Same party in Government at State and Federal levels

Mar 18, 2014

Q. Do you think it is better to have the same party in Government at both State and Federal levels or do you think it is better to have different parties in Government at State and Federal levels?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

 

Total

Nov 13

Same party in Government

26%

26%

38%

10%

11%

26%

Different parties in Government

24%

27%

17%

41%

37%

22%

Makes no difference

36%

36%

34%

33%

40%

40%

Don’t know

13%

11%

11%

15%

12%

12%

36% think it doesn’t make any difference whether the parties in Government at State and Federal levels are different or the same. 26% think it is better if they are the same and 24% think it would be better if they were different. These figures have changed little since this question was asked in November.

Labor voters were a little more likely to favour different parties while Liberal/National voters were more likely to favour having the same party in power at both levels.

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).

Welfare payments

Jan 28, 2014

Q. Overall, do you think the Federal Government spends too much, not enough or about the right amount on welfare payments – such as age pensions, disability support pensions, unemployment benefits, parenting payments?

 

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Too much

24%

12%

36%

18%

25%

Not enough

41%

56%

27%

47%

40%

About right

27%

27%

29%

29%

27%

Don’t know

9%

5%

9%

7%

8%

41% think the Government does not spend enough on welfare payments, 27% think spending is about right and 24% think it spends too much.

Those most likely to think it spends too much were Liberal/National voters (36%), full-time workers (33%) and those on income over $1,600pw (34%).

Those most likely to think it doesn’t spend enough were Labor voters (56%) and those on incomes under $600pw (64%).

Responsibility for gas/electricity prices

Dec 10, 2012

Q. Who do you think is mainly responsible for electricity and gas prices?

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

The Federal Government

27%

17%

40%

15%

The State Government

16%

18%

14%

18%

The power companies

45%

54%

37%

56%

Don’t know

13%

11%

9%

11%

45% believe that power companies are mainly responsible for electricity and gas prices, 27% think the Federal Government is mainly responsible and 16% State Governments.

40% of Liberal/National voters think the Federal Government is mainly responsible. Answers were similar across the major states – NSW, Victoria, Queensland.

Responsibility for Power Prices

Aug 20, 2012

Q. Who do you think is mainly responsible for electricity and gas prices?

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Increased a lot

Increased a moderate amount

Increased a little

Stayed the same or decreased

The Federal Government

28%

16%

40%

18%

40%

22%

19%

22%

The State Government

23%

27%

21%

28%

23%

28%

21%

18%

The power companies

37%

50%

28%

42%

32%

42%

44%

38%

Don’t know

12%

7%

10%

12%

6%

9%

17%

21%

37% think the power companies are mainly responsible for electricity and gas prices, 28% think the Federal Government is mainly responsible and 23% think the State Governments are mainly responsible.

Those who think power prices have increased a lot are more likely to think the Federal Government is mainly responsible (40%), while those who think prices have increased a moderate amount, a little or not at all think the power companies are mainly responsible.

50% of Labor voters think the power companies are mainly responsible and 40% of Liberal/National voters think the Federal Government is mainly responsible.

Approval of Accepting all Recommendations

Aug 20, 2012

Q. The Federal Government and the Opposition have agreed to implement all of these recommendations. Do you approve or disapprove of implementing all the recommendations of the panel?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Total approve

62%

65%

70%

34%

Total disapprove

21%

22%

16%

56%

Strongly approve

17%

17%

22%

3%

Approve

45%

48%

48%

31%

Disapprove

16%

19%

12%

33%

Strongly disapprove

5%

3%

4%

23%

Don’t know

16%

13%

13%

10%

62% approved of implementing all of the panel’s recommendations – 65% of Labor voters, 70% of Liberal/National voters but only 34% of Greens voters.

Those most likely to approve were men (68%), aged 55+ (75%) and those on incomes under $600pw (70%).

Correction: We have been advised that the Coalition has not formally responded to each the recommendations of the Houston Panel. Our question was framed soon after the release of the expert panel’s report when it appeared that the Coalition would accept the panel’s recommendations. Therefore, the responses to this question may not accurately represent public opinion.

Approval of Overseas Workers

Jun 12, 2012

Q. The Federal Government recently gave approval to Gina Rinehart’s mining company to bring in 1,700 overseas workers. Do you approve or disapprove of overseas workers being brought in to work in Australia’s mining industry?

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Total approve

16%

20%

19%

10%

Total disapprove

60%

55%

61%

58%

Strongly approve

3%

3%

3%

5%

Approve

13%

17%

16%

5%

Neither approve nor disapprove

20%

23%

18%

30%

Disapprove

25%

27%

25%

30%

Strongly disapprove

35%

28%

36%

28%

Don’t know

5%

3%

2%

2%

 16% approve of the Government’s approval for Gina Rinehart’s mining company to bring in 1,700 overseas workers and 60% disapprove.

A majority of all voter groups disapproved.

Highest approval came from men (20%), full-time workers (20%) and respondents aged 65+ (21%).

 

Government Responsibilities

Apr 16, 2012

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

Constructing new roads and highways

20%

27%

49%

4%

Investing in public transport

9%

57%

31%

3%

Improving the health system

46%

8%

42%

3%

Improving the education system

40%

12%

44%

4%

Managing mining projects and mining profits

45%

17%

30%

7%

Investing in regional areas

15%

41%

40%

4%

Managing the environment

35%

9%

52%

4%

Managing our water resources

26%

21%

49%

4%

Addressing climate change

42%

3%

47%

8%

Industrial relations issues

37%

15%

42%

5%

 

Issues which were considered mainly Federal responsibilities were the health system, mining projects/profits, 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.

Size of Government

Apr 2, 2012

Q.  Overall, do you think Government in Australia is too large and tries to do too much?

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Government is too large

44%

32%

55%

32%

Government is not too large

28%

44%

20%

31%

Don’t know

28%

24%

25%

37%

44% think that Government in Australia is too large and tries to do too much and 28% think it is not too large.

Those most likely to think Government is too large were men (55%), aged 55+ (58%), and Liberal/National voters (55%).

Those most likely to think Government is not too large were aged under 35 (36%) and Labor voters (44%).

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Type of Government

Apr 2, 2012

Q. Which of the following statements is closest to your view?

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

An active Government is necessary to provide important public services, and to protect ordinary Australians from unfair policies and practices on the part of large financial and/or industrial groups.

67%

82%

59%

82%

We don’t need big government and extensive regulation of business and finance to take care of these matters:  the market itself can deal with many of these issues on their own.

20%

10%

28%

11%

Don’t know

13%

8%

13%

8%

67% agree more that an active Government is necessary and 20% agree more with the view that the market can deal with many issues.

Strongest support for an active Government came from Labor and Greens voters (82%), women (70%) and aged under 25 (77%).

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Approval of Bob Carr

Mar 12, 2012

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of former NSW Premier Bob Carr going into the Senate and taking up the position of Foreign Minister?

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Total approve

37%

60%

23%

39%

Total disapprove

36%

15%

54%

17%

Strongly approve

7%

17%

2%

7%

Approve

30%

43%

21%

32%

Disapprove

19%

10%

27%

11%

Strongly disapprove

17%

5%

27%

6%

Don’t know

27%

25%

22%

45%

Opinions of the former NSW Premier Bob Carr going into the Senate and taking up the position of Foreign Minister were split – 37% approved and 36% disapproved.

60% of Labor voters approved and 54% of Liberal/National voters disapproved.

Respondents from New South Wales were a little more positive – 43% approve and 37% disapprove.

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