Q. And where do you get your news on an average weekend?
|Total||Vote Labor||Vote Lib/Nat||Vote Greens|
|Commercial (free-to-air) TV news||59%||64%||62%||42%|
|ABC TV news||28%||29%||30%||29%|
|SBS TV news||10%||9%||10%||13%|
|Pay TV news||9%||9%||10%||3%|
|Commercial radio news||17%||15%||22%||10%|
|ABC radio news||13%||13%||14%||17%|
|Internet news sites – e.g. newspaper sites, ABC, etc||42%||41%||43%||42%|
|None of them||6%||4%||3%||15%|
The most commonly used news sources on weekends are commercial TV news (59%), newspapers (50%) and internet news sites (42%). Respondents were more likely to read newspapers on weekends than weekdays (42% weekdays/50% weekends) but less likely to view commercial TV news (64%/59%) or internet news sites (55%/42%).
Respondents aged 55+ were more likely to use commercial TV news (65%), newspapers (61%), and ABC TV news (46%). Comments »
Q. Please rate your level of trust in the news and information from each source.
Total always/usually trustworthy
I do not trust it at all
|ABC TV news||82%||21%||61%||7%||3%||8%|
|SBS TV news||78%||19%||59%||8%||2%||12%|
|ABC radio news||78%||18%||60%||8%||3%||12%|
|Commercial (free-to-air) TV news||69%||5%||64%||20%||6%||5%|
|Internet news sites – e.g. newspaper sites, ABC, etc||66%||5%||61%||18%||4%||12%|
|Commercial radio news||62%||4%||58%||19%||8%||11%|
|Pay TV news||48%||4%||44%||14%||6%||32%|
The most trusted news sources were ABC TV news (82%), ABC radio news (78%) and SBS TV news (78%).
The least trustworthy were internet blogs (57% seldom/no trust), newspapers (29%), commercial radio news (27%) and commercial TV news (26%).
Women were more likely than men to trust commercial TV news (75%/62%), newspapers (68%/63%) and commercial radio news (68%/55%). Comments »
It was a year ago today that the hottest gig in global warming opened in Copenhagen, amidst expectations that the world’s leaders would rise above their geographical interests and make a stand for the future.
Twelve months on and the hopes of Copenhagen seem as retro as a Midnight Oil album, the world has opted to sleep even when our beds are burning.
While the lack of political action over the past year has been well documented, this week’s Essential Report picks up another dynamic that is both a response to and a driver for this inertia. For the first time, we have found less than 50 per cent of Australians think climate change is real.
|Dec 10||Vote Labor||Vote Lib/Nat||Vote Greens|
|Climate change is happening and is caused by human activity||45%||53%||32%||76%|
|We are just witnessing a normal fluctuation in the earth’s climate||36%||27%||53%||14%|
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 = 1,896
|First preference/leaning to||6 months ago||4 weeks ago||2 weeks ago||Last week||This week|
|2PP||6 months ago||4 weeks ago||2 weeks ago||Last week
NB. The data in the above tables comprise 2-week averages derived 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.
Q. Here is a list of things both favourable and unfavourable that have been said about Federal political parties. Which statements do you feel fit the Labor Party/Liberal Party/Greens?
|Keeps its promises||10%||13%||9%|
|Has a good team of leaders||16%||23%||12%|
|Understands the problems facing Australia||23%||30%||19%|
|Looks after the interests of working people||22%||17%||8%|
|Too close to the big corporate and financial interests||15%||29%||3%|
|Out of touch with ordinary people||38%||37%||31%|
|Will promise to do anything to win votes||50%||36%||22%|
|Clear about what they stand for||10%||21%||29%|
|Have a vision for the future||20%||23%||23%|
Compared to the other two parties, Labor are thought more likely to promise to do anything to win votes (50%) and be divided (30%). Only 6% think they are extreme and 10% think they are clear about what they stand for. Key attributes among Labor voters are – understands the problems facing Australia (48%), looks after the interests of working people (44%) and have a vision for the future (41%).
The Liberal Party is more likely to understand the problems facing Australia (30%), be too close to the big corporate and financial interests (29%) and have a good team of leaders (23%). 21% think they are clear about what they stand for. Key attributes among Coalition voters are – understands the problems facing Australia (63%), has a good team of leaders (47%), have a vision for the future (46%) and clear about what they stand for (45%).
The Greens are more likely to bee seen as extreme (39%) and clear about what they stand for (29%). Key attributes among Greens voters are – understands the problems facing Australia (71%), clear about what they stand for (63%) and have a vision for the future (60%).
Q. Do you agree that there is fairly conclusive evidence that climate change is happening and caused by human activity or do you believe that the evidence is still not in and we may just be witnessing a normal fluctuation in the Earth’s climate which happens from time to time?ear
|Dec 10||Vote Labor||Vote Lib/Nat||Vote Greens||Nov 09|
|Climate change is happening and is caused by human activity||45%||53%||32%||76%||53%|
|We are just witnessing a normal fluctuation in the Earth’s climate||36%||27%||53%||14%||34%|
45% believe that climate change is happening and is caused by human activity (down 8% since last surveyed in Nov 2009), 36% think we are just witnessing a normal fluctuation in the Earth’s climate (up 2%) and 19% don’t know (up 6%).
Those most likely to think climate change is happening and is caused by human activity were Greens voters (76%), Labor voters (53%), women (49%) and aged 18-35 (50%).
Those most likely to think it is a normal fluctuation in the Earth’s climate were Liberal/National voters (53%), aged 55+ (47%) and men (40%).
Q. Compared to other issues that are often raised in politics – like the economy, healthcare, immigration, etc – how important to you personally is the issue of tackling climate change?
|Total||Vote Labor||Vote Lib/Nat||Vote Greens|
|Total not important||35%||25%||47%||12%|
|Not so important||26%||18%||35%||11%|
|Not at all important||9%||7%||12%||1%|
61% think tackling climate change is a very important (24%) or quite important (37%) issue – 35% think it is not important. 73% of Labor voters and 87% of Greens voters think it is important while Liberal/National voters are split (50% important/47% not important).
Those most likely to think it is important were women (65%) and aged 18-35 (68%).
Of those who believe that climate change is happening and is caused by human activity, 47% think it is a very important issue and 46% a quite important issue.
Q. Which leader and party would you trust most to understand and deal with the climate change issue?
|Dec 10||Dec 09 *|
|Julia Gillard and Labor||23%||24%|
|Tony Abbott and the Coalition||29%||27%|
|Bob Brown and Greens||19%||17%|
* Note : Similar but not identical question asked in 2009.
29% trust Tony Abbott and the Coalition most to understand and deal with the climate change issue, 23% trust Julia Gillard and Labor and 19% trust Bob Brown and the Greens.
These figures are little changed since this question was previously asked in December 2009.
58% of Labor voters trust Labor most, 65% of Coalition voters trust the Liberals and 83% of Greens voters trust the Greens.
Of those who believe that climate change is happening and is caused by human activity, 31% trust the Greens, 27% Labor and 15% the Liberals.
Of those who believe that climate change is a very important issue, 38% trust the Greens, 31% Labor and 10% the Liberals.
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