Party Best at Handling Economy

Mar 26, 2012

Q. Which party do you think would be best at handling the Australian economy in the interests of you and people like you?

 

4 Jul 11

26 Mar 12

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

The Labor Party

26%

29%

76%

1%

39%

The Liberal Party

43%

41%

2%

89%

7%

No difference

23%

20%

14%

7%

45%

Don’t know

8%

10%

7%

4%

9%

 

41% (down 2% since July last year) think the Liberal Party would be best at handling the Australian economy in their interests and 29% (up 3%) nominated the Labor Party. 20% think there is no difference.

There were significant differences by income – those earning under $600pw split 38% Labor/30% Liberal while those earning over $1,600pw favoured the Liberal Party 49% to 23% Labor.

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The Economy

Mar 26, 2012

Q. Over the next 12 months do you think economic conditions in Australia will get better, get worse or stay much the same?  

 

 

1 Dec

08

15 Jun 09

5 Oct

09

28 Jun

10

18 Oct

10

4 April

11

4 Jul

11

3 Oct

11

26 Mar 12

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Total better

21%

43%

66%

33%

40%

27%

22%

16%

25%

42%

17%

26%

Total worse

61%

37%

15%

31%

30%

37%

49%

58%

46%

29%

60%

37%

Get a lot better

2%

5%

8%

5%

6%

4%

3%

2%

3%

5%

2%

1%

Get a little better

19%

38%

58%

28%

34%

23%

19%

14%

22%

37%

15%

25%

Get a little worse

45%

28%

11%

23%

20%

27%

31%

41%

31%

25%

36%

34%

Get a lot worse

16%

9%

4%

8%

10%

10%

18%

17%

15%

4%

24%

3%

Stay much the same

13%

17%

15%

30%

24%

27%

25%

22%

21%

24%

19%

26%

No opinion

5%

3%

4%

7%

6%

8%

4%

4%

7%

4%

4%

12%

Confidence in the economic outlook has strengthened with the percentage of respondents believing conditions to be getting better increasing 9 points to 25%, from 16% in October last year.  Those believing that economic conditions will get worse over the next 12 months has fallen 12 points from 58% to 46%.

Labor voters are optimistic overall – 42% better/29% worse.  Coalition voters are the most pessimistic, with 60% believing that thing will get worse over the next 12 months and only 17% better.

There was little difference across income groups.

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Personal financial situation

Mar 26, 2012

Q, Over the next 12 months do you think your personal financial situation will get better, get worse or stay much the same? 

 

28 Jun

10

18 Oct

10

4 April

11

4 Jul

11

3 Oct

11

26 Mar 12

Vote

Labor

Vote

Lib/Nat

Vote

Greens

Total better

29%

33%

32%

28%

24%

28%

34%

25%

36%

Total worse

31%

29%

31%

36%

41%

37%

29%

42%

34%

Get a lot better

5%

6%

7%

5%

4%

5%

5%

4%

14%

Get a little better

24%

27%

25%

23%

20%

23%

29%

21%

22%

Get a little worse

21%

21%

22%

23%

27%

27%

22%

30%

27%

Get a lot worse

10%

8%

9%

13%

14%

10%

7%

12%

7%

Stay much the same

37%

32%

32%

32%

32%

29%

32%

31%

25%

No opinion

4%

5%

5%

3%

3%

5%

5%

2%

5%

28% (up 4% since October last year) of respondents believe that their personal financial situation will get better in the next 12 months and 37% worse (down 4%). 29% (down 3%) expect it to stay much the same. However, these results are very similar to those of July 2011.

Greens voters (36% better) and Labor voters (34%) are the most likely to believe that their personal financial situation will get better over the next 12 months, whereas Coalition voters are the most likely to believe that theirs will get worse (42%).

People on lower incomes were more pessimistic about their personal financial outlook – those earning under $600 per week split 22% better/49% worse – compared to those earning more than $1,600pw who split 36%better/30% worse.

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Impact of Dollar on Industry

Mar 26, 2012

Q. The Australian dollar is now at $1.05 US and has been historically higher than the normal range of 60c-80c US. Is the high Australian dollar good or bad for the following industries?

 

Total good

Total bad

Very good

Good

Neither good nor bad

Bad

Very bad

Don’t know

Mining industry

29%

29%

10%

19%

20%

24%

5%

22%

Farming & Grazing Industry

16%

49%

4%

12%

16%

36%

13%

19%

Finance Industry

38%

15%

9%

29%

25%

12%

3%

21%

Construction Industry

24%

26%

4%

20%

28%

22%

4%

23%

Manufacturing industry

15%

50%

3%

12%

14%

29%

21%

20%

Retail Industry

23%

47%

6%

17%

14%

30%

17%

16%

Australian Tourism Industry

20%

56%

8%

12%

10%

31%

25%

14%

Overall, respondents think that the high Australian dollar has only been good for the finance industry (38% good/15% bad).

They believe that it has been particularly bad for the tourism industry (20% good/56% bad), the manufacturing industry (15%/50%), the farming and grazing industry (16%/49%) and the retail industry (23%/47%)

On the mining industry, they were split 29% good/29% bad.

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Impact of Mining Boom and Dollar

Mar 26, 2012

Q. Has the mining boom and the high dollar been good or bad for –

 

Total good

Total bad

Very good

Good

Neither good nor bad

Bad

Very bad

Don’t know

The economy generally

52%

12%

11%

41%

22%

10%

2%

15%

Jobs generally

42%

18%

8%

34%

26%

15%

3%

14%

You personally

23%

10%

5%

18%

55%

8%

2%

10%

A majority (52%) think that the mining boom and the high dollar has been good for the economy and are more likely to think it has been good for jobs (42% good/18% bad).

61% of Labor voters, 53% of Greens voters and 51% of Coalition voters think it has been good for the economy.

55% think it has been neither good nor bad for them personally. For those on incomes over $1,600pw, 32% think it has been good for them personally and 9% bad.

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Most Important Roles of Government

Jan 23, 2012

Q. From the following list, what do you think are the three most important roles of the Federal Government? (Number from 1 to 3 where 1 is the most important, 2 the second most important, etc)

Most important Second Third Total
Delivering basic services like health and education 18% 27% 20% 65%
Managing the economy in uncertain economic times 20% 15% 14% 49%
Making the big decisions for the nations future 20% 12% 12% 44%
Ensuring that all Australians benefit from Australia’s wealth 13% 10% 11% 34%
Supporting Australian industries to provide jobs 8% 12% 12% 32%
Reducing government spending so money can be returned back to taxpayers 9% 8% 8% 25%
Investing in infrastructure including road rail and broadband 3% 7% 10% 20%
Providing support to the most disadvantaged 4% 4% 8% 16%
Don’t know 5% 5% 5% 5%

Respondents considered that the most important roles of the Federal Government were delivering basic services like health and hospitals (65%), managing the economy in uncertain economic times (49%) and making the big decisions for the nations future (44%).

The least important roles were providing support for the most disadvantaged (16%), investing in infrastructure including road rail and broadband (20%) and reducing government spending so money can be returned to taxpayers (25%).

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Party best to handle Issues

Jan 23, 2012

Q. Which party do you think is best to handle each of the following issues?

Labor Liberal Greens Don’t know
Making the big decisions for the nations future 28% 41% 5% 26%
Managing the economy in uncertain economic times 30% 44% 2% 24%
Delivering basic services like health and education 34% 36% 5% 25%
Investing in infrastructure including road rail and broadband 34% 36% 2% 28%
Supporting Australian industries to provide jobs 33% 39% 3% 25%
Reducing government spending so money can be returned back to taxpayers 21% 46% 3% 29%
Ensuring that all Australians benefit from Australia’s wealth 31% 34% 6% 29%
Providing support to the most disadvantaged 34% 27% 9% 29%

The Liberal Party was considered substantially better than Labor at making the big decisions for the nations future (41% to 28%), managing the economy in uncertain economic times (44%/30% ) and reducing Government spending so money can be retuned back to taxpayers (46%/21%).

They were also considered a little better at supporting Australian industries to provide jobs (39%/33%). The Labor Party was considered a little better at providing support to the most disadvantaged (34%/27%) and the two parties scored similarly on delivering basic services like health and education, investing in infrastructure including road rail and broadband and ensuring that all Australians benefit from Australia’s wealth.

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Support for Other Manufacturing Sectors

Jan 23, 2012

Q. Do you think other manufacturing sectors that are under pressure from the high Australian dollar should receive similar assistance from Governments, or do you think the car industry needs special assistance?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Other manufacturing industries should receive similar assistance 62% 61% 66% 68%
The car industry needs special assistance 12% 15% 15% 9%
Don’t know 26% 24% 19% 23%

62% thought that other manufacturing industries should receive similar assistance and only 12% thought the car industry needs special assistance. There were no major differences across demographic and voter groups – although strongest support for similar assistance for other industries came from Greens voters (68%), aged 45+ (69%) and Victorian residents (68%).

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