Attitudes towards the importance of how electricity is generated in relation to price and supply

Dec 1, 2020

Q. To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statement?

It doesn’t matter how electricity is generated, as long as prices don’t go up, and the supply is secure

  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
  Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Strongly agree 24% 30% 18% 21% 28% 23% 18% 29% 13% 33%
Somewhat agree 23% 23% 23% 23% 27% 19% 26% 26% 11% 15%
Neither agree nor disagree 24% 22% 27% 27% 23% 23% 23% 22% 26% 25%
Somewhat disagree 18% 16% 19% 18% 14% 21% 19% 17% 23% 17%
Strongly disagree 11% 10% 13% 12% 8% 14% 14% 6% 27% 10%
TOTAL: Agree 47% 53% 41% 44% 55% 42% 43% 55% 23% 48%
TOTAL: Disagree 29% 26% 32% 30% 22% 35% 33% 23% 51% 28%
Base (n) 1,034 528 506 329 320 385 322 430 88 107
  • Nearly half of Australians (47%) agree that it doesn’t matter how electricity is generated, as long as prices don’t go up, and the supply is secure. About a third (29%) disagree.
  • Men are more likely to strongly agree with this statement than women (30% to 18% respectively).
  • Coalition voters are also more likely to agree with this statement compared to other voters (55% to 43% Labor, 23% Greens and 48% minor party voters).

Performance of Scott Morrison

Nov 17, 2020

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

Nov’20 Oct’20 Sep’20 Aug’20 Jul’20 Jun’20 May’20 Apr’20 Mar’20 Feb’20 Jan’20 Dec’19
TOTAL: Approve 66% 63% 64% 66% 63% 65% 64% 59% 41% 39% 40% 45%
TOTAL: Disapprove 25% 27% 28% 23% 27% 26% 27% 31% 49% 52% 52% 43%
Don’t know 9% 10% 8% 11% 10% 8% 9% 10% 10% 9% 8% 13%
Base (n) 1,010 1,082 1,076 1,010 1,054 1,059 1,093 1,069 1,096 1,056 1,081 1,035

 

Total Federal Voting Intention
Labor Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Strongly approve 24% 11% 48% 8% 13%
Approve 41% 39% 46% 37% 41%
Disapprove 15% 21% 4% 26% 22%
Strongly disapprove 11% 19% 1% 21% 15%
Don’t know 9% 9% 1% 8% 8%
TOTAL: Approve 66% 50% 94% 45% 55%
TOTAL: Disapprove 25% 40% 5% 47% 37%
Base (n) 1,010 323 404 80 122
  • The Prime Minister’s approval rating is now at 66%, equivalent of the score in August.
  • Approval of the Prime Minister among is at 94% among Coalition supporters (89% last month) and 50% among Labor voters (45% last month).

Performance of Anthony Albanese

Nov 17, 2020

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

Nov’20 Oct’20 Sep’20 Aug’20 Jul’20 Jun’20 May’20 Apr’20 Mar’20 Feb’20 Jan’20 Dec’19
TOTAL: Approve 40% 44% 44% 44% 44% 43% 42% 44% 41% 41% 43% 39%
TOTAL: Disapprove 33% 29% 29% 30% 28% 30% 27% 29% 33% 31% 30% 28%
Don’t know 27% 27% 27% 25% 28% 26% 31% 27% 26% 28% 27% 33%
Base (n) 1,010 1,082 1,076 1,010 1,054 1,059 1,093 1,069 1,096 1,056 1,081 1,035

 

  Total Federal Voting Intention
Labor Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Strongly approve 8% 11% 7% 8% 4%
Approve 33% 48% 23% 41% 27%
Disapprove 22% 14% 29% 15% 34%
Strongly disapprove 11% 5% 20% 5% 16%
Don’t know 27% 23% 21% 31% 20%
TOTAL: Approve 40% 59% 30% 49% 31%
TOTAL: Disapprove 33% 19% 48% 19% 50%
Base (n) 1,010 323 404 80 122
  • The Opposition Leader’s approval rating has decreased from 44% in October to 40% this month.
  • Albanese’s approval rating has decreased among men (51% to 46%), people in regional areas (44% to 39%) and among Labor voters (65% to 59%).

Preferred Prime Minister

Nov 17, 2020

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

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

 

    Federal Voting Intention
Total Labor Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Scott Morrison 53% 31% 87% 28% 48%
Anthony Albanese 24% 48% 6% 37% 20%
Don’t know 24% 22% 7% 35% 31%
Base (n) 1,010 323 404 80 122
  • Just over half of participants believe that Scott Morrison would make a better PM than Anthony Albanese (53%), while a quarter would prefer the opposition leader (24%). A further quarter (24%) of participants don’t know who would make the better PM.
  • Morrison is strongly favoured by Coalition voters, with 87% believing Morrison makes the better PM, compared to Albanese (6%).
  • Half of Labor voters believe Albanese would make the better PM (48%). 22% of Labor voters said they didn’t know who would make the better leader.

Performance of State Premiers

Nov 17, 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]

TOTAL: Approve 16/11/20 02/11/20 19/10/20
Gladys Berejiklian

NSW

75% 68% 67%
Daniel Andrews

VIC

65% 61% 54%
Annastacia Palaszczuk

QLD

65% 65% 62%
Steven Marshall

SA

60% 71% 51%
Mark McGowan

WA

87% 78% 84% 

 

 

 

Gladys Berejiklian

NSW

Daniel Andrews

VIC

Annastacia Palaszczuk

QLD

Steven Marshall

SA

Mark McGowan

WA

Strongly approve 28% 28% 32% 24% 52%
Approve 47% 37% 33% 37% 35%
Disapprove 9% 14% 16% 14% 5%
Strongly disapprove 8% 14% 11% 8% 2%
Don’t know 8% 7% 8% 18% 6%
TOTAL: Approve 75% 65% 65% 60% 87%
TOTAL: Disapprove 17% 28% 27% 21% 7%
Base (n) 307 278 219 66 98

 

  • In NSW, Gladys Berejiklian improved her approval ratings over the past two weeks with to 75% (68% earlier in November).
  • After the easing of lockdown restrictions and no number of new cases over the past two weeks, Daniel Andrews has seen his approval rating increase again to 65%. His disapproval rating has dropped from 40% in October to 28% this week.
  • Following her election victory in Queensland, Annastacia Palaszczuk remains on 65% approval.

Interest in news stories

Nov 17, 2020

Q. How closely have you been following these news stories in the last fortnight?

  TOTAL:

CLOSELY

TOTAL:

NOT CLOSELY

 
The 2020 US election 68% 32%
The easing of Covid-19 restrictions in Victoria 73% 27%
Labor MP Joel Fitzgibbon’s resignation from the Shadow Cabinet 29% 71%
The allegations of sexual misconduct in the Federal Parliament, as outlined in an ABC Four Corners documentary 36% 64%
  • The easing of restrictions in Victoria was the news item most closely followed over the past two weeks (73%), followed closely by the events following the US election (68%).
  • The fall-out following the Four Corners documentary exposing allegations of sexual misconduct in the Federal Parliament was followed by 36% of people and Joel Fitzgibbon’s resignation from the Shadow Cabinet by 29%.

Interest in news stories

Nov 17, 2020

Q. How closely have you been following these news stories in the last fortnight?

The 2020 US election

  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
  Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Very closely 28% 31% 24% 28% 27% 28% 30% 32% 28% 26%
Fairly closely 41% 44% 37% 39% 43% 40% 40% 45% 40% 32%
Not that closely 22% 18% 26% 24% 21% 21% 20% 18% 24% 29%
Not closely at all 10% 7% 12% 9% 9% 11% 9% 5% 7% 13%
TOTAL: CLOSELY 68% 75% 62% 67% 70% 68% 70% 77% 69% 58%
TOTAL: NOT CLOSELY 32% 25% 38% 33% 30% 32% 30% 23% 31% 42%
Base (n) 1,010 479 531 250 383 377 323 404 80 122

Interest in news stories

Nov 17, 2020

Q. How closely have you been following these news stories in the last fortnight?

The easing of Covid-19 restrictions in Victoria

  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
  Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Very closely 29% 28% 29% 20% 32% 33% 31% 32% 25% 23%
Fairly closely 44% 46% 42% 42% 43% 47% 48% 46% 35% 46%
Not that closely 20% 20% 20% 26% 19% 16% 17% 17% 30% 22%
Not closely at all 7% 5% 9% 12% 6% 4% 4% 4% 9% 10%
TOTAL: CLOSELY 73% 75% 71% 62% 75% 80% 79% 79% 61% 69%
TOTAL: NOT CLOSELY 27% 25% 29% 38% 25% 20% 21% 21% 39% 31%
Base (n) 1,010 479 531 250 383 377 323 404 80 122
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