Federal politics – voting intention

Feb 6, 2012

Q. If a Federal Election was held today to which party will you probably give your first preference vote? If not sure, which party are you currently leaning toward?

Q. If don’t know -Well which party are you currently leaning to?

Sample size = 1,905 respondents

First preference/leaning to Election

21 Aug 10

2 weeks ago Last week

This week
Liberal 45% 44% 44%
National 3% 3% 3%
Total Lib/Nat 43.6% 48% 47% 47%
Labor 38.0% 35% 34% 33%
Greens 11.8% 10% 10% 11%
Other/Independent 6.6% 7% 8% 9%
2PP Election

21 Aug 10

2 weeks ago Last week This week
Total Lib/Nat 49.9% 54% 54% 54%
Labor 50.1% 46% 46% 46%

NB.  The data in the above tables comprise 2-week averages derived from the first preference/leaning to voting questions.  Respondents who select ‘don’t know’ are not included in the results.  The two-party preferred estimate is calculated by distributing the votes of the other parties according to their preferences at the 2010 election. Comments »

Better or Worse for Aboriginal People – Tent Embassy

Feb 6, 2012

Q. Since the aboriginal tent embassy was established near Parliament House 40 years ago, have things got better or worse for Aboriginal people in Australia or have things stayed much the same?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Total better 53% 59% 53% 60%
Total worse/same 31% 28% 33% 30%
A lot better 25% 29% 28% 9%
A little better 28% 30% 25% 51%
A little worse 5% 4% 5% 12%
A lot worse 3% 3% 4% 2%
Stayed much the same 23% 21% 24% 16%
Don’t know 17% 13% 15% 9%

25% think that since the Aboriginal tent embassy was established near Parliament House 40 years ago, things got a lot better for Aboriginal people in Australia, 28% think things have got a little better and 31% worse or stayed the same

Greens voters are more likely to think things have only got a little better (51%). Older respondents were more likely to think things were the same or had got worse (40% of aged 55+).

Better or Worse for Aboriginal People – last 40 years

Feb 6, 2012

Q. And thinking about the last 40 years, do you think Australia’s Aboriginal people are now better off or worse off in terms of the following?

Total better Total worse

/same

A lot better A little better About the same A little worse A lot worse Don’t know
Health 69% 26% 29% 40% 19% 4% 3% 5%
Access to education 77% 19% 42% 35% 14% 3% 2% 5%
Access to jobs 69% 26% 31% 38% 20% 3% 3% 6%
Respect for Aboriginal culture 66% 29% 30% 36% 20% 5% 4% 6%
Control of traditional lands (land rights) 63% 29% 31% 32% 21% 5% 3% 8%
Discrimination against Aboriginal people 56% 37% 23% 33% 28% 5% 4% 6%

A majority believe that Australia’s Aboriginal people are now better off or worse off on all issues measured.

Access to education was most likely to be considered better – 42% think it is a lot better and 35% a little better.

Discrimination against Aboriginal people was the issue least likely to have improved for Aboriginal people – 56% think it is better and 37% worse or the same. Comments »

Problems for Aboriginal People

Feb 6, 2012

Q. Are each of the following issues a larger problem or a smaller problem for Aboriginal people than they are for other Australians?

Total bigger problem for Aboriginal people A much bigger problem A little bigger problem A similar problem A little smaller problem A much smaller problem Don’t know
Alcohol abuse 74% 51% 23% 17% 2% 2% 6%
Health issues 65% 37% 28% 21% 6% 4% 5%
Unemployment 63% 37% 26% 22% 6% 4% 6%
Loss of culture and tradition. 56% 29% 27% 26% 5% 6% 8%
Discrimination 55% 25% 30% 28% 5% 6% 6%
Family breakdown 50% 25% 25% 33% 4% 3% 10%
Access to education 44% 17% 27% 31% 10% 8% 6%
Threats to their environment 41% 18% 23% 37% 7% 6% 9%
Access to accommodation 40% 15% 25% 30% 12% 9% 10%
Access to services/ resources in rural communities 37% 17% 20% 30% 13% 11% 9%
Legal rights 30% 11% 19% 34% 13% 15% 8%

A majority of respondents think Aboriginal people have larger problems than other Australians in terms of alcohol abuse (74%), health issues (65%), unemployment (63%), loss of culture and tradition (56%), discrimination (55%) and family breakdown (50%).

A majority believe they have similar or smaller problems in terms of legal rights (62%), access to services/resources in rural communities (54%), access to accommodation (51%) and threats to their environment (50%). Comments »

Party Best at Handling Aboriginal Issues

Feb 6, 2012

Q. Which party do you think is best to handle issues concerning Australia’s Aboriginal people?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
The Labor Party 22% 54% 4% 32%
The Liberal Party 18% 2% 41% 1%
No difference 41% 30% 40% 52%
Don’t know 19% 14% 16% 15%

41% think there is no difference between the Liberal and Labor Parties in terms of handling issues concerning Australia’s Aboriginal people. 22% think the Labor Party is best and 18% favour the Liberal Party.

Liberal voters (41%) were less likely than Labor voters (54%) to think their own party would be best to handle Aboriginal issues. Comments »

Workers’ Pay

Feb 6, 2012

Q. Overall, do you think most Australian employers pay their workers what they are worth or do they pay them more or less than they are worth?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Full time workers Part time workers
Pay workers what they are worth 37% 41% 42% 23% 41% 33%
Pay workers more than they are worth 12% 6% 19% 6% 15% 8%
Pay workers less than they are worth 37% 38% 31% 56% 35% 45%
Don’t know 14% 15% 9% 15% 8% 14%

37% of respondents think that, overall, most Australian employers pay their workers what they are worth – 37% think they pay them less than they are worth and 12% say they pay more than they are worth.

Part-time workers (45%) and women (42%) are more likely to think workers are paid less than they are worth. Comments »

Workers’ Productivity

Feb 6, 2012

Q. And overall, in your experience, how productive are most Australian workers?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Full time workers Part time workers
Very productive 15% 20% 14% 16% 18% 14%
Quite productive 59% 63% 57% 58% 58% 62%
Not so productive 19% 13% 24% 19% 19% 18%
Not at all productive 2% 2% 3% 1% 3% 1%
Don’t know 5% 3% 2% 7% 3% 4%

74% think that overall, most Australian workers are very or quite productive.

Labor voters (83%) are more likely than Liberal/National voters (71%) to think workers are productive. There were no significant differences across income or age groups. Comments »

Industrial Relations Laws

Feb 6, 2012

Q. Business groups have said that Australia’s industrial relations laws favour workers and unions and should be changed so that businesses can increase productivity and have more flexibility with their workforce. Do you think Australia’s industrial relations laws favour employers or workers or do they balance the interests of workers and employers?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Full time workers Part time workers
Favour employers 25% 29% 23% 36% 27% 25%
Favour workers 24% 15% 39% 12% 26% 20%
Balance the interests of employers and workers 34% 43% 25% 37% 34% 38%
Don’t know 17% 13% 13% 16% 13% 17%

Respondents were evenly divided over whether Australia’s industrial relations laws favour employers or workers – 25% think they favour employers, 24% favour workers and 34% think they balance the interests of both.

Labor voters are more likely to think they balance workers and employers interests (43%) while Liberal/National voters are more likely to thin they favour workers (39%). Only 15% of Labor voters and 12% of Greens voters think the laws favour workers. Comments »

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