Performance of Anthony Albanese

Feb 11, 2020

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

Feb’20 Jan’20 Dec’19 Nov’19 Oct’19 Sep’19 Aug’19 Jul’19
NET: Approve 41% 43% 39% 37% 40% 36% 38% 39%
NET: Disapprove 31% 30% 28% 34% 29% 31% 29% 24%
Don’t know 28% 27% 33% 29% 31% 33% 33% 37%
Base (n) 1,056 1,081 1,035 1,075 1,088 1,093 1,096 1,091

 

Total Federal Voting Intention
Labor Coalition Greens NET: Other
Strongly approve 6% 12% 4% 3% 2%
Approve 35% 51% 34% 27% 17%
Disapprove 22% 12% 30% 27% 28%
Strongly disapprove 9% 2% 15% 6% 20%
Don’t know 28% 24% 18% 37% 32%
NET: Approve 41% 62% 37% 30% 20%
NET: Disapprove 31% 14% 45% 33% 49%
Base (n) 1,056 354 320 113 155
  • Approval for Albanese has remained steady at 41% (43% last month). Those who don’t know about Albanese’s performance remains relatively high, at 28%.
  • His approval within his voter base (62% among Labor voters) is still not as strong as Scott Morrison (78% among Coalition voters).

Preferred Prime Minister

Feb 11, 2020

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

Feb’20 Jan’20 Nov’19 Oct’19 Sep’19 Aug’19 Jul’19 Jun’19
Scott Morrison 36% 36% 44% 43% 46% 44% 44% 43%
Anthony Albanese 36% 39% 28% 28% 25% 28% 26% 25%
Don’t know 28% 25% 29% 29% 29% 28% 31% 32%
Base (n) 1,056 1,081 1,075 1,088 1,093 1,096 1,091 1,099

 

 

    Federal Voting Intention
Total Labor Coalition Greens NET: Other
Scott Morrison 36% 14% 77% 5% 31%
Anthony Albanese 36% 64% 12% 58% 24%
Don’t know 28% 23% 11% 37% 45%
Base (n) 1,056 354 320 113 155
  • Scott Morrison and Anthony Albanese are considered equally capable of being Prime Minister (both 36%).
  • 28% are unsure who would make the better PM.

Returning to budget surplus

Feb 11, 2020

Q. Before the 2019 Federal election, the Government promised the 2019-2020 budget would return to surplus. To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statements about achieving a budget surplus?

  NET: Agree NET: Disagree Strongly agree Somewhat agree Somewhat disagree Strongly disagree Unsure
It’s more important to spend money on bushfire recovery than fund the surplus 79% 11% 50% 30% 7% 5% 9%
It’s understandable with the coronavirus impacting trade with China that the surplus won’t be achieved 65% 18% 25% 40% 12% 6% 17%
The government was wrong to announce the budget ‘was back in the black’ before the last election 57% 24% 25% 32% 17% 7% 19%
  • Four in five (79%) agree that it’s more important to spend money on bushfire recovery than fund the surplus; 65% agree that it’s understandable with the coronavirus impacting trade on China that the surplus won’t be achieved; and over half (57%) agree that the government was wrong to announce the budget ‘was back in the black’ before the last election.
  • Coalition voters are least likely to agree that the government was wrong to announce the budget ‘was back in the black’ before the last election (44%); while Labor (70%) and Greens (68%) voters are most likely to agree.

Attitude to Bridget McKenzie’s resignation and grant allocation

Feb 11, 2020

Q. The Deputy Leader of the Nationals has resigned for having a conflict of interest in awarding a grant to a shooting club of which she was a member. Which of the following statements do you agree with?

  NET: Agree NET: Disagree Strongly agree Somewhat agree Somewhat disagree Strongly disagree Unsure
The investigation needs to continue to investigate any MP involved in the allocation of sports grants 70% 17% 70% 17% 11% 6% 13%
Giving grants to sports organisations in marginal seats was only done to influence the election result in the Governments favour 66% 16% 36% 30% 12% 5% 18%
The minister’s resignation should be the end of the matter 49% 38% 24% 26% 20% 18% 13%

 

 

NET: Agree   Federal Voting Intention
Total Labor Coalition Greens NET: Other
The investigation needs to continue to investigate any MP involved in the allocation of sports grants 70% 77% 65% 81% 71%
Giving grants to sports organisations in marginal seats was only done to influence the election result in the Governments favour 66% 76% 56% 70% 73%
The minister’s resignation should be the end of the matter 49% 44% 61% 44% 44%
Base (n) 1,056 354 320 113 155
  • 70% of participants agree that the investigation into the Deputy Nationals Leader needs to continue to investigate any MP involved in the allocation of sports grants. Half (49%) of participants agree that the minister’s resignation should be the end of the matter.
  • Coalition voters are more likely to agree that the minister’s resignation should be the end of the matter (61%) than all other voters (44%).
  • Additionally, Coalition voters are least likely to agree that the investigation needs to continue (65%) and giving grants to sports organisations in marginal seats was only done to influence the election result in the Governments favour (56%), than all other voters (76% and 74%).

Coronavirus concerns and government actions

Feb 11, 2020

Q. To what extent are you concerned about the threat of the Coronavirus in Australia?

  Total
Very concerned 25%
Quite concerned 43%
Not that concerned 26%
Not at all concerned 6%
Base (n) 1,056

 

Q. Do you think the Government is doing enough to protect Australians from the threat of Coronavirus?

    Age Federal Voting Intention
Total 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor Coalition Greens NET: Other
Government is doing enough 49% 43% 45% 57% 43% 68% 34% 37%
Government is not doing enough 30% 38% 35% 19% 38% 16% 38% 40%
Don’t know 21% 19% 20% 24% 19% 15% 28% 23%
Base (n) 1,056 341 366 349 354 320 113 155
  • 25% are very concerned about the threat of the Coronavirus to Australia and 43% are quite concerned. 26% are not at all concerned and 6% say they are not at all concerned.
  • 49% of participants believe the government is doing enough to protect Australians from Coronavirus; those over 55 years old (57%) and Coalition voters (68%) are most likely to say that the Government is doing enough.
  • Those aged 18-54 year old (37%), with dependent children (35%), Greens voters (38%) and other/independent party voters (40%) are more likely to believe that the government isn’t doing enough.

Attitudes towards Coronavirus management

Q. To what extent do you support or oppose the following measures to limit the spread of the Coronavirus to Australia?

  NET: Agree NET: Disagree Strongly agree Somewhat agree Somewhat disagree Strongly disagree Unsure
Stopping all flights to and from China until more is known about the disease 85% 10% 59% 25% 8% 2% 5%
Stopping anyone from entering the country who has who has been to China in the last 14 days 84% 11% 59% 25% 8% 3% 5%
People entering Australia from affected areas in China will be quarantined on Christmas Island for 14 days 82% 12% 59% 23% 8% 4% 6%

 

NET: Agree   Age Federal Voting Intention
Total 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor Coalition Greens NET: Other
Stopping all flights to and from China until more is known about the disease 85% 77% 83% 92% 84% 91% 72% 82%
Stopping anyone from entering the country who has who has been to China in the last 14 days 84% 76% 84% 90% 84% 90% 71% 86%
People entering Australia from affected areas in China will be quarantined on Christmas Island for 14 days 82% 73% 82% 90% 79% 92% 67% 83%
Base (n) 1,056 341 366 349 354 320 113 155

 

  • More than four-fifths of participants agree with each of the three measures to limit to the spread of the Coronavirus; stopping all flights to and from China has 85% agreement, stopping anyone entering the country who has been to China in the last 14 days has 84% agreement, and 82% agree that people entering Australia from affected areas in China should be quarantined.
  • Participants over 55 years old and Coalition voters are more likely to agree with these measures, than participants 18-34 and Greens voters.

Dietary preferences

Feb 11, 2020

Q. Which, if any, of the following best describes your diet?

    Age Federal Voting Intention
Total 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor Coalition Greens NET: Other
Vegan 3% 7% 2% 1% 3% 3% 7% 1%
Vegetarian 5% 8% 6% 1% 5% 3% 12% 4%
Pescatarian 5% 7% 5% 3% 5% 3% 7% 7%
Flexitarian/Semi-vegetarian 7% 8% 8% 6% 9% 7% 7% 5%
I try to limit my meat consumption 24% 22% 25% 26% 27% 19% 32% 22%
None of the above 56% 48% 55% 64% 50% 64% 34% 62%
Base (n) 1,056 341 366 349 354 320 113 155
  • 44% of participants are reducing their meat consumption in some way, most commonly by trying to limit their meat consumption (24%).
  • 18-34 year olds are more likely to be vegan (7%) or vegetarian (8%) than those aged over 55 (both 1%).
  • 12% of Greens voters are vegetarian, compared to 4% of all other voters.

Reasons for dietary preferences

Q. And which, if any, of the following are reasons why you choose to follow this diet?

    Age
Total 18-34 35-54 55+
Improve or maintain personal health 51% 40% 50% 65%
Limit processed food, additives or chemicals in diet 32% 21% 36% 40%
Assist with weight loss 29% 29% 27% 32%
Environmental reasons 29% 34% 27% 24%
Ethical reasons of animal welfare 27% 34% 27% 18%
Reduce the cost of food bills 25% 18% 25% 35%
Dislike the taste of meat 11% 13% 13% 7%
Manage an illness (e.g. diabetes) 8% 7% 10% 8%
I have food allergies 7% 9% 7% 4%
Religious beliefs and teachings 4% 6% 5% 0%
None of the above 4% 4% 4% 5%
Base (n) 470 177 166 127
  • The most commonly selected reason for choosing to follow a meat restrictive diet is to improve or maintain personal health (51%), followed by limiting processed food, additives or chemicals in diet (32%), assist with weight loss and environmental reasons (both 29%).
  • 25% of participants are chose to follow a meat restrictive diet in order to reduce the cost of food bills while 11% dislike the taste of meat.
  • Participants over 55 are more likely to say ‘improve or maintain personal health’ (65%), ‘limit processed food, additives or chemicals in diet’ (40%) or ‘reduce the cost of food bills’ (35%), than those 18-34 years old (40%, 21% and 18% respectively).
  • Women are more likely than men to say they dislike the taste of meat (15% women, 7% men).
  • Greens voters are more likely to say environmental (54%) or ethical (45%) reasons than any other political group (both 24%).

Climate Change Policy Proposals

Jan 29, 2020

Q. To what extent would you support or oppose the following policy proposals if they were adopted by the Federal Government?

  NET: Support NET: Oppose Strongly support Somewhat support Somewhat oppose Strongly oppose
Accelerate development of new industries and jobs that are powered by renewable energy 81% 19% 41% 40% 12% 7%
Setting a zero-carbon pollution target for 2050 71% 29% 32% 39% 18% 12%
Requiring mining companies to fund bushfire hazard reduction 68% 32% 25% 43% 21% 11%
Remove taxpayer funded subsidies to the fossil fuel industry 68% 32% 30% 38% 22% 11%
Setting a zero-carbon pollution target for 2030 64% 36% 26% 38% 21% 15%
Ban all political donations from fossil fuel companies 62% 38% 28% 34% 25% 13%
Prevention of new coal mines opening in Australia 62% 38% 27% 35% 23% 16%

 

  Voting Intention
 NET: SUPPORT Total Labor Liberal + National Greens NET: Other
Accelerate development of new industries and jobs that are powered by renewable energy 81% 86% 75% 87% 77%
Setting a zero-carbon pollution target for 2050 71% 81% 56% 89% 62%
Requiring mining companies to fund bushfire hazard reduction 68% 78% 54% 76% 68%
Remove taxpayer funded subsidies to the fossil fuel industry 68% 77% 56% 83% 64%
Setting a zero-carbon pollution target for 2030 64% 77% 47% 87% 52%
Ban all political donations from fossil fuel companies 62% 72% 48% 79% 57%
Prevention of new coal mines opening in Australia 62% 70% 48% 84% 51%
Base (n) 1,080 351 342 110 156
  • 81% of participants support the accelerated development of new industries and jobs that are powered by renewable energy and 71% support a zero-carbon pollution target to be set for 2050.
  • Support for all policies was higher among Labor and greens voters, and lower among Coalition.

Federal ICAC

Jan 29, 2020

Q. To what extent would you support or oppose the establishment of an independent federal corruption body to monitor the behaviour of our politicians and public servants?

Jan’20 Dec’19 Sep’18
Strongly support 49% 42% 46%
Support 31% 33% 36%
Oppose 5% 7% 4%
Strongly oppose 2% 2% 1%
Unsure 13% 17% 14%
NET: Support 80% 75% 82%
NET: Oppose 7% 8% 5%
Base (n) 1,080 1,035 1,030

 

Total Voting Intention
Labor Coalition Greens NET: Other
Strongly support 49% 56% 42% 53% 56%
Support 31% 29% 38% 28% 20%
Oppose 5% 4% 6% 3% 6%
Strongly oppose 2% 1% 3% 2% 5%
Unsure 13% 9% 11% 14% 13%
NET: Support 80% 86% 80% 81% 76%
NET: Oppose 7% 5% 9% 5% 11%
Base (n) 1,080 351 342 110 156
  • 80% of participants support the establishment of an independent federal corruption body to monitor the behaviour of our politicians and public servants.
  • Support is higher than late last year when the same question was asked in conjunction with the conduct of Angus Taylor and the use of inflated figures that Mr Taylor’s office used to attack the travel record of Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore (75% in Dec’19).
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