Action to address gender inequality in Australia

Mar 30, 2021

Q. To what extent do you support or oppose the following measures to address gender inequality in Australia?

  TOTAL: Support TOTAL: Oppose Strongly support Somewhat support Neither support, nor oppose Somewhat oppose Strongly oppose
Organise a national summit of all state and federal leaders to set targets and policies to reduce violence and sexual assault 69% 9% 37% 32% 22% 4% 4%
Implement the recommendations of the respect@work inquiry 68% 8% 33% 34% 24% 5% 4%
Establish a specialist sexual assault court 62% 13% 30% 31% 25% 8% 6%
Universal access to free child-care and early learning for families with young children 60% 16% 30% 30% 24% 9% 8%

 

TOTAL: Support Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Organise a national summit of all state and federal leaders to set targets and policies to reduce violence and sexual assault 69% 65% 73% 68% 68% 71% 76% 68% 70% 63%
Implement the recommendations of the respect@work inquiry 68% 62% 73% 64% 69% 70% 74% 65% 80% 59%
Establish a specialist sexual assault court 62% 53% 70% 64% 64% 58% 67% 58% 74% 56%
Base (n) 1,100 539 561 332 382 386 382 389 92 122
  • There is majority support for all of the proposed steps to address gender inequality in Australia including a national summit to reduce violence and sexual assault (69% support), implement the recommendations of the respect@work inquiry (68%) and the establishment of a specialist sexual assault court (62%).
  • In all cases women were more likely than men to support making the changes. Still, over half of men support making changes.

Impact of Casualisation of work

Mar 30, 2021

Q. Approximately 35% of Australia’s workforce is now employed on a casual or contract basis.

Casual employees are not entitled to annual or sick leave or superannuation. They also face greater employment uncertainty. However, people choose casual work as it can provide higher wages and more flexibility in terms of hours.

Overall, do you think casual work has been good or bad for the following people or groups?

  NET: Good NET: Bad Very good Quite good Neither good, nor bad Quite bad Very bad
Employers 65% 11% 22% 43% 24% 8% 3%
The economy 46% 19% 13% 33% 35% 14% 6%
Individual workers 42% 29% 12% 30% 29% 19% 10%
The nation 41% 26% 11% 30% 33% 18% 8%
For you personally 30% 17% 12% 18% 53% 9% 8%
  • Casual labour is seen to most benefit employers (65% think casual work has been very good or quite good) and the economy (46%).
  • While 42% of people think casual work has been good for individual workers, 29% think it has been very bad or quite bad.
  • Around a third of people (30%) say casual work has been good for them personally.

Support for action for casual workers

Mar 30, 2021

Q. To what extent do you support or oppose the following measures to protect the rights of workers currently employed on casual contracts?

  TOTAL: Support TOTAL: Oppose Strongly support Somewhat support Somewhat oppose Strongly oppose Unsure
Right of workers to convert from casual to permanent after six months constant employment if they choose 84% 10% 53% 31% 6% 4% 7%
Recognise the status of gig-based workers who do regular hours as permanent 80% 8% 44% 37% 5% 3% 12%
Mobile leave entitlements for casuals and contract workers (sick leave, LSL) 74% 14% 41% 33% 10% 5% 11%

 

TOTAL: Support Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Right of workers to convert from casual to permanent after six months constant employment if they choose 84% 80% 87% 83% 81% 87% 87% 83% 87% 79%
Recognise the status of gig-based workers who do regular hours as permanent 80% 80% 81% 80% 78% 83% 83% 81% 85% 73%
Mobile leave entitlements for casuals and contract workers (sick leave, LSL) 74% 72% 77% 82% 72% 70% 78% 74% 82% 65%
Base (n) 1,100 539 561 332 382 386 382 389 92 122
  • There is strong support for greater protection of workers’ rights. 84% support the right of workers to convert from casual to permanent after six months constant employment if they choose, 80% support the recognition of the status of gig-based workers who do regular hours as permanent and 74% support the introduction of Mobile leave entitlements for casuals and contract workers.

Republic

Mar 30, 2021

Q. To what extent would you support or oppose Australia becoming a republic with an Australian head of state?

Mar’21 Nov’18 May’18 Jan’18 Jan’17
TOTAL: Support 48% 44% 48% 44% 44%
TOTAL: Oppose 28% 32% 30% 29% 30%
Unsure 25% 24% 22% 26% 26%
Base (n) 1,100 1,028 1,025 1,038 1,015

 

  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Strongly oppose 16% 18% 14% 9% 14% 23% 14% 20% 6% 23%
Somewhat oppose 12% 12% 12% 12% 12% 12% 10% 17% 14% 9%
Somewhat support 24% 23% 26% 27% 24% 22% 26% 25% 23% 19%
Strongly support 23% 32% 15% 18% 25% 26% 27% 22% 29% 26%
Unsure 25% 16% 33% 33% 25% 17% 23% 17% 28% 24%
TOTAL: Oppose 28% 29% 26% 21% 26% 35% 25% 37% 20% 31%
TOTAL: Support 48% 55% 41% 45% 49% 48% 52% 47% 52% 45%
Base (n) 1,100 539 561 332 382 386 382 389 92 122
  • Support for republic is now at 48%, consistent with previous years.
  • Support for a republic with an Australian head of state is strongest among Labor (52%) and Greens voters (52%). Those aged over 55 were most likely to oppose the establishment of a republic (35%).
  • A third of women and those aged 18-35 (both 33%) are unsure on their support or opposition to Australia becoming a republic.

Performance of Scott Morrison

Mar 16, 2021

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the job Scott Morrison is doing as Prime Minister?

Mar’21 Feb’21 Jan’21 Dec’20 Nov’20 Oct’20 Sep’20 Aug’20 Jul’20 Jun’20 May’20 Apr’20
TOTAL: Approve 62% 65% 61% 62% 66% 63% 64% 66% 63% 65% 64% 59%
TOTAL: Disapprove 29% 28% 30% 28% 25% 27% 28% 23% 27% 26% 27% 31%
Don’t know 8% 7% 9% 11% 9% 10% 8% 11% 10% 8% 9% 10%
Base (n) 1,124 1,109 1,084 1,071 1,010 1,082 1,076 1,010 1,054 1,059 1,093 1,069

 

  Total Federal Voting Intention
Labor Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Strongly approve 22% 7% 46% 3% 20%
Approve 40% 38% 46% 38% 34%
Disapprove 16% 25% 5% 26% 16%
Strongly disapprove 13% 23% 1% 26% 17%
Don’t know 8% 7% 3% 8% 12%
TOTAL: Approve 62% 45% 91% 40% 55%
TOTAL: Disapprove 29% 48% 6% 51% 33%
Base (n) 1,124 375 410 98 142
  • The Prime Minister’s approval rating has dipped back down to 62%, consistent with results in January (61%) and December (62%).
  • Approval of the Prime Minister is now at 91% among Coalition supporters (93% last month) and 45% among Labor voters (49% last month).

Performance of Anthony Albanese

Mar 16, 2021

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the job Anthony Albanese is doing as Opposition Leader?

Mar’21 Feb’21 Jan’21 Dec’20 Nov’20 Oct’20 Sep’20 Aug’20 Jul’20 Jun’20 May’20 Apr’20
TOTAL: Approve 41% 40% 42% 43% 40% 44% 44% 44% 44% 43% 42% 44%
TOTAL: Disapprove 32% 33% 33% 29% 33% 29% 29% 30% 28% 30% 27% 29%
Don’t know 27% 27% 25% 28% 27% 27% 27% 25% 28% 26% 31% 27%
Base (n) 1,124 1,109 1,084 1,071 1,010 1,082 1,076 1,010 1,054 1,059 1,093 1,069

 

  Total Federal Voting Intention
Labor Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Strongly approve 9% 11% 7% 6% 17%
Approve 32% 50% 23% 38% 19%
Disapprove 22% 15% 31% 21% 24%
Strongly disapprove 11% 2% 20% 4% 13%
Don’t know 27% 23% 19% 31% 25%
TOTAL: Approve 41% 60% 30% 44% 37%
TOTAL: Disapprove 32% 16% 50% 25% 38%
Base (n) 1,124 375 410 98 142
  • The Opposition Leader’s approval rating is now at 41%, consistent with the level last month.
  • Approval of the Opposition Leader has risen to 60% among Labor voters (from 58% in February) and is consistent at 30% among Coalition voters (31% in February).

Preferred Prime Minister

Mar 16, 2021

Q. Who do you think would make the better Prime Minister out of Scott Morrison and Anthony Albanese?

  Mar’21 Feb’21 Jan’21 Dec’20 Nov’20 Oct’20 Sep’20 Aug’20 Jul’20 Jun’20 May’20 Apr’20
Scott Morrison 52% 52% 51% 50% 53% 50% 49% 52% 50% 53% 50% 46%
Anthony Albanese 26% 24% 25% 24% 24% 25% 26% 22% 27% 23% 25% 27%
Don’t know 22% 24% 25% 26% 24% 25% 25% 26% 23% 24% 25% 27%
Base (n) 1,124 1,109 1,084 1,071 1,010 1,082 1,076 1,010 1,054 1,059 1,093 1,069

 

    Federal Voting Intention
Total Labor Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Scott Morrison 52% 31% 86% 25% 46%
Anthony Albanese 26% 49% 8% 41% 26%
Don’t know 22% 20% 6% 33% 28%
Base (n) 1,124 375 410 98 142
  • Just over half of participants believe that Scott Morrison would make a better PM than Anthony Albanese (52%), while around a quarter would prefer the Opposition Leader (26%). 22% of participants don’t know who would make the better PM.
  • Morrison is strongly favoured by Coalition voters, with 86% believing Morrison makes the better PM, compared to Albanese (8%).
  • Just under half (49%) of Labor voters now believe Albanese would make the better PM, a notable increase since last month (42%). A third (31%) still think Morrison would make the better leader and 20% don’t know.

Federal government response to Covid-19

Mar 16, 2021

Q. Overall, how would you rate the federal government’s response to the Covid-19 outbreak?

  15/03 01/03 15/02 01/02 30/11 16/11 02/11 05/10 21/09 07/09 24/08 10/08 27/07
Very poor 5% 6% 5% 4% 6% 5% 5% 5% 5% 8% 6% 7% 6%
Quite poor 7% 8% 7% 11% 8% 9% 10% 12% 13% 12% 11% 8% 11%
Neither good nor poor 18% 24% 19% 19% 19% 18% 24% 22% 21% 22% 22% 21% 20%
Quite good 39% 39% 42% 42% 41% 41% 39% 39% 40% 40% 40% 40% 40%
Very good 31% 23% 27% 25% 26% 26% 22% 21% 21% 18% 22% 24% 24%
TOTAL: Poor 12% 14% 12% 14% 13% 15% 15% 18% 18% 19% 17% 16% 16%
TOTAL: Good 70% 62% 69% 67% 67% 67% 61% 60% 61% 59% 61% 63% 64%
Base (n) 1,124 1,074 1,109 1,092 1,034 1,010 1,063 1,066 1,081 1,076 1,068 1,010 1,058
  • Rating of the federal government’s handling of Covid-19 has bounced back up to 70%, the highest rating seen in the last six months.
  • This result is driven by the increase within Victoria (65% rating quite or very good, up from 51% earlier in the month).
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