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Government Responsibilities

Apr 16, 2012

Q. Which of the following should be mainly the responsibility of the Federal Government and which should be mainly the responsibility of the State Governments – or should they have equal responsibility?


 

Mainly Federal

Mainly State

Both

equally

Don’t know

Constructing new roads and highways

20%

27%

49%

4%

Investing in public transport

9%

57%

31%

3%

Improving the health system

46%

8%

42%

3%

Improving the education system

40%

12%

44%

4%

Managing mining projects and mining profits

45%

17%

30%

7%

Investing in regional areas

15%

41%

40%

4%

Managing the environment

35%

9%

52%

4%

Managing our water resources

26%

21%

49%

4%

Addressing climate change

42%

3%

47%

8%

Industrial relations issues

37%

15%

42%

5%

 

Issues which were considered mainly Federal responsibilities were the health system, mining projects/profits, climate change and education.

Public transport and regional investment were considered to be more the responsibilities of the State Governments.

The environment, managing water resources and constructing new roads and highways were more likely to be considered a shared responsibility.

Size of Government

Apr 2, 2012

Q.  Overall, do you think Government in Australia is too large and tries to do too much?

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Government is too large

44%

32%

55%

32%

Government is not too large

28%

44%

20%

31%

Don’t know

28%

24%

25%

37%

44% think that Government in Australia is too large and tries to do too much and 28% think it is not too large.

Those most likely to think Government is too large were men (55%), aged 55+ (58%), and Liberal/National voters (55%).

Those most likely to think Government is not too large were aged under 35 (36%) and Labor voters (44%).

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Type of Government

Apr 2, 2012

Q. Which of the following statements is closest to your view?

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

An active Government is necessary to provide important public services, and to protect ordinary Australians from unfair policies and practices on the part of large financial and/or industrial groups.

67%

82%

59%

82%

We don’t need big government and extensive regulation of business and finance to take care of these matters:  the market itself can deal with many of these issues on their own.

20%

10%

28%

11%

Don’t know

13%

8%

13%

8%

67% agree more that an active Government is necessary and 20% agree more with the view that the market can deal with many issues.

Strongest support for an active Government came from Labor and Greens voters (82%), women (70%) and aged under 25 (77%).

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Approval of Bob Carr

Mar 12, 2012

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of former NSW Premier Bob Carr going into the Senate and taking up the position of Foreign Minister?

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Total approve

37%

60%

23%

39%

Total disapprove

36%

15%

54%

17%

Strongly approve

7%

17%

2%

7%

Approve

30%

43%

21%

32%

Disapprove

19%

10%

27%

11%

Strongly disapprove

17%

5%

27%

6%

Don’t know

27%

25%

22%

45%

Opinions of the former NSW Premier Bob Carr going into the Senate and taking up the position of Foreign Minister were split – 37% approved and 36% disapproved.

60% of Labor voters approved and 54% of Liberal/National voters disapproved.

Respondents from New South Wales were a little more positive – 43% approve and 37% disapprove.

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Federal politics – voting intention

Mar 5, 2012

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 = 1,891 respondents

First preference/leaning to

Election

21 Aug 10

4 weeks ago

2 weeks ago

Last week

 

This week

Liberal

44%

45%

46%

47%

National

3%

3%

3%

3%

Total Lib/Nat

43.6%

47%

48%

49%

49%

Labor

38.0%

33%

33%

32%

32%

Greens

11.8%

11%

11%

11%

10%

Other/Independent

6.6%

9%

9%

8%

9%

 

2PP

Election

21 Aug 10

4 weeks ago

2 weeks ago

Last week

This week

Total Lib/Nat

49.9%

54%

55%

56%

56%

Labor

50.1%

46%

45%

44%

44%

NB.  The data in the above tables comprise 2-week averages derived from 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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Next Election

Mar 5, 2012

Q. Do you think the Labor Government should run its full term until 2013 when the next Federal election is due or should a new election be held now?

 

5 Sept 11

5 Dec 11

30 Jan 12

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Should run to 2013

40%

47%

48%

46%

90%

17%

80%

Should hold election now

48%

41%

41%

44%

7%

77%

12%

Don’t know

12%

12%

10%

10%

4%

5%

8%

46% think the Labor Government should run its full term until the 2013 election and 44% think an election should be held now.

Opinions have shifted a little toward having an election now since this question was polled in January.

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Federal politics – voting intention

Feb 27, 2012

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 = 1,908 respondents

First preference/leaning to

Election

21 Aug 10

4 weeks ago

2 weeks ago

Last week

 

This week

Liberal

44%

44%

45%

46%

National

3%

3%

3%

3%

Total Lib/Nat

43.6%

47%

47%

48%

49%

Labor

38.0%

34%

34%

33%

32%

Greens

11.8%

10%

10%

11%

11%

Other/Independent

6.6%

8%

9%

9%

8%

 

2PP

Election

21 Aug 10

4 weeks ago

2 weeks ago

Last week

This week

Total Lib/Nat

49.9%

54%

54%

55%

56%

Labor

50.1%

46%

46%

45%

44%

NB.  The data in the above tables comprise 2-week averages derived from 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

Feb 20, 2012

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 = 1042 respondents

First preference/leaning to Election

21 Aug 10

4 weeks ago 2 weeks ago Last week

This week
Liberal 45% 44% 44% 45%
National 3% 3% 3% 3%
Total Lib/Nat 43.6% 48% 47% 47% 48%
Labor 38.0% 35% 33% 34% 33%
Greens 11.8% 10% 11% 10% 11%
Other/Independent 6.6% 7% 9% 9% 9%
2PP Election

21 Aug 10

4 weeks ago 2 weeks ago Last week This week
Total Lib/Nat 49.9% 54% 54% 54% 55%
Labor 50.1% 46% 46% 46% 45%

NB.  The data in the above tables comprise 2-week averages derived from 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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