Approval of Bill Shorten

Nov 11, 2014

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the job Bill Shorten is doing as Opposition Leader? 

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/
Nat

Vote Greens

Vote Other

 

Nov 13

Mar 14

June 14

July 14

Aug 14

Sep 14

Oct 14

Total approve

37%

63%

24%

35%

21%

31%

32%

38%

36%

34%

35%

35%

Total disapprove

38%

17%

57%

40%

58%

27%

39%

40%

39%

40%

36%

36%

Strongly approve

6%

12%

2%

3%

4%

5%

4%

7%

6%

7%

5%

5%

Approve

31%

51%

22%

32%

17%

26%

28%

31%

30%

27%

30%

30%

Disapprove

25%

14%

30%

32%

46%

17%

24%

22%

22%

21%

22%

24%

Strongly disapprove

13%

3%

27%

8%

12%

10%

15%

18%

17%

19%

14%

12%

Don’t know

25%

20

20%

25%

21%

43%

29%

22%

25%

25%

29%

29%

37% (up 2% since October) of respondents approve of the job Bill Shorten is doing as opposition leader and 38% (up 2%) disapprove – for a net rating of -1 (no change)

63% (up 2%) of Labor voters approve of the job Bill Shorten is doing and 17% (no change) disapprove.

40% of men and 33% of women approve of Bill Shorten. 43% of men and 33% of women disapprove.

Better Prime Minister

Nov 11, 2014

Q. Who do you think would make the better Prime Minister out of Tony Abbott and Bill Shorten?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/
Nat

Vote Greens

Vote Other

 

Oct 13

Mar 14

June 14

July 14

Aug 14

Sep 14

Oct 14

Tony Abbott

36%

8%

82%

4%

28%

41%

39%

36%

34%

37%

35%

38%

Bill Shorten

34%

67%

3%

61%

29%

22%

33%

40%

37%

36%

36%

32%

Don’t know

29%

25%

15%

36%

43%

37%

28%

24%

29%

27%

30%

30%

36% (down 2% since October) of respondents think Tony Abbott would make the better Prime Minister and 34% (up 2%) think Bill Shorten would make the better Prime Minister.

Men prefer Tony Abbott 40% to 33% and women prefer Bill Shorten 36% to 32%.

Trust in organisations to store data

Nov 11, 2014

Q. Under new national security laws phone and internet records of all Australians will be held for two years. How much trust do you have in the following organisations to store your personal data safely and in a way that would prevent abuse?

 

Total a lot/some trust

Total little/no trust

 

A lot of trust

Some trust

Little trust

No trust

Don’t know

Security agencies such as the Australian Federal Police, local police and ASIO

53%

42%

17%

36%

22%

20%

4%

The Government

42%

54%

8%

34%

27%

27%

4%

Telecommunications companies and internet service providers

32%

63%

3%

29%

32%

31%

5%

Other private companies

20%

70%

1%

19%

28%

42%

10%

53% have a lot or some trust in security agencies to store personal data safely and in a way that would prevent abuse – although only 17% have a lot of trust.

A majority have little or no trust in the Government (54%), telecommunications companies and internet service providers (63%) and other private companies (70%) to safely store personal data.

Opinion of retaining personal information

Nov 11, 2014

Q. Which of the following statements is closest to your view?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote Other

 

Aug 2014

Governments having access to personal telephone and internet information is necessary to protect society from terrorist or criminal actions.

41%

32%

67%

17%

30%

37%

Governments are increasingly using the argument about terrorism to collect and store personal data and information, and this is a dangerous direction for society

44%

56%

22%

69%

63%

49%

Don’t know

15%

12%

11%

14%

7%

13%

Opinions were divided between the two statements. 41% agreed more that “Governments having access to personal telephone and internet information is necessary to protect society from terrorist or criminal actions” and 44% agreed more that “Governments are increasingly using the argument about terrorism to collect and store personal data and information, and this is a dangerous direction for society”

Since this question was asked in August there has been a shift to agreeing that “Governments having access to personal telephone and internet information is necessary to protect society from terrorist or criminal actions” – from 37% to 41%.

Illegal downloading

Nov 11, 2014

Q. The Australian Federal Police has said it will use data retention to pursue “illegal downloaders”. Do you support or oppose this use of data retention?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote Other

 

Aged 18-34

Aged 35-54

Aged 55+

Total support

34%

30%

53%

16%

16%

20%

35%

51%

Total oppose

47%

56%

32%

67%

64%

60%

45%

36%

Strongly support

8%

6%

14%

5%

5%

4%

8%

13%

Support

26%

24%

41%

11%

11%

16%

27%

38%

Oppose

22%

28%

17%

22%

28%

27%

21%

19%

Strongly oppose

25%

28%

15%

45%

36%

33%

24%

17%

Don’t know

18%

15%

14%

18%

21%

20%

20%

13%

34% support using data retention to pursue “illegal downloaders” and 47% oppose.

60% of those aged under 35 oppose while 51% of those aged 55% support.

Main form of communication

Nov 11, 2014

Q. What is the main way you communicate with friends and family? 

 

Total

 

Men

Women

 

Aged 18-34

Aged 35-54

Aged 55+

Mobile phone

33%

39%

28%

34%

37%

26%

Text messages

21%

18%

24%

37%

17%

9%

Landline phone

20%

18%

21%

3%

20%

39%

Email

10%

11%

9%

5%

9%

18%

Facebook

9%

6%

11%

12%

10%

4%

Letter

*

-

*

-

*

*

Twitter

*

*

-

*

-

-

Other

4%

5%

4%

5%

5%

3%

Not sure

2%

2%

2%

3%

2%

1%

33% mainly use mobile phone to communicate with friends and family, 21% mainly use text messages and 20% mainly use landlines.

Women are more likely than men to use text messages (24% to 18%) and Facebook (11% to 6%) while men are more likely to use mobiles (39% to 28%).

By age groups – those aged under 35 are most likely to use text messages (37%) and mobiles (34%), those aged 35-54 are most likely to use mobiles (37%) and those aged 55+ most likely to use landlines (39%).

Changes in communication

Nov 11, 2014

Q. Compared with two years ago, has your use of the following means of communication increased or decreased?  

 

Total increase

Total decrease

 

Increase a lot

Increase a little

Stayed much the same

Decrease a little

Decrease a lot

Not sure

Don’t use

Mobile
phone

41%

8%

16%

25%

46%

5%

3%

1%

4%

Text
message

41%

10%

18%

23%

42%

6%

4%

1%

6%

Email

34%

14%

10%

24%

50%

10%

4%

1%

1%

Facebook

30%

11%

12%

18%

32%

6%

5%

1%

26%

Twitter

7%

7%

2%

5%

16%

3%

4%

2%

68%

Landline
phone

8%

42%

1%

7%

40%

17%

25%

1%

10%

Letter

3%

41%

1%

2%

25%

9%

32%

1%

29%

41% say they have increased their usage of mobile phones and text messages. 34% have increased usage of email and 30% increased usage of Facebook.

42% say they have decreased use of the landline and 41% have decreased usage of letters.

Federal politics – voting intention

Nov 4, 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 = 1,776 respondents

First preference/leaning to

Election

7 Sep 13

 

4 weeks ago 7/10/14

2 weeks ago

21/10/14

Last week

28/10/14

This week

4/11/14

Liberal

 

38%

37%

36%

37%

National

2%

3%

3%

3%

Total Liberal/National

45.6%

40%

40%

39%

40%

Labor

33.4%

39%

39%

39%

38%

Greens

8.6%

10%

10%

9%

10%

Palmer United Party

5.5%

4%

3%

4%

4%

Other/Independent

6.9%

7%

8%

8%

8%

 

2 Party Preferred

Election

7 Sep 13

 

4 weeks ago 7/10/14

2 weeks ago

21/10/14

Last week

28/10/14

This week

4/11/14

Liberal National

53.5%

48%

47%

47%

48%

Labor

46.5%

52%

53%

53%

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.