Essential Report

Knights and Dames

Feb 3, 2015

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the Government’s decision to re-introduce the honours of Knight and Dame of the Order of Australia?

 

 

Total

 

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

 

Apr 2014

Total approve

26%

16%

43%

23%

18%

27%

Total disapprove

46%

60%

32%

64%

53%

43%

Strongly approve

4%

4%

7%

3%

1%

6%

Approve

22%

12%

36%

20%

17%

21%

Disapprove

24%

25%

25%

27%

32%

22%

Strongly disapprove

22%

35%

7%

37%

21%

21%

Don’t know

28%

23%

26%

13%

29%

30%

46% (up 3% since April) disapprove of the Government’s decision to re-introduce the honours of Knight and Dame of the Order of Australia, 26%  (down 1%) approve and 28% don’t know.

Strongest approval came from Liberal/National voters (43%).

Strongest disapproval came from respondents aged 45+ (57%), Labor voters (60%) and Greens voters (64%).

Knights and Dames

Apr 1, 2014

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the Government’s decision to re-introduce the honours of Knight and Dame of the Order of Australia?

 

 

Total

 

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Total approve

27%

16%

46%

11%

20%

Total disapprove

43%

57%

25%

63%

44%

Strongly approve

6%

2%

12%

3%

4%

Approve

21%

14%

34%

8%

16%

Disapprove

22%

24%

21%

25%

19%

Strongly disapprove

21%

33%

4%

38%

25%

Don’t know

30%

26%

28%

25%

35%

43% disapprove of the Government’s decision to re-introduce the honours of Knight and Dame of the Order of Australia, 27% approve and 30% don’t know.

Strongest approval came from respondents aged 65+ (39%), Liberal/National voters (46%) and those with lower education levels (34% of those who had not completed secondary school).

Strongest disapproval came from respondents aged 45-64 (54%), Labor voters (57%) and Greens voters (63%).

Who should be Knights and Dames

Apr 1, 2014

Q. Which of the following groups of people do you think should be given the honour of Knight or Dame?

 

 

Total

 

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

People who have served the community

57%

49%

64%

57%

62%

Scientists

45%

37%

52%

55%

40%

Defence force chiefs

33%

27%

44%

14%

32%

Judges

23%

19%

27%

32%

14%

Artists

18%

20%

19%

20%

8%

Business leaders

16%

10%

24%

9%

11%

Senior public servants

16%

12%

19%

24%

13%

Actors

15%

18%

18%

9%

11%

Sports stars

14%

15%

18%

4%

9%

Former politicians

13%

12%

15%

17%

7%

There was highest support for awarding the honours of Knight and Dame to “people who have served the community” (57%), scientists (45%) and defence force chiefs (33%).

Liberal/National voters were more likely to support awarding the honours to people who have served the community (64%), scientists (52%), defence force chiefs (44%) and business leaders (24%).

Greens voters were more likely to support awarding the honours to scientists (55%), judges (32%) and senior public servants (24%).

Labor voters were less likely to support awarding the honours to almost all categories.

Interestingly, those aged 18-34 were more supportive of awarding the honours to former politicians (23%), sports stars (19%), senior public servants (30%) and judges (34%).

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