International relations under a Coalition Government

Nov 26, 2013

Q. Do you think under the Coalition Government, relations with the following countries will improve or get worse?

 

Improve

Get worse

Stay much the same

Don’t know

United States

24%

12%

48%

16%

United Kingdom

20%

11%

52%

17%

New Zealand

19%

12%

53%

16%

Germany

11%

11%

57%

21%

Japan

15%

16%

50%

19%

China

19%

22%

40%

19%

South Africa

9%

12%

56%

23%

India

13%

19%

47%

21%

Indonesia

11%

49%

22%

18%

For most countries, about half think that relations will stay much the same. The exceptions were China (19% improve, 22% get worse) and Indonesia (11% improve, 49% get worse).

Respondents were more likely to think that relations with the United States, New Zealand and United Kingdom would improve.

The main differences by party preference were for China (Labor 7% improve/38% get worse compared to Lib/Nat 33% improve/6% get worse) and Indonesia (Labor 4% improve/68% get worse compared to Lib/Nat 21% improve/31% get worse).

Trust in the Government’s handling of international relations

Nov 26, 2013

Q. How much trust do you have in Tony Abbott and the Liberal Government to handle Australia’s international relations?

 

 Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

 

9 Oct 13

A lot of trust

20%

4%

44%

1%

6%

18%

Some trust

21%

8%

37%

4%

16%

23%

A little trust

18%

18%

13%

24%

31%

16%

No trust

35%

64%

3%

67%

41%

37%

Don’t know

7%

7%

3%

4%

5%

7%

20% of people have “a lot of trust” in Tony Abbott and the Liberal Government to handle Australia’s international relations.

35% have no trust.

Labor (64%) and Greens (67%) voters were far more likely to have ‘no trust’. Liberal/National voters were far less likely (3%) to have no trust. 44% of Liberal/National voters have “a lot of trust”.

These results have changed little since this question was asked in October.

 

International Relations (preference for close relationships)

Oct 9, 2013

Q. Would you like to see Australia’s relationship with these countries get closer, stay the same or become less close?

 

Get closer

Stay the same

Become less close

Don’t know

 

Get closer

(28 Mar 11)

Get closer

(14 Nov 11)

Get closer

(29 Oct 11)

Change – Oct 12 to Oct 13

China

33%

49%

10%

9%

32%

35%

29%

4%

New Zealand

34%

55%

3%

8%

37%

33%

26%

8%

Indonesia

29%

45%

15%

10%

21%

23%

25%

4%

India

21%

52%

16%

12%

19%

23%

24%

-3%

Japan

24%

57%

9%

10%

26%

24%

22%

2%

United Kingdom

22%

60%

9%

8%

25%

19%

21%

1%

United States

20%

59%

13%

8%

24%

18%

21%

-1%

Germany

18%

60%

10%

13%

18%

20%

18%

South Africa

12%

59%

14%

15%

13%

14%

12%

33% favour closer relations with China, 34% with New Zealand, 29% with Indonesia and 24% with Japan.

Liberal/National voters were more likely to favour closer relationships with the United States (24%). Greens voters are more likely to favour closer relationships with Indonesia (38%).

Labor voters were more likely to favour closer relationships with New Zealand (40%) and Japan (28%)

Those aged 18-25 were more likely to favour closer relationships with Japan (45%), New Zealand (48%), China (51%) and Germany (28%).

Since this question was asked last year, the percentages wanting a closer relationship with the New Zealand (+8%) has increased.

Trust in the Government’s handling of international relations

Oct 9, 2013

Q. How much trust do you have in Tony Abbott and the Liberal Government to handle Australia’s international relations?

 

 

A lot of trust

18%

Some trust

23%

A little trust

16%

No trust

37%

Don’t know

7%

Just 18% of people have ‘a lot of trust’ in Tony Abbott and the Liberal Government to handle Australia’s international relations.

37% have no trust.

Females (41%) were more likely than males (32%) to have no trust.

Labor (67%) and Green (63%) voters were far more likely to have ‘no trust’. Liberal/National voters were far less likely (2%) to have no trust.

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 »

Likelihood of Liberal’s Re-introducing WorkChoices

May 31, 2010

Q. If they won the next election, how likely do you think it would be that Tony Abbott and the Liberal Party would try to bring back industrial laws similar to WorkChoices?

Total likely 58%
Total unlikely 21%
Very likely 28%
Quite likely 30%
Not very likely 18%
Not at all likely 3%
Don’t know 20%

 58% believe it is likely that Tony Abbott and the Liberal Party would try to bring back industrial laws similar to WorkChoices if they won the next election – 21% think it is unlikely.

 83% of Labor voters and 42% of Liberal/National voters think it is likely – 44% of Liberal/National voters think it is unlikely.

64% of workers think it is likely and 17% unlikely. Comments »

Concern about Liberals Re-introducing WorkChoices

May 31, 2010

Q. If the Liberals won the election and reintroduced WorkChoices or similar laws, how concerned would you be?    

Very concerned 28%
Quite concerned 17%
A little concerned 20%
Not concerned 24%
Don’t know 11%

Overall, 45% were very or quite concerned about the reintroduction of WorkChoices or similar laws and 44% either a little or not concerned.  77% of Labor voters were concerned compared to 20% of Liberal/National voters. 50% of full-time workers were very/quite concerned and 39% a little or not concerned.
Q. The Opposition Leader Tony Abbot has indicated he would remove the unfair dismissal laws and he would re-institute AWA Individual contracts. How concerned are you about this?

  Very concerned Quite concerned A little concerned Not concerned Don’t know
Removal of unfair dismissal rights 36% 17% 20% 16% 11%
Re-institution of AWA individual contracts 27% 17% 19% 23% 14%

53% were very/quite concerned about the removal of unfair dismissal rights and 44% very/quite concerned about re-institution of individual contracts. 77% of Labor voters and 24% of Liberal/National voters were concerned about removal of unfair dismissal rights. 70% of Labor voters and 16% of Liberal/National voters were concerned about re-institution of individual contracts.  There were no substantial differences across demographic groups. Comments »

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