Essential Report

Trust in use of personal information

Sep 24, 2013

Q. How much trust do you have in the following organisations to responsibly use any personal information they may have about you?

 

Total trust

 

A lot of trust

Some trust

A little trust

No trust

Don’t know

Not applicable to me

The medical profession

73%

35%

38%

19%

4%

3%

*

Law enforcement agencies

56%

20%

36%

27%

12%

4%

1%

Your employer

46%

19%

27%

21%

7%

3%

22%

Banks

45%

13%

32%

32%

19%

3%

*

Companies you buy things from in person

44%

7%

37%

37%

14%

4%

*

The Government

31%

6%

25%

35%

30%

3%

*

Mobile phone and internet providers

29%

4%

25%

40%

27%

4%

*

Companies you buy things from online

27%

3%

24%

43%

24%

4%

3%

Insurance companies

26%

4%

22%

36%

33%

3%

1%

TV networks

20%

3%

17%

37%

36%

6%

1%

Social media sites

12%

1%

11%

24%

54%

4%

5%

The most trusted people/organisations to use personal information were the medical profession (73% trust), law enforcement agencies (56%), employers (46%), banks (45%) and companies you buy things from in person (44%). The least trusted were social media sites (12%) and TV networks (20%).

Reason for Australia’s national debt

May 6, 2013

Q. What do you think is the main reason for Australia’s national debt?

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

The world economy

26%

44%

10%

49%

The high Australian dollar

17%

31%

9%

19%

Government are poor economic managers

46%

12%

76%

19%

Don’t know

11%

14%

5%

14%

46% think the main reason for Australia’s national debt is that the Government are poor economic managers. 26% think it is due to the world economy and 17% blame the high Australian dollar.

Labor (44%) and Greens (49%) voters are more likely to blame the world economy, while 76% of Liberal/National voters say it is because the Government are poor economic managers.

Reasons economy is poor

Apr 8, 2013

Q. What is the main reason you don’t think the state of the economy is good? *

 

28 May 12

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Poor economic management by Government

27%

40%

17%

52%

Increasing cost of living

34%

27%

41%

22%

Businesses are struggling

13%

11%

7%

13%

Increasing gap between rich and poor

9%

7%

15%

3%

Incomes aren’t increasing fast enough to keep up

7%

6%

7%

5%

Global financial problems

7%

5%

7%

4%

Other reason

2%

3%

6%

2%

Don’t know

1%

1%

* Based on those who disagree that economy is good.

Those who disagreed that the economy was good said the main reasons were poor economic management by Government (40%) and the increasing cost of living (27%). Those who blame poor economic management by the Government has increased 13% and cost of living has decreased 7% since May last year.

62% of respondents aged 55+ blamed poor economic management by Government while the increasing cost of living was the major factor for 41% of respondents aged 25-44.

Services better run by Government or Private Sector

Mar 11, 2013

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

 

11 Mar 2013

31 Jan 2011

 

Better run by private sector

Better run by Government

Don’t know

Better run by private sector

Better run by Government

Don’t know

Electricity

25%

62%

13%

22%

61%

17%

Water

19%

69%

12%

15%

70%

16%

Trains, buses and ferries

25%

64%

11%

19%

68%

13%

Motorways

23%

66%

11%

17%

70%

13%

Community services such as child protection

14%

75%

11%

14%

71%

15%

Telecommunications (including broadband services)

45%

44%

11%

na

na

na

Hospitals and health services

19%

71%

10%

na

na

na

Schools

21%

69%

10%

na

na

na

Prisons

17%

73%

11%

10%

76%

15%

Universities

27%

61%

12%

20%

64%

16%

Ports

22%

60%

19%

na

na

na

Most services listed were clearly thought to be better run by Government than the private sector.

The only exception was telecommunications where respondents were split 45% private sector, 44% Government.

The areas most preferred to be run by Government were – community services (75%), prisons (73%), hospitals and health services (71%), schools (69%) and water (69%).

Compared to the results when this question was asked in January 2011, preference for the private sector running services has increased a little – +6% for trains, buses and ferries and motorways and +7% for prisons and universities.

Government Response if Julian Assange is Charged by US

Jul 16, 2012

Q. Recently US government figures have indicated they want Julian Assange to be prosecuted. If he is charged by the US, what do you think the Australian Government should do?

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Support US attempts to prosecute him

9%

8%

10%

4%

Call for the US to observe due process and offer consular support

34%

40%

33%

30%

Offer him protection from extradition and prosecution.

24%

26%

19%

41%

Do nothing

13%

12%

17%

7%

Don’t know

20%

13%

21%

19%

34% think that if Julian Assange is charged by the US, the Australian Government should call for the US to observe due process and offer consular support and 24% think the Government should offer him protection from extradition and prosecution. Only 9% think the Government should support US attempts to prosecute him and 13% think they should do nothing.

Support for offering Assange protection was highest among older respondents – 31% of respondents aged 55+ compared to 22% of those aged under 35.

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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Role of Government

Apr 2, 2012

Q.  For each of the following issues, do you think the Government does too much, too little or just about the right amount:

 

Too much

Too little

About right

Don’t know

 Providing quality health care services

2%

74%

19%

5%

 Protecting citizens from industrial and other kinds of pollution.

10%

43%

36%

11%

 Making sure the banks and other large financial institutions operate honestly and treat their clients fairly

3%

62%

28%

6%

 Making sure that the roads, bridges and other public transportation facilities are in good repair and safe.

1%

63%

30%

5%

 Ensuring that there is adequate, affordable and accessible public transport.

2%

67%

25%

6%

Ensuring that our population is protected from crime, terrorism and other threats.

5%

47%

41%

7%

Providing a quality education system

2%

54%

37%

7%

Respondents were more likely to think the Government does too little on each of the issues measured.

In particular, they think the Government does too little in terms of health care services (74%), adequate, affordable and accessible public transport (67%), roads, bridges and other public transportation (63%) and making sure the banks and other large financial institutions operate honestly and treat their clients fairly (62%).

Issues over which they were more divided were protecting citizens from industrial and other kinds of pollution (46% about right/too much) and ensuring that our population is protected from crime, terrorism and other threats (46% about right/too much).

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