Trust in institutions to ensure work is a safe place for women

Mar 2, 2021

Q.  How much would you trust the following institutions to ensure work is a safe place for women?

  TOTAL:

Trust

TOTAL:

Don’t trust

Have a lot of trust Have some trust Have little trust Have no trust at all Unsure
Public service 50% 42% 14% 37% 30% 11% 8%
Private companies 48% 42% 11% 37% 31% 12% 9%
Political offices 34% 59% 10% 24% 33% 26% 7%
Sporting clubs 40% 51% 10% 29% 35% 17% 9%
Entertainment industry 36% 55% 11% 25% 36% 20% 8%
  • Overall, trust in institutions to ensure work is a safe place for women is lacking. However, there is the least trust in political offices – 59% don’t trust political offices to ensure this, and of this, nearly a third (26%) have no trust at all.
  • The entertainment industry tracks only slightly ahead of political offices with 55% not trusting it to ensure work is a safe place for women.
  • About half trust the public service and private companies (50% and 48% respectively) to ensure this, however of this the majority only have some trust – only 14% and 11% have a lot of trust in public service and private companies respectively.

Trust in institutions to ensure work is a safe place for women

Mar 2, 2021

Q. How much would you trust the following institutions to ensure work is a safe place for women?

TOTAL: Trust Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Public service 50% 56% 45% 52% 55% 44% 51% 57% 53% 40%
Private companies 48% 56% 41% 48% 48% 49% 46% 56% 49% 49%
Political offices 34% 41% 27% 34% 38% 30% 30% 45% 21% 31%
Sporting clubs 40% 49% 30% 39% 42% 37% 40% 44% 26% 45%
Entertainment industry 36% 42% 31% 32% 43% 33% 37% 41% 25% 41%
Base (n) 1,074 527 547 326 363 385 335 396 106 138
  • While trust in political offices is low overall, just 27% of women trust political offices to ensure work is a safe place for them.
  • Compared to other voters, Greens voters are the least likely to trust political offices to ensure a safe working environment for women (21% to 30% Labor voters, 45% Coalition and 31% minor and independent party voters).

Views towards sexual assault of women in Parliament

Mar 2, 2021

 Q. To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statements about the recent allegations of rape and sexual assault from women working in Parliament?

TOTAL: Agree Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
The government has been more interested in protecting itself than the interests of those who have been assaulted 65% 62% 68% 66% 69% 61% 76% 51% 88% 69%
Women can face a hard time in workplaces in all professions, but politics has a particular problem with harassment and assault 61% 58% 64% 62% 64% 58% 67% 54% 75% 56%
Workplaces only change when women are equally represented in leadership positions 57% 52% 62% 60% 59% 53% 60% 52% 69% 57%
There is no difference in the way the different political parties treat women 45% 54% 37% 36% 44% 54% 41% 53% 30% 48%
Base (n) 1,074 527 547 326 363 385 335 396 106 138
  • 65% agree the government has been more interested in protecting itself than the interests of those who have been assaulted, with Greens voters most likely to agree with this statement (88%), followed by Labor voters (76%) and minor and independent party voters (69%). About half (51%) of Coalition voters agree with this.
  • Less than half (45%) agree there is no difference in the way the different political parties treat women. Of this, 53% of Coalition voters agree, compared to 30% of Greens voters, 41% of Labor voters and 48% of minor and independent party voters.
  • 61% agree women can face a hard time in workplaces in all professions, but politics has a particular problem with harassment and assault. 44% of Greens voters strongly agree with this, compared to 34% Labor voters and 35% minor and independent party voters. Only 21% of Coalition voters strongly agree with this statement.
  • 57% agree workplaces only change when women are equally represented in leadership positions and while agreement towards this is consistent across most demographics, men are more likely than women to disagree (20% to 9% respectively).

Frequency of reading news on technology platforms

Mar 2, 2021

Q. How frequently do you use technology platforms like Google and social media to search for and read news articles?

  Mar’21 Sep’20
At least daily 49% 52%
At least once a week 24% 22%
At least once a month 7% 8%
Less frequently than one a month 10% 6%
Never 11% 11%
Base (n) 1,074 1,076

 

  Total Age Group
  18-34 35-54 55+
At least daily 49% 51% 58% 38%
At least once a week 24% 28% 25% 20%
At least once a month 7% 10% 6% 5%
Less frequently than one a month 10% 7% 6% 17%
Never 11% 4% 6% 20%
Base (n) 1,074 326 363 385
  • Just under half (49%) of adult Australians use Google and social media to search and read news on a daily basis (down 3 percentage points since Sep’20). A further 24% use these platforms at least weekly.
  • People aged 35-54 are the heaviest consumers of news through Google and social media, with 58% using these platforms on a daily basis.

Support towards measures to regulate big tech companies

Mar 2, 2021

Q. To what extent would you support or oppose the following measures if they were introduced to regulate big tech companies?

TOTAL: Support Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Force tech companies to remove misinformation and disinformation from their platforms 76% 74% 77% 70% 69% 87% 75% 76% 85% 75%
Require tech companies to let you know all the information about you they hold and give you the right to remove it from their servers 76% 75% 76% 70% 71% 85% 78% 77% 81% 72%
Prevent tech companies from selling your personal information to other companies 79% 79% 79% 73% 75% 88% 78% 80% 85% 80%
Enforce upon tech companies the payment of tax on all Australians earnings 69% 73% 65% 57% 64% 84% 71% 71% 67% 74%
Base (n) 1,074 527 547 326 363 385 335 396 106 138
  • Support is highest among those over 55 towards preventing tech companies from selling your personal information to other companies (88% compared to 75% of those 35-54 and 73% of those 18-34).
  • Those over 55 are also more likely to strongly support the measure to force tech companies to remove misinformation and disinformation from their platforms than younger cohorts (68% to 46% 35-54 and 44% 18-34).
  • While support is high overall towards requiring tech companies to let you know all the information about you they hold and give you the right to remove it from their servers, again, those over 55 are more likely to strongly support this than younger audiences (63% to 51% 35-54 and 46% those 18-34).

Performance of Scott Morrison

Feb 16, 2021

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

Feb’21 Jan’21 Dec’20 Nov’20 Oct’20 Sep’20 Aug’20 Jul’20 Jun’20 May’20 Apr’20 Mar’20
TOTAL: Approve 65% 61% 62% 66% 63% 64% 66% 63% 65% 64% 59% 41%
TOTAL: Disapprove 28% 30% 28% 25% 27% 28% 23% 27% 26% 27% 31% 49%
Don’t know 7% 9% 11% 9% 10% 8% 11% 10% 8% 9% 10% 10%
Base (n) 1,109 1,084 1,071 1,010 1,082 1,076 1,010 1,054 1,059 1,093 1,069 1,096

 

  Total Federal Voting Intention
Labor Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Strongly approve 23% 8% 44% 6% 17%
Approve 42% 40% 49% 29% 40%
Disapprove 16% 24% 4% 30% 27%
Strongly disapprove 11% 20% 1% 29% 11%
Don’t know 7% 7% 2% 6% 5%
TOTAL: Approve 65% 49% 93% 35% 57%
TOTAL: Disapprove 28% 44% 5% 59% 37%
Base (n) 1,109 359 428 101 131
  • The Prime Minister’s approval rating has increased to 65%, the highest rating since November last year.
  • Approval of the Prime Minister is now at 93% among Coalition supporters (90% last month) and 49% among Labor voters (47% last month).

Performance of Anthony Albanese

Feb 16, 2021

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

Feb’21 Jan’21 Dec’20 Nov’20 Oct’20 Sep’20 Aug’20 Jul’20 Jun’20 May’20 Apr’20 Mar’20
TOTAL: Approve 40% 42% 43% 40% 44% 44% 44% 44% 43% 42% 44% 41%
TOTAL: Disapprove 33% 33% 29% 33% 29% 29% 30% 28% 30% 27% 29% 33%
Don’t know 27% 25% 28% 27% 27% 27% 25% 28% 26% 31% 27% 26%
Base (n) 1,109 1,084 1,071 1,010 1,082 1,076 1,010 1,054 1,059 1,093 1,069 1,096

 

  Total Federal Voting Intention
Labor Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Strongly approve 10% 13% 10% 6% 10%
Approve 30% 45% 21% 28% 27%
Disapprove 22% 13% 30% 28% 25%
Strongly disapprove 11% 4% 18% 4% 16%
Don’t know 27% 25% 21% 33% 22%
TOTAL: Approve 40% 58% 31% 35% 37%
TOTAL: Disapprove 33% 17% 48% 32% 42%
Base (n) 1,109 359 428 101 131
  • The Opposition Leader’s approval rating is now at 40%, down from 42% last month and the lowest rating since last November.
  • Approval of the Opposition Leader has fallen to 58% among Labor voters (from 63% in January) and 31% among Coalition voters (down from 35% in January).

Preferred Prime Minister

Feb 16, 2021

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

  Feb’21 Jan’21 Dec’20 Nov’20 Oct’20 Sep’20 Aug’20 Jul’20 Jun’20 May’20 Apr’20 Mar’20
Scott Morrison 52% 51% 50% 53% 50% 49% 52% 50% 53% 50% 46% 40%
Anthony Albanese 24% 25% 24% 24% 25% 26% 22% 27% 23% 25% 27% 35%
Don’t know 24% 25% 26% 24% 25% 25% 26% 23% 24% 25% 27% 25%
Base (n) 1,109 1,084 1,071 1,010 1,082 1,076 1,010 1,054 1,059 1,093 1,069 1,096

 

 

    Federal Voting Intention
Total Labor Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Scott Morrison 52% 33% 83% 33% 40%
Anthony Albanese 24% 42% 7% 39% 28%
Don’t know 24% 25% 11% 28% 31%
Base (n) 1,109 359 428 101 131
  • 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 (24%). About a further quarter (24%) of participants don’t know who would make the better PM.
  • Morrison is strongly favoured by Coalition voters, with 83% believing Morrison makes the better PM, compared to Albanese (7%).
  • 42% of Labor voters believe Albanese would make the better PM, a decrease since last month (47%). A quarter (25%) of Labor voters said they don’t know who would make the better leader.
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