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Government vs Private Sector

Jan 31, 2011

Q. Which of the following are better run by the private sector and which are better run by Government?

Better run by private sector Better run by Government Don’t know
Electricity 22% 61% 17%
Water 15% 70% 16%
Trains, buses and ferries 19% 68% 13%
Motorways 17% 70% 13%
Community services such as child protection 14% 71% 15%
Broadband services 53% 29% 19%
Health insurance services 48% 37% 15%
Property insurance 55% 27% 19%
Prisons 10% 76% 15%
Universities 20% 64% 16%

A substantial majority believed that the Government is better at running prisons (76%), community services (71%), water (70%) and motorways (70%). However, they are more likely to think that the private sector is better at running property insurance (55%), broadband services (53%) and health insurance (48%).

Although Liberal/National voters were a little more likely to favour the private sector on most issues, they also supported the Government running most services except for broadband services (63% private/24% Government), health insurance (59%/32%) and property insurance (65%/23%). Labor voters favoured the private sector to run broadband (44%/38%) and property insurance (50%/31%) but were split on health insurance (41% private/43% Government).

Support for Government run services was a little higher in NSW than in Victoria – e.g. electricity (64% NSW/59% Vic), water (73%/65%).

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Funding Flood Damage

Jan 31, 2011

Q. Which of the following do you think is the best way for the Government to pay for the damage caused by the recent floods?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Introduce a one-off levy 22% 42% 9% 22%
Sell off Medibank Private 2% 1% 4% 2%
Scrap or postpone the NBN (National Broadband Network) 28% 11% 48% 10%
Postpone returning the budget to surplus 24% 26% 23% 27%
Raise taxes on mining company profits 10% 10% 6% 23%
None of them 7% 5% 7% 9%
Don’t know 7% 5% 3% 7%

Overall, there was no clearly preferred means of funding the flood damage. The most supported ways to fund flood damage were to scrap or postpone the NBN (28%), postpone returning the budget to surplus (24%) and introducing a one-off levy (22%). Only 2% favoured selling Medibank Private. Labor voters favoured the levy (42%) and Liberal/National voters favoured scrapping or postponing the NBN (48%).

Greens voters were split between postponing the return to surplus (27%), a tax on mining company profits (23%) and introducing a levy (22%).

Scrapping or postponing the NBN was strongly favoured by those aged 55+ (40%).

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Spending Funds for Flood Damage

Jan 31, 2011

Q. If the Government introduces a levy to pay for flood damage, which of the following should the Government spend those funds on?

Yes No Don’t know Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Replace and repair infrastructure – e.g. roads, rail, power, telecommunications 92% 3% 5% 92% 95% 95%
Replace and repair public buildings – e.g. schools, hospitals 92% 3% 5% 93% 93% 95%
Compensate individuals who were not insured for flood damage 35% 42% 22% 37% 35% 34%
Compensate businesses for lost income 36% 43% 20% 40% 36% 33%
Compensate farmers for lost income 58% 26% 16% 61% 58% 54%
Compensate workers for lost wages 43% 37% 20% 50% 41% 36%
Compensation for all people affected – regardless of whether or not they have insurance cover 30% 51% 19% 32% 31% 23%

Respondents overwhelmingly supported using Government funding for rebuilding infrastructure and public buildings (92%).

A majority (58%) also supported compensating farmers for lost income. However, they were more likely to oppose compensating businesses or those who were not insured for flood damage. Only 30% supported Government funding for anyone affected.

There were relatively small differences between voter groups – except for compensating workers for lost wages which 50% of Labor voters supported compared to 41% of Lib/Nat voters and 36% of Greens voters.

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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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Federal politics – voting intention

Jan 24, 2011

Q. If a Federal Election was held today to which party will you probably give your first preference vote? If not sure, which party are you currently leaning toward?

Q. If don’t know -Well which party are you currently leaning to?

sample size = 1,896

First preference/leaning to Election

21 Aug 10

Last week This week
Liberal 43% 42%
National 3% 3%
Total Lib/Nat 43.6 46% 45%
Labor 38.0 38% 37%
Greens 11.8 10% 11%
Other/Independent 6.6 6% 7%
2PP Election

21 Aug 10

Last week This week
Total Lib/Nat 49.9% 52% 51%
Labor 50.1% 48% 49%

NB.  The data in the above tables comprise 2-week averages derived the first preference/leaning to voting questions.  Respondents who select ‘don’t know’ are not included in the results.  The two-party preferred estimate is calculated by distributing the votes of the other parties according to their preferences at the 2010 election.

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Federal politics – voting intention

Jan 17, 2011

Federal politics – voting intention

Q. If a Federal Election was held today to which party will you probably give your first preference vote? If not sure, which party are you currently leaning toward?

Q. If don’t know -Well which party are you currently leaning to?

sample size = 1,903

First preference/leaning to Election

21 Aug 10

4 weeks ago This week
Liberal 43% 43%
National 3% 3%
Total Lib/Nat 43.6 46% 46%
Labor 38.0 38% 38%
Greens 11.8 10% 10%
Other/Independent 6.6 7% 6%
2PP Election

21 Aug 10

4 weeks ago This week
Total Lib/Nat 49.9% 52% 52%
Labor 50.1% 48% 48%

NB.  The data in the above tables comprise 2-week averages derived the first preference/leaning to voting questions.  Respondents who select ‘don’t know’ are not included in the results.  The two-party preferred estimate is calculated by distributing the votes of the other parties according to their preferences at the 2010 election.

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Better Prime Minister

Jan 17, 2011

Q. Who do you think would make the better Prime Minister out of Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott?

5 Jul 16 Aug 20 Sep 18 Oct 22 Nov 20 Dec 17 Jan 2011 Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Kevin Rudd v Tony Abbott

21 Jun 10

Julia Gillard 53% 46% 47% 49% 45% 45% 47% 89% 10% 78% 47%
Tony Abbott 26% 35% 35% 33% 34% 34% 32% 2% 70% 3% 30%
Don’t know 21% 19% 18% 17% 21% 21% 21% 9% 20% 19% 23%

47% believe Julia Gillard would make the better Prime Minister and 32% prefer Tony Abbott – a net increase for Julia Gillard of 4% on last month’s figures (from  +11% to +15%).

Men favour Julia Gillard over Tony Abbott 48%/33% and women 47%/31%.

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On-line Purchasing – Frequency

Jan 17, 2011

Q. About how often have you purchased items and products on-line in the last 12 months (for example – books, clothing, computers, electrical appliances)?

Once 6%
2 or 3 times 25%
4-6 times 21%
7-12 times 15%
More than 12 times 20%
Total purchased online in last 12 months 88%
Not in last 12 months 12%

88% of respondents said they had purchased items and products online in the last 12 months. 35% had purchased online more than six times in the last 12 months.

44% of those aged 25-34 and 43% of those aged 35-44 said they had purchased online more than six times.

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