Influence of groups on Liberal/National politicians

May 27, 2014

Q. When making decisions about funding and policies, do you think that Liberal/National Coalition politicians listen to the following groups too much, not enough or just the right amount?

 

Too much

Not enough

Just the right amount

Property Developers

53%

18%

30%

Mining Companies

52%

20%

27%

The Media

44%

24%

31%

Celebrities

41%

17%

42%

Religious Organisations

38%

27%

35%

Foreign Leaders

32%

29%

40%

Member based lobby groups (like GetUp!)

26%

39%

35%

Employer Groups

26%

44%

30%

Public Servants

25%

44%

30%

Unions

23%

45%

32%

Environmental Groups

21%

52%

27%

Active citizens on social media

15%

51%

35%

Students

12%

64%

25%

Welfare Groups

10%

66%

24%

Average Citizens

3%

79%

18%

Respondents tended to think that Coalition politicians listen too much to property developers, mining companies, the media, celebrities and religious organisations.

A majority thought they did not listen enough to average citizens, welfare groups, students, active citizens on social media, and environmental groups.

Trust in industries

Jan 21, 2013

Q. How much trust do you have in the following industries to act in the public interest

 

Total a lot/some trust

A lot of trust

Some trust

Not much trust

No trust at all

Don’t know

Agriculture

72%

20%

52%

18%

4%

5%

Tourism

68%

12%

56%

22%

6%

5%

Manufacturing

56%

8%

48%

30%

8%

7%

Construction and development

48%

5%

43%

33%

12%

6%

Retail

47%

3%

44%

38%

12%

3%

Telecommunications

37%

3%

34%

41%

18%

3%

Banking

33%

5%

28%

36%

29%

3%

Mining

32%

3%

29%

35%

25%

8%

Media

30%

2%

28%

40%

27%

2%

Power companies

18%

1%

17%

37%

41%

4%

The industries most trusted to act in the public interest were agriculture (72% some/a lot of trust), tourism (68%) and manufacturing (56%).

The industries least trusted to act in the public interest were power companies (18%), the media (30%), mining (32%) and banking (33%).

The only industry on which there were major differences was mining where 43% of Liberal/National voters had a lot/some trust compared to only 25% of Labor voters and 17% of Greens voters.

What next for public broadcasters in the digital age?

Jul 10, 2012

If SBS and the ABC don’t get a substantial increase in funding, their future is shaky, warns Nadine Flood.



The old media empires are being transformed by a new audience which doesn’t pay for its news. The News Corporation scandal in the UK is turning people away from newspapers. So what are the ramifications for public broadcasting?

CPSU’s Nadine Flood tells 3Q the role of the national broadcasters will be more important than ever. Investigative journalism and public accountability are at risk. But public funding must increase if they are to fulfil their roles and continue to innovate.

Trust in Media

Jun 25, 2012

Q. How much trust do you have in what you read or hear in the following media?

 

Total a lot/some

15 Mar 10

Total a lot /some

25 Jul 11

Total a lot /some

12 Dec 11

 

Total a lot/some

A lot of trust

Some trust

Not much trust

No trust at all

Don’t know

Don’t use

News and opinion in daily newspapers

62%

53%

46%

52%

6%

46%

30%

11%

2%

6%

News and opinion in local newspapers

-

54%

52%

56%

7%

49%

27%

10%

2%

5%

Commercial TV news and current affairs

64%

48%

43%

46%

6%

40%

33%

16%

2%

3%

ABC TV news and current affairs

70%

71%

72%

74%

25%

49%

15%

5%

2%

5%

Commercial radio news and current affairs

54%

46%

45%

45%

5%

40%

32%

14%

3%

7%

ABC radio news and current affairs

62%

67%

67%

69%

23%

46%

14%

6%

3%

8%

Commercial radio talkback programs

38%

33%

33%

33%

5%

28%

32%

21%

3%

11%

ABC radio talkback programs

45%

47%

47%

50%

10%

40%

25%

9%

4%

12%

News and opinion websites

49%

41%

38%

40%

5%

37%

33%

14%

3%

8%

Internet blogs

20%

20%

17%

20%

3%

17%

36%

26%

4%

14%

Overall, trust in media has changed little since this question was asked last year. Trust has stayed much the same or increased slightly for all media measured.

The most trusted media were ABC TV news and current affairs (74% a lot/some trust) and ABC radio news and current affairs (69%).

The least trusted were internet blogs (20%) and commercial radio talkback programs (33%).

Pay to Access News Websites

Jun 25, 2012

Q. Some newspapers in Australia now require readers to take out a subscription to view all their articles online. This means, while some news and opinion articles are free, readers will have to pay to access all content. How likely would you be to pay a subscription to access news websites?

 

Total

7 Nov 11

Total

Aged

18-34

Aged

35-54

Aged 55+

Read The Aust

Read SMH

Read Tele

Read The Age

Read Herald Sun

Read Courier mail

Total likely

9%

13%

22%

11%

6%

25%

28%

18%

22%

10%

18%

Total not likely

88%

82%

71%

85%

93%

72%

69%

79%

76%

88%

81%

Very likely

2%

3%

5%

3%

1%

12%

7%

6%

5%

4%

5%

Somewhat likely

7%

10%

17%

8%

5%

13%

21%

12%

17%

6%

13%

Not very likely

18%

17%

16%

18%

17%

19%

18%

19%

21%

19%

13%

Not at all likely

70%

65%

55%

67%

76%

53%

51%

60%

55%

69%

68%

Don’t know

4%

5%

7%

5%

*

3%

3%

4%

2%

2%

2%

13% of respondents said they would be very or somewhat likely to pay to access news websites – up from 9% recorded in November last year.

Younger respondents were more likely to be willing to pay for access to news websites – 22% of those aged under 35.

Current readers most likely to pay for access were readers of the SMH (28%), The Australian (25%) and The Age (22%).

Only 10% of HeraldSun readers said they would be likely to pay for access.

Impact of Gina Rinehart on Independence of Fairfax Newspapers

Feb 13, 2012

Q. Gina Rinehart (mining company owner and Australia’s wealthiest person) has recently bought a major stake in Fairfax newspapers (publishers of the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age). Do you think this will make Fairfax newspapers reporting of politics and business more balanced and independent, less balanced and independent or will It make no difference?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens NSW Victoria
More balanced and independent 7% 7% 8% 6% 11% 5%
Less balanced and independent 31% 35% 22% 62% 33% 31%
Make no difference 44% 36% 55% 23% 38% 46%
Don’t know 19% 22% 15% 9% 18% 18%

44% think that Gina Rinehart’s purchase of a major stake in Fairfax will make no difference to the balance and independence of the newspapers. 31% think this will make the newspapers less balanced and independent and only 7% think the newspapers will become more balanced and independent.

Greens voters (62%) and respondents aged under 35 (37%) were most likely to think the newspapers will become less balanced and independent and Liberal/National voters least likely (22%).

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Government Control of Media ownership

Feb 13, 2012

Q. Do you think the Government should have more or less control of media ownership in Australia?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens NSW Victoria
Should have more control 24% 29% 17% 38% 28% 22%
Should have less control 24% 17% 30% 30% 23% 29%
Has about the right control now 34% 38% 38% 18% 34% 34%
Don’t know 18% 16% 15% 14% 16% 16%

Respondents were evenly divided over whether the Government should have more or less control of media ownership in Australia. 24% think they should have more control and 24% think they should have less – and 34% think they have about the right control.

Greens voters (38%) and Labor voters (29%) are more likely to think the Government should have more control and 30% of Liberal/National voters think they should have less control.

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The Past Year – The Economy and Industries

Dec 12, 2011

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 Total bad Very good Good Neither good nor bad Bad Very bad Don’t know
The banks 69% 13% 71% 8% 35% 36% 16% 6% 2% 4%
The mining industry 57% 14% 68% 11% 34% 34% 15% 8% 3% 6%
Large companies and corporations 44% 15% 40% 22% 8% 32% 32% 18% 4% 6%
The Australian economy 41% 20% 33% 31% 4% 29% 32% 24% 7% 3%
The media 30% 14% 25% 27% 6% 19% 37% 19% 8% 10%
Farming and agriculture 14% 50% 23% 40% 2% 21% 30% 28% 12% 7%
The environment 14% 37% 20% 33% 3% 17% 41% 24% 9% 6%
Small business 14% 45% 10% 61% 1% 9% 24% 42% 19% 6%

A majority of respondents think it has been a good year for the banks (71%) and the mining industry (68%). They are also more likely to think it has been a good year for large companies and corporations (40% good/22% bad) and the economy (33%/31%). However, they are more likely to think the year has been bad for small business (61%), farming and agriculture (40%) and the environment (33%).

In terms of the economy, Labor voters (50% good/18% bad) and Greens voters (47%/15%) were more likely to think it has been a good year – while 45% of Liberal/National voters considered it poor and 23% good.

Compared to last years’ results, respondents considered 2011 a better year than 2010 for the mining industry (up 11% to 68% good), farming and agriculture (up 9% to 23%) and the environment (up 6% to 20%). Perceptions of the economy dropped from a net +21% to +2%.

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