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Mar 7, 2017
Essential Research

Tony Abbott’s policy proposals

Q. Do you agree or disagree with the following proposals for actions the Federal Government could take?

  Total agree Total disagree   Strongly agree Agree Disagree Strongly disagree Don’t know
Abolish subsidies for renewables and cut renewable energy targets to reduce household power bills 40% 38% 12% 28% 19% 19% 22%
Abolish the Human Rights Commission to allow more free speech 33% 44% 12% 21% 25% 19% 23%
Stop all new government spending to reduce future debt 43% 41% 15% 28% 29% 12% 17%
Cut immigration to make housing more affordable 57% 28% 27% 30% 18% 10% 15%
Reform the Senate to reduce the power of small parties. 41% 34% 14% 27% 22% 12% 25%

Q. Do you agree or disagree with the following proposals for actions which Tony Abbott has said the Federal Government should take

  Total agree Total disagree   Strongly agree Agree Disagree Strongly disagree Don’t know
Abolish subsidies for renewables and cut renewable energy targets to reduce household power bills 47% 33% 16% 31% 13% 20% 20%
Abolish the Human Rights Commission to allow more free speech 39% 43% 14% 25% 25% 18% 18%
Stop all new government spending to reduce future debt 51% 35% 22% 29% 25% 10% 14%
Cut immigration to make housing more affordable 57% 31% 29% 28% 18% 13% 12%
Reform the Senate to reduce the power of small parties. 41% 37% 18% 23% 23% 14% 23%


Note: this question was split so that half the sample were told that Tony Abbott had made these proposals and half were asked about the proposals without any reference to Tony Abbott.

The question which referenced Tony Abbott showed higher support for cutting the RET, abolishing the Human Rights Commission and stopping all new Government spending but similar support for cutting immigration and reforming the Senate.

Overall, support for each proposal was higher than opposition except for abolishing the Human Rights Commission.

Among Liberal National voters, reference to Tony Abbott increased agreement with stopping new spending (from 51% to 62%) but made only small differences to other proposals.

Among Labor voters, reference to Tony Abbott increased agreement with abolishing the RET (from 36% to 44%) and abolishing the Human Rights Commission (from 24% to 32%).

A majority of Liberal National voters agreed with each proposal except for abolishing the Human Rights Commission.

No reference to Tony Abbott Total agree Total disagree   Labor voters agree Labor voters disagree LNP Voters agree LNP voters disagree
Abolish subsidies for renewables and cut renewable energy targets to reduce household power bills 40% 38% 36% 46% 56% 24%
Abolish the Human Rights Commission to allow more free speech 33% 44% 24% 56% 42% 39%
Stop all new government spending to reduce future debt 43% 41% 38% 47% 51% 38%
Cut immigration to make housing more affordable 57% 28% 53% 34% 69% 19%
Reform the Senate to reduce the power of small parties. 41% 34% 39% 38% 57% 24%

 

Reference to Tony Abbott Total agree Total disagree   Labor voters agree Labor voters disagree LNP Voters agree LNP voters disagree
Abolish subsidies for renewables and cut renewable energy targets to reduce household power bills 47% 33% 44% 36% 57% 28%
Abolish the Human Rights Commission to allow more free speech 39% 43% 32% 53% 46% 45%
Stop all new government spending to reduce future debt 51% 35% 42% 47% 62% 27%
Cut immigration to make housing more affordable 57% 31% 49% 41% 63% 30%
Reform the Senate to reduce the power of small parties. 41% 37% 34% 40% 59% 26%
Dec 6, 2016
Essential Research

Approval of Government Ministers

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the job the following people are doing as Government Ministers?

  Total approve Total dis-approve   Strongly approve Approve Dis-approve Strongly dis-approve Don’t know   Net score Net LNP voters
Julie Bishop – Foreign Affairs 52% 23% 18% 34% 12% 11% 25% +29 +66
Christopher Pyne – Defence Industry 35% 34% 7% 28% 16% 18% 32% +1 +55
Barnaby Joyce – Deputy Prime Minister 34% 33% 7% 27% 18% 15% 33% +1 +48
Greg Hunt – Industry, Innovation and Science 28% 27% 5% 23% 14% 13% 46% +1 +43
Peter Dutton – Immigration and Border Protection 33% 35%   11% 21% 15% 20% 32% -2 +47
Scott Morrison – Treasurer 33% 36% 6% 27% 18% 18% 31% -3 +50
George Brandis – Attorney General 26% 34% 4% 22% 14% 20% 40% -8 +32

 Of the Government Ministers listed, Julie Bishop has the best approval rating by a considerable margin (52% approve/23% disapprove). Opinions are almost evenly divided on all other ministers except George Brandis with 26% approve/34% disapprove.

Among Liberal/National voters, approval ranges from 75% for Julie Bishop to 49% for George Brandis.

Sep 21, 2016
Essential Research

Reasons for supporting ban

Q. What is the main reason you support a ban on Muslim immigration? (If support or strongly support)

  Total Vote Labor Vote LNP
They do not integrate into Australian society 41% 39% 39%
Terrorist threat 27% 32% 32%
They do not share our values 22% 17% 22%
Australia is a Christian country 4% 1% 7%
None of these 4% 9%
Don’t know 2% 2%

 

Sep 21, 2016
Essential Research

Statements about Pauline Hanson

Q. Do you agree or disagree with the following statements?

  Total agree Total disagree   Strongly agree Agree Disagree Strongly disagree Don’t know
I might not personally agree with everything she says but she is speaking for a lot of ordinary Australians 62% 30%   26% 36% 12% 18% 8%
Paul Hanson’s election to the Senate is a backward step for Australian democracy 38% 48%   21% 17% 28% 20% 13%
I agree with a lot of what Pauline Hanson says and it’s good to see her back in Parliament 42% 45%   16% 26% 18% 27% 12%
Pauline Hanson talks about issues other politicians too scared to tackle 65% 28%   29% 36% 12% 14% 9%
Pauline Hanson’s views do not reflect Australian values and she should not be given so much media coverage 45% 44%   23% 22% 25% 19% 11%
Given the rising number terrorist incidents around world there should be a national debate on Pauline Hanson’s call to ban Muslim immigration 48% 36% 18% 30% 17% 19% 15%

 

Mar 3, 2015
Essential Research

Human Rights Commission

Q. The Federal government says it has lost confidence in the Commonwealth Human Rights Commission and its president Gillian Triggs after it released a report on children in immigration detention. Do you approve or disapprove of the performance of the Human Rights Commission? 

 

 

Total

 

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Total approve

34%

46%

26%

60%

30%

Total disapprove

22%

15%

34%

9%

28%

Strongly approve

13%

20%

5%

36%

9%

Approve

21%

26%

21%

24%

21%

Disapprove

13%

11%

18%

6%

13%

Strongly disapprove

9%

4%

16%

3%

15%

Don’t know

44%

39%

41%

32%

42%

 

34% approve of the performance of the Human Rights Commission and 22% disapprove. 44% had no opinion.

Those most likely to approve were Greens voters (60%), Labor voters (46%) and university-educated (40%).

Jul 1, 2014
Essential Research

Approval of Government Ministers

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the job the following people are doing as Government Ministers? 

 

Total approve

Total dis-approve

Net score

Strongly approve

Approve

Dis-approve

Strongly dis-approve

Don’t know

Malcolm Turnbull – Communications

44%

31%

+13

8%

36%

18%

13%

25%

Julie Bishop – Foreign Affairs

41%

38%

+3

12%

29%

18%

20%

22%

George Brandis – Attorney General

33%

31%

+2

7%

26%

15%

16%

36%

Scott Morrison – Immigration and Border Protection

38%

39%

-1

14%

24%

17%

22%

24%

Greg Hunt – Environment

28%

39%

-11

5%

23%

18%

21%

34%

Joe Hockey – Treasurer

36%

48%

-12

10%

26%

21%

27%

15%

Christopher Pyne – Education

29%

47%

-18

7%

22%

20%

27%

24%

Malcolm Turnbull (+13) received the highest rating while Christopher Pyne (-18), Joe Hockey (-12) and Greg Hunt (-11) receive substantial negative ratings. Respondents were divided over the performance of Julie Bishop (+3), George Brandis (+2) and Scott Morrison (-1). 

Liberal voters were most approving of Joe Hockey (78% approve), Julie Bishop (74%), Malcolm Turnbull (72%) and Scott Morrison (70%).

View more results by voter intention.

Sep 5, 2013
Essential Research

Reasons for vote

Q. Which of the following are the main reasons why you will vote for that party? (up to 3 responses)

 

Total

 

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Other party/ Independent

Better at handling Australia’s economy

42%

29%

69%

7%

13%

Better at looking after the interests people like me

28%

37%

19%

25%

35%

They are more likely to represent the interests of all Australians

33%

37%

24%

33%

51%

I always vote for the same party

10%

13%

10%

9%

1%

They have a better leader

20%

35%

14%

5%

13%

More trustworthy than the other parties

22%

21%

15%

45%

33%

They are more united

12%

2%

21%

15%

5%

They are more capable of governing effectively than the other parties

15%

10%

26%

6%

3%

They have better policies on things like education and health

15%

29%

4%

21%

9%

They have better policies on things like environment and climate change

11%

13%

1%

55%

6%

They have better policies on things like industrial relations and supporting Australian workers

8%

16%

3%

8%

8%

They have better policies on things like national security and immigration

9%

3%

12%

15%

6%

We need a change of Government

18%

1%

28%

10%

36%

No reason

4%

5%

3%

1%

4%

Don’t know

2%

2%

2%

3%

4%

Main reasons for voting Labor were better at looking after the interests of people like me (37%), more likely to represent the interests of all Australians (37%) and have a better leader (35%).

Main reasons for voting Liberal or National were better at handling the economy (69%), need a change of Government (28%) and more capable of governing effectively (26%).

Feb 25, 2013
Essential Research

Trust in information

Q. How much trust do you have in the following for information on major public issues like immigration, climate change or the economy?

 

A lot of trust

Some trust

Not much trust

No trust at all

Don’t know

Don’t use

What I see on TV news and current affairs

5%

50%

30%

11%

3%

1%

What I hear on radio news and current affairs

5%

51%

30%

8%

3%

4%

What I hear on radio talkback

5%

35%

31%

17%

3%

9%

What I read in newspapers or online news sites

5%

51%

32%

8%

2%

2%

What politicians say

1%

12%

39%

43%

3%

2%

What I see online on blogs and social media

2%

20%

39%

22%

5%

11%

What I hear from friends and family

10%

53%

26%

6%

5%

1%

What I hear in my workplace

3%

37%

34%

10%

4%

11%

What I learn from my own research

35%

50%

6%

2%

2%

4%

 

 

Total

lot/some of trust

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

What I see on TV news and current affairs

55%

54%

59%

40%

What I hear on radio news and current affairs

56%

53%

61%

34%

What I hear on radio talkback

40%

34%

46%

26%

What I read in newspapers or online news sites

56%

59%

58%

48%

What politicians say

13%

21%

8%

14%

What I see online on blogs and social media

22%

23%

23%

24%

What I hear from friends and family

63%

58%

66%

63%

What I hear in my workplace

40%

39%

43%

42%

What I learn from my own research

85%

86%

86%

83%

85% have a lot or some trust in what they learn from their own research, 63% in what they hear from friends and family, 56% in newspapers and radio and 55% in TV news and current affairs. Only 13% have a lot or some trust in what they hear from politicians and 22% have a lot/some trust in blogs and social media.

Labor voters tend to have a little more trust in newspapers while Liberal/National voters have a little more trust in radio and TV news and current affairs. Liberal/National voters also have above-average trust in radio talkback.

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