Independents in Parliament

Sep 20, 2010

Q. Do you think there should be more or fewer independents in Federal Parliament?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other
Should be more 29% 29% 21% 58% 65%
Should be fewer 26% 21% 40% 5% 7%
About the right number 23% 32% 19% 19% 14%
Don’t know 22% 19% 20% 17% 14%

Respondents are divided over whether there should be more or fewer independents in Parliament – 29% say more, 26% fewer and 23% think there is about the right number. 40% of Coalition voters think there should be fewer and a majority of Greens and other voters think there should be more.

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Rating the Media

Sep 20, 2010

Q. Overall, how would you rate the media (newspapers, TV, radio, internet) for their reporting of Federal politics  – thinking about their coverage both before and after the election?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens


Total good 32% 35% 37% 20%
Total poor 23% 23% 18% 37%
Very good 7% 8% 7% 2%
Good 25% 27% 30% 18%
Average 40% 37% 43% 37%
Poor 9% 7% 9% 13%
Very poor 14% 16% 9% 24%
Don’t know 6% 5% 2% 6%

32% think media reporting of Federal politics has been good, 23% poor and 40% average. Greens voters are most likely to think it has been poor (37%).

Q. Overall, do you think media reporting – both before and after the election – favoured the Labor Party, favoured the Liberal and National parties or gave fair coverage of all parties?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens


Favoured the Labor Party 23% 12% 39% 9%
Favoured the Liberal and National parties 17% 27% 8% 29%
Gave fair coverage of all parties 44% 49% 42% 43%
Don’t know 17% 11% 12% 18%

23% think media reporting favoured the Labor Party and 17% think it favoured the Liberal and National parties – while 44% think it gave fair coverage to all parties. 39% of Coalition voters thought the media favoured the Labor Party – compared to 27% of Labor voters thinking it favoured the Coalition. 

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The Punch: 10 handy stress-relief tips for furious Aussie conservatives

Sep 14, 2010

First Published on The Punch 14/09/2010

As a long-suffering leftie, I thought it was just my fragile ego that was picking up an increase in the intensity of the bucketing I have been receiving from my Punch fan club in recent weeks.

Australia, in happier times.

Australia, in happier times.

But now we have statistical evidence to prove that the federal election has transformed average Liberal voters from mildly dysfunctional union–baiters into feral class warriors who want to tear down a system that no longer works for them.

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Federal politics – voting intention

Sep 13, 2010

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?

2,062 sample size

First preference/leaning to  6 months ago 4 weeks ago 2 weeks ago Last week This week

 

Liberal 35% 41% 41% 40% 41%
National 3% 3% 3% 3% 3%
Total Lib/Nat 38% 44% 44% 43% 44%
Labor 45% 39% 38% 39% 39%
Greens 9% 10% 11% 11% 10%
Family First 2% 2% 2% 2% 1%
Other/Independent 6% 5% 5% 6% 5%

 

2PP 6 months ago 4 weeks ago 2 weeks ago Last week This week

 

Total Lib/Nat 44% 49% 50% 49% 50%
Labor 56% 51% 50% 51% 50%

 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 2007 election. Comments »

Performance of Parties and Politicians

Sep 13, 2010

 

Q. How would you rate the performance of the following parties and politicians since the election?

  Total good Total poor Very good Good Average Poor Very poor
Labor Party 38% 34% 12% 26% 28% 26% 8%
Liberal and National Parties 40% 31% 10% 30% 30% 22% 9%
The Greens 28% 39% 5% 23% 33% 28% 11%
The independents 27% 42% 5% 22% 31% 31% 11%

Respondents rated the performance of the Coalition parties since the election a little higher than that of the Labor Party. The Coalition parties were rated 40% good/31% poor compared to Labor’s 38% good/34% poor.

Ratings of the Greens (28% good/39% poor) and the independents (27%/42%) were both negative.

In terms of party preferences, 78% of Labor voters rated Labor good, 70% of Coalition voters rated the Coalition parties good and 71% of Greens voters rated the Greens good. Voters for independents and other parties were split on the performance of the independents – 37% good/30% poor.

 45% of Labor voters rated the independents’ performance as good and 58% of Coalition voters rated them poor. Comments »

Approval of Independents Decisions

Sep 13, 2010

Q. Overall, do you approve or disapprove of the decisions the independents have reached about which party they will support?

  Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote ind/other
Total approve 41% 82% 5% 72% 40%
Total disapprove 45% 6% 89% 14% 34%
Strongly approve 12% 29% * 15% 3%
Approve 29% 53% 5% 57% 37%
Disapprove 20% 5% 35% 11% 18%
Strongly disapprove 25% 1% 54% 3% 16%
Don’t know 14% 12% 5% 14% 27%

 Respondents were split over the independents’ decision about the party to support – 41% approve and 45% disapprove.

82% of Labor voters and 72% of Greens voters approve while 89% of Coalition voters disapprove (and 54% strongly disapprove). Voters for independents and other parties split 40% approve/34% disapprove. Comments »

Approval of Agreement with the Greens

Sep 13, 2010

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the agreement between the Labor Party and the Greens for the Greens to give their support to the Labor Party?

  Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Total approve 41% 84% 4% 79%
Total disapprove 46% 7% 90% 10%
Strongly approve 12% 27% 30%
Approve 29% 57% 4% 49%
Disapprove 18% 4% 32% 8%
Strongly disapprove 28% 3% 58% 2%
Don’t know 14% 10% 6% 13%

Respondents were also split over the agreement between the Labor Party and the Greens for the Greens to give their support to the Labor Party – 41% approve and 46% disapprove – with views closely associated with party preferences.

84% of Labor voters and 79% of Greens voters approve while 90% of Coalition voters disapprove (and 58% strongly disapprove). Comments »

Assessment of Leaders

Sep 13, 2010

 Q. Which leader – Julia Gillard or Tony Abbott – would you say has shown more leadership abilities during the period since the election?

  Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Julia Gillard 47% 92% 10% 73%
Tony Abbott 35% 2% 75% 4%
Don’t know 18% 6% 15% 23%

 47% think Julia Gillard has shown more leadership abilities during the period since the election and 35% favour Tony Abbott.

By gender – men favour Julia Gillard 47%/38%, women 48%/31%. Comments »

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