Most important election issues

Apr 22, 2014

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

 

Total

22 Apr 14

 

Vote ALP

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Grn

Vote other

 

23 Jul 13

30 Jul 12

6 June 11

25 Jan 10

Management of the economy

54%

43%

75%

22%

44%

45%

64%

61%

63%

Ensuring a quality education for all children

27%

35%

18%

38%

20%

25%

26%

26%

23%

Ensuring the quality of Australia’s health system

50%

54%

43%

62%

52%

42%

47%

49%

48%

Protecting the environment

13%

12%

7%

42%

14%

12%

11%

15%

16%

A fair industrial relations system

12%

17%

11%

8%

12%

10%

12%

8%

na

Political leadership

15%

11%

24%

6%

13%

21%

25%

17%

23%

Addressing climate change

10%

13%

4%

28%

9%

11%

9%

15%

16%

Controlling interest rates

9%

9%

11%

2%

7%

13%

9%

13%

15%

Australian jobs and protection of local industries

37%

39%

37%

18%

37%

39%

41%

32%

33%

Ensuring a quality water supply

4%

5%

3%

3%

5%

3%

3%

5%

12%

Housing affordability

17%

18%

16%

13%

19%

17%

13%

16%

14%

Ensuring a fair taxation system

20%

19%

20%

9%

23%

20%

18%

17%

14%

Security and the war on terrorism

5%

3%

8%

3%

5%

8%

5%

8%

9%

Treatment of asylum seekers

8%

5%

5%

32%

9%

14%

10%

5%

na

Managing population growth

9%

6%

10%

8%

16%

9%

8%

12%

na

54% of people surveyed rated management of the economy as one of their three most important issues, followed by 50% ensuring the quality of Australia’s health system, 37% Australian jobs and protection of local industries and 27% ensuring a quality education for all children.

Main changes since this question was asked last July – management of the economy up 9%, ensuring the quality of Australia’s health system up 8%, political leadership down 6% and treatment of asylum seekers down 6%.

Federal politics – voting intention

Oct 29, 2012

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 = 1,792 respondents

First preference/leaning to

Election

21 Aug 10

4 weeks ago

1/10/12

2 weeks ago

15/10/12

Last week

22/10/12

This week

29/10/12

Liberal

44%

44%

44%

44%

National

3%

3%

3%

4%

Total Lib/Nat

43.6%

47%

47%

47%

48%

Labor

38.0%

36%

36%

36%

36%

Greens

11.8%

9%

9%

9%

9%

Other/Independent

6.6%

7%

8%

7%

7%

 

2PP

Election

21 Aug 10

4 weeks ago

2 weeks ago

Last week

This week

Total Lib/Nat

49.9%

53%

53%

53%

54%

Labor

50.1%

47%

47%

47%

46%

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 2010 election. These estimates have a confidence interval of approx. plus or minus 2-3%.

Better Prime Minister

Aug 13, 2012

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

 

5 Jul 2010

14 Mar 2011

14 June

12 Sept

12 Dec

12 Mar 2012

12 Jun

16 Jul

Total 13 Aug

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Julia Gillard

53%

44%

41%

36%

39%

40%

37%

37%

36%

78%

4%

78%

Tony Abbott

26%

33%

36%

40%

35%

37%

37%

38%

38%

8%

77%

4%

Don’t know

21%

23%

24%

24%

26%

23%

26%

26%

26%

13%

18%

18%

36% (down 1%) believe Julia Gillard would make the better Prime Minister and 38% (no change) prefer Tony Abbott.

Men prefer Tony Abbott 42%/33% and women prefer Julia Gillard 39%/35%.

Federal politics – voting intention

May 28, 2012

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 = 1,884 respondents

First preference/leaning to

Election

21 Aug 10

4 weeks ago

30/4/12

2 weeks ago

14/5/12

Last week

21/5/12

This week

28/5/12

Liberal

46%

47%

46%

47%

National

3%

3%

3%

3%

Total Lib/Nat

43.6%

50%

50%

49%

50%

Labor

38.0%

31%

30%

33%

33%

Greens

11.8%

11%

11%

10%

10%

Other/Independent

6.6%

9%

9%

8%

7

 

2PP

Election

21 Aug 10

4 weeks ago

2 weeks ago

Last week

This week

Total Lib/Nat

49.9%

57%

57%

56%

57%

Labor

50.1%

43%

43%

44%

43%

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 2010 election. These estimates have a confidence interval of approx. + or – 2%.

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Next Election

Apr 30, 2012

Q. Do you think the Labor Government should run its full term until 2013 when the next Federal election is due or should a new election be held now?

 

5 Sept 11

5 Dec 11

30 Jan 12

5 Mar 12

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Should run to 2013

40%

47%

48%

46%

48%

87%

21%

74%

Should hold election now

48%

41%

41%

44%

42%

7%

75%

20%

Don’t know

12%

12%

10%

10%

10%

5%

5%

6%

 

48% think the Labor Government should run its full term until the 2013 election and 42% think an election should be held now.

10% don’t know.

Opinions have shifted a little toward having an election now since this question was polled in March 2012.

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Next Election

Mar 5, 2012

Q. Do you think the Labor Government should run its full term until 2013 when the next Federal election is due or should a new election be held now?

 

5 Sept 11

5 Dec 11

30 Jan 12

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Should run to 2013

40%

47%

48%

46%

90%

17%

80%

Should hold election now

48%

41%

41%

44%

7%

77%

12%

Don’t know

12%

12%

10%

10%

4%

5%

8%

46% think the Labor Government should run its full term until the 2013 election and 44% think an election should be held now.

Opinions have shifted a little toward having an election now since this question was polled in January.

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Election of Party Leaders

Mar 5, 2012

Q. Do you think party leaders should be elected mainly based on who voters favour or who the members of Parliament believe is the best person to lead their party?

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

The person the voters favour

56%

52%

62%

40%

The person members of Parliament believe best to lead the party

30%

35%

28%

49%

Don’t know

14%

12%

11%

11%

A majority of 56% think that party leaders should be elected mainly based on who voters favour and 30% think that the leadership should go to the person the members of Parliament believe is to lead their party.

Liberal/National voters are more likely to think the leader should be the person the voters favour (62%) while Greens voters tended to favour the person members of Parliament believe best (49%).

Older voters (aged 55+) were a little more likely to leave the judgment to the Parliamentarians although still prefer the person the voters favour 53% to 39%.

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Preferred System for Electing Party Leaders

Mar 5, 2012

Q. Which of the following do you think would be the best way to elect national party leaders?

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

The Australian system where the leader is elected by the Members of Parliament

36%

45%

36%

45%

The US system where registered voters in primaries elect the party’s candidate for President

31%

25%

36%

23%

The UK system where MPs, party members (and in Labour’s case, union members from affiliated unions) all get to vote for the party leader

11%

10%

8%

15%

Don’t know

23%

19%

19%

17%

36% prefer the Australian system of electing the party leader – 31% prefer the US system and 11% the UK system.

Labor and Greens voters were more likely to prefer the Australian system (45%) and Liberal/National voters the US system (36%).

45% of people aged 55+ and 45% of those on income of $1,600+ pw favoured the Australian system.

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