Impact of Changes on Delivery of Health Services

Aug 22, 2011

Q. What impact do you think these changes will have on the delivery of health services in Australia?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Heard a lot / something Heard a little
A big impact 15% 17% 12% 21% 24% 7%
A moderate impact 35% 46% 28% 42% 42% 29%
A small impact 27% 22% 32% 15% 19% 34%
No impact 10% 3% 15% 6% 11% 10%
Don’t know 13% 11% 12% 16% 4% 20%

* based on those who have heard a lot/something/a little.

Of those who had heard a lot/something/a little, 50% think the health system changes will have a big or moderate impact on the delivery of health services in Australia, 27% think they will have small impact and 10% think they will have no impact.

Those who have heard more about the changes are more likely to think they will have an impact – 66% of those who have heard a lot/something think they will have a big/moderate impact compared to 36% of those who have only heard a little.

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Personal Impact of Changes to Health System

Aug 22, 2011

Q. What impact do you think these changes will have on you and your family?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Heard a lot / something Heard a little
A big impact 8% 6% 9% 13% 13% 5%
A moderate impact 23% 32% 19% 20% 30% 18%
A small impact 30% 33% 25% 40% 27% 33%
No impact 26% 18% 35% 16% 24% 27%
Don’t know 12% 12% 12% 11% 5% 18%

* based on those who have heard a lot/something/a little.

Respondents were less likely to think the changes will have an impact on their family. Of those who had heard a lot/something/a little, 31% think the health system changes will have a big or moderate impact on them, 30% think they will have small impact and 26% think they will have no impact.

43% of those who have heard a lot/something think they will have a big/moderate impact compared to 23% of those who have only heard a little.

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Opinion of Changes to Health System

Aug 22, 2011

Q. And from what you’ve read or heard, do you support or oppose these changes in the health care system proposed by the Federal Government?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Heard a lot / something Heard a little
Total support 36% 59% 21% 46% 50% 24%
Total oppose 13% 1% 22% 6% 17% 9%
Strongly support 8% 20% * 8% 13% 3%
Support 28% 39% 21% 38% 37% 21%
Neither support nor oppose 36% 28% 41% 27% 27% 44%
Oppose 8% 1% 13% 5% 9% 7%
Strongly oppose 5% 9% 1% 8% 2%
Don’t know 16% 11% 16% 20% 7% 23%

* based on those who have heard a lot/something/a little.

Of those who had heard a lot/something/a little, 36% support the changes and 13% oppose. Labor voters support the changes 50% to 1% oppose and Greens voters support them 46%/6%. 41% of Liberal/National voters neither support nor oppose, while 21% support and 22% oppose.

Those who have heard a lot/something are more likely to support the changes – 50% compared to 24% of those who have only heard a little.

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Most Important issues in Health System

Aug 22, 2011
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Q. What are the three most important issues in Australia’s health system for you personally? (Number from 1 to 3)

Total 3 most important

First Second Third
Cost of health insurance 44% 19% 11% 14%
Quality of care in hospitals 39% 15% 13% 11%
Cost of primary care i.e. GP, specialists 34% 10% 13% 11%
Access to a GP 32% 14% 11% 7%
Cost of dental services 32% 9% 11% 12%
Access to emergency departments 30% 9% 11% 10%
Elective surgery waiting lists 26% 9% 8% 9%
Cost of hospital care 19% 4% 8% 7%
Availability of mental health services 12% 4% 3% 5%
Support for aged care 12% 3% 4% 5%
Don’t know 5% 5% 1% 1%

The most important health issues were thought to be cost of health insurance (44%), quality of care in hospitals (39%) and cost of primary care (34%). Access to a GP (32%), cost of dental services (32%) and access to emergency departments were also important.

Those on lower incomes tended to give greater importance to access to a GP (37% of those earning under $1,000pw) and cost of dental services (42% of those earning under $1,000pw). 24% of those aged 55+ nominated support for aged care as important.

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Best Party to Handle Australia’s Health System

Aug 22, 2011

Q. Overall, which party do you think would be best at handling Australia’s health system?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
The Labor Party 26% 69% 3% 39%
The Liberal Party 33% 2% 71% 3%
No difference 27% 18% 18% 39%
Don’t know 14% 10% 8% 19%

Opinions of party best to handle Australia’s health system very much follow voting preferences. Overall the Liberal Party is favoured over labor by 33% to 26%. 41% either don’t know or think there is no difference. 69% of Labor voters favour the Labor Party and 71% of Liberal/National voters favor the Liberals.

Men favour the Liberals 40% to 27% while women are more evenly divided – 25% Labor, 26% Liberal and 49% no difference/don’t know.

Those on incomes under $600pw favour Labor over the Liberals by 34% to 22% – all other income groups favour the Liberal Party.

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Nothing to Barack about

Nov 16, 2010

First Published on The Drum 16/11/2010

If the mid-term drubbings and G20 currency fisticuffs with China are not enough, Barack Obama will return home with more bad news: Australians think his nation has lost its mojo.

While Julia Gillard and entourage were all smiles at the official photo call, they politely chose not to disclose they were representing a nation that thinks the USA is in decline.

In fact, 60 per cent of all surveyed in this week’s Essential Report see the American Empire’s influence becoming weaker, with just 20 per cent believing the USA’s influence on the world is on the rise.

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Importance of Issues in Voting

Aug 16, 2010

 

Q. How important are the following in deciding which party you will vote for?

  Top priority Very important Quite important Not so important Don’t know
Better at handling Australia’s economy 37% 48% 10% 1% 4%
They have better policies on things like education and health 31% 47% 16% 1% 4%
They are more capable of governing effectively than the other parties 30% 47% 16% 1% 6%
They are more likely to represent the interests of all Australians 30% 45% 18% 3% 5%
They will do things that help me and my family 28% 42% 21% 4% 5%
They have better policies on things like national security and immigration 24% 42% 22% 6% 5%
Better at looking after the interests people like me 23% 47% 22% 4% 4%
They have better policies on things like industrial relations and supporting Australian workers 23% 44% 24% 4% 5%
More trustworthy than the other parties 22% 44% 21% 5% 8%
They have better policies on things like environment and climate change 21% 41% 23% 9% 5%
They have a better leader 16% 40% 28% 8% 7%
I always vote for them 9% 15% 24% 42% 10%

 Key factors in deciding which party to vote for are handling the economy (37% top priority), policies on education and health (31%), capable of governing effectively (30%) and representing the interests of all Australians (30%). Comments »

Importance of Issues in Voting – by Party

Aug 16, 2010

Q. How important are the following in deciding which party you will vote for?

Top priority Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Better at handling Australia’s economy 37% 33% 51% 19%
They have better policies on things like education and health 31% 41% 25% 35%
They are more capable of governing effectively than the other parties 30% 30% 35% 18%
They are more likely to represent the interests of all Australians 30% 36% 25% 25%
They will do things that help me and my family 28% 32% 27% 17%
They have better policies on things like national security and immigration 24% 24% 29% 20%
Better at looking after the interests people like me 23% 27% 21% 22%
They have better policies on things like industrial relations and supporting Australian workers 23% 36% 17% 20%
More trustworthy than the other parties 22% 23% 23% 21%
They have better policies on things like environment and climate change 21% 26% 13% 46%
They have a better leader 16% 24% 14% 13%
I always vote for them 9% 11% 11% 6%

 The most important issues for Labor voters are policies on education and health (41% top priority), representing the interests of all Australians (36%), policies on industrial relations and supporting workers (36%) and doing things to help me and my family (32%).

For Liberal/National voters the key issues are handling the economy (51% top priority), capable of governing effectively (35%) and policies on national security and immigration (29%).

The major issue for Greens voters is policies on the environment and climate change (46%).  Comments »

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