Actions on Ukraine air disaster

Aug 5, 2014

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the following actions Australia is taking or might take to secure and search the Malaysia Airlines crash site in Ukraine? 

 

Total approve

Total dis-approve

 

Strongly approve

Approve

Dis-approve

Strongly dis-approve

Don’t know

Sending unarmed Australian Federal Police to secure and search the crash site

51%

38%

17%

34%

23%

15%

11%

Sending armed Australian Federal Police to secure and search the crash site

64%

25%

25%

39%

16%

9%

11%

Sending armed Australian Federal Police to secure and search the crash site without the agreement of the Ukraine Government

26%

60%

10%

16%

29%

31%

13%

51% approve of sending unarmed Australian Federal Police to secure and search the Malaysia Airlines crash site and 64% approve sending armed forces. However, only 26% approve sending armed forces without the agreement of the Ukraine Government – and 60% disapprove.

Liberal/National voters were more likely to approve of each action – 57% approve of unarmed forces, 71% approve armed forces and 37% approve armed forces without agreement.

There was a significant split on gender on approval of sending unarmed forces – 58% of men and 42% of women.

Putin at G20

Jul 29, 2014

Q. Based on Russia’s response to the shooting down of the Malaysia Airlines plane over Ukraine, do you think the Russian President, Vladimir Putin should be allowed to attend the G20 meeting in Brisbane in November? 

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Should be allowed to attend

29%

32%

26%

37%

27%

Should not be allowed to attend

49%

47%

54%

44%

51%

Don’t know

23%

21%

20%

19%

22%

About half (49%) of respondents think that based on Russia’s response to the shooting down of the Malaysia Airlines plane over Ukraine, the Russian President, Vladimir Putin should not be allowed to attend the G20 meeting in Brisbane in November and 29% think he should be allowed to attend.

Although Liberal/National voters were a little more likely to think he should not be allowed to attend (54%), there were not major differences by voting intention.

58% of those aged 55+ think he should not be allowed to attend while those aged under 35 were more evenly divided (34% allow/37% not allow).

Actions against Russia

Jul 29, 2014

Q. If Russia is found to be involved in the shooting down of the Malaysia Airlines plane over Ukraine, what actions should Australia take?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Trade sanctions against Russia

62%

63%

68%

59%

53%

Withdraw from diplomatic relations with Russia

46%

47%

47%

54%

42%

Give support to the Ukraine Government against the rebels

28%

32%

26%

26%

25%

Take no action

8%

11%

6%

5%

10%

62% support trade sanctions against Russia and 46% support withdrawing from diplomatic relations with Russia if Russia is found to be involved in the shooting down of the Malaysia Airlines plane.

Only 8% support taking no action.

There were broadly similar levels of support across voter groups.

Approval of Tony Abbott’s handling of Malaysia Airlines disaster

Jul 29, 2014

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the Prime Minister, Tony Abbott’s handling of Australia’s response to the shooting down of the Malaysia Airlines plane over Ukraine? 

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Total approve

67%

55%

89%

58%

62%

Total disapprove

13%

22%

3%

17%

14%

Strongly approve

23%

9%

46%

7%

18%

Approve

44%

46%

43%

51%

44%

Disapprove

10%

15%

3%

15%

10%

Strongly disapprove

3%

7%

*

2%

4%

Don’t know

20%

22%

8%

26%

25%

67% approve of Tony Abbott’s handling of Australia’s response to the shooting down of the Malaysia Airlines plane and 13% disapprove.

Although approval by Liberal/National voters is very high (89%) a majority of each voter group also approve.

81% of those aged 55+ approve while 35% of those aged under 35 have no opinion.

Approval of handling of Malaysia Airlines disaster

Jul 29, 2014

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the following have handled the Malaysian Airlines disaster?

 

Total approve

Total disapprove

 

Strongly approve

Approve

Disapprove

Strongly disapprove

Don’t know

Malaysian Airlines

50%

25%

6%

44%

18%

7%

25%

The Russian Government

8%

77%

2%

6%

32%

45%

16%

The Australian Government

71%

13%

22%

49%

11%

2%

16%

The United Nations

56%

19%

9%

47%

15%

4%

24%

71% approve of the Australian Government’s handling of the Malaysia Airlines disaster and 77% disapprove of the Russian Government’s handling of the issue.

A majority also approve of the United Nations handling (56%) and Malaysia Airlines handling (50%).

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