Opinion of Qantas

Feb 25, 2014

Q. Compared to 12 months ago, how do you feel about Qantas – more positive, more negative or about the same?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote  other

Fly regularly

Fly once or twice a year

Fly less often

 

Total

29 Apr 13

Total more positive

11%

10%

15%

4%

4%

21%

15%

4%

18%

Total more negative

25%

24%

26%

22%

34%

27%

25%

24%

18%

A lot more positive

4%

3%

5%

1%

2%

7%

6%

1%

5%

A little more positive

7%

7%

10%

3%

2%

14%

9%

3%

13%

About the same

58%

60%

55%

65%

55%

51%

57%

64%

55%

A little more negative

17%

15%

19%

16%

22%

18%

18%

16%

11%

A lot more negative

8%

9%

7%

6%

12%

9%

7%

8%

7%

No opinion

7%

6%

4%

8%

6%

1%

3%

10%

9%

11% say that, compared to 12 months ago, they feel more negative about Qantas, 25% feel more positive and 58% feel about the same. This is a substantial decline for Qantas since this question was asked last April.

Regular flyers are somewhat more positive – 21% feel more positive and 27% more negative.

20% of those aged 18-34 feel more positive and 39% of those aged 55+ feel more negative.

Choice of Airline

Feb 25, 2014

Q. Which of the following best describes your airline preference when booking air travel?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote  other

Fly regularly

Fly once or twice a year

 

Total

29 Apr 13

I usually try to fly Qantas

35%

33%

44%

18%

23%

39%

32%

34%

I usually try to avoid flying Qantas

19%

17%

18%

16%

22%

24%

17%

20%

I don’t care whether I fly Qantas or not

44%

47%

37%

66%

45%

35%

48%

43%

Can’t say

3%

3%

2%

-

10%

2%

3%

3%

Based on respondents who travel by air at least once a year

35% of respondents who travel by air at least once a year said they usually try to fly Qantas, 19% try to avoid flying Qantas and 44% don’t care either way.

39% of regular flyers usually try to fly Qantas.

These figures are very similar to those obtained when this question was asked in April last year.

Government support for Qantas

Feb 25, 2014

Q. Would you approve or disapprove of the Federal Government taking any of the following actions on Qantas?

 

Total approve

Total  disapprove

 

Strongly approve

Approve

Disapprove

Strongly disapprove

Don’t know

Buy a share of Qantas

49%

30%

12%

37%

19%

11%

21%

Guarantee Qantas loans

45%

32%

8%

37%

21%

11%

22%

Nationalise Qantas, i.e. the Government has full ownership and control

36%

42%

11%

25%

24%

18%

22%

Provide direct funding and subsidies

35%

42%

7%

28%

27%

15%

23%

Allow increased foreign ownership of Qantas

31%

52%

6%

25%

25%

27%

16%

Overall, respondents approved the Government buying a share of Qantas (49% approve/30% disapprove) and guaranteeing Qantas loans (45%/32%).

They tended to disapprove of allowing increased foreign ownership (31% approve/52% disapprove), providing direct funding (35%/42%) and nationalising Qantas (36%/42%).

Liberal/National voters were more likely to disapprove of all forms of assistance except allowing increased foreign ownership (40% approve/48% disapprove).

File sharing

Feb 25, 2014

Q. The Government has indicated that it intends to place more pressure in Internet Service Providers to stop file sharing, including potentially cutting off internet connections to their customers who illegally download files. Do you support such measures?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote  other

Aged 18-34

Aged 35-54

Aged 55+

Total support

38%

29%

53%

17%

32%

28%

38%

49%

Total oppose

42%

52%

30%

61%

45%

52%

39%

31%

Strongly support

11%

9%

14%

3%

17%

7%

11%

15%

Support

27%

20%

39%

14%

15%

21%

27%

34%

Oppose

16%

16%

14%

21%

15%

15%

15%

16%

Strongly oppose

26%

36%

16%

40%

30%

37%

24%

15%

Don’t know

21%

19%

18%

23%

23%

20%

24%

19%

42% opposed and 38% supported measures to stop illegal file sharing.

Those more likely to oppose these measures were Greens voters (61%), Labor voters (52%) aged 18-34 (52%) and university educated (46%).

Those more likely to support these measures were Liberal/National voters (53%) and aged 55+ (49%).

Federal politics – voting intention

Feb 18, 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 21/1/14

2 weeks ago

4/2/14

Last week

11/2/14

This week

18/2/14

Liberal

 

40%

40%

40%

38%

National

3%

3%

3%

3%

Total Lib/Nat

45.6%

43%

43%

43%

41%

Labor

33.4%

37%

38%

39%

40%

Greens

8.6%

9%

8%

8%

8%

Palmer United Party

5.5%

4%

3%

3%

4%

Other/Independent

6.9%

7%

7%

7%

8%

 

2 Party Preferred

Election

7 Sep 13

 

4 weeks ago 21/1/14

2 weeks ago

4/2/14

Last week

11/2/14

This week

18/2/14

Liberal National

53.5%

51%

50%

50%

49%

Labor

46.5%

49%

50%

50%

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.

Importance of industries

Feb 18, 2014

Q. How important are the following industries for providing jobs for Australians into the future?

 

Very important

Quite important

Somewhat important

Not very important

Don’t know

 

Very important Feb 2012

Construction

58%

30%

9%

1%

3%

58%

Agriculture

57%

27%

12%

2%

3%

-

Manufacturing

55%

26%

12%

4%

3%

55%

Tourism

53%

31%

11%

3%

2%

53%

Mining

52%

29%

13%

4%

2%

64%

Retail

46%

35%

14%

2%

2%

47%

Hospitality

45%

37%

14%

2%

2%

46%

Finance

40%

34%

19%

3%

4%

39%

Telecommunications

37%

37%

19%

4%

3%

39%

Respondents regard the construction (58%), agriculture (57%) and manufacturing (55%) industries to be the most important for providing jobs for Australians in the future. These were followed closely by the tourism (53%) and mining (52%) industries.

Since this question was last asked in February 2012, those think mining is very important for future jobs has dropped from 64% to 52%.

Government action on car industry

Feb 18, 2014

Q. Do you think the Federal Government did enough or did not do enough to keep the car manufacturing industry in Australia?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Did enough

36%

19%

63%

22%

36%

Did not do enough

46%

68%

22%

55%

54%

Don’t know

17%

13%

15%

23%

10%

46% think that the Government did not do enough to keep the car manufacturing industry in Australia and 36% think they did enough. 63% of Liberal/National voters think they did enough and 68% of Labor voters think they did not do enough.

Those most likely to think the Government did enough were men (41%), aged 55+ (50%) and those with university education (41%).

Those most likely to think the Government did not do enough were aged 18-34 (52%).

Job security

Feb 18, 2014

Q. How concerned are you that you or some member of your immediate family will lose their job in the next year or so: very concerned, somewhat concerned, or not at all concerned? 

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

 

Aug 2012

Total concerned

55%

62%

48%

54%

56%

47%

Very concerned

22%

28%

14%

22%

23%

13%

Somewhat concerned

33%

34%

34%

32%

33%

34%

Not at all concerned

31%

26%

40%

43%

29%

37%

Don’t know

6%

6%

4%

2%

9%

8%

No employees in the immediate family

8%

6%

8%

2%

9%

7%

Concern over job security has increased substantially since the last time the question was polled, increasing 8 points from 47% in August 2012 to 55% (total concerned).

Labor voters are the most likely to be concerned that they or a member of their immediately family will lose their job in the next year or so (62% total concerned), whereas Liberal/National voters (48%) are less likely to be concerned.

Those most likely to be concerned were Victorians (61%) and part-time workers (63%).

Approval of GM crops

Feb 18, 2014

 Q. Do you approve or disapprove of permitting genetically modified crops to be grown in Australia?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Total approve

32%

33%

31%

23%

32%

Total disapprove

50%

47%

51%

62%

59%

Strongly approve

6%

7%

7%

3%

7%

Approve

24%

26%

24%

20%

25%

Disapprove

26%

25%

28%

23%

27%

Strongly disapprove

24%

22%

23%

39%

32%

Don’t know

19%

20%

18%

14%

8%

32% approve permitting genetically modified crops to be grown in Australia and 50% disapprove.

Those most likely to disapprove were women (57%) and aged 45-64 (57%).

Approval of port expansion in Great Barrier Reef

Feb 18, 2014

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the decision to allow expansion of the Abbot Point coal port in the Great Barrier Reef?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Total approve

17%

14%

20%

4%

22%

Total disapprove

66%

72%

59%

85%

64%

Strongly approve

4%

3%

5%

-

4%

Approve

13%

11%

15%

4%

18%

Disapprove

25%

23%

31%

14%

20%

Strongly disapprove

41%

49%

28%

71%

44%

Don’t know

18%

14%

21%

11%

14%

17% approve of the decision to allow expansion of the Abbot Point coal port in the Great Barrier Reef and 66% disapprove.

74% of women disapproved compared to 57% of men.

In Queensland, 24% approve and 57% disapprove.

Government access to phone and Internet records

Feb 18, 2014

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the Australian Government being able to access your phone and internet records without a warrant?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Total approve

16%

10%

24%

11%

19%

Total disapprove

80%

88%

71%

85%

80%

Strongly approve

4%

1%

6%

3%

5%

Approve

12%

9%

18%

8%

14%

Disapprove

24%

22%

28%

24%

20%

Strongly disapprove

56%

66%

43%

61%

60%

Don’t know

4%

3%

6%

3%

1%

80% disapprove of the Australian Government being able to access their phone and internet records without a warrant and 16% approve.

Disapproval was over 70% for all demographic groups.