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Importance of Industries for Providing Jobs

Feb 20, 2012

Q. How important are the following industries for providing jobs for Australians into the future?

Very important Quite important Somewhat important Not very important Don’t know
Mining 64% 24% 7% 2% 3%
Construction 58% 30% 9% 0% 2%
Manufacturing 55% 29% 12% 2% 2%
Tourism 53% 33% 11% 1% 2%
Retail 47% 35% 13% 2% 2%
Hospitality 46% 38% 12% 1% 3%
Finance 39% 38% 18% 3% 3%
Telecommunications 39% 37% 18% 3% 3%

Respondents regard the mining (64%), construction (58%) and manufacturing (55%) industries to be the most important for providing jobs for Australians in the future.

This was followed closely by the tourism (53%), retail (47%) and hospitality (46%) industries.

The finance (39%) and telecommunications (39%) industries are the most likely to be seen as only ‘somewhat important’ (18%) for providing jobs.

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Support for Additional Assistance to Car Industry

Jan 23, 2012

Q. Do you support or oppose the provision of additional assistance by Federal and State governments to ensure US motor companies continue to manufacture cars in Australia?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Total support 58% 67% 63% 45%
Total oppose 18% 16% 20% 22%
Strongly support 14% 20% 14% 5%
Support 44% 47% 49% 40%
Oppose 12% 12% 14% 13%
Strongly oppose 6% 4% 6% 9%
Don’t know 23% 17% 17% 33%

58% said they supported the provision of additional assistance to the Australian car industry and 18% were opposed.

Support was highest among Labor voters (67%), aged 55+ (67%) and Victorians (68%).

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Support for Other Manufacturing Sectors

Jan 23, 2012

Q. Do you think other manufacturing sectors that are under pressure from the high Australian dollar should receive similar assistance from Governments, or do you think the car industry needs special assistance?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Other manufacturing industries should receive similar assistance 62% 61% 66% 68%
The car industry needs special assistance 12% 15% 15% 9%
Don’t know 26% 24% 19% 23%

62% thought that other manufacturing industries should receive similar assistance and only 12% thought the car industry needs special assistance. There were no major differences across demographic and voter groups – although strongest support for similar assistance for other industries came from Greens voters (68%), aged 45+ (69%) and Victorian residents (68%).

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Should Australia be a Country that “Makes things”

Jan 23, 2012

Q. A number of politicians have said about the manufacturing industry that Australia should be an economy that “makes things.” Do you agree or disagree?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Total agree 79% 84% 84% 76%
Total disagree 6% 6% 7% 6%
Strongly agree 25% 27% 27% 16%
Agree 54% 57% 57% 60%
Disagree 6% 5% 7% 5%
Strongly disagree * * 1%
Don’t know 14% 10% 9% 18%

There was strong agreement with the idea that Australia should be an economy that “makes things”. 79% agreed and only 6% of respondents disagreed.

84% of both Labor and Liberal/National voters agreed – but generally results were similar across demographic groups.

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Australian Industries

Sep 5, 2011

Q. Thinking about Australian industries, how would you rate the current state of the following industries?

Total good Total poor Very good Good Poor Very poor
Mining 85% 15% 76% 9% 2% 13%
Construction 77% 23% 47% 30% 7% 16%
Hospitality 81% 19% 46% 35% 7% 12%
Tourism 81% 19% 45% 36% 7% 12%
Finance 76% 24% 44% 32% 8% 16%
Telecommunications 78% 22% 43% 35% 11% 11%
Media 72% 28% 38% 34% 12% 16%
Agriculture 75% 25% 36% 39% 9% 16%
Retail 75% 25% 26% 49% 16% 9%
Manufacturing 62% 38% 19% 43% 22% 16%

76% rate the state of the mining industry as very good – the only industry to score above 50%. However at least 75% think all other industries except manufacturing are in a very good or good state.

Only 19% rate manufacturing as very good – and 38% rate it poor or very poor.

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Most Important Industries

Sep 5, 2011

Q. And which of these industries are the three most important for Australia’s economic future?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Mining 67% 77% 67% 61%
Agriculture 58% 57% 59% 58%
Tourism 46% 47% 43% 56%
Manufacturing 37% 30% 40% 36%
Construction 25% 26% 26% 31%
Finance 21% 18% 23% 17%
Retail 17% 18% 17% 12%
Telecommunications 14% 16% 11% 20%
Hospitality 10% 10% 9% 6%
Media 1% 1% 1% 1%
Don’t know 4% * 4% 3%

Australia’s most important industries are thought to be mining (67%), agriculture (58%), tourism (46%) and manufacturing (37%). Opinions are consistent across voter groups in terms of order of importance.

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