Opinion of Interest Rates

May 21, 2012

Q. In fact, the official interest rate is a lot lower – it is now 3.75% compared to 6.75% when the Labor Government was elected in 2007. Do you think it is good or bad that interest rates have fallen?

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Total good

54%

66%

47%

57%

Total bad

14%

8%

20%

4%

Very good

19%

29%

13%

21%

Good

35%

37%

34%

36%

Neither good nor bad

24%

21%

26%

28%

Bad

10%

4%

15%

4%

Very bad

4%

4%

5%

Don’t know

9%

4%

6%

11%

 54% think that it is good that interest rates have fallen – 14% think it is bad.

61% of respondents aged 35-54 think the fall in rates is good compared to 37% of those aged 65+. There were not major differences across income groups.

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Credit for Interest Rates

May 21, 2012

Q. How much credit do you give the policies of the Labor Government for this fall in interest rates?

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

A lot

7%

19%

2%

9%

A fair amount

19%

38%

9%

23%

A little

27%

28%

22%

38%

None

35%

7%

59%

15%

Don’t know

12%

9%

6%

15%

Only 26% give the policies of the Labor Government a lot or a fair amount of credit for the fall in interest rates. 35% give them no credit at all.

57% of Labor voters and 11% of Coalition voters give the Government a lot or a fair amount of credit.

Those most likely to give a lot or a fair amount of credit to Labor Government policies were men (30%), aged under 35 (31%), and incomes under $1,000pw (32%).

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Next Election

Apr 30, 2012

Q. Do you think the Labor Government should run its full term until 2013 when the next Federal election is due or should a new election be held now?

 

5 Sept 11

5 Dec 11

30 Jan 12

5 Mar 12

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Should run to 2013

40%

47%

48%

46%

48%

87%

21%

74%

Should hold election now

48%

41%

41%

44%

42%

7%

75%

20%

Don’t know

12%

12%

10%

10%

10%

5%

5%

6%

 

48% think the Labor Government should run its full term until the 2013 election and 42% think an election should be held now.

10% don’t know.

Opinions have shifted a little toward having an election now since this question was polled in March 2012.

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Approval of Bob Carr

Mar 12, 2012

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of former NSW Premier Bob Carr going into the Senate and taking up the position of Foreign Minister?

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Total approve

37%

60%

23%

39%

Total disapprove

36%

15%

54%

17%

Strongly approve

7%

17%

2%

7%

Approve

30%

43%

21%

32%

Disapprove

19%

10%

27%

11%

Strongly disapprove

17%

5%

27%

6%

Don’t know

27%

25%

22%

45%

Opinions of the former NSW Premier Bob Carr going into the Senate and taking up the position of Foreign Minister were split – 37% approved and 36% disapproved.

60% of Labor voters approved and 54% of Liberal/National voters disapproved.

Respondents from New South Wales were a little more positive – 43% approve and 37% disapprove.

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Leadership Challenge Good or Bad for Government

Mar 5, 2012

Q. Do you think the recent leadership challenge has been good or bad for the Labor Government?

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Total good

13%

30%

7%

16%

Total bad

62%

39%

80%

50%

Very good

4%

10%

2%

4

Good

9%

20%

5%

12%

Neither good nor bad

18%

26%

12%

28%

Bad

24%

25%

22%

28%

Very bad

38%

14%

58%

22%

Don’t know

6%

4%

2%

6%

62% think that the recent leadership challenge was bad for the Labor Party and only 13% think it was good.

Labor voters were split – 39% think it was bad, 30% good and 26% neither good nor bad.

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Next Election

Mar 5, 2012

Q. Do you think the Labor Government should run its full term until 2013 when the next Federal election is due or should a new election be held now?

 

5 Sept 11

5 Dec 11

30 Jan 12

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Should run to 2013

40%

47%

48%

46%

90%

17%

80%

Should hold election now

48%

41%

41%

44%

7%

77%

12%

Don’t know

12%

12%

10%

10%

4%

5%

8%

46% think the Labor Government should run its full term until the 2013 election and 44% think an election should be held now.

Opinions have shifted a little toward having an election now since this question was polled in January.

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Next Election

Jan 30, 2012

Q. Do you think the Labor Government should run its full term until 2013 when the next Federal election is due or should a new election be held now?

5 Sept 11 5 Dec 11 Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Should run to 2013 40% 47% 48% 80% 19% 82%
Should hold election now 48% 41% 41% 12% 73% 11%
Don’t know 12% 12% 10% 8% 8% 7%

48% think that the Labor Government should be allowed to run its full term through to 2013 and 41% think a new election should be held. This is very similar to the results of this question when last asked in early December. Views closely follow voting voting intentions.

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Approval of Julia Gillard

Dec 12, 2011

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the job Julia Gillard is doing as Prime Minister?

19 Jul 2010 20 Dec 2010 14 Mar 14 June 12 Sept 17 Oct 14 Nov 12 Dec
Total approve 52% 43% 41% 34% 28% 34% 37% 34%
Total disapprove 30% 40% 46% 54% 64% 59% 55% 54%
Strongly approve 11% 10% 7% 6% 5% 7% 8% 6%
Approve 41% 33% 34% 28% 23% 27% 29% 28%
Disapprove 17% 24% 22% 29% 28% 27% 25% 25%
Strongly disapprove 13% 16% 24% 25% 36% 32% 30% 29%
Don’t know 18% 17% 13% 13% 8% 7% 9% 11%

Julia Gillard’s approval rating has declined a little since last month. 34% (down 3%) approve of the job Julia Gillard is doing as Prime Minister and 54% (down 1%) disapprove – a change in net rating from -18 to -20 over the last 4 weeks.

73% of Labor voters approve (down 8%) and 19% disapprove (up 3%).

By gender – men 38% approve/55% disapprove, women 32% approve/53% disapprove.

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