Essential Report

Mabo Decision

Jun 12, 2012

Q. This year is the 20th anniversary of the High Court’s “Mabo” decision which established land rights for Australia’s indigenous people.

Do you think this decision has been good or bad for the following –

 

Total good

Total bad

Very good

Good

Made no difference

Bad

Very bad

Don’t know

Aboriginal people

65%

4%

27%

38%

19%

3%

1%

11%

Farmers

15%

35%

4%

11%

32%

28%

7%

17%

Miners

13%

35%

3%

10%

35%

26%

9%

17%

Regional communities

30%

23%

6%

24%

32%

17%

6%

15%

All Australians

33%

22%

10%

23%

30%

16%

6%

14%

Two thirds (65%) believe that the “Mabo” decision has been good for aboriginal people and only 4% think it has been bad. A majority of all voter groups think it has been good for aboriginal people – 80% of Greens voters, 72% of Labor voters and 63% of Liberal/National voters.

Respondents were also more likely to think the decision was good for regional communities (30% good/23% bad) and all Australian (33%/22%).

35% think it has been bad for farmers and miners. However, 47% think it has been good or made no difference for farmers and 48% think it has been good or made no difference for miners.

Liberal/National voters were more inclined to think it was bad for all groups other than aboriginal people. For all Australians, 62% of Greens voters, 44% of Labor voters and 25% of Liberal/National voters think it has been good.

Republic

Jun 12, 2012

Q.  Are you in favour or against Australia becoming a republic?

 

Jan 2010

March 2011

Oct 2011

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

In favour

41%

39%

41%

39%

56%

27%

54%

Against

32%

34%

33%

35%

22%

51%

21%

No opinion

27%

27%

26%

27%

22%

22%

25%

39% favour Australia becoming a republic and 35% are against – showing only a little change since this question was asked in October 2011 (from net +8 to net +4 in favour). 27% have no opinion.

Those most in favour were respondents aged 45-64 (45%), people earning $1,600+pw (45%), Labor voters (56%) and Greens voters (54%).

Those most against were aged 65+ (58%) and Liberal/National voters (51%).

36% of respondents aged under 35 had no opinion.

Will Australia ever become a Republic?

Jun 12, 2012

Q. Do you think that Australia is likely or unlikely to ever become a republic?

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Total likely

52%

65%

48%

57%

Total unlikely

34%

26%

38%

32%

Very likely

12%

16%

9%

16%

Somewhat likely

40%

49%

39%

41%

Somewhat unlikely

25%

21%

26%

28%

Very unlikely

9%

5%

12%

4%

Don’t know

15%

9%

13%

11%

52% think that it is very or somewhat likely that Australia will ever become a republic – and 34% think it is somewhat or very unlikely.

For people aged 45+, 61%+ think it is likely and 29% unlikely while for those aged under 35, 42% think it is likely and 40% unlikely.

Trust in Institutions

Jun 12, 2012

Q. How much trust do you have in the following institutions and organisations?

 

Total

trust

26 Sep 11

Total

trust

12 Jun 12

A lot of trust

Some trust

A little trust

No trust

Don’t know

% change

The High Court

72%

60%

20%

40%

24%

9%

7%

-12

The ABC

46%

54%

15%

39%

31%

10%

6%

+8

Charitable organisations

61%

50%

8%

42%

35%

10%

5%

-9

The Reserve Bank

67%

49%

13%

36%

30%

14%

7%

-18

Environment groups

45%

32%

6%

26%

35%

25%

7%

-13

The Commonwealth Public Service

  49%*

30%

4%

26%

42%

18%

9%

-19

Religious organisations

29%

27%

5%

22%

30%

37%

6%

-2

Newspapers

na

26%

3%

23%

46%

23%

5%

na

Online news media

na

23%

2%

21%

45%

25%

6%

na

Federal Parliament

55%

22%

3%

19%

37%

36%

6%

-33

Trade unions

39%

22%

3%

19%

32%

37%

9%

-17

Business groups

38%

22%

2%

20%

46%

24%

8%

-16

TV news media

na

21%

3%

18%

43%

30%

5%

na

Political parties

na

12%

2%

10%

31%

52%

5%

na

Note: ‘Total Trust’ is an aggregate figure achieved by adding ‘A lot of trust’ and ‘Some trust’.

* This Commonwealth Public Service figure is from a question asked in 6 Feb 12.

 

Respondents had most trust in the High Court (60%), the ABC (54%), charitable organisations (50%) and the Reserve bank (49%). They had least trust in political parties (12%), TV news media (21%) Federal Parliament, trade unions and business groups (all 22%).

Trust in all institutions (except the ABC) declined since this question was asked last year. The major changes were a collapse in trust in Federal Parliament (-33%) and substantial declines in trust in the Commonwealth Public Service (-19%), the Reserve Bank (-18%), trade unions (-17%) and business groups (-16%).

Compared to the average, Labor voters had more trust in political parties (19%), Federal Parliament (34%), the High Court (67%),  the Reserve Bank (57%), the Commonwealth Public Service (42%), trade unions (36%) and  environment groups (43%).

Liberal/National voters, compared to the average, had more trust in religious organisations (33%) and business groups (27%) but less trust in Federal parliament (17%), the ABC (46%), trade unions (14%) and environment groups (21%).

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