Essential Report

Federal politics – voting intention

Feb 18, 2013

Q. If a Federal Election was held today to which party will you probably give your first preference vote? If not sure, which party are you currently leaning toward?

Q. If don’t know -Well which party are you currently leaning to?

Sample size = 1,882 respondents

First preference/leaning to

Election

21 Aug 10

4 weeks ago

21/1/13

2 weeks ago

5/2/13

Last week

11/2/13

This week

18/2/13

Liberal

44%

45%

45%

44%

National

4%

3%

3%

3%

Total Lib/Nat

43.6%

48%

48%

48%

47%

Labor

38.0%

36%

34%

34%

35%

Greens

11.8%

9%

10%

9%

9%

Other/Independent

6.6%

8%

8%

9%

8%

 

2PP

Election

21 Aug 10

4 weeks ago

2 weeks ago

Last week

 

This week

Total Lib/Nat

49.9%

54%

54%

55%

54%

Labor

50.1%

46%

46%

45%

46%

NB.  The data in the above tables comprise 2-week averages derived from the first preference/leaning to voting questions.  Respondents who select ‘don’t know’ are not included in the results.  The two-party preferred estimate is calculated by distributing the votes of the other parties according to their preferences at the 2010 election. These estimates have a confidence interval of approx. plus or minus 2-3%.

Drugs in sport

Feb 18, 2013

Q. How much of a problem do you think taking performance enhancing drugs is in these sports?

 

A major problem

A moderate  problem

A minor problem

Not a problem at all

Don’t know

AFL football

39%

23%

18%

5%

16%

NRL rugby league

37%

26%

16%

4%

18%

Cricket

16%

9%

26%

25%

23%

Tennis

18%

12%

24%

22%

24%

Soccer

22%

19%

23%

10%

26%

Basketball

18%

18%

22%

14%

30%

Cycling

56%

20%

8%

3%

14%

Athletics

41%

26%

11%

4%

17%

56% of respondents think taking performance enhancing drugs is a major problem in cycling, 41% think it is a major problem in athletics, 39% in AFL football and 37% in NRL rugby league.

38% of AFL football followers think it is a major problem in their sport and 26% of NRL followers think it is a major problem in their sport. 40% of AFL followers think it is a major problem in NRL.

46% of Victorian respondents think performance enhancing drugs is a major problem in the AFL.

Betting on sport

Feb 18, 2013

Q. How much of a problem do you think betting on games and results is in these sports?

 

A major problem

A moderate  problem

A minor problem

Not a problem at all

Don’t know

AFL football

34%

22%

14%

10%

19%

NRL rugby league

33%

22%

15%

11%

20%

Cricket

30%

22%

17%

10%

20%

Tennis

21%

18%

20%

18%

23%

Soccer

30%

22%

15%

11%

23%

Basketball

23%

18%

19%

15%

25%

Cycling

25%

18%

17%

14%

25%

Athletics

23%

18%

20%

14%

25%

34% of respondents think betting is a major problem in AFL football, 33% think it is a major problem in NRL, 30% in soccer and 30% in cricket.

36% of those who mostly follow cricket think it is a major problem in their sport, compared to 32% of AFL followers and 28% of NRL followers.

Personal actions

Feb 18, 2013

Q. If players in a sporting team you supported were found to have taken performance enhancing drugs would you –

 

Total

AFL

NRL

Cricket

Soccer

Basket
-ball

Attend fewer games

27%

26%

25%

33%

24%

28%

Stop attending games altogether

19%

16%

20%

23%

20%

21%

Watch fewer games on TV

28%

23%

27%

34%

23%

33%

Stop watching games on TV altogether

15%

9%

16%

18%

17%

26%

Change my support to another team

18%

7%

18%

19%

22%

23%

26% of AFL followers said if players in their team were found to have taken performance enhancing drugs they would attend fewer games and 23% said they would watch fewer games on TV. However, only 9% said they would stop watching games on TV altogether and only 7% said they would change their support to another team.

NRL (18%) and soccer (22%) followers were more likely to change their support to another team.

Approval of actions

Feb 18, 2013

Q. Would you approve or disapprove of the following actions –

 

Total approve

Total disapprove

Strongly approve

Approve

Disapprove

Strongly disapprove

Don’t know

Ban sports betting

52%

30%

27%

25%

24%

6%

17%

Setting up a sports integrity commission with strong powers

76%

7%

40%

36%

6%

1%

17%

Ban teams whose players have been found guilty of using performance enhancing drugs

54%

28%

28%

26%

21%

7%

18%

Accept that prohibition won’t work and allow approved performance enhancing drugs in sport

12%

71%

5%

7%

19%

52%

16%

76% approve setting up a sports integrity commission with strong powers. 82% of AFL followers and 78% of NRL followers approved.

54% approve banning teams whose players have been found guilty of using performance enhancing drugs – including 49% of AFL followers and 50% of NRL followers.

52% approve of banning sports betting – including 52% of AFL followers and 47% of NRL followers. Those most in favour of banning sports betting were followers of cricket (57%) and tennis (63%).

Only 12% believed we should accept that prohibition won’t work and allow approved performance enhancing drugs in sport. This was strongly rejected by all sports followers – 65% of AFL followers and 71% of NRL followers disapproved.

Development of northern Australia

Feb 18, 2013

Q. The Liberal Party was reported to be considering a plan to increase the population of the northern regions of Australia by relocating public service jobs, increasing industry and food production and funding new projects in the north. Do you approve or disapprove of this idea?

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Total approve

56%

46%

73%

42%

Total disapprove

22%

32%

12%

38%

Strongly approve

16%

10%

24%

7%

Approve

40%

36%

49%

35%

Disapprove

15%

19%

10%

27%

Strongly disapprove

7%

13%

2%

11%

Don’t know

21%

23%

15%

20%

56% said they approved on a plan to increase the population of the northern regions of Australia by relocating public service jobs, increasing industry and food production and funding new projects in the north and 22% disapproved.

73% of Liberal/National voters approved compared to 46% of Labor voters and 42% of Greens voters.

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