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%).

Party trust to handle issues

Sep 2, 2013

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

 

Labor

Liberal

Greens

Don’t know

 

Difference 2 Sep 13

Difference 23 Jul 13

Management of the economy

32%

47%

4%

18%

-15

-15

Ensuring a quality education for all children

42%

32%

8%

19%

+10

+9

Ensuring the quality of Australia’s health system

37%

34%

8%

21%

+3

+1

Protecting the environment

19%

21%

43%

17%

+22

+18

A fair industrial relations system

41%

31%

7%

21%

+10

+11

Political leadership

31%

40%

6%

23%

-9

-7

Addressing climate change

24%

23%

32%

21%

+9

+7

Controlling interest rates

29%

41%

4%

26%

-12

-14

Australian jobs and protection of local industries

38%

36%

5%

21%

-2

-1

Ensuring a quality water supply

22%

30%

22%

26%

-8

-7

Housing affordability

30%

32%

7%

31%

-2

-2

Ensuring a fair taxation system

32%

37%

6%

26%

-5

-2

Security and the war on terrorism

27%

38%

5%

30%

-11

-15

Treatment of asylum seekers

23%

36%

16%

26%

-13

-11

Managing population growth

24%

33%

9%

34%

-9

-13

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 Labor Party is trusted more to handle a quality education for all children (+10) and a fair industrial relations system (+10).

The Liberal Party is trusted more to handle management of the economy (-15), treatment of asylum seekers (-13), controlling interest rates (-12) and security and the war on terrorism (-11).

There have been no major changes since this question was last asked in July.

Where Government should reduce spending

Aug 13, 2013

If “Reduce spending” or “both” -

Q. In which of the following areas should the Government reduce spending?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Foreign aid

76%

72%

82%

43%

The arts

70%

65%

76%

29%

Subsidies for business

59%

65%

57%

58%

Private schools

59%

63%

56%

38%

Welfare support

43%

33%

53%

17%

The environment

36%

22%

49%

12%

Defence

34%

36%

30%

68%

Support for manufacturing industries

32%

31%

34%

37%

Border security

18%

18%

17%

43%

Universities

18%

12%

25%

9%

Public transport

14%

11%

18%

14%

Roads

12%

10%

11%

33%

Public schools

9%

7%

12%

12%

Pensions

9%

6%

11%

15%

Health and hospitals

5%

6%

5%

9%

Of those who think spending should be reduced, 76% think spending on foreign aid should be reduced, 70% the arts, 59% subsidies for business and 59% private schools.

The areas least likely to be nominated for spending cuts were health and hospitals, pensions and public schools.

Party leader trust most on issues

Aug 5, 2013

Q.  Which party leader – Kevin Rudd or Tony Abbott – would you trust most to handle the following issues?

 

Kevin Rudd

Tony Abbott

No difference

Don’t know

Net difference

Difference for parties

23 Jul 13

Management of the economy

32%

35%

21%

11%

-3

-15

Ensuring a quality education for all children

41%

25%

24%

10%

+16

+9

Ensuring the quality of Australia’s health system

37%

27%

25%

11%

+10

+1

Protecting the environment

33%

22%

31%

14%

+11

na

A fair industrial relations system

41%

28%

19%

12%

+13

+11

Political leadership

37%

32%

22%

9%

+5

-7

Addressing climate change

35%

21%

31%

13%

+14

na

Controlling interest rates

24%

32%

32%

12%

-8

-14

Australian jobs and protection of local industries

32%

30%

25%

13%

+2

-1

Ensuring a quality water supply

26%

23%

36%

15%

+3

-7

Housing affordability

26%

25%

34%

15%

+1

-2

Ensuring a fair taxation system

31%

32%

26%

11%

-1

-2

Security and the war on terrorism

25%

29%

33%

13%

-4

-15

Treatment of asylum seekers

26%

31%

32%

11%

-5

-11

Managing population growth

21%

28%

37%

15%

-7

-13

Substantially more respondents said they would trust Kevin Rudd more than Tony Abbott to handle a quality education for all children, a fair industrial relations system, addressing climate change, protecting the environment and ensuring the quality of Australia’s health system. Tony Abbott is more trusted to control interest rates and manage population growth.

When compared with a similar question about trust in the parties asked last month, Kevin Rudd rates considerably better that the Labor Party on management of the economy, political leadership and security and the war on terrorism.

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.

Expectations of a Liberal/National Government

Feb 25, 2013

Q. If the Labor Party lost the next election, do you think the following would be better or worse under a Liberal/National Government led by Tony Abbott?

 

A lot better

A little better

Stay much the same

A little worse

A lot worse

Don’t use

NET (Better-Worse)

Political leadership

16%

19%

27%

10%

24%

4%

+1

Trust in Government

13%

19%

29%

12%

22%

4%

-2

Unemployment

7%

18%

39%

13%

19%

5%

-7

The economy overall

16%

22%

31%

12%

16%

4%

+10

The cost of living

6%

19%

36%

14%

21%

4%

-10

Interest rates

5%

13%

48%

14%

16%

5%

-12

Health services

6%

19%

36%

16%

20%

4%

-11

Job security

7%

17%

36%

14%

22%

4%

-12

Workers rights and conditions

5%

13%

37%

15%

25%

5%

-22

Company profits

13%

28%

37%

6%

10%

6%

+25

The environment

5%

13%

47%

11%

21%

4%

-14

Job creation

8%

20%

39%

13%

16%

4%

-1

Public services

6%

15%

42%

13%

20%

4%

-12

Benefits for people on Government support – such as pensioners and the unemployed

5%

13%

39%

16%

23%

5%

-21

Your personal financial situation

6%

16%

42%

15%

16%

4%

-9

Under a Liberal Government, respondents though that the economy overall (+10) and company profits (+25) would be better.

However they were more likely to think that workers rights and conditions (-22), benefits for people on Government support  (-21), the environment (-14), interest rates (-12), job security (-12), public services, health services (-11) and the cost of living (-10) would all be worse. 22% think their own financial situation will be better, 31% think it will be worse and 42% much the same.

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%).

The past year – the economy and industries

Dec 17, 2012

Q. Thinking about the last 12 months, has it been a good or bad year for each of the following?

 

Total good

(Dec 10

Total bad

(Dec 10)

Total good

(Dec 11)

Total bad (Dec 11)

Total good

(Dec 12)

Total bad

(Dec 12)

Very good

Good

Neither good nor
bad

Bad

Very bad

Don’t know

The banks

69%

13%

71%

8%

68%

11%

30%

38%

17%

8%

3%

5%

The mining industry

57%

14%

68%

11%

53%

19%

17%

36%

22%

15%

4%

6%

Large companies and corporations

44%

15%

40%

22%

32%

31%

5%

27%

32%

25%

6%

6%

The Australian economy

41%

20%

33%

31%

29%

37%

4%

25%

32%

28%

9%

3%

You and your family

na

na

na

na

29%

36%

6%

23%

34%

25%

11%

2%

The media

30%

14%

25%

27%

21%

40%

5%

16%

33%

29%

11%

6%

Farming and agriculture

14%

50%

23%

40%

20%

40%

2%

18%

33%

28%

12%

7%

Trade unions

na

na

na

na

18%

30%

4%

14%

37%

22%

8%

15%

The environment

14%

37%

20%

33%

18%

37%

3%

15%

40%

26%

11%

6%

The average Australian

na

na

na

na

17%

45%

2%

15%

36%

34%

11%

3%

Small business

14%

45%

10%

61%

10%

62%

1%

9%

24%

39%

23%

5%

Australian politics in general

na

na

na

na

9%

61%

2%

7%

26%

29%

32%

4%

A majority of respondents think it has been a good year for the banks (68%) and the mining industry (53%). They are split over whether it has been a good year for large companies and corporations (32% good/31% bad). However, they are much more likely to think the year has been bad for small business (62%), Australian politics in general (61%), the average Australian (45%), farming and agriculture (40%) and the media (40%).

Compared to last year’s results, respondents considered 2012 a worse year than 2011 for the mining industry (“good” down 15% to 53%), large companies and corporations (“good” down 8% to 32%) and the media (“bad” up 13% to 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%).

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