Search results for "trade"
Jan 31, 2017
Essential Research

Free Trade Agreements generally

Q. Generally, do you think making Free Trade Agreements with other countries is good for Australia or bad for Australia? 

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other   Apr 2014
Total good 47%   46% 61% 39% 36%   49%
Total bad 15%   15% 10% 24% 27%   11%
Very good 10%   10% 12% 7% 8%   13%
Good 37%   36% 49% 32% 28%   36%
Neither good nor bad 21%   23% 17% 17% 22%   18%
Bad 11%   10% 8% 18% 18%   7%
Very bad 4%   5% 2% 6% 9%   4%
Don’t know 17%   16% 12% 21% 15%   22%

47% think that free trade agreements are generally good for Australia and 15% think they are bad. 21% think they are neither and 17% could not give an opinion. These results are similar to those when this question was last asked in April 2014.

Those most likely to think they were good were Liberal/National voters (61%), full-time workers (52%), incomes over $2,000 pw (55%) and those with university education (54%).

Jan 31, 2017
Essential Research

Groups that benefit from free trade agreements

Q. How much do you think the following benefit from Free Trade agreements with other countries? 

  Total some/a lot   A lot of benefit Some benefit Little benefit No benefit Don’t know   Nov 2014 some/a lot
The Australian Government 59%   20% 39% 14% 5% 22%   52%
Australian businesses overall 59%   19% 40% 14% 5% 22%   44%
Mining companies 58%   26% 32% 12% 6% 24%   48%
The Australian economy in general 51%   13% 38% 20% 7% 21%   37%
Manufacturing firms 50%   16% 34% 18% 10% 23%   34%
Tourism operators 48%   17% 31% 19% 9% 25%   41%
Farmers 45%   16% 29% 19% 13% 22%   37%
Working people 41%   11% 30% 22% 16% 22%   25%

A majority think that there are some or a lot of benefit from free trade for the Australian Government (59%), businesses overall (59%), mining companies (58%), the Australian economy in general (51%) and manufacturing companies (50%).

There was least benefit for working people (41% benefit/38% little or no benefit).

There have been substantial increases in perceptions of benefit from free trade for all groups since this question was asked in November 2014.

Aug 9, 2016
Essential Research

Jobs and trade

Q. Overall, would you say Australian trade with other countries creates more jobs for Australia, loses more jobs for Australia or has no effect on Australian jobs?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other
Creates jobs 28%   28% 36% 32% 12%
Loses jobs 40%   47% 32% 28% 58%
No effect 10%   5% 12% 11% 12%
Don’t know 23%   20% 20% 28% 18%

40% think that trade with other countries loses more jobs for Australia and 28% think it gains more jobs.

Those most likely to think trade creates more Australian jobs were Liberal/National voters (36%), incomes over $2,000 pw (36%) and university educated (36%),

Those who think Australia loses more jobs from trade were more likely to be aged 55+ (47%), Labor voters (47%) and other party and independent voters (58%).

Oct 27, 2015
Essential Research

Royal Commission into trade unions

Q. Do you think the Royal Commission into Trade Unions is a legitimate investigation into union practices or is it a political attack on unions and the Labor Party?

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Aug 2015

A political attack on Labor and the unions

27%

48%

12%

41%

29%

27%

A legitimate investigation of union practices

42%

22%

69%

27%

41%

39%

Don’t know

31%

31%

19%

31%

30%

34%

42% think the that the Trade Union Royal Commission is a legitimate investigation of union practices and 27% think that it is a political attack on Labor and the unions. 31% did not know. These results are similar to those from August.

Views were related to voting intention – 69% of Liberal/National voters think it is a legitimate investigation of union practices while 48 % of Labor voters think it is a political attack on Labor and the unions.

45% of full-time workers and 37% of part-time workers think it is a legitimate investigation of union practices.

Sep 15, 2015
Essential Research

China Fair Trade

Q. Australia and China are currently negotiating a Free Trade Agreement. Australian unions say the Free Trade Agreement fails to protect Australian workers because there is no requirement for Chinese companies to test the Australian labour market before they bring in foreign workers. The federal government says there are adequate protections in the Free Trade Agreement and that no investment will be allowed without Australian workers being offered jobs first. Whose opinion aligns most closely with your own?

 

  Total

 

  Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other
The unions, who say the Free Trade Agreement fails to protect Australian workers 38% 53% 21% 54% 53%
The federal government, who say there are adequate protections in the Free Trade Agreement 20% 11% 39% 6% 14%
Don’t know enough to say 41% 36% 40% 40% 33%

 

The largest proportion of Australians (41%) don’t know enough about the Free Trade Agreement to answer the question.

For those that could answer, 38% were more inclined to agree with the unions, while just 20% agree with the Federal government.

Labor (53%) and Greens (54%) were more inclined to agree with the unions, while Coalition voters were more likely to agree with the Federal government (39%). However, the largest proportion of Coalition voters (40%) don’t know enough to say.

Aug 25, 2015
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Royal Commission into trade unions

Q. Do you think the Royal Commission into Trade Unions is a legitimate investigation into union practices or is it a political attack on unions and the Labor Party?

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

A political attack on Labor and the unions

27%

52%

6%

42%

25%

A legitimate investigation of union practices

39%

17%

70%

14%

41%

Don’t know

34%

31%

24%

44%

34%

39% think the that the Trade Union Royal Commission is a legitimate investigation of union practices and 27% think that it is a political attack on Labor and the unions. 34% did not know.

Views were related to voting intention – 70% of Liberal/National voters think it is a legitimate investigation of union practices while 52% of Labor voters think it is a political attack on Labor and the unions.

40% of full-time workers and 35% of part-time workers think it is a legitimate investigation of union practices.

Jul 21, 2015
Essential Research

Trade with Indonesia

Q. It was recently announced that Australia’s live export trade to Indonesia has fallen substantially. Do you think this is likely to be a result of the Australian Government’s relationship with Indonesia or is it more likely to be due to other factors?

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote Other

A result of Australia’s relationship with Indonesia

40%

50%

30%

49%

48%

Due to other factors

32%

24%

45%

28%

26%

Don’t know

28%

26%

25%

23%

27%

40% think that the fall in Australia’s live export trade to Indonesia is a result of Australia’s relationship with Indonesia and 32% think it is due to other factors.

Liberal/National voters are more likely to think it is dues to other factors (45%) rather than our relationship with Indonesia (30%).

Nov 25, 2014
Essential Research

Free trade agreement with China

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of Australia signing a Free Trade Agreement with China? 

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote Other

 

18 Nov

Total approve

51%

44%

69%

37%

46%

44%

Total disapprove

20%

27%

12%

37%

29%

18%

Strongly approve

11%

8%

16%

11%

9%

10%

Approve

40%

36%

53%

26%

37%

34%

Disapprove

14%

19%

9%

26%

18%

12%

Strongly disapprove

6%

8%

3%

11%

11%

6%

Don’t know

29%

29%

19%

26%

26%

39%

51% approve of Australia signing a Free Trade Agreement with China and 20% disapprove. 29% could not give an opinion. This is an improvement in approval (up 7%) since the official announcement of the agreement was made last week.

Those most likely to approve were Liberal/National voters (69%), aged 55+ (61%) and men (61%).

Those most likely to disapprove were Greens (37%) and other voters (29%).

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