Essential Report

Support for Federal ICAC

Oct 12, 2021

Q. To what extent would you support or oppose the establishment of an independent federal anti-corruption body to monitor the behaviour of our politicians and public servants?

Q Oct’21 Nov’20 Jan’20 Dec’19 Sep’18
Strongly support 46% 45% 49% 42% 46%
Somewhat support 32% 36% 31% 33% 36%
Somewhat oppose 8% 5% 5% 7% 4%
Strongly oppose 3% 1% 2% 2% 1%
Unsure 11% 13% 13% 17% 14%
TOTAL: Support 78% 81% 80% 75% 82%
TOTAL: Oppose 11% 6% 7% 8% 5%
Base (n) 1,097 1,063 1,080 1,035 1,030

 

Q Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Strongly support 46% 49% 43% 38% 46% 52% 52% 40% 54% 51%
Somewhat support 32% 30% 35% 34% 32% 31% 31% 37% 24% 28%
Somewhat oppose 8% 10% 6% 12% 8% 5% 6% 10% 8% 7%
Strongly oppose 3% 4% 2% 4% 4% 2% 3% 2% 2% 6%
Unsure 11% 7% 15% 12% 11% 10% 8% 10% 13% 8%
TOTAL: Support 78% 79% 77% 72% 78% 83% 84% 77% 78% 79%
TOTAL: Oppose 11% 14% 8% 16% 11% 7% 9% 13% 9% 13%
Base (n) 1,097 540 557 342 366 389 362 414 94 138
  • Support for the establishment of a federal ICAC remains high at 78%, with 46% strongly supporting this. This is consistent with previous years.
  • A large majority of all demographics would support a federal ICAC.
  • There is strongest support among those aged over 55 (52% strongly support, Labor voters (52%) and Greens voters (54%). Coalition voters were most likely to oppose a federal ICAC (13%).

Trust in institutions

Oct 12, 2021

Q. How much trust do you have in the following institutions and organisations?

TOTAL: Trust Oct’21 Change since Mar’21 Mar’21   Aug’20
Scientific bodies (e.g. CSRIO) 68%   n/a   n/a
State & federal health authorities 64% -4% 70%   69%
Police, courts and the justice system 61% -3% 64%   64%
Universities 59%   n/a   n/a
State or territory government 55% -11% 66%   60%
The Commonwealth public service 52% -5% 57%   56%
Federal government 48% -6% 54%   55%

 

  TOTAL:

Trust

TOTAL:

Don’t trust

Have a lot of trust Have some trust Have little trust Have no trust at all Unsure
Scientific bodies (e.g. CSRIO) 68% 25% 30% 38% 18% 7% 7%
State & federal health authorities 64% 31% 21% 43% 21% 11% 5%
Police, courts and the justice system 61% 35% 18% 43% 23% 12% 4%
Universities 59% 34% 19% 41% 26% 9% 7%
State or territory government 55% 41% 16% 39% 25% 16% 4%
The Commonwealth public service 52% 41% 12% 40% 29% 12% 7%
Federal government 48% 47% 13% 35% 29% 18% 5%
  • Trust in the state/territory government and federal government has decreased since Mar’21. Trust in state/territory government has dropped from 66% to 55%, and trust in the federal government from 54% to 48%.
  • People have the most trust in scientific bodies (68%) and health authorities (64%).

Preferred energy sources for Government support

Sep 22, 2020

Q. As you may be aware, many of Australia’s coal-fired power stations are reaching the end of their operational lives and will soon need to be replaced.

Which of the following would you prefer that the government supported?

  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
  Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor Liberal + National Greens TOTAL: Other
New coal-fired power stations 15% 19% 11% 15% 14% 15% 10% 20% 11% 24%
New gas-fired power stations 15% 21% 10% 13% 13% 19% 12% 20% 11% 13%
Renewable energy solutions (e.g. wind and solar) 70% 60% 79% 72% 73% 66% 78% 60% 78% 63%
Base (n) 1,081 539 542 338 374 369 298 460 115 104
  • The vast majority of people would prefer the Government supported renewable energy solutions ahead of coal or gas powered plants.
  • 70% of people opted for renewable power, with just 15% each selecting gas and coal powered stations.
  • The preference for renewables was across all gender, age and voting demographics.
  • Those most supportive of renewable energy sources include women (79%), Labor voters (78%) and Greens voters (78%).The highest support for coal-fired power stations was among Coalition voters (20%), residents of NSW (20%) and people living in regional areas.

State Government response to Covid-19

Apr 21, 2020

Q. How would you rate your state government’s response to the Covid-19 outbreak?

  20/04 13/04
Very poor 5% 5%
Quite poor 9% 11%
Neither good, nor poor 20% 20%
Quite good 39% 38%
Very good 26% 23%
NET: Poor 14% 17%
NET: Good 66% 63%
Base (n) 1,051 1,068

 

    State
  Total NSW VIC QLD SA WA  
Very poor 5% 5% 6% 3% 3% 4%  
Quite poor 9% 12% 5% 11% 8% 7%  
Neither good, nor poor 20% 21% 20% 23% 23% 12%  
Quite good 39% 37% 38% 47% 43% 34%  
Very good 26% 24% 32% 16% 23% 43%  
NET: Poor 14% 17% 11% 14% 11% 11%  
NET: Good 66% 61% 69% 63% 66% 77%  
Base (n) 1,051 322 275 216 88 106  
  • Nationally, the perception of state governments’ handling of the crisis in in line with government, with 66% rating their own state’s handling as Very/Quite good (compared to 65%).
  • In the past week the rating in Queensland has increased from 52% to 63%, while Victoria has fallen from 76% to 69%. Western Australia and Victoria remain the states with the highest rating.

Information about Covid-19

Mar 31, 2020

Q. To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statements about the information you’ve received about the Covid-19 outbreak?

NET: Agree 29/03 22/03
I feel informed about the situation and the impact on me and my family 63% 64%
I trust the Government to provide honest and objective information about the Covid-19 outbreak 56% 56%
The information I’ve received has been clear and consistent 47% 51%
I trust the media to provide honest and objective information about the Covid-19 outbreak 42% 35%
Base (n) 1,086 1,034

 

  NET: Agree NET: Disagree Strongly agree Somewhat agree Neither agree nor disagree Somewhat disagree Strongly disagree
I feel informed about the situation and the impact on me and my family 63% 17% 6% 11% 20% 44% 19%
I trust the Government to provide honest and objective information about the Covid-19 outbreak 56% 22% 8% 14% 23% 37% 19%
The information I’ve received has been clear and consistent 47% 30% 10% 20% 23% 32% 15%
I trust the media to provide honest and objective information about the Covid-19 outbreak 42% 33% 14% 19% 26% 32% 10%

Government’s handling of issues

Jan 28, 2015

Q. How would you rate the Federal Liberal-National Government for the way they have handled the following issues?

 

Total good

Total poor

Net score

 

Very good

Good

Average

Poor

Very poor

Don’t know

 

Net

Feb 2014

Net Sept 2014

Relations with other countries

33%

28%

+5

9%

24%

32%

14%

14%

7%

-3

+15

Supporting Australian businesses

26%

31%

-5

5%

21%

34%

16%

15%

10%

-7

-5

Treatment of asylum seekers

33%

39%

-6

13%

20%

20%

13%

26%

8%

+1

-3

Managing the economy

26%

40%

-14

6%

20%

28%

20%

20%

6%

+3

-6

Industrial relations

21%

36%

-15

4%

17%

32%

16%

20%

11%

-12

-16

Protecting the environment

19%

42%

-23

4%

15%

31%

15%

27%

9%

-10

-18

Supporting Australian jobs

19%

43%

-24

4%

15%

30%

20%

23%

7%

-19

-21

Education and schools

21%

45%

-24

4%

17%

27%

21%

24%

7%

-7

-22

Climate change

19%

46%

-27

5%

14%

25%

14%

32%

9%

-15

-27

Social welfare

19%

47%

-28

4%

15%

26%

22%

25%

8%

-12

-26

Health services

18%

49%

-31

3%

15%

26%

21%

28%

7%

-13

-27

The Government received negative ratings for all issues except relations with other countries (net +5).

Highest negative ratings were given for health services (18% good/49% poor), social welfare (19%/47%), climate change (19%/46%), education and schools (21%/45%), supporting Australian jobs (19%/43%) and protecting the environment (19%/42%).

Since this question was asked in September there has been a significant decrease for relations with other countries (net score down 10), managing the economy (down 8) and protecting the environment (down 5).

Same party in Government at State and Federal levels

Mar 18, 2014

Q. Do you think it is better to have the same party in Government at both State and Federal levels or do you think it is better to have different parties in Government at State and Federal levels?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

 

Total

Nov 13

Same party in Government

26%

26%

38%

10%

11%

26%

Different parties in Government

24%

27%

17%

41%

37%

22%

Makes no difference

36%

36%

34%

33%

40%

40%

Don’t know

13%

11%

11%

15%

12%

12%

36% think it doesn’t make any difference whether the parties in Government at State and Federal levels are different or the same. 26% think it is better if they are the same and 24% think it would be better if they were different. These figures have changed little since this question was asked in November.

Labor voters were a little more likely to favour different parties while Liberal/National voters were more likely to favour having the same party in power at both levels.

Trust in groups to protect privacy

Oct 9, 2013

Q. How much trust do you have in the following groups to protect your privacy?

 

 A lot of trust

Some trust

A little trust

No trust

Don’t know

Your internet service provider

13%

37%

29%

18%

3%

Google

7%

27%

31%

32%

4%

Facebook

4%

11%

23%

57%

5%

Twitter

3%

9%

18%

55%

15%

The Australian government

9%

32%

33%

22%

4%

The US government

4%

19%

28%

43%

7%

Over half of people have no trust in Facebook (57%) or Twitter (55%) to protect their privacy. Just under half have no trust in the US government to protect their privacy (43%).

Very few people (13% or less) have a ‘lot of trust’ in the organisations listed to protect their privacy.

Just 41% of people have a lot/some trust in the Australian government to protect their privacy.

Those aged 18-24 (42%) and 25-34 (44%) were less likely to have no trust in Facebook. While those aged 35-44 (60%), 45-54 (66%), 55-64 (62%) and 65+ (63%) were more likely to have ‘no trust’.

The same theme was repeated for Twitter, with those aged 18-24 (31%) and 25-34 (45%) being less likely than those aged 35-44 (58%), 45-54 (63%), 55-64 (64%) and 65+ (63%) to have ‘no trust’.

Liberal/National voters were more likely to have a lot/some trust in the Australian government to protect their privacy (54%). Labor (33%) voters were less likely to have a lot/some trust in the Australian Government to protect their privacy.

 

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