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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 »

Tony Abbot Vs Union Position

May 31, 2010

Q. Tony Abbott says that by removing unfair dismissal laws and re-instituting AWA Individual contracts he is not bringing back Workchoices but making sure our IR system promotes workplace flexibility. The unions say that taking away unfair dismissal rights and re-instituting AWA Individual contracts IS bringing back two of the main pillars of WorkChoices and shows the Liberals are determined to make the laws favour companies at the expense of ordinary workers. Whose view is closest to your own?

Tony Abbott 24%
The unions 43%
Don’t know 33%

 24% agreed more with Tony Abbott’s position on removing unfair dismissal laws and re-instituting AWA Individual contracts and 43% agreed more with the unions’ position that the Liberals are determined to make the laws favour companies at the expense of ordinary workers.

69% of Labor voters support the unions’ position and 56% of Liberal/National voters support Tony Abbott’s position.

 51% of those aged 35-54 support the unions’ position and 21% support Tony Abbott’s position. Comments »

Impact on Vote of Re-introducing WorkChoices

May 31, 2010

Q. If it turned out the Coalition was planning to reintroduce some of the Howard Government’s IR laws, like ending unfair dismissal protections and restoring individual contracts, would that make you more likely or less likely to vote for them in the upcoming federal election?

Total more likely 14%
Total less likely 46%
Much more likely 6%
Somewhat more likely 8%
Somewhat less likely 14%
Much less likely 32%
Make no difference 25%
Don’t know 15%

 46% said that they would be less likely to vote for the Coalition if they were planning to reintroduce some of the Howard Government’s IR laws – 14% said they would be more likely.

 Among Labor voters, 69% said they would be less likely to vote for the Coalition, 7% more likely and 16% make no difference.

Among Coalition voters, 20% said they would be less likely to vote for the Coalition, 30% more likely and 42% make no difference.

51% of those aged 35-54 said they would be less likely to vote for the Coalition, 11% more likely and 26% make no difference. Comments »

Kevin Rudd and Australia’s relations with other nations

Apr 12, 2010

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Kevin Rudd is handling Australia’s relations with other nations?

  April 2009 April 2010
Total approve 67% 50%
Total disapprove 19% 32%
Strongly approve 17% 10%
Approve 50% 40%
Disapprove 13% 22%
Strongly disapprove 6% 10%
Don’t know 13% 17%

 Half (50%) of those surveyed approve of the way Kevin Rudd is handling Australia’s relations with other nations, 32% disapprove and 17% don’t know. 

 Results followed party lines – Labor voters were more likely to approve (87%), while Coalition voters were more likely to disapprove (66%).  61% of Green voters approve of the way Kevin Rudd is handling Australia’s relations with other nations.

 Males were more likely than females to approve (55% v 45%).  Females were more likely to indicate they don’t know (22%). 

 People aged 55 years and over were more likely to disapprove of the way Kevin Rudd is handling Australia’s relations with other nations (45%).

 Since we asked this question a year ago, the number of people that approve of the way Kevin Rudd is handling Australia’s relations with other nations has dropped seventeen percent and the number that disapprove has increased by thirteen percent. Comments »

Party trust to handle Australia’s Relations

Apr 12, 2010

Q. Who would you trust more to handle Australia’s relations with other nations?

  %
Kevin Rudd and the Labor Party 41%
Tony Abbott and the Liberal Party 27%
No difference 22%
Don’t know 10%

41% trust Kevin Rudd and the Labor Party when it comes to handling Australia’s relations with other nations, 27% prefer Tony Abbott and the Liberal Party, 22% think there is no difference and 10% don’t know.

Results followed party lines – Labor voters were more likely to trust Kevin Rudd and Labor (85%) while Coalition voters were more likely to trust Tony Abbott and the Liberal Party (66%).  Green voters were more likely to trust Kevin Rudd and the Labor Party (58%). 

People aged 55 years and over were more likely to trust Tony Abbott and the Liberal Party (37%), while those aged 45 – 54 were more likely to trust Kevin Rudd and Labor (50%) when it comes to handling Australia’s relations with other nations.   Comments »

Australia’s relations with other nations

Apr 12, 2010

Q. How important is it for Australia to have a close relationship with the following nations?

  Very important Quite important Not very important Don’t know
United States 59% 33% 4% 4%
New Zealand 56% 34% 6% 5%
China 51% 36% 7% 5%
United Kingdom 46% 41% 9% 5%
Indonesia 40% 40% 13% 7%
Japan 39% 48% 8% 5%
India 27% 44% 21% 7%
Germany 18% 44% 29% 8%
South Africa 12% 41% 39% 8%

 Over half think that it is very important for Australia to have a close relationship with the United States (59%), New Zealand (56%) and China (51%).

 Labor voters were more likely to think a close relationship with China is very important (56%) while Green voters were more likely to think it is not very important (15%).

 Labor voters were more likely to think relations with Indonesia are very important (48%) and relations with India are quite important (51%). 

Coalition voters were more likely to think Australia’s relations with India are not very important (26%). However, these voters were more likely to think Australia’s relations with the United Kingdom (52%) and the United States (68%) are very important.  Comments »

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