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.

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%).

Schools under the Liberal Government

Dec 10, 2013

Q. Which schools do you think will be better off under the Liberal Government’s education plan? 

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other/

indep-endent

All schools will be better off

26%

7%

51%

7%

17%

Only private schools will be better off

26%

43%

11%

30%

28%

Only public schools will be better off

2%

1%

3%

2%

1%

No schools will be better off

22%

33%

6%

49%

26%

Don’t know

25%

16%

28%

12%

28%

26% think that, under a Liberal Government, all schools will be better off. 26% think only private schools will be better off and 22% think no schools will be better off, while only 2% think that only public schools will be better off.

51% of Liberal/National voters think all schools will be better off, 43% of Labor voters think only private schools will be better off and 49% of Greens voters think no schools will be better off.

Party trust to handle education

Dec 10, 2013

Q.  Which party would you trust most to ensure a quality education for all children?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other/

indep-endent

Labor

36%

84%

5%

24%

28%

Liberal

33%

2%

72%

3%

25%

Greens

7%

3%

1%

61%

6%

Don’t know

23%

11%

23%

12%

41%

36% trust the Labor Party most to ensure a quality education for all children and 33% trust the Liberal Party most. When this issue was last measured in November, 34% favoured the Labor Party and 32% the Liberal Party.

Those more likely to trust the Labor Party most were aged 35-54 (42%) and people on low incomes (44% of those earning less than $600 pw).

Those more likely to trust the Liberal Party most were aged 55+ (44%) and people earning more than $1,000 pw (38%).

Party trust to handle issues

Jul 23, 2013

Q.  Which party would you trust most to handle the following issues?

 

Labor

Liberal

Greens

Don’t know

 

Difference 23 Jul 13

Difference 17 Jun 13

Management of the economy

29%

44%

3%

25%

-15

-18

Ensuring a quality education for all children

40%

31%

4%

25%

+9

+1

Ensuring the quality of Australia’s health system

34%

33%

7%

27%

+1

-5

Protecting the environment

19%

21%

39%

21%

+18

+10

A fair industrial relations system

41%

30%

4%

24%

+11

+3

Political leadership

28%

35%

5%

31%

-7

-19

Addressing climate change

20%

23%

30%

27%

+7

-

Controlling interest rates

26%

40%

2%

32%

-14

-17

Australian jobs and protection of local industries

34%

35%

4%

26%

-1

-7

Ensuring a quality water supply

19%

26%

22%

32%

-7

-14

Housing affordability

26%

28%

6%

39%

-2

-12

Ensuring a fair taxation system

31%

33%

5%

31%

-2

-11

Security and the war on terrorism

23%

38%

4%

36%

-15

-18

Treatment of asylum seekers

22%

33%

13%

31%

-11

-22

Managing population growth

20%

33%

8%

39%

-13

-19

Note – Differences are calculated by subtracting Liberal % from Labor % – except for the two issues on which the Greens lead in which case it is Greens minus Liberal.

On most issues, the Labor Party has gained ground on the Liberals since last month just before Kevin Rudd took over the leadership. However, the Liberal Party has maintained strong leads on management of the economy, controlling interest rates, security and the war on terrorism, treatment of asylum seekers and managing population growth.

Labor has now established a significant lead on a fair industrial relations system and ensuring quality education. The largest shifts to Labor were for quality education (+8), industrial relations (+8), political leadership (+12), housing affordability (+10) and treatment of asylum seekers (+11).

Party trust to handle issues

Jun 17, 2013

Q.  Which party would you trust most to handle the following issues?

 

Labor

Liberal

Greens

Don’t know

Difference 17 Jun 13

Difference 11 Feb 13

Difference

19 Nov 12

Difference

18 Jun 12

Management of the economy

28%

46%

2%

24%

-18

-15

-14

-18

Ensuring a quality education for all children

37%

36%

4%

23%

+1

+2

+5

-2

Ensuring the quality of Australia’s health system

32%

37%

6%

26%

-5

-3

-3

-6

Protecting the environment

19%

24%

34%

22%

+10

+18

+16

+17

A fair industrial relations system

37%

34%

5%

24%

+3

+6

+9

+6

Political leadership

23%

42%

5%

30%

-19

-8

-12

-16

Addressing climate change

19%

26%

26%

28%

-

+5

+9

+7

Controlling interest rates

25%

42%

2%

31%

-17

-14

-11

-18

Australian jobs and protection of local industries

30%

37%

4%

29%

-7

-3

-2

-6

Ensuring a quality water supply

19%

33%

18%

31%

-14

-6

-7

-12

Housing affordability

24%

36%

5%

35%

-12

-6

-5

-11

Ensuring a fair taxation system

28%

39%

4%

29%

-11

-6

-9

-10

Security and the war on terrorism

23%

41%

3%

34%

-18

-13

-15

-22

Treatment of asylum seekers

17%

39%

12%

32%

-22

-17

-18

-20

Managing population growth

18%

37%

8%

38%

-19

-12

-15

-19

Note – Differences are calculated by subtracting Liberal % from Labor % – except for the two issues on which the Greens lead in which case it is Greens minus Liberal.

The Liberal Party has maintained strong leads on management of the economy, controlling interest rates, political leadership, security and the war on terrorism, treatment of asylum seekers and managing population growth.

There is little difference between Labor and the Liberals on ensuring a quality education for all children and a fair industrial relations system. Since February, there have been significant shifts to the Liberals on protecting the environment, political leadership, ensuring a quality water supply and managing population growth.

Important election issues

Feb 11, 2013

Q.  Which are the three most important issues in deciding how you would vote at a Federal election?

 

Total

11 Feb 13

19 Nov 12

30 Jul 12

5 Dec 11

6 June 11

25 Jan 10

Management of the economy

62%

66%

64%

62%

61%

63%

Ensuring a quality education for all children

29%

35%

26%

22%

26%

23%

Ensuring the quality of Australia’s health system

52%

57%

47%

47%

49%

48%

Protecting the environment

14%

14%

11%

13%

15%

16%

A fair industrial relations system

12%

8%

12%

11%

8%

na

Political leadership

14%

15%

25%

18%

17%

23%

Addressing climate change

9%

9%

9%

10%

15%

16%

Controlling interest rates

9%

11%

9%

11%

13%

15%

Australian jobs and protection of local industries

40%

32%

41%

36%

32%

33%

Ensuring a quality water supply

4%

5%

3%

4%

5%

12%

Housing affordability

11%

14%

13%

13%

16%

14%

Ensuring a fair taxation system

21%

17%

18%

16%

17%

14%

Security and the war on terrorism

6%

5%

5%

4%

8%

9%

Treatment of asylum seekers

6%

6%

10%

8%

5%

na

Managing population growth

9%

7%

8%

8%

12%

na

*Not asked

62% of people surveyed rated management of the economy as one of their three most important issues, followed by 52% ensuring the quality of Australia’s health system, 40% Australian jobs and protection of local industries and 29% ensuring a quality education for all children.

Since November, there has been an increase in the importance of Australian jobs and protection of local industries (+8%) and a decline in the importance of ensuring a quality education for all children (-6%) and ensuring the quality of Australia’s health system (-5%).

Party trust to handle important election issues

Feb 11, 2013

Q.  Which party would you trust most to handle the following issues?

 

Labor

Liberal

Greens

Don’t know

Diff
11
Feb
13

Diff
19
Nov
12

Diff
18
Jun
12

Management of the economy

31%

46%

3%

21%

-15

-14

-18

Ensuring a quality education for all children

37%

35%

6%

22%

+2

+5

-2

Ensuring the quality of Australia’s health system

33%

36%

6%

25%

-3

-3

-6

Protecting the environment

20%

21%

39%

20%

+18

+16

+17

A fair industrial relations system

39%

33%

4%

23%

+6

+9

+6

Political leadership

29%

37%

6%

29%

-8

-12

-16

Addressing climate change

21%

24%

29%

26%

+5

+9

+7

Controlling interest rates

27%

41%

3%

30%

-14

-11

-18

Protecting Australian jobs and protection of local industries

33%

36%

4%

27%

-3

-2

-6

Ensuring a quality water supply

21%

27%

23%

29%

-6

-7

-12

Housing affordability

27%

33%

5%

35%

-6

-5

-11

Ensuring a fair taxation system

31%

37%

4%

28%

-6

-9

-10

Security and the war on terrorism

25%

38%

4%

33%

-13

-15

-22

Treatment of asylum seekers

20%

37%

14%

30%

-17

-18

-20

Managing population growth

21%

33%

7%

39%

-12

-15

-19

Note – Differences are calculated by subtracting Liberal % from Labor % – except for the two issues on which the Greens lead in which case it is Greens minus Liberal.

Labor has a significant lead over the  Liberal Party only on ensuring a fair industrial relations system. The Liberal Party has maintained strong leads on management of the economy, controlling interest rates, political leadership, security and the war on terrorism, treatment of asylum seekers and managing population growth.

There is little difference between Labor and the Liberals on ensuring a quality education for all children, ensuring the quality of Australia’s health system and protecting Australian jobs and protection of local industries. Since November, there has been very little shift on any issue.

Changes in cost of living

Feb 5, 2013

Q. Compared to two or three years ago is your household paying more or less for the following -

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paying a lot more

 

Paying a lot more

Paying a little more

Paying about the same

Paying a little less

Paying a lot less

Don’t know

Own home outright

Own home with mortgage

Renting

Petrol

50%

33%

11%

2%

1%

4%

44%

49%

55%

Fresh food – fruit, vegetables, meat

36%

43%

16%

4%

*

2%

33%

35%

41%

Packaged food

28%

39%

24%

4%

*

4%

26%

27%

33%

Electricity and gas

70%

22%

4%

1%

1%

2%

69%

73%

71%

Housing – mortgage or rent

24%

22%

29%

10%

3%

12%

10%

21%

40%

Insurance

43%

36%

14%

1%

1%

5%

48%

47%

35%

Water

47%

32%

14%

1%

1%

6%

48%

54%

38%

Clothing

21%

30%

37%

9%

1%

2%

17%

21%

25%

Education

24%

20%

27%

3%

3%

23%

15%

28%

26%

Medical, dental

33%

33%

27%

2%

*

3%

33%

35%

34%

Items which respondents said they were “paying a lot more” for were electricity and gas (70%), petrol (50%), water (47%) and insurance (43%).

Homeowners had similar responses to the total sample, but the main things renters were paying a lot more for were electricity and gas (71%), petrol (55%), fresh food (41%) and housing (40%).

Important election issues

Nov 19, 2012

Q.  Which are the three most important issues in deciding how you would vote at a Federal election?

 

First

Second

Third

Total

19 Nov 12

Total

30 Jul 12

5 Dec 11

6 June 11

25 Jan 10

Management of the economy

47%

11%

9%

66%

64%

62%

61%

63%

Ensuring a quality education for all children

7%

16%

11%

35%

26%

22%

26%

23%

Ensuring the quality of Australia’s health system

15%

22%

20%

57%

47%

47%

49%

48%

Protecting the environment

3%

6%

5%

14%

11%

13%

15%

16%

A fair industrial relations system

2%

3%

3%

8%

12%

11%

8%

na

Political leadership

6%

5%

4%

15%

25%

18%

17%

23%

Addressing climate change

2%

2%

5%

9%

9%

10%

15%

16%

Controlling interest rates

2%

5%

4%

11%

9%

11%

13%

15%

Australian jobs and protection of local industries

8%

11%

13%

32%

41%

36%

32%

33%

Ensuring a quality water supply

1%

2%

2%

5%

3%

4%

5%

12%

Housing affordability

3%

6%

5%

14%

13%

13%

16%

14%

Ensuring a fair taxation system

2%

5%

9%

17%

18%

16%

17%

14%

Security and the war on terrorism

*

1%

3%

5%

5%

4%

8%

9%

Treatment of asylum seekers

1%

1%

3%

6%

10%

8%

5%

na

Managing population growth

1%

2%

4%

7%

8%

8%

12%

na

*Not asked

66% of people surveyed rated management of the economy as one of their three most important issues, followed by 57% ensuring the quality of Australia’s health system, 35% ensuring a quality education for all children and 32% Australian jobs and protection of local industries.

Since July, there has been an increase in the importance of ensuring the quality of Australia’s health system (+10%) and ensuring a quality education for all children (+9%) and a decline in the importance of political leadership (-10%) and Australian jobs and protection of local industries (-9%).

Learning Asian languages

Nov 7, 2012

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of making it a priority for Australian students to learn Asian languages?

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Total approve

50%

57%

46%

64%

Total disapprove

38%

29%

46%

26%

Strongly approve

9%

14%

5%

18%

Approve

41%

43%

41%

46%

Disapprove

22%

18%

25%

10%

Strongly disapprove

16%

11%

21%

16%

Don’t know

13%

15%

8%

10%

50% approve of making it a priority for Australian students to learn Asian languages and 38% disapprove. A majority of Labor voters and Greens voters approve but Liberal/National voters are split with 46% approve and 46% disapprove.

There were no major differences across age groups. 57% of full-time workers approve and 33% dispapprove.

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