Government decisions

Oct 7, 2014

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the following decisions the Federal Government has made over the last 12 months?

 

Total approve

Total dis-approve

Net

 

Strongly approve

Approve

Dis-approve

Strongly dis-approve

No opinion

Turning back asylum seeker boats

61%

30%

+31

37%

24%

15%

15%

10%

Freezing foreign aid at current levels

58%

27%

+31

25%

33%

14%

13%

15%

Dumping the carbon tax

53%

34%

+19

24%

29%

14%

20%

12%

Sending military aid to Iraq

44%

43%

+1

12%

32%

20%

23%

13%

Dumping the mining tax

41%

42%

-1

15%

26%

19%

23%

18%

A six-month wait for under-30’s before they can receive unemployment benefits

38%

52%

-14

16%

22%

21%

31%

10%

Cutting public sector jobs

34%

52%

-18

10%

24%

28%

24%

14%

Cutting $120 million in future funding to the ABC

25%

58%

-33

11%

14%

28%

30%

17%

Increasing the pension age

28%

63%

-35

9%

19%

28%

35%

9%

$7 co-payment for visits to the doctor

27%

66%

-39

7%

20%

22%

44%

8%

Deregulating university fees

22%

63%

-41

6%

16%

23%

40%

14%

Cutting $20 billion from future hospital funding to the states

12%

81%

-69

4%

8%

27%

54%

8%

The most approved Government decisions were turning back asylum seeker boats (61% approve), freezing foreign aid (58%) and dumping the carbon tax (53%). The most disapproved decisions were cutting $20 billion from hospital funding (81% disapprove), $7 co-payment for doctor visits (66%), deregulating university fees (63%) and increasing the pension age (63%).

Sending military aid to Iraq was approved by men (51% approve/39% disapprove) but disapproved by women (37% approve/47% disapprove).

The $7 co-payment was disapproved by 72% of those aged 45-64 and 71% of those earning less than $1,000 pw.

Deregulating university fees was disapproved by 77% of those aged 18-24.

Reason for cutting funding to ABC

Apr 22, 2014

Q. If the Federal Government cut funding to the ABC do you think it would be because:

 

Total

 

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

The Government needs to reduce overall spending

45%

36%

64%

25%

39%

The Government doesn’t like the ABC’s news coverage

28%

38%

6%

65%

36%

The ABC has more than enough funding to do its job efficiently

10%

6%

17%

1%

7%

Don’t know

18%

20%

13%

9%

18%

45% think that funding cuts to the ABC would be made because the Government needs to reduce overall spending and 28% think it would be because the Government doesn’t like the ABC’s news coverage.

Those more likely to think it would be because the Government doesn’t like the ABC’s news coverage were Greens voters (65%), Labor voters (38%), income less than $600pw (38%) and university educated (34%).

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.

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