Q. Which of the following situations applies to your workplace regarding staff Christmas functions?
|Dec 08||Dec 09|
|My employer is paying for a staff Christmas function much the same as previous years||45%||44%|
|My employer doesn’t usually pay for a staff Christmas function||37%||31%|
|My employer usually pays for a staff Christmas function but this year it will be smaller||10%||12%|
|My employer usually pays for a staff Christmas function but it has been cancelled this year||6%||3%|
|My employer will be spending more than usual on a staff Christmas function||2%||1%|
N=637. Those that selected ‘not an employee’ have been removed from the above table.
Results are reasonably similar to those obtained last year when we asked the same question.
44% of people surveyed indicated that their employer is paying for a staff Christmas function much the same as previous year, 31% have an employer that doesn’t usually pay for a staff Christmas function and 12% said that their employer paid for Christmas lunch will be smaller this year.
Results were similar across most demographic groups. Comments »
Q. And compared to last year, do you expect to be spending more on gifts at Christmas, less or much the same?
|Dec 08||Dec 09|
|Will spend more||3%||11%|
|Will be spending less||38%||38%|
|Spend much the same||55%||47%|
11% of people indicated they will spend more on Christmas presents this year than they spent last year, 38% think they will spend less and 47% will spend much the same.
Expectation that more will be spent on Christmas gifts this year decreases with age – 21% of 18 – 24 year olds expect to spend more compared with 5% of those aged 55 years and over. 56% of those aged 55 years and over expect to spend much the same.
People earning $1000 – $1600 per week were slightly more likely than those in other income groups to indicate they will spend more this year on Christmas gifts (14%), while people earning $1600 + per week were more likely to spend much the same as last year.
People’s expectation that they will spend more this year than they spent last has increased eight percentage points since we last asked this question in 2008. Comments »
Q. If there was a Federal election held today, to which party would you probably give your first preference?
Q. If you ‘don’t know’ on the above question, which party are you currently leaning to?
*1922 sample size
|2 week average||%||2PP||2PP shift from last week|
NB. The data in the above table is derived from our weekly first preference voting question. Respondents who select ‘don’t know’ as their first preference are not included in the results.
* Sample is the culmination of two week’s data.
Q. Does the election of Tony Abbott as leader of the Liberal Party make you more likely or less likely to vote Liberal?
|Much more likely||9%||2%||24%||2%|
|A little more likely||12%||10%||18%||3%|
|A little less likely||10%||7%||12%||11%|
|Much less likely||23%||37%||3%||51%|
|Makes no difference||39%||42%||39%||32%|
39% of people think the election of Tony Abbott as leader of the Liberal Party makes no difference to whether or not they will vote Liberal, 33% think it will make them less likely and 21% more likely to vote Liberal.
42% of Coalition voters think the election of Tony Abbott as leader of the Liberal Party will make them more likely to vote Liberal, 15% think that it will make them less likely and 39% think it will make no difference. 44% of Labor voters and 62% of Green voters think it will make them less likely to vote Liberal.
Females were more likely than males to indicate that the election of Tony Abbott as leader of the Liberal Party will make no difference to their vote (43% v 35%).
Q. Which of the following describe your opinion of the Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd?
|29 June 09||7 Dec 09||Difference|
|A capable leader||72%||69%||-3%|
|Out of touch with ordinary people||41%||45%||+4%|
|Understands the problems facing Australia||67%||59%||-8%|
|Good in a crisis||60%||58%||-2%|
|Down to earth||56%||55%||-1%|
|More honest than most politicians||47%||49%||+2%|
*Not asked in June 2009
Most people consider Rudd intelligent (82%), hard-working (77%), a capable leader (69%) and demanding (60%).
Since we last asked this question in June 2009, Rudd has lost points on qualities such as understanding the problems facing Australia (-8%), demanding (-7%) and hard-working (-6%). Rudd has gained points in terms of being complacent (+10%), too inflexible (+6%), out of touch with ordinary people (+4%) and narrow-minded (+4%).
Q. Which of the following describe your opinion of the Opposition Leader, Tony Abbott?
7 Dec 09
29 June 09
7 Dec 09
|Abbott lead over Turnbull||Abbott lead over Rudd|
|A capable leader||46%||39%||69%||+7%||-23%|
|Out of touch with ordinary people||53%||65%||45%||-12%||+8%|
|Understands the problems facing Australia||46%||48%||59%||-2%||-13%|
|Good in a crisis||39%||32%||58%||+7%||-19%|
|Down to earth||46%||25%||55%||+21%||-9%|
|More honest than most politicians||31%||16%||49%||+15%||-18%|
*Not asked in June 2009 poll
When it comes to rating Abbott, people think he is intelligent (71%) and hard-working (69%), yet demanding (53%), arrogant (53%) and out of touch with ordinary people (53%).
Abbott scores higher than his predecessor Turnbull in terms of qualities such as being down to earth (+21%), more honest than most politicians (+15%), visionary (+8%), capable leader (+7%) and good in a crisis (+7%).
Males were slightly more likely than females to think that Abbott is superficial (46% v 39%), honest (34% v 28%), visionary (37% v 32%) and down to earth (48% v 43%).
Q. Do you think Malcolm Turnbull should now resign from Parliament, stay in parliament on the backbench until the next election or challenge for the leadership again before the next election?
|Stay on backbench||45%|
Just under half (45%) think that Malcolm Turnbull should stay in parliament on the backbench until the next election, 18% think he should resign and 15% think Turnbull should challenge for the leadership again before the next election.
Coalition voters were more likely to think that Turnbull should stay in parliament on the backbench (62%), while Green (28%) and Labor (18%) voters were more likely to think Turnbull should challenge again for the leadership.
Males were more likely to think Turnbull should resign (20%) while females were more likely to indicate that they don’t know what Turnbull should do (29%).
Q. Whose position on the ETS and tackling climate change do you most agree with?
|Kevin Rudd and Labor||24%|
|Tony Abbott and the Coalition||27%|
|Bob Brown and Greens||17%|
When it comes to the position that various parties have on the ETS and tackling climate change, 27% of people agree with the position of Tony Abbott and the Coalition, 24% agree with Kevin Rudd and Labor and 17% agree with Bob Brown and the Greens. 32% of people don’t know which position they agree with regarding an ETS and tackling climate change.
The results followed party lines – Labor voters were more likely to agree with Labor’s position (49%), Coalition voters were more likely to agree with the Coalition (67%) and Green voters were more likely to agree with the Green’s position (80%). 30% of Labor voters, 21% of Coalition voters and 9% of Green voters don’t know which position they agree with most.
Males were more likely to agree with the position of Abbott and the Coalition (31%), while females were more likely to indicate that they don’t know (36%).
People aged 55 years and over were more likely to agree with Abbott and the Coalition regarding climate change and an ETS (42%).
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