Attitude to Bridget McKenzie’s resignation and grant allocation

Mar 10, 2020

Q The Deputy Leader of the Nationals resigned last month for having a conflict of interest in awarding a grant to a shooting club of which she was a member. There are ongoing questions about the extent to which other ministers knew and participated in the allocation of regional sporting grants.

  NET: Agree NET: Disagree Strongly agree Somewhat agree Somewhat disagree Strongly disagree Unsure
The investigation needs to continue to investigate any MP involved in the allocation of sports grants 71% 16% 42% 28% 10% 6% 13%
The minister’s resignation should be the end of the matter 43% 42% 19% 24% 21% 21% 14%

 

NET: Agree Mar’20 Feb’20 Difference
The investigation needs to continue to investigate any MP involved in the allocation of sports grants 71% 70% +1
The minister’s resignation should be the end of the matter 43% 49% -6
Base (n) 1,096 1,057
  • 71% of participants agree that the investigation needs to continue to investigate any MP involved in the allocation of sports grants, which is no different to the Feb’20 results.
  • On the other hand, now 43% of participants agree that the minister’s resignation should be the end of the matter (43%) down 6pts from Feb’20.

Attitude to Bridget McKenzie’s resignation and grant allocation

Feb 11, 2020

Q. The Deputy Leader of the Nationals has resigned for having a conflict of interest in awarding a grant to a shooting club of which she was a member. Which of the following statements do you agree with?

  NET: Agree NET: Disagree Strongly agree Somewhat agree Somewhat disagree Strongly disagree Unsure
The investigation needs to continue to investigate any MP involved in the allocation of sports grants 70% 17% 70% 17% 11% 6% 13%
Giving grants to sports organisations in marginal seats was only done to influence the election result in the Governments favour 66% 16% 36% 30% 12% 5% 18%
The minister’s resignation should be the end of the matter 49% 38% 24% 26% 20% 18% 13%

 

 

NET: Agree   Federal Voting Intention
Total Labor Coalition Greens NET: Other
The investigation needs to continue to investigate any MP involved in the allocation of sports grants 70% 77% 65% 81% 71%
Giving grants to sports organisations in marginal seats was only done to influence the election result in the Governments favour 66% 76% 56% 70% 73%
The minister’s resignation should be the end of the matter 49% 44% 61% 44% 44%
Base (n) 1,056 354 320 113 155
  • 70% of participants agree that the investigation into the Deputy Nationals Leader needs to continue to investigate any MP involved in the allocation of sports grants. Half (49%) of participants agree that the minister’s resignation should be the end of the matter.
  • Coalition voters are more likely to agree that the minister’s resignation should be the end of the matter (61%) than all other voters (44%).
  • Additionally, Coalition voters are least likely to agree that the investigation needs to continue (65%) and giving grants to sports organisations in marginal seats was only done to influence the election result in the Governments favour (56%), than all other voters (76% and 74%).

Ministerial Conduct

Jan 29, 2020

Q. Over the past few weeks the Opposition has been raising concern about the conduct of Deputy Nationals leader Bridget McKenzie.

It is claimed she allocated $100million to sporting organisations in marginal seats to favour the Coalition in the 2019 Federal election.

Which of the following best describes your perspective on the issue?

Jan’20 Dec’19

Following Angus Taylor

and Sydney Lord Mayor

The Prime Minister should have stood the Minister down from Cabinet 51% 35%
The Prime Minster was right not to stand the Minister down from Cabinet 15% 17%
I have not been following the issue 34% 48%
Base (n) 1,080 1,035

 

Total Federal Voting Intention
Labor Coalition Greens NET: Other
The Prime Minister should have stood the Minister down from Cabinet 51% 67% 41% 51% 51%
The Prime Minster was right not to stand the Minister down from Cabinet 15% 7% 27% 10% 15%
I have not been following the issue 34% 27% 32% 40% 34%
Base (n) 1,080 351 342 110 156
  •  One-third (34%) of participants have not been following the issue of Bridget McKenzie and the allocation of Sports grants.
  • Half of participants believe the Prime Minister should have stood the Minister down from cabinet over the issue (51%), while just 15% believe Scott Morrison was correct to support his colleague.
  • Coalition voters are least likely to say that the PM should have stood the Minister down (41%).

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