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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.

Australia – Fair and Just

Feb 13, 2012

Q. Compared to other advanced industrial countries would you say Australia is fairer and more just, about average, or less fair and just?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Total more fair and just 46% 53% 47% 40%
A lot more fair and just 14% 18% 14% 7%
A little more fair and just 32% 35% 33% 33%
About average 38% 35% 39% 47%
A little less fair and just 8% 7% 7% 8%
A lot less fair and just 3% 2% 3% 3%
Don’t know 5% 3% 3% 1%

46% think that Australia is fairer and more just than other advanced industrial countries.

Labor voters (53%) are more likely to think Australia is more fair and just than Liberal/National voters (47%) or Greens voters (40%).

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Australia – Fair and Just Compared

Feb 13, 2012

Q. Would you say that Australia is more or less fair and just as a nation and society than the following countries?

More fair and just About the same Less fair and just Don’t know
China 66% 11% 11% 12%
The United States 47% 33% 10% 10%
Japan 41% 30% 12% 18%
France 34% 34% 13% 19%
The UK 26% 58% 7% 9%
Canada 12% 61% 13% 14%
New Zealand 12% 68% 11% 9%

66% think Australia is a more fair and just society than China and 47% think Australia is more fair than the United States.

More than half think Australia is about as fair and just as New Zealand (68%), Canada (61%) and the UK (58%).

Views about the United States are similar across most demographic groups except for those on higher incomes – 51% of those on incomes over $1,600 pw think Australia is more fair and just than the United States.

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Importance of Relationships with Other Countries

Nov 14, 2011

Q. How important is it for Australia to have a close relationship with the following nations?

Very important Quite important Not very important Don’t know Very Important 28 Mar Change
New Zealand 61% 31% 5% 3% 69% -8
United States 55% 37% 4% 3% 60% -5
China 48% 44% 5% 3% 48%
United Kingdom 47% 43% 7% 3% 56% -9
Japan 32% 53% 11% 4% 39% -7
Indonesia 27% 49% 19% 5% 31% -4
India 23% 48% 24% 6% 26% -3
Germany 18% 44% 32% 6% 23% -5
South Africa 12% 37% 42% 8% 16% -4

More than half the respondents think it is very important to have close relationships with the New Zealand (61%) and the United States (55%) and just under half think it is very important to have a close relationship with the China (48%) and the United Kingdom (47%).

A close relationship with the United States is considered very important by 60% of Liberal/National voters, 58% of Labor voters and 42% of Greens voters.

Since this question was asked in March, there have been substantial decreases in the rating of the importance of relations with New Zealand (-8%), United Kingdom (-9%) and Japan (-7%). The importance of relations with all other listed countries has also fallen a little – with the exception of China which is unchanged. China is now ranked above United Kingdom in importance.

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Change in Relationships with Other Countries

Nov 14, 2011

Q. Would you like to see Australia’s relationship with these countries get closer, stay the same or become less close?

Get closer Stay the same Become less close Don’t know Get closer

28 Mar

Change
China 35% 48% 9% 8% 32% +3
New Zealand 33% 57% 3% 8% 37% -4
Japan 24% 59% 7% 9% 26% -2
India 23% 50% 16% 12% 19% +4
Indonesia 23% 48% 20% 10% 21% +2
Germany 20% 58% 10% 12% 18% +2
United Kingdom 19% 67% 7% 7% 25% -6
United States 18% 63% 12% 7% 24% -6
South Africa 14% 58% 14% 14% 13% +1

35% think that Australia’s relationship with China should get closer and 33% think our relationship with New Zealand should get closer.

Labor voters are most likely to favour closer relationships with China (41%) and New Zealand (37%).

Liberal/National voters are also most likely to favour closer relationships with China (34%) and New Zealand (29%).

Greens voters are most likely to favour closer relationships with New Zealand (47%), Indonesia (40%) and China (31%).

Since this question was asked in March, the percentage wanting a closer relationship with the United Kingdom and the United States has declined 6%.

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Australia’s Future

Nov 14, 2011

Q. To which region do you think Australia’s future is most closely tied?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Europe 7% 6% 7% 5%
Asia 74% 81% 76% 82%
North America 9% 6% 10% 10%
Don’t know 10% 6% 8% 4%

74% think Australia’s future is most closely tied to Asia – only 9% think it is tied to North America and 7% Europe.

Views are similar across major voter groups. However, younger respondents were a little less likely to agree – 68% of those aged under 35 think Australia’s future is most closely tied to Asia compared to 81% of those aged 55+.

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Muslim Migrants

Feb 28, 2011

Q. In your view, should the Australian government exclude Muslims from our migrant intake?
(Question commissioned by Network Ten)

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Men Women Aged 18-34 Aged 35-44 Aged 55+
Yes 25% 21% 33% 8% 26% 25% 19% 26% 31%
No 55% 62% 49% 83% 55% 54% 56% 57% 49%
Don’t know/Refused 20% 17% 18% 8% 19% 21% 25% 17% 20%

25% of respondents believed that the Australian government should exclude Muslims from our migrant intake and 55% disagreed. Those most likely to think Muslims should be excluded from our migration intake were Liberal/National voters (33%) and people aged 55+ (31%).

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