Preferred Prime Minister

Oct 20, 2020

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

  Oct’20 Sep’20 Aug’20 Jul’20 Jun’20 May’20 Apr’20 Mar’20 Feb’20 Jan’20 Nov’19 Oct’19
Scott Morrison 50% 49% 52% 50% 53% 50% 46% 40% 36% 36% 44% 43%
Anthony Albanese 25% 26% 22% 27% 23% 25% 27% 35% 36% 39% 28% 28%
Don’t know 25% 25% 26% 23% 24% 25% 27% 25% 28% 25% 29% 29%
Base (n) 1,082 1,076 1,010 1,054 1,059 1,093 1,069 1,096 1,056 1,081 1,075 1,088

 

    Federal Voting Intention
Total Labor Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Scott Morrison 50% 25% 82% 32% 48%
Anthony Albanese 25% 50% 8% 38% 20%
Don’t know 25% 24% 10% 29% 32%
Base (n) 1,082 352 421 84 123
  • Half of participants believe that Scott Morrison would make a better PM than Anthony Albanese (50%), while a quarter would prefer the opposition leader. A further quarter (25%) of participants don’t know who would make the better PM.
  • Morrison is strongly favoured by Coalition voters, with 82% believing Morrison makes the better PM, compared to Albanese (8%).
  • Half of Labor voters believe Albanese would make the better PM (50%, up from 46% in September). 24% of Labor voters said they didn’t know who would make the better leader.

Performance of State Premiers

Oct 20, 2020

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the job <NAME> is doing as State Premier?

[Only asked in NSW, VIC, QLD, SA and WA]

 

 

Gladys Berejiklian

NSW

Daniel Andrews

VIC

Annastacia Palaszczuk

QLD

Steven Marshall

SA

Mark McGowan

WA

Strongly approve 27% 25% 23% 16% 53%
Approve 41% 29% 39% 36% 31%
Disapprove 14% 16% 12% 14% 6%
Strongly disapprove 9% 24% 15% 5% 1%
Don’t know 11% 6% 10% 29% 10%
TOTAL: Approve 67% 54% 62% 51% 84%
TOTAL: Disapprove 22% 40% 28% 20% 7%
Base (n) 352 274 217 82 105
  • Mark McGowan in WA has the highest approval of State premiers, with 84% approving of his leadership, and just 7% disapproval.
  • Victorian Dan Andrews has the lowest approval rating (54% approval, with 40% disapproval). He maintains approval among Labor voters (78% approval), but majority of Coalition voters in Victoria disapprove of his leadership (54%).
  • Gladys Berejiklian has a high approval rating compared to other state premiers (67%). She has a majority approval among Coalition voters (83%), Labor voters (57%) and other parties (60%).
  • 62% of Queenslanders approval of the job Annastacia Palaszczuk is doing ahead of the election later this month. 28% disapprove of the Queensland premier, driven by high disapproval ratings among Coalition voters (37%).

Federal Government led by Labor or Coalition better at…

Oct 20, 2020

Q. Do you think a Federal Government led by Labor or the Coalition would be better at…?

  Coalition Labor Neither
Reducing national debt 42% 28% 30%
Managing the economy 44% 31% 25%
Creating jobs 39% 38% 23%
Helping those who’ve lost work because of Covid-19 get back into the workforce 38% 40% 22%
Supporting those in financial need 35% 42% 23%
Improving the financial situation of women 31% 38% 31%
  • A Coalition government is thought to be better than Labor at governance issues such as reducing national debt (42% to 28%) and managing the economy (44% to 31%).
  • Elements where Labor is seen to do a better job than the Coalition is in supporting those in financial need (42% to 35%) and improving the financial situation for women (38% to 31%).
  • Both parties are seen to be equally competent to create jobs (39% Coalition, 38% Labor) and helping those who have lost work due to Covid-19 (38% Coalition, 40% Labor).

Federal Budget expectations

Oct 20, 2020

Q. The Federal Budget was announced on Tuesday 6th October.

In general, do you think the Federal Budget will be good or bad for the following?

  Before budget announced

05/10/2020

  After budget announced

19/10/2020

  NET: Very Good / Good NET: Very bad / Bad   NET: Very Good / Good NET: Very bad / Bad
People who are well off 51% 10%   56% 7%
The economy overall 34% 32%   41% 19%
Average working people 30% 34%   40% 21%
Australian families 33% 29%   41% 18%
People on lower incomes 30% 40%   35% 31%
Older Australians 31% 34%   29% 31%
Younger Australians 29% 33%   42% 20%
You personally 25% 31%   27% 24%
Small business 44% 23%   45% 17%
Big business 53% 12%   55% 6%
  • Following the budget, more people than before thought the announcements would be good for the economy overall (41%, up from 34% before the budget), average working Australians (40% from 30% expectation), and young people (42% from 29%).

Federal Budget: Balance of interests between different groups

Oct 20, 2020

Q. To the best of your knowledge, did the Federal Budget put the interests of each of the groups ahead of the other, or was there a balance?

Men and women Total
This budget puts the interests of men ahead of the interests of women 31%
This budget puts the interests of women ahead of the interests of men 14%
This budget was balanced between women and men 54%
Base (n) 1,082

 

Young people and older people Total
This budget puts the interests of young people ahead of the interests of older people 45%
This budget puts the interests of older people ahead of the interests of young people 21%
This budget was balanced between the young and the old 34%
Base (n) 1,082

 

Employees and businesses Total
This budget puts the interests of employees ahead of the interests of businesses 14%
This budget puts the interests of businesses ahead of the interests of employees 42%
This budget was balanced between businesses and employees 45%
Base (n) 1,082
  • While the majority thought the budget was balanced between the interests of men and women (54%), over twice as many people thought the interests of men were put ahead of women, than women above men (31% to 14%).
  • Most felt the interests of younger Australians were put ahead of older Australians (45%). 34% thought it was balanced and 21% thought the interests of older Australians were prioritised.
  • Most felt the budget was balanced between the interests of businesses and employees (45%), with 42% thinking that business interests were prioritised, and 14% thinking employee interests were prioritised.

Federal Budget and post Covid-19 economic recovery

Oct 20, 2020

Q. To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statements about the recent Federal Budget and the direction for the country to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic?

  TOTAL:

Agree

TOTAL:

Disagree

Strongly agree Somewhat agree Neither agree, nor disagree Somewhat disagree Strongly disagree Unsure
The decisions the government makes now will affect the future health of the economy 75% 5% 43% 33% 13% 3% 2% 7%
The government should take the recognition if their budget measures work, just as they should take responsibility if they do not 70% 5% 36% 34% 17% 4% 2% 8%
There were better approaches to the budget like investing in jobs and services 51% 10% 20% 31% 29% 8% 2% 11%
The global pandemic means that the health of the economy is out of the government’s control 49% 21% 18% 32% 22% 15% 6% 7%
  • There is strong agreement that the Government is responsible for the future of the economy. 75% agree that ‘The decisions the government makes now will affect the future health of the economy’ and 70% of people agree that ‘The government should take the recognition if their budget measures work, just as they should take responsibility if they do not’
  • However, half of people (49%) agree with the statement that ‘The global pandemic means that the health of the economy is out of the government’s control’. Coalition voters are more likely to agree with this statement than Labor voters (58% to 48%).
  • Half of people agree that ‘There were better approaches to the budget like investing in jobs and services’ (51%). Those more likely to agree with this statement include Labor voters (60%), those in paid employment (56%) and men (56%).

NBN

Oct 20, 2020

Q. Is your home or workplace connected to the NBN? 

  Is your home connected to the NBN? Is your workplace connected to the NBN? NET: Home or work connected to NBN
Yes 59% 28% 65%
No 38% 19% 33%
Don’t know 3% 15% 2%
Not applicable 37%

 

  Is your home connected to the NBN? Is your workplace connected to the NBN? NET: Home or work connected to NBN
Yes 76% 34% 79%
No 20% 10% 19%
Don’t know 4% 17% 2%
Not applicable 38%
  • Home connection to NBN has increased from 59% in January 2019 to 76%, while workplace connection is now at 34% (previously 28%).
  • Would you say that your NBN internet service is better or worse than your previous service in terms of speed and reliability?

All people with NBN connection at home/work

  Oct’20 Jan’19
NET: Better 51% 51%
NET: Worse 15% 17%
Much better 24% 24%
A little better 27% 27%
About the same 32% 30%
A little worse 10% 10%
Much worse 7% 7%
Don’t know 2% 2%
  •  There has been no improvement to the speed and reliability of NBN over the past two years. Half of people using NBN the service has improved since switching (no change from Jan’19) and a third (32%) there has been no change. 15% report having a worse service since moving to NBN?

Q. Would you approve or disapprove of privatising the NBN when it is completed in 2020?

    Federal Voting Intention Gender Age    
  Total Labor Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+   Jan’19
Strongly approve 11% 11% 12% 20% 15% 18% 5% 11% 16% 6%   9%
Somewhat approve 22% 17% 27% 19% 25% 25% 19% 33% 21% 12%   20%
Somewhat disapprove 14% 14% 14% 8% 14% 13% 14% 13% 14% 14%   18%
Strongly disapprove 25% 34% 18% 26% 30% 23% 26% 16% 18% 39%   26%
Don’t know 29% 24% 30% 28% 15% 21% 36% 27% 31% 29%   27%
NET: Approve 33% 28% 39% 39% 40% 43% 23% 45% 37% 19%   29%
NET: Disapprove 38% 48% 31% 34% 45% 36% 40% 29% 32% 52%   44%
Base (n) 1,082 352 421 84 123 352 555 328 369 385   1,089
  •  A third (33%) approve of privatising the NBN when it is completed in 2020 and 38% disapprove.
  • Labor voters were more likely to disapprove of privatisation (48%) than Coalition voters (31%) and Greens voters (34%).

Coronavirus concerns

Oct 6, 2020

Q. To what extent are you concerned about the threat of Covid-19 (coronavirus) in Australia?

  05/10 21/09 07/09 24/08 10/08 27/07 13/07 22/06 15/06 08/06 01/06
Very concerned 30% 36% 37% 40% 50% 43% 36% 25% 28% 27% 32%
Quite concerned 52% 45% 45% 46% 40% 44% 48% 50% 45% 48% 49%
Not that concerned 15% 15% 13% 10% 7% 9% 12% 21% 23% 21% 15%
Not at all concerned 3% 4% 5% 4% 3% 4% 3% 4% 4% 5% 4%
Base (n) 1,066 1,081 1,076 1,068 1,010 1,058 1,054 1,079 1,087 1,073 1,059
  • Level of concern with Covid-19 has eased this week. 30% are now very concerned (down from 36% in September), with a corresponding increase to those saying they are Quite concerned (45% to 52%).
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