Essential Report

Impact of foreign ownership of Qantas

Mar 11, 2014

Q. Do you think allowing majority foreign ownership of Qantas domestic operations will be good or bad for –

 

Total good

Total

bad

 

Very good

Good

Make no difference

Bad

Very bad

Don’t know

Australian jobs

16%

59%

4%

12%

19%

28%

31%

6%

Air travellers

30%

25%

8%

22%

36%

15%

10%

10%

Qantas profits

48%

19%

9%

39%

20%

11%

8%

13%

The Australian economy

24%

46%

6%

18%

20%

26%

19%

10%

Overall, respondents thought that majority foreign ownership of Qantas would be good for Qantas profits (48%) but bad for Australian jobs (59%) and the economy (46%). They were divided over the impact on air travellers (30% good/25% bad/36% no difference).

64% of Labor voters and 49% of Liberal/National voters thought it would be bad for jobs.

41% of those with university education and 44% of people aged 25-34 thought it would be good for air travellers.

56% of university educated, 59% of those aged 25-34 and 55% of Liberal/National voters thought it would be good for Qantas profits.

In terms of the economy, Labor voters split 18% good/52% bad compared to Liberal/National voters 37% good/33% bad.

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