Approval of military aid to Iraq

Sep 23, 2014

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the Australian Government’s decision to send 600 military personnel plus aircraft to Iraq for military action against the Islamic State (IS)?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Total approve

52%

43%

74%

30%

49%

Total disapprove

34%

42%

19%

59%

39%

Strongly approve

17%

12%

27%

5%

19%

Approve

35%

31%

47%

25%

30%

Disapprove

19%

22%

13%

29%

20%

Strongly disapprove

15%

20%

6%

30%

19%

Don’t know

15%

16%

8%

11%

12%

52% approve of the Australian Government’s decision to send 600 military personnel plus aircraft to Iraq for military action against the Islamic State and 34% disapprove.

A large majority (74%) of Liberal/National voters approve while Labor voters are split 43% approve/42% disapprove.

Men split 60% approve/29% disapprove compared to women 44% approve/39% disapprove.

Main reason for sending military forces to Iraq

Sep 23, 2014

Q. What do you think is the main reason the Australian Government is sending military forces to Iraq?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

To fight against terrorism

36%

31%

52%

15%

31%

To support the USA

29%

30%

26%

36%

29%

To protect the people of Iraq

9%

6%

13%

7%

9%

To distract attention from the government’s problems

9%

16%

1%

15%

14%

To make Australia look important

8%

10%

4%

15%

10%

Don’t know

8%

7%

4%

13%

8%

36% think the main reason the Australian Government is sending military forces to Iraq is to fight against terrorism and 29% think the main reason is to support the USA. Only 9% think it is to protect the people of Iraq.

A majority (52%) of Liberal/National voters think the main reason is to fight against terrorism. 41% of respondents aged 55+ think it is to fight against terrorism compared to 30% of those aged under 35.

Threat of terrorism

Sep 23, 2014

Q. Do you think that sending military forces to Iraq will make Australia more or less safe from the threat of terrorism?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Total more safe

15%

11%

25%

5%

11%

Total less safe

51%

54%

41%

73%

58%

A lot more safe

5%

4%

8%

2%

3%

A little more safe

10%

7%

17%

3%

8%

Make no difference

25%

27%

28%

18%

23%

A little less safe

27%

28%

25%

41%

22%

A lot less safe

24%

26%

16%

32%

36%

Don’t know

9%

7%

6%

3%

8%

Only 15% think that sending military forces to Iraq will make Australia more safe from the threat of terrorism and 51% think it will make Australia less safe.

Those most likely to think it will make Australia less safe from the threat of terrorism were Greens voters (73%), other party voters (58%) and women (57%)

Industrial Relations Laws

Sep 23, 2014

Q. Business groups have said that Australia’s industrial relations laws favour workers and unions and should be changed so that businesses can increase productivity and have more flexibility with their workforce. Do you think Australia’s industrial relations laws favour employers or workers or do they balance the interests of workers and employers?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

 

Full time workers

Part time workers

July 2012

Favour employers

23%

33%

15%

22%

26%

27%

23%

20%

Favour workers

17%

11%

28%

9%

17%

18%

15%

26%

Balance the interests of employers and workers

30%

33%

30%

32%

32%

33%

29%

34%

Don’t know

30%

22%

27%

38%

26%

22%

34%

20%

Respondents were divided over whether Australia’s industrial relations laws favour employers or workers – 23% think they favour employers, 17% favour workers and 30% think they balance the interests of both.

Labor voters are more likely to think they favour employers (33%) while Liberal/National voters are more likely to think they favour workers (28%). Only 11% of Labor voters and 9% of Greens voters think the laws favour workers.

Since this question was asked in July 2012, those thinking industrial relations laws favour workers has dropped from 26% to 17% and those who could not give an opinion has increased from 20% to 30%.

Increasing Productivity

Sep 23, 2014

Q. Which of the following would be the most effective way to increase productivity in Australian workplaces?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

 

Full time workers

Part time workers

July 2012

Invest more in skills and education

29%

35%

26%

40%

22%

28%

29%

35%

More flexibility for businesses in how they employ and manage workers

19%

13%

29%

12%

16%

20%

18%

21%

More input from workers into how businesses are managed

13%

18%

10%

15%

16%

16%

13%

17%

Invest more in technology and innovation

12%

13%

10%

18%

16%

13%

17%

8%

Stop Government assistance to industries so that they are forced to be productive or close

9%

6%

12%

6%

13%

7%

6%

10%

Don’t know

18%

15%

15%

10%

16%

15%

17%

9%

29% think investing more in skills and education is the most effective way to increase productivity, 19% favour more flexibility for businesses in how they employ and manage workers and 13% nominated more input from workers into how businesses are managed.

35% of Labor voters and 40% of Greens voters favour investing in skills and education while 29% of Liberal/National voters favour more flexibility for businesses in how they employ and manage workers.

Main changes since this question was asked in July 2012 are a drop for invest more in skills and education (down 6% to 29%) and an increase in those who could not give an opinion (up 9% to 18%).

Federal politics – voting intention

Sep 16, 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 = 1,736 respondents

First preference/leaning to

Election

7 Sep 13

 

4 weeks ago 19/8/14

2 weeks ago

2/9/14

Last week

9/9/14

This week

16/9/14

Liberal

 

37%

36%

36%

35%

National

3%

4%

3%

3%

Total Liberal/National

45.6%

40%

40%

39%

39%

Labor

33.4%

38%

38%

38%

38%

Greens

8.6%

9%

9%

10%

11%

Palmer United Party

5.5%

6%

5%

4%

4%

Other/Independent

6.9%

7%

8%

9%

9%

 

2 Party Preferred

Election

7 Sep 13

 

4 weeks ago 19/8/14

2 weeks ago

2/9/14

Last week

9/9/14

This week

16/9/14

Liberal National

53.5%

48%

48%

48%

47%

Labor

46.5%

52%

52%

52%

53%

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’s handling of issues

Sep 16, 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

 

Net

Feb 2014

Relations with other countries

39%

24%

+15

12%

27%

28%

12%

12%

9%

-3

Treatment of asylum seekers

33%

36%

-3

15%

18%

20%

12%

24%

11%

+1

Supporting Australian businesses

26%

31%

-5

6%

20%

32%

14%

17%

10%

-7

Managing the economy

30%

36%

-6

9%

21%

25%

16%

20%

9%

+3

Industrial relations

20%

36%

-16

3%

17%

31%

15%

21%

13%

-12

Protecting the environment

21%

39%

-18

4%

17%

30%

16%

23%

10%

-10

Supporting Australian jobs

21%

42%

-21

4%

17%

28%

17%

25%

9%

-19

Education and schools

20%

42%

-22

4%

16%

29%

20%

22%

9%

-7

Social welfare

19%

45%

-26

4%

15%

27%

17%

28%

9%

-12

Health services

19%

46%

-27

4%

15%

27%

22%

24%

8%

-13

Climate change

17%

44%

-27

4%

13%

27%

16%

28%

12%

-15

The Government received negative ratings for all issues except relations with other countries (net +15).

Highest negative ratings were given for climate change (17% good/44% poor), health services (19%/46%), social welfare (19%/45%) and education and schools (20%/42%).

Since this question was asked in February there has been a significant increase for relations with other countries (net score up 18) and decreases for education and schools (down 15), health (down 14), social welfare (down 14) and climate change (down 12).

Buying submarines from Japan

Sep 16, 2014

Q. Do you support or oppose the Government buying submarines from Japan if it is cheaper than building them in Australia? 

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Total support

28%

19%

40%

28%

17%

Total oppose

51%

60%

42%

57%

70%

Strongly support

6%

3%

9%

1%

7%

Support

22%

16%

31%

27%

10%

Oppose

23%

22%

25%

23%

25%

Strongly oppose

28%

38%

17%

34%

45%

Don’t know

22%

20%

17%

15%

12%

28% support the Government buying submarines from Japan if it is cheaper than building them in Australia and 51% oppose.

While most voters are strongly opposed, Liberal/National voters are split (40% support/42% oppose).