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Aug 2, 2010
Essential Research

Best to handle Immigration Issues

Q. Which leader and party do you trust most to handle immigration issues?

  Total Vote Labor Vote Liberal/ National Vote Greens
Tony Abbott and the Liberal Party 35% 6% 83% 9%
Julia Gillard and the Labor Party 23% 50% 3% 27%
No difference 31% 35% 11% 56%
Don’t know 10% 9% 3% 8%

 Overall, Tony Abbott and the Liberal Party are trusted most to handle immigration issues (35% to 23%). 31% think there is no difference between the major parties on immigration.

 83% of Liberal/National voters trust Tony Abbott and the Liberal Party most and 50% of Labor voters trust Julia Gillard and the Labor Party. 56% of Greens voters think there is no difference. (more…)

Apr 19, 2010
Essential Research

Immigration and the Government

Q. Thinking about immigration, should the Government provide incentives for new migrants to settle in specific regions of Australia which need and can cope with higher populations?

  %
Should provide incentives to settle in specific regions 55%
Should not provide incentives to settle in specific regions 30%
Don’t know 15%

55% agreed that the Government should provide incentives for new migrants to settle in specific regions of Australia which need and can cope with higher populations and 30% disagreed.

 Those most likely to agree were Greens voters (74%), Labor voters (62%) and high income earners (60% of incomes over $1,600 per week).

Liberal/National voters split 54% should/36% should not. (more…)

Apr 30, 2019
Essential Research

2019 election issues

Q. How important are each of the following issues in deciding how you will vote in the next election? 10 – Very Important

  Total Vote Labor Vote Liberal / National Vote Greens NET: Vote Other
Healthcare 40% 49% 31% 33% 41%
National security and terrorism 35% 31% 40% 21% 38%
Management of the economy 33% 32% 37% 24% 33%
Jobs 31% 38% 25% 20% 35%
Education 31% 39% 22% 32% 28%
Tax 28% 30% 25% 20% 32%
Environment 26% 31% 15% 50% 24%
Climate change 26% 31% 16% 50% 19%
Immigration 25% 25% 25% 18% 34%
Housing 24% 30% 16% 22% 25%
Transport and infrastructure 22% 24% 20% 15% 23%
  • On a 0-10 importance scale, 40% of people said Healthcare was an important issue (giving highest score of 10 out of 10). This was rated as an important issue by just under half of Labor voters (49%) and by the highest proportion of those voting for a minor party or independent (41%).
  • 35% thought National security and terrorism was a very important election issue. This result was highest among Coalition voters (40%), where it was the top issue, and those voting for another party or independent (38%).
  • The issues given a ‘Very important’ rating by Greens voters were Climate change (50%) and the Environment (50%).
Jan 15, 2019
Essential Research

Far-right rally

Q. There was a far-right rally held in Melbourne last week opposing immigration the alleged crimes committed by African “gangs” in the city.

To what extent do you support agree or disagree with each of the following statements relating to this rally?

  NET: Agree NET: Disagree Strongly agree Somewhat agree Somewhat disagree Strongly disagree Don’t know
There is no place in Australian society for the use of racist and fascist symbols used by participants in the rally 74% 17% 48% 26% 10% 7% 9%
All Australians have the right to peacefully protest, no matter how extreme their views 73% 19% 31% 42% 14% 5% 8%
Those attending the rally do not represent the views of the majority of Australians 60% 27% 31% 29% 17% 10% 13%
Scott Morrison demonstrated poor leadership by not immediately condemning the rally, and those who attended it, in stronger terms 48% 36% 21% 27% 23% 13% 16%
It was appropriate for Queensland senator Fraser Anning to use taxpayer money to attend the rally 22% 66% 8% 14% 18% 48% 12%

While 73% of Australians believe that ‘All Australians have the right to peacefully protest, no matter how extreme their views’, a similar proportion (74%) also feel agree that ‘There is no place in Australian society for the use of racist and fascist symbols used by participants in the rally’.

Six in ten believe that ‘Those attending the rally do not represent the views of the majority of Australians’.

Almost half (48%) agreed that ‘Scott Morrison demonstrated poor leadership by not immediately condemning the rally, and those who attended it, in stronger terms’.

Just 22% agreed ‘It was appropriate for Queensland senator Fraser Anning to use taxpayer money to attend the rally’ with 48% strongly disagreeing with this statement and 66% disagreeing overall.

Aug 27, 2018
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Support for policies

Q. Would you support or oppose the following policies?

  Total support Total oppose   Strongly support Support Oppose Strongly oppose Don’t know
Withdraw from the Paris climate change agreement on reducing emissions 32% 46%   14% 18% 21% 25% 23%
Funding more coal-fired power stations 41% 41%   14% 27% 20% 21% 17%
Cutting immigration numbers 62% 27%   33% 29% 17% 10% 11%
Expanding short-term work visas 34% 46%   8% 26% 27% 19% 20%
Cutting the tax rate for big businesses 25% 62%   6% 19% 25% 37% 13%
Cutting the tax rate for people earning over $200,000 23% 64%   6% 17% 28% 36% 13%

There was strong majority support for cutting immigration – including 55% of Labor voters and 78% of LNP voters. A majority opposed cutting tax rates for big businesses (62% oppose) and wealthy people (64% oppose).

Respondents were more likely to oppose withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement and expanding short-term work visas.

They were split (41%/41%) over funding more coal-fired power stations.

Apr 24, 2018
Essential Research

Problems for cities

Q. Which of the following are the main problems for our major cities? Rank your top 3 from 1 to 3 where 1 = the most important, 2 = second and 3 = third.

  Total   1st 2nd 3rd   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote Other
Housing affordability pushing people to the fringes of major cities 66%   24% 24% 18%   68% 65% 70% 51%
Lack of government investment in infrastructure like roads and public transport 62%   28% 15% 19%   62% 60% 63% 59%
The lack of employment opportunities in the regions, driving people to the cities 62%   18% 23% 21%   58% 66% 59% 61%
Poor planning that means people live too far from where they work 45%   9% 18% 18%   46% 42% 54% 37%
Excessive levels of immigration 37%   15% 9% 13%   34% 40% 16% 62%
Lack of regulations for property developers 29%   7% 11% 11%   32% 26% 39% 30%

 

The main problems for major cities (each nominated by around two thirds of respondents) were – Housing affordability pushing people to the fringes of major cities, Lack of government investment in infrastructure like roads and public transport and The lack of employment opportunities in the regions, driving people to the cities.

Lack of regulations for property developers (29%) was the least important problem.

Jul 25, 2017
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New national security ministry

Q. The Government has announced setting up a new ministry under Peter Dutton covering issues of national security. It will include ASIO, the Federal Police and the Border Force of the Immigration Department – which are currently responsible to other ministers. Do you approve or disapprove of setting up this new national security ministry?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote Other
Total approve 56%   51% 75% 33% 57%
Total disapprove 18%   26% 9% 37% 19%
Strongly approve 19%   13% 31% 6% 20%
Approve 37%   38% 44% 27% 37%
Disapprove 10%   14% 6% 15% 12%
Strongly disapprove 8%   12% 3% 22% 7%
Don’t know 26%   22% 16% 30% 23%

56% approve of the new national security ministry and 18% disapprove.

Those most likely to approve were Liberal/National voters (75%), men (62%) and aged 65+ (67%).

Those most likely to disapprove were Labor voters (26%) and Greens voters (37%).

Jul 11, 2017
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Disagreement among Australians

Q. What level of disagreement do you think exists among Australians over the following issues?

 

 

Total high Total low   Very high disagreement High disagreement Moderate disagreement Low disagreement Very low disagreement Don’t know
Allowing foreign investors to buy Australian farming land 42% 23%   23% 19% 22% 14% 9% 12%
Whether increased Muslim immigration poses a threat to the safety and security of the community 39% 22%   15% 24% 28% 11% 11% 11%
Offshore detention of asylum seekers 37% 24%   12% 25% 28% 13% 11% 11%
The need to legislate for same sex marriage 31% 34%   14% 17% 27% 18% 16% 9%
Paying penalty rates for working on Sundays and public holidays 30% 32%   14% 16% 29% 17% 15% 10%
What constitutes ‘fair pay’ 29% 24%   9% 20% 32% 16% 8% 15%
Whether we should open new coal mines 28% 25%   10% 18% 33% 15% 10% 14%
The immediate impact of climate change 26% 27%   7% 19% 36% 18% 9% 11%
Whether Australia should be a republic 20% 37%   7% 13% 27% 21% 16% 15%
Significant public investment in higher education 16% 38%   4% 12% 29% 26% 12% 16%
The need for Australia to focus on building renewable energy 15% 44%   4% 11% 30% 25% 19% 11%
Formally recognizing Aboriginal people in our constitution 14% 45%   5% 9% 28% 22% 23% 12%

 

The issues with the highest level of perceived disagreement were “allowing foreign investors to buy Australian farming land” (42% high disagreement), “whether increased Muslim immigration poses a threat to the safety and security of the community” (39%), and “offshore detention of asylum seekers” (37%).

The issues with the lowest level of perceived disagreement were “formally recognising Aboriginal people in our constitution” (45% low disagreement), the need for Australia to focus on building renewable energy (44%), “significant public investment in higher education (38%) and “whether Australia should become a republic (37%).

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