Military aid to Ukraine

Sep 16, 2014

Q. Would you support or oppose the Australian Government providing military aid to the Ukraine Government fighting against Russian-backed rebel forces?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Total support

36%

33%

54%

19%

33%

Total oppose

42%

47%

32%

64%

51%

Strongly support

8%

7%

14%

3%

8%

Support

28%

26%

40%

16%

25%

Oppose

24%

24%

21%

43%

23%

Strongly oppose

18%

23%

11%

21%

28%

Don’t know

22%

20%

15%

16%

15%

36% would support the Australian Government providing military aid to the Ukraine Government fighting against Russian-backed rebel forces and 42% would oppose.

54% of Liberal/National voters support providing military aid but there are no substantial differences across demographic groups.

Troops in Afghanistan

Mar 19, 2012

Q.  Thinking about the Australian troops in Afghanistan, do you think Australia should –

 

25 Oct 2010

21 Mar 2011

29 Aug

21 Nov

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Increase the number of troops in Afghanistan

10%

5%

4%

3%

4%

4%

4%

6%

Keep the same number of troops in Afghanistan

30%

30%

26%

22%

22%

21%

27%

18%

Withdraw our troops from Afghanistan

47%

56%

64%

64%

64%

64%

62%

69%

Don’t know

14%

9%

7%

11%

10%

11%

7%

6%

64% (no change since November 2011) think Australia should withdraw our troops from Afghanistan, 22% (no change) think we should maintain troop numbers and 4% (up 1%) think we should increase them.

In the past 12 months, support for withdrawal of Australian troops has increased from 56% to 64%. There was majority support for withdrawal by all voting groups – 62% of Lib/Nat voters, 64% Labor and 69% Greens. Support for withdrawal was 71% among people aged 55+ and women were more likely than men to support withdrawal of troops (69% to 59%).

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Women in Defence Forces

Mar 19, 2012

Q. From what you’ve read and heard, do you think that women are generally respected and treated fairly in Australia’s defence forces or are they not respected or treated fairly?

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Men

Women

Respected and treated fairly

31%

34%

34%

24%

37%

25%

Not respected or treated fairly

44%

43%

41%

58%

40%

48%

Don’t know

25%

23%

25%

18%

23%

27%

44% think that women in Australia’s defence forces are not respected or treated fairly, 31% think they are respected and treated fairly and 25% don’t know.

Only 25% of women think women in the defence forces are respected and treated fairly compared to 37% of men. 54% of respondents aged 55+ think they are not respected or treated fairly.

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Performance of Groups/Organisations

Jan 31, 2011

Q. And from what you have seen and heard, how would you rate each of the following in terms of how they have responded to the floods?

Total good Total poor Very good Good Average Poor Very poor Don’t know
The Federal Labor Government 48% 15% 15% 33% 26% 7% 8% 11%
The Federal Coalition Opposition 29% 19% 6% 23% 37% 12% 7% 15%
The Queensland State Government 78% 3% 48% 30% 10% 1% 2% 9%
The Queensland State Government (Qld only) 79% 3% 51% 28% 11% 1% 2% 7%
The Victorian State Government 48% 4% 14% 34% 22% 3% 1% 26%
The Victorian State Government (Vic only) 53% 8% 13% 40% 23% 6% 2% 16%
The NSW State Government 33% 12% 8% 25% 27% 8% 4% 27%
The NSW State Government (NSW only) 26% 22% 5% 21% 33% 13% 9% 20%
The Australian military 78% 2% 49% 29% 8% 1% 1% 10%
State emergency services 88% 2% 71% 17% 4% 1% 1% 7%
The media 61% 9% 26% 35% 23% 5% 4% 7%
The banks 22% 26% 6% 16% 30% 17% 9% 23%
The insurance industry 10% 53% 2% 8% 22% 25% 28% 14%
Australian businesses overall 48% 8% 13% 35% 30% 6% 2% 14%
The Australian people overall 85% 2% 56% 29% 7% 1% 1% 6%

Groups with highest ratings for their response to the floods were state emergency services (88% good), the Australian people overall (85%), the Queensland State Government (78%) and the Australian military (78%).

The Federal Government’s response was rated 48% good/15% poor/26% average while the Federal Opposition was rated 29% good/19% poor/37% average.

The only groups with overall negative ratings were the insurance industry (53% poor/10% good) and the banks (26% poor/22% good).

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Troops in Afghanistan

Oct 11, 2010

Q. Thinking about the Australian troops in Afghanistan, do you think Australia should –

Total

11 Oct 10

Labor Liberal Greens 21 June 10 March 09
Increase the number of troops in Afghanistan 13% 10% 20% 6% 7% 14%
Keep the same number of troops in Afghanistan 24% 26% 29% 14% 24% 24%
Withdraw our troops from Afghanistan 49% 50% 41% 73% 61% 50%
Don’t know 14% 14% 10% 7% 8% 12%

49% of respondents believe Australia should withdraw our troops from Afghanistan, 24% think we should keep the same number and 13% think the numbers should be increased.

Support for withdrawal has dropped from the 61% recorded in June but is similar to the result recorded in March last year.

50% of Labor voters and 73% of Greens voters support withdrawal but 49% of Liberal/National voters favour maintaining or increasing the number of troops.

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Reasons for Afghanistan War

Oct 11, 2010

Q. Here are some reasons which are given for continuing to have Australian involvement in the war in Afghanistan. For each one could you tell me whether you think that is a very good reason, a fairly good reason, or not really a good reason at all.

Very good reason Fairly good reason Not a good reason at all Don’t know
To fight Al Qaeda and terrorism 34% 33% 25% 8%
To maintain our strategic alliance with the US 11% 36% 45% 8%
To build democracy in Afghanistan 30% 35% 25% 9%
To further human rights in Afghanistan, such as the rights of women 43% 32% 17% 8%

Total very good reason Labor Liberal Greens
To fight Al Qaeda and terrorism 34% 35% 44% 11%
To maintain our strategic alliance with the US 11% 12% 14% 7%
To build democracy in Afghanistan 30% 34% 34% 16%
To further human rights in Afghanistan, such as the rights of women 43% 48% 45% 38%

Respondents believe the best reasons for continuing Australian involvement in Afghanistan are to further human rights such as the rights of women (43%) and to fight Al Qaeda and terrorism (34%).

Liberal/National voters are more inclined to nominate fighting Al Qaeda and terrorism (44%) while Labor voters are more likely to think furthering human rights in Afghanistan, such as the rights of women (48%) is a very good reason.

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