Essential Report

Is Australia a Better/Worse Place?

Jun 22, 2011

Q. Do you think Australia has become a better or worse place in the year since Julia Gillard became PM? (This question has been commissioned by Network Ten)

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Men Women Age

18-34

Aged

35-54

Aged 55+
A better place 13% 32% 4% 22% 16% 11% 16% 11% 11%
A worse place 51% 17% 82% 27% 57% 46% 42% 53% 61%
A much better place 3% 9% 1% 2% 5% 2% 2% 3% 3%
A better place 10% 23% 3% 20% 11% 9% 14% 8% 8%
A worse place 32% 14% 47% 24% 34% 30% 31% 33% 32%
A much worse place 19% 3% 35% 3% 23% 16% 11% 20% 29%
No change 29% 44% 12% 46% 24% 34% 30% 30% 25%
Don’t know 7% 6% 3% 5% 5% 9% 12% 6% 3%

Half the people surveyed (51%) think Australia has become a worse place in the year since Julia Gillard became PM. 13% think it has become a better place and 29% say there has been no change.

82% of Liberal/National voters think it has become a worse place while 46% of Greens voters and 44% of Labor voters think there has been no change.

The most negative groups were men (57% worse) and those aged 55+ (61% worse).

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Importance of Asylum Seeker Issue

Jun 15, 2011

Q. Is the issue of how Australia handles asylum seekers more or less important than issues such as managing the economy, education and health services? (This question has been commissioned by Network Ten)

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Men Women Age

18-34

Aged

35-54

Aged 55+
Total more or equally important 50% 49% 53% 56% 48% 52% 48% 50% 55%
A lot more important 5% 6% 6% 6% 3% 7% 5% 4% 8%
A little more important 5% 6% 5% 3% 6% 3% 5% 5% 5%
Equally important 40% 37% 42% 47% 39% 42% 38% 41% 42%
A little less important 21% 22% 21% 22% 18% 24% 25% 19% 20%
A lot less important 23% 23% 25% 19% 28% 18% 20% 26% 23%
Don’t know 5% 6% 1% 4% 4% 6% 8% 6% 2%

50% think that the issue of how Australia handles asylum seekers is more/equally important as issues such as managing the economy, education and health services – 44% think it is less important.

There were not substantial differences across voter and other groups – although Greens voters (56%) and those aged 55+ (55%) were a little more likely to think it was important.

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Location of Home Purchased

Jun 8, 2011

Q. Thinking about when you bought your home – which of the following best describes the location of the home you bought? (This question has been commissioned by Network Ten)

Bought last home
Total

Home Owners

Less than 5 years ago 5-9

years ago

10-19 years ago 20 or more years ago
It was in the area I wanted 63% 53% 66% 64% 71%
It was close to the area I wanted 21% 28% 23% 19% 13%
It was not close to the area I wanted 6% 9% 4% 7% 5%
I had no preferred area 10% 10% 7% 10% 12%

63% of those who own a home bought their current home in the area they wanted and 21% bought close to the area they wanted. Those who bought more recently were less likely to have bought in the area they wanted – 53% of those who bought in the last 5 years compared to 71% of those who bought 20 or more years ago. However, only 9% of those buying in the last 5 years said they bought in a location not close to the area they wanted.

Importance of Buying a Home

Jun 8, 2011

Q. How important do you think it is for people to own their own home these days?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Men Women Age

18-34

Aged

35-54

Aged 55+ Own home Rent home
Total essential/very important 54% 57% 60% 40% 54% 56% 55% 54% 55% 61% 39%
Essential 20% 21% 21% 15% 24% 17% 25% 19% 16% 21% 17%
Very important 34% 36% 39% 25% 30% 39% 30% 35% 39% 40% 22%
Quite important 29% 26% 26% 45% 29% 29% 30% 27% 31% 28% 30%
Not so important 13% 13% 13% 13% 14% 13% 11% 15% 12% 9% 23%
Not at all important 1% 1% * 2% 2% 1% 1% 2% * * 3%
Don’t know 2% 3% 1% 2% 2% 2% 3% 2% 2% 1% 3%

54% think that owning your own home is essential or very important. 60% of Liberal/National voters think it is essential/very important while only 40% of Greens voters agree. Views are similar across age groups – although those aged under 35 are a little more likely to think it is essential.

Of those currently renting, only 39% think that owning your own home is essential or very important and 26% think it is not so important or not at all important.

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Federal Budget Expectations

May 9, 2011

Q. Overall, do you expect the Federal Budget to be good or bad for you personally?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Men Women Age

18-34

Aged

35-54

Aged 55+
Total good 12% 21% 9% 7% 10% 14% 22% 8% 5%
Total bad 35% 18% 50% 33% 40% 30% 21% 40% 43%
Very good 2% 2% 2% 1% 2% 3% 1% *
Good 10% 19% 7% 7% 9% 12% 19% 7% 5%
Neither good nor bad 44% 54% 36% 53% 43% 44% 45% 42% 46%
Bad 27% 16% 37% 25% 30% 23% 17% 30% 32%
Very bad 8% 2% 13% 8% 10% 7% 4% 10% 11%
Don’t know 9% 7% 6% 7% 6% 12% 11% 10% 6%

35% expect the Federal Budget will be bad for them personally and 12% expect it will be good – 44% think it will be neither.

Labor voters are split – 21% good/18% bad while 50% of Liberal/National voters expect it will be bad and only 9% expect it will be good.

Younger voters are more optimistic than older voters – those aged under 35 are split 22% good/21% bad while 43% of over 55’s expect it will be bad and only 5% good. By income, the only major difference from the average is that 45% of people on incomes under $600 pw expect it will be bad for them.

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Prince William as Head of State

May 2, 2011

Q. Under the current arrangements, Prince William will be Australia’s Head of State when he becomes King. Would you approve or disapprove of Prince William as Australia’s Head of State?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Men Women Age

18-34

Aged

35-54

Aged 55+
Total approve 60% 58% 68% 38% 56% 64% 56% 60% 65%
Total disapprove 23% 26% 19% 49% 27% 19% 21% 25% 23%
Strong approve 15% 12% 20% 6% 13% 18% 16% 13% 19%
Approve 45% 46% 48% 32% 43% 46% 40% 47% 46%
Disapprove 13% 13% 13% 30% 13% 14% 14% 14% 12%
Strongly disapprove 10% 13% 6% 19% 14% 5% 7% 11% 11%
Don’t know 17% 16% 13% 13% 18% 17% 24% 15% 12%

60% approve of Prince William becoming Australia’s head of state and 23% disapprove.

Those most likely to approve are Liberal/National voters (68%), women (64%) and aged 55+ (65%).

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Childcare Rebate

Apr 27, 2011

Q. The Federal Government currently pays parents 50 per cent of money they spend on childcare via its childcare rebate. Which of the following policies would you support most?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Men Women Age

18-34

Aged

35-54

Aged 55+
Maintaining the child care rebate at current levels 22% 23% 23% 25% 21% 22% 33% 18% 14%
Limiting the rebate to families earning less than $150,000 per annum 42% 46% 41% 44% 42% 42% 38% 42% 47%
Scrapping the rebate and paying the money directly to child care providers to contain costs and improve services 21% 25% 18% 18% 25% 18% 12% 24% 26%
Don’t know 15% 13% 11% 14% 12% 18% 17% 16% 12%

Only 22% favour maintaining the child care rebate at current levels – 42% think it should be means tested and 21% think it should be scrapped and the money paid directly to child care providers. There were no significant differences by voting intention.

Those aged 18-34 were more likely to support maintaining the rebate at current levels (33%) as were people earning over $1,600 pw (31%).  Limiting the rebate to families earning less than $150,000 was supported by 55% of people earning $1,000-$1,600 pw.

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Opinion of Gambling Reforms

Apr 18, 2011

Q. The Federal Government has proposed gambling reforms which include “pre-commitment” technology that will require pokie players to have a card registered to their name and pre-programmed to prevent them losing more than a set amount in a 24-hour period. Do you support or oppose this measure? (Question commissioned by Network Ten)

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Men Women Age

18-34

Aged

35-54

Aged 55+
Total support 65% 76% 62% 75% 66% 65% 69% 66% 60%
Total oppose 21% 16% 28% 16% 23% 19% 12% 21% 32%
Strongly support 32% 42% 26% 42% 31% 33% 32% 34% 28%
Support 33% 34% 36% 33% 35% 32% 37% 32% 32%
Oppose 12% 10% 15% 11% 11% 13% 8% 11% 18%
Strongly oppose 9% 6% 13% 5% 12% 6% 4% 10% 14%
Don’t know 13% 8% 10% 8% 11% 16% 18% 13% 9%

Two thirds (65%) of respondents support The Federal Government’s proposed gambling reforms which include “pre-commitment” ” technology that will require pokie players to have a card registered to their name and pre-programmed to prevent them losing more than a set amount in a 24-hour period and 21% oppose.

Support is consistently above 60% across all voter and demographic groups. The highest support is from Labor voters (76%), Greens voters (75%) and those aged under 35 (69%). By income, support ranges from 61% for those on $600-$1,000 pw to 70% for those earning $1,600+ pw.

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