Awareness of amount in superannuation

Mar 18, 2014

Q. And do you know how much you currently have in your Superannuation fund(s)?

 

Total

 

Aged

18-34

Aged

35-54

Aged 55+

Yes, I know almost exactly

28%

17%

26%

43%

Yes, I know approximately

41%

42%

54%

18%

No, I don’t really know

18%

31%

13%

6%

Don’t have any Superannuation funds

14%

7%

7%

33%

28% say they know almost exactly how much they have in superannuation and 41% say they know approximately.

Awareness increases with age – 43% of those aged 55+ know almost exactly compared to 17% of those aged 18-34.

Media regulation

Mar 18, 2014

Q. Thinking about the media in Australia, do you think there needs to be more or less regulation of the media or is the present level of regulation about right?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

 

Total Mar 13

Needs to be more regulation

31%

41%

26%

31%

25%

29%

Needs to be less regulation

15%

11%

17%

22%

19%

10%

Present regulation about right

36%

35%

40%

28%

34%

43%

Don’t know

18%

13%

17%

19%

23%

17%

31% think the media in Australia needs more regulation, 15% think it needs less regulation and 36% think the present regulation is about right. Views have polarised a little since this question was asked in March last year. Those thinking the present regulation is about right has declined from 43% to 36%.

Media regulation

Mar 18, 2014

Q. Mainstream media in Australia is currently regulated by laws requiring diversity of ownership. Would you support or oppose these laws being changed so that media companies can buy any media outlets they wish?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Total support

29%

 

27%

32%

24%

25%

Total oppose

43%

 

45%

41%

50%

51%

Strongly support

9%

10%

7%

14%

8%

Support

20%

17%

25%

10%

17%

Oppose

26%

24%

30%

19%

31%

Strongly oppose

17%

21%

11%

31%

20%

Don’t know

29%

28%

28%

26%

24%

29% support and 43% oppose laws being changed so that media companies can buy any media outlets they wish. While there where some differences across party preference, these differences were not substantial – opposition was over 40% for all voter categories.

Opposition was highest among respondents aged 55+ (56%).

Information on the Internet

Mar 18, 2014

Q. As far as you know, which of the following types of information about you is available on the internet for other people to see?

 

Total

 

Aged

18-34

Aged

35-54

Aged 55+

Your email address

62%

59%

60%

68%

A photo of you

58%

73%

55%

42%

Your occupation

42%

52%

42%

30%

Your date of birth

41%

46%

38%

39%

Groups or organisations you belong to

38%

47%

38%

28%

Your phone number

38%

28%

39%

48%

Who you work for

37%

53%

38%

18%

Your opinions on any subject

33%

41%

31%

26%

Details of your family, such as spouse or children

31%

37%

33%

22%

Your home address

30%

19%

32%

41%

Information or photos that have the potential to embarrass you

12%

20%

10%

6%

A majority of respondents said their email address (62%) and a photo (58%) was available on the internet for others to see.

There tended to be more information on the internet about younger people. For those aged 18-34 73% said there was a photo, 59% email address, 53% who they worked for and 52% their occupation.

Concern about information on the Internet

Mar 18, 2014

Q. How concerned are you about how much information about you might be available on the internet?

 

Total

 

Aged

18-34

Aged

35-54

Aged 55+

Total concerned

70%

 

69%

70%

72%

Total not concerned

28%

 

29%

28%

28%

Very concerned

25%

20%

25%

32%

Somewhat concerned

45%

49%

45%

40%

Not very concerned

23%

24%

24%

22%

Not at all concerned

5%

5%

4%

6%

Don’t know

1%

1%

2%

*

70% were very or somewhat concerned about how much information about them might be available on the internet.

20% of those aged 18-34 were very concerned compared to 32% of those aged 55+. There were no major differences across other demographic groups.

Actions taken to protect privacy

Mar 18, 2014

Q. Have you ever taken any of the following actions to protect your privacy on the internet?

 

Total

 

Aged

18-34

Aged

35-54

Aged 55+

Cleared cookies and browser in history

73%

77%

72%

70%

Set your browser to disable or turned off cookies

56%

55%

57%

54%

Stopped using a website you think might be using information about you

54%

60%

53%

49%

Deleted something you posted in the past

51%

68%

46%

36%

Decided not to use a website because they wanted your real name

46%

49%

45%

43%

Used a false name or untraceable username

36%

48%

34%

23%

Use a non-identifiable email address

31%

41%

31%

20%

The majority of respondents had taken some form of action to protect their privacy on the internet.

73% had cleared their cookies and browser, 56% had set browser to disable or turned off cookies and 54% had stopped using a website thet aight be using their information.

68% of those aged 18-34 had deleted posts – and were also more likely to use a false name (48%) or  anonymous email address (41%).

Same party in Government at State and Federal levels

Mar 18, 2014

Q. Do you think it is better to have the same party in Government at both State and Federal levels or do you think it is better to have different parties in Government at State and Federal levels?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

 

Total

Nov 13

Same party in Government

26%

26%

38%

10%

11%

26%

Different parties in Government

24%

27%

17%

41%

37%

22%

Makes no difference

36%

36%

34%

33%

40%

40%

Don’t know

13%

11%

11%

15%

12%

12%

36% think it doesn’t make any difference whether the parties in Government at State and Federal levels are different or the same. 26% think it is better if they are the same and 24% think it would be better if they were different. These figures have changed little since this question was asked in November.

Labor voters were a little more likely to favour different parties while Liberal/National voters were more likely to favour having the same party in power at both levels.

Government Responsibilities

Mar 18, 2014

Q. Which of the following should be mainly the responsibility of the Federal Government and which should be mainly the responsibility of the State Governments – or should they have equal responsibility?

 

Mainly Federal

Mainly State

Both

equally

Don’t know

Improving the health system

43%

11%

41%

6%

Addressing climate change

41%

4%

45%

9%

Improving the education system

40%

14%

40%

6%

Industrial relations issues

39%

13%

40%

8%

Managing mining projects and mining profits

39%

20%

32%

9%

Managing the environment

32%

11%

50%

7%

Managing our water resources

25%

23%

46%

6%

Constructing new roads and highways

21%

33%

41%

6%

Investing in regional areas

16%

40%

37%

7%

Investing in public transport

11%

52%

32%

6%

Issues which were considered mainly Federal responsibilities were the health system, climate change and education.

Public transport and regional investment were considered to be more the responsibilities of the State Governments.

The environment, managing water resources and constructing new roads and highways were more likely to be considered a shared responsibility.