Essential Report

Interest in budget

Apr 29, 2013

Q. Thinking about the Federal Budget to be announced next month  – how interested are you in reading and hearing about the Federal Budget?

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Very interested

34%

39%

39%

27%

Somewhat interested

32%

35%

32%

37%

A little interested

19%

19%

17%

23%

Not at all interested

10%

7%

10%

13%

Can’t say

4%

1%

2%

1%

66% said they were very or somewhat interested in the Federal Budget.

Those most interested were aged 55+ (50% very interested), Labor voters (39%) and Liberal/National voters (39%).

Expectations of budget

Apr 29, 2013

Q. Overall do you expect the budget to be good or bad for you personally?

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Total good      

12%

20%

10%

16%

Total bad

38%

20%

53%

24%

Very good

2%

4%

2%

1%

Good

10%

16%

8%

15%

Neither good nor bad

38%

49%

31%

50%

Bad

29%

18%

38%

19%

Very bad

9%

2%

15%

5%

Don’t know

11%

11%

6%

10%

12% expect the budget will be good for them personally and 38% think it will be bad. 38% think it will be neither good nor bad for them personally.

Those most likely to think it will be bad for them personally were aged 45+ (46%) and Liberal/National voters (53%).

Budget measures

Apr 29, 2013

Q. Would you support or oppose the following budget measures to increase revenue or decrease spending?

 

Total

Support

 

Support

Oppose

Don’t know

Vote ALP

Vote Lib

Vote Greens

Increase taxes for big corporations

64%

17%

19%

77%

54%

86%

Reduce tax breaks for high income earners

45%

38%

17%

51%

42%

54%

Cut “middle class welfare” such as the Baby Bonus, first home buyers grant and Family Tax Benefit payments

37%

48%

15%

38%

41%

35%

Reduce defence spending

35%

48%

17%

37%

29%

57%

Postpone building the NBN

34%

45%

20%

18%

52%

13%

Postpone the increase in education spending recommended by the Gonski Report

29%

51%

20%

21%

39%

16%

Cut spending on unemployment and disability benefits

25%

60%

15%

23%

32%

13%

Postpone other infrastructure projects like new roads and highways

14%

71%

15%

17%

15%

7%

In terms of possible budget measures to increase revenue or decrease spending, a majority supported increasing taxes for big corporations and were also more likely to support reducing tax breaks for high income earners.

A majority opposed postponing infrastructure, cutting spending on unemployment and disability benefits and postponing increasing the education spending recommended by the Gonski Report.

Measures most supported by Labor voters were increasing taxes for big corporations and reducing tax breaks for high income earners.

Measures most supported by Liberal/National voters were increasing taxes for big corporations and postponing the NBN.

Opinion of Qantas

Apr 29, 2013

Q. Compared to 12 months ago, how do you feel about Qantas – more positive, more negative or about the same?

 

27 Feb 12

Total

29 Apr 13

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Fly regularly

Fly once or twice a year

Fly less often

Total more positive

11%

18%

19%

19%

8%

29%

23%

9%

Total more negative

41%

18%

18%

17%

26%

18%

20%

16%

A lot more positive

4%

5%

4%

7%

3%

10%

7%

2%

A little more positive

7%

13%

15%

12%

5%

19%

16%

7%

About the same

43%

55%

57%

57%

58%

51%

55%

59%

A little more negative

23%

11%

11%

10%

23%

10%

11%

12%

A lot more negative

18%

7%

7%

7%

3%

8%

9%

4%

No opinion

5%

9%

6%

7%

7%

2%

3%

16%

18% say that, compared to 12 months ago, they feel more negative about Qantas, 18% feel more positive and 55% feel about the same. This is a substantial improvement for Qantas since this question was asked last February following major industrial disputes.

Regular flyers are somewhat more positive – 29% feel more positive and 18% more negative.

There were no substantial differences across demographics.

Choice of airline

Apr 29, 2013

Q. Which of the following best describes your airline preference when booking air travel?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Fly regularly

Fly once or twice a year

I usually try to fly Qantas

34%

28%

39%

34%

42%

30%

I usually try to avoid flying Qantas

20%

19%

20%

15%

22%

18%

I don’t care whether I fly Qantas or not

43%

52%

39%

50%

33%

49%

Can’t say

3%

1%

3%

2%

3%

Based on respondents who travel by air at least once a year

34% of respondents who travel by air at least once a year said they usually try to fly Qantas, 20% try to avoid flying Qantas and 43% don’t care either way.

42% of regular flyers usually try to fly Qantas.

Population growth

Apr 29, 2013

Q. Australia’s population has now reached 23 million and is growing by more than 300,000 a year. Do you think Australia’s population growth rate is too fast, too slow or about right?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Too fast

45%

41%

50%

45%

Too slow

5%

6%

5%

3%

About right

37%

42%

38%

32%

Don’t know

13%

11%

8%

20%

45% think Australia’s population growth rate is too fast, 5% think it is too slow and 37% about right.

Those most likely to think it is too fast were Liberal/National voters (50%), aged 45-64 (51%) and incomes under $1,000pw (55%).

Anzac Day

Apr 29, 2013

Q. Thursday 25th April was/is Anzac Day.  Which of the following best describes what you did (or will do) on Anzac Day?

 

Total

 

Vote ALP

Vote Lib

Vote Greens

Men

Women

Aged
18-
34

Aged
35-
54

Aged 55+

Attended an Anzac Day event or march

17%

18%

19%

10%

20%

14%

11%

19%

22%

Didn’t attend an event but watched the march on TV

36%

39%

37%

27%

35%

36%

30%

33%

45%

Nothing special – it was just a public holiday

35%

35%

34%

42%

34%

36%

44%

37%

23%

Working – don’t get the Anzac Day holiday

7%

5%

8%

12%

6%

9%

10%

7%

5%

Don’t know

5%

4%

2%

8%

4%

5%

5%

4%

5%

17% of respondents said they attended an Anzac day event and 36% said they watched a march on TV. 42% said it was just a holiday or were working.

Only 11% of those aged under 35 attended an event compared to 22% of those aged 55+.

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