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 »

Australia’s relations with other nations

Apr 12, 2010

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
China 33% 45% 13% 9%
New Zealand 33% 56% 2% 8%
Indonesia 30% 48% 12% 10%
United States 24% 59% 9% 8%
United Kingdom 24% 62% 5% 8%
India 24% 50% 16% 10%
Japan 24% 59% 8% 10%
Germany 16% 65% 7% 12%
South Africa 13% 63% 12% 12%

When it comes to Australia’s relationship getting closer with various countries, 33% think Australia’s relations with China should get closer, 45% think our relations with China should stay the same and 13% think they should become less close.

33% support a closer relationship with New Zealand and 30% support a closer relationship with Indonesia.  The country that scores the highest in terms of one which Australia should become less close with is India (16%). 

Labor (36%) voters were more likely to think that Australia’s relations with China should become closer, while Coalition (17%) and Greens (23%) voters were more likely to think it should be less close. 

Labor voters were more likely to think Australia’s relations with India should stay the same (55%), while Coalition voters were more likely to think they should become less close (20%). Comments »

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