Essential Report

Importance of car manufacturing

Dec 17, 2013

Q. How important is it that Australia has a car manufacturing industry, even if it needs hundreds of millions of dollars each year in Government support and investment?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

 

1 Oct

2013

Total important

60%

 

74%

50%

48%

70%

58%

Total not important

33%

 

21%

46%

48%

25%

30%

Very important

30%

 

39%

26%

21%

32%

24%

Somewhat important

30%

35%

24%

27%

38%

34%

Not very important

20%

15%

24%

23%

18%

18%

Not at all important

13%

6%

22%

24%

7%

12%

Don’t know

6%

6%

5%

6%

5%

12%

60% think it is important that Australia has a car manufacturing industry, even if it needs hundreds of millions of dollars each year in Government support and investment while 33% think it is not important. This is s light increase in both measures since October as those saying “don’t know” has declined from 12% to 6%.

Labor voters are most likely to think a car manufacturing industry is important (70%) while Liberal/National voters are split (50% important/46% not important).

Subsidies to Holden

Dec 17, 2013

Q. Would you approve or disapprove of the Government increasing subsidies to Holden to keep them in Australia?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Total approve

45%

 

60%

35%

30%

41%

Total disapprove

42%

 

26%

57%

59%

46%

Strongly approve

15%

 

21%

11%

8%

15%

Approve

30%

39%

24%

22%

26%

Disapprove

25%

16%

30%

38%

35%

Strongly disapprove

17%

10%

27%

21%

11%

Don’t know

12%

14%

8%

12%

14%

45% would approve of increasing subsidies to Holden to keep them in Australia while 42% disapprove.

A majority of Labor voters approve (60%) and a majority of Liberal/National voters disapprove (57%).

Support for Toyota

Dec 17, 2013

Q. When Holden closes, Toyota will be the only company manufacturing cars in Australia. Do you think the Government should increase financial support for Toyota, decrease support or leave it the same?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Increase support

31%

 

44%

21%

16%

37%

Decrease support

11%

 

7%

15%

13%

8%

Leave it the same

44%

 

32%

52%

54%

49%

Don’t know

14%

17%

11%

17%

7%

31% think the Government should increase financial support to Toyota and 44% think they should leave it the same. Only 11% were in favour of decreasing the support for Toyota.

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