantial increase in those who think the Government’s performance has been worse than expected since this was measured in November last year – from 27% to 40%. Those who think the Government’s performance has been about what expected has dropped from 47% to 36%.

Raise taxes or cut spending

Mar 5, 2014

Q. Do you think the Government should raise taxes or cut spending to reduce the national debt or should they do neither?

 

Total

 

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote Other

 

6 May 13

 

13 Aug 13

Raise taxes

6%

8%

4%

14%

8%

13%

6%

Reduce spending

47%

36%

61%

25%

39%

55%

45%

Both

19%

15%

22%

21%

22%

na

21%

Neither

20%

30%

10%

31%

23%

20%

18%

Don’t know

8%

11%

3%

10%

7%

12%

10%

In order to reduce debt, 47% think the Government should reduce spending, 6% think they should raise taxes and 19% think they should do both. 20% think they should do neither.

61% of Liberal/National voters think the Government should reduce spending compared to 36% of Labor voters and 25% of Greens voters.

These results are very similar to those when this question was previously asked in August last year.

Where Government should reduce spending

Mar 5, 2014

If “Reduce spending” or “both” -

Q. In which of the following areas should the Government reduce spending?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

 

13 Aug 13

Foreign aid

79%

72%

83%

56%

92%

76%

The arts

70%

64%

75%

44%

61%

70%

Private schools

65%

76%

57%

68%

70%

59%

Subsidies for business

61%

59%

62%

70%

57%

59%

Welfare support

44%

31%

54%

46%

37%

43%

Support for manufacturing industries

43%

34%

46%

46%

34%

32%

Defence

38%

47%

31%

68%

36%

34%

The environment

36%

32%

41%

6%

45%

36%

Border security

23%

33%

12%

60%

27%

18%

Universities

23%

24%

26%

16%

17%

18%

Public transport

15%

18%

13%

20%

16%

14%

Roads

12%

15%

9%

12%

16%

12%

Pensions

12%

13%

12%

6%

13%

9%

Public schools

9%

8%

10%

8%

13%

9%

Health and hospitals

8%

10%

9%

7%

6%

5%

Of those who think spending should be reduced, 79% think spending on foreign aid should be reduced, 70% the arts, 65% private schools and 61% subsidies for business.

The areas least likely to be nominated for spending cuts were health and hospitals, public schools, pensions and roads.

Since this question was asked in August, the percentage thinking that spending on support for manufacturing industries should be reduced has increased from 32% to 43%.

Government handling of asylum seekers issue

Mar 5, 2014

Q. How would you rate the performance of the Federal Liberal/National Government in handling the issue of asylum seekers arriving by boat?

 

 

Total

 

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Total good

39%

15%

72%

7%

36%

Total poor

38%

60%

10%

87%

42%

Very good

18%

4%

37%

4%

16%

Good

21%

11%

35%

3%

20%

Neither good nor poor

18%

19%

14%

4%

19%

Poor

15%

22%

8%

18%

16%

Very poor

23%

38%

2%

69%

26%

Don’t know

5%

6%

3%

3%

3%

39% think the Government’s performance in handling the issue of asylum seekers arriving by boat has been good and 38% think it has been poor.

Those most likely to think it has been good were Liberal/National voters (72%) and aged 55+ (52%).

Those most likely to think it has been poor were Labor voters (60%), Greens voters (87%) and aged under 35 (47%).

Too soft or too tough on asylum seekers

Mar 5, 2014

Q. Do you think the Federal Liberal/National Government is too tough or too soft on asylum seekers or is it taking the right approach?

 

 

Total

 

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

 

Oct 10

Jul 12

Jan 14

Too tough

25%

37%

6%

79%

25%

7%

12%

22%

Too soft

28%

28%

29%

15%

33%

63%

60%

25%

Taking the right approach

34%

16%

60%

4%

38%

18%

11%

35%

Don’t know

13%

19%

5%

3%

4%

12%

17%

18%

28% think the Government is too soft on asylum seekers, 25% think they are too tough and 34% think they are taking the right approach.

Since this question was last asked in January, those thinking the Government are too tough has increased slightly from 22% to 25% – while too soft has also increased slightly from 25% to 28%. Those unable to give an opinion has dropped from 18% to 13%.

Those most likely to think they are taking the right approach were Liberal/National voters (60%) and aged 55+ (48%).

Approval of Minister for Immigration and Border Protection

Mar 5, 2014

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the performance of the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Scott Morrison in handling the issue of asylum seekers?

  

Total

 

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Total approve

39%

18%

72%

7%

33%

Total disapprove

39%

59%

12%

83%

45%

Strongly approve

13%

3%

28%

5%

8%

Approve

26%

15%

44%

2%

25%

Disapprove

19%

26%

9%

25%

25%

Strongly disapprove

20%

33%

3%

58%

20%

Don’t know

22%

23%

15%

9%

22%

39% approve of the performance of the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Scott Morrison in handling the issue of asylum seekers and 39% disapprove.

Those most likely to approve were Liberal/National voters (72%) and aged 55+ (53%).

Those most likely to disapprove were Labor voters (59%), Greens voters (83%) and aged under 35 (46%).

Federal politics – voting intention

Feb 25, 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 = 1,847 respondents

First preference/leaning to

Election

7 Sep 13

 

4 weeks ago 28/1/14

2 weeks ago

11/2/14

Last week

18/2/14

This week

25/2/14

Liberal

 

40%

40%

38%

39%

National

3%

3%

3%

3%

Total Lib/Nat

45.6%

42%

43%

41%

42%

Labor

33.4%

36%

39%

40%

39%

Greens

8.6%

9%

8%

8%

9%

Palmer United Party

5.5%

4%

3%

4%

4%

Other/Independent

6.9%

9%

7%

8%

7%

 

2 Party Preferred

Election

7 Sep 13

 

4 weeks ago 28/1/14

2 weeks ago

11/2/14

Last week

18/2/14

This week

25/2/14

Liberal National

53.5%

50%

50%

49%

49%

Labor

46.5%

50%

50%

51%

51%

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 handling of issues

Feb 25, 2014

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

Managing the economy

34%

31%

+3

12%

22%

29%

16%

15%

6%

Treatment of asylum seekers

37%

36%

+1

18%

19%

18%

11%

25%

9%

Relations with other countries

29%

32%

-3

8%

21%

30%

13%

19%

8%

Education and schools

28%

35%

-7

6%

22%

28%

19%

16%

8%

Supporting Australian businesses

27%

34%

-7

8%

19%

31%

18%

16%

8%

Protecting the environment

26%

36%

-10

7%

19%

28%

14%

22%

9%

Social welfare

27%

39%

-12

8%

19%

26%

17%

22%

8%

Industrial relations

26%

38%

-12

9%

17%

27%

18%

20%

9%

Health services

25%

38%

-13

6%

19%

29%

20%

18%

7%

Climate change

24%

39%

-15

10%

14%

28%

13%

26%

9%

Supporting Australian jobs

25%

44%

-19

8%

17%

26%

20%

24%

6%

The Government received negative rating for all issues except managing the economy (34% good/31% poor) and treatment of asylum seekers (37%/36%).

Highest negative ratings were given for supporting Australian jobs (25% good/44% poor), climate change (24%/39%), health services (25%/38%), industrial relations (26%/38%) and social welfare (27%/39%).

Renewable energy target

Feb 25, 2014

Q. The Renewable Energy Target scheme encourages investment in renewable energy by requiring electricity retail companies to purchase a certain amount of renewable energy each year. By the year 2020, at least 20% of electricity must come from renewable resources.

Do you think this target of 20% renewable energy by 2020 is too high, too low or about right?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote

other

Too high

13%

7%

21%

10%

13%

Too low

25%

32%

15%

62%

19%

About right

39%

40%

41%

19%

49%

Don’t know

23%

20%

24%

9%

20%

39% think the current renewable energy target is about right, 25% think it is too low and 13% think it is too high.

62% of Greens voters, 32% of labor voters and 29% of those with university education think it is too low.

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