Essential Report

Opinion of the Greens

Apr 11, 2011

Do you agree or disagree that – the Greens are an extreme political party that does not share the values of average Australians? (Question commissioned by Network Ten)

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

18-34

Aged

35-54

Aged 55+
Total agree 52% 44% 74% 7% 60% 44% 41% 51% 65%
Total disagree 30% 41% 14% 87% 30% 30% 34% 31% 24%
Strongly agree 23% 12% 39% 29% 17% 16% 21% 34%
Agree 29% 32% 35% 7% 31% 27% 25% 31% 31%
Disagree 21% 32% 13% 29% 22% 20% 21% 23% 18%
Strongly disagree 9% 7% 1% 58% 8% 10% 13% 8% 6%
Don’t know 18% 17% 12% 7% 9% 27% 25% 18% 11%

Just over half the respondents (52%) agreed that the Greens are an extreme political party that does not share the values of average Australians and 30% disagree.

Those most likely to agree were Liberal/National voters (74%), men (60%) and those aged 65+ (65%). Labor voters were split with 44% agree and 41% disagree.

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Delay Carbon Tax

Mar 7, 2011

Q. Do you think Australia should delay imposing a carbon pollution tax until the US has established an equal or stronger carbon pricing system? (Question commissioned by Network Ten)

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

18-34

Aged

35-54

Aged 55+
Yes 45% 33% 62% 13% 51% 40% 34% 47% 56%
No 33% 47% 21% 71% 34% 33% 40% 31% 29%
Don’t know 21% 20% 17% 16% 15% 27% 25% 22% 15%

45% of respondents think Australia should delay imposing a carbon pollution tax until the US has established an equal or stronger carbon pricing system and 33% think we should not delay.

Those most likely to think Australia should delay imposing a carbon pollution tax were Coalition voters (62%), men (51%) and aged 55+ (56%).

Those most likely to disagree were Greens voters (71%), Labor voters (47%) and aged 18-34 (40%).

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Trust in Federal Leaders

Feb 21, 2011

Q. Who do you trust most to deliver good policies for Australia’s future?
(Question commissioned by Network Ten)

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Julia Gillard 40% 81% 5% 62%
Tony Abbott 31% 1% 72% 2%
Don’t know 29% 18% 23% 36%

40% have most trust in Julia Gillard to deliver good policies for Australia’s future and 31% trust Tony Abbott most.

Opinions closely follow party preference although Julia Gillard is overwhelmingly trusted more by Greens voters (62% to 2%).

Women are less trusting of Tony Abbott – 40% of men trust Julia Gillard and 36% trust Tony Abbott while 41% of women trust Julia Gillard and only 26% trust Tony Abbott.

Younger people are also less likely to trust Tony Abbott – those aged 55+ trust Tony Abbott (44%) more than Julia Gillard (36%) while those aged under 35 trust Julia Gillard more (42% Gillard/24% Abbott).

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Responsibility for Hospitals

Feb 14, 2011

Q. Would you support or oppose the Federal Government taking over the responsibility for hospitals from the State Governments? (Question commissioned by Network Ten)

14 Feb 2011 Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens 15 Feb 2010
Total support 48% 56% 48% 45% 58%
Total oppose 14% 12% 19% 12% 10%
Strongly support 21% 28% 18% 21% 26%
Support 27% 28% 30% 24% 32%
Neither support nor oppose 22% 22% 20% 21% 19%
Oppose 9% 9% 12% 6% 7%
Strongly oppose 5% 3% 7% 6% 3%
Don’t know 16% 10% 12% 21% 13%

48% support the Federal Government taking over the responsibility for hospitals from the State Governments and 14% oppose. This is a significant weakening in support since this question was asked in February last year.

However, a majority of Labor voters still support a Federal take-over, as do nearly half the Coalition and Greens voters.

Older voters were more likely to support a Federal take-over of hospitals – aged under 35’s split 37% support/14% oppose compared to aged 55+ at 52% support/20% oppose.

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Independents Support for Government

Feb 7, 2011

Q. Do you think the Independents in Federal Parliament that are supporting the Government should continue to support the Labor Government or should they switch their support to the Liberal/National coalition? (Question commissioned by Network Ten)

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Aged 18-34 Aged

35-54

Aged 55+
Continue to support Labor 43% 87% 6% 73% 43% 45% 39%
Switch support to the Liberals and Nationals 30% 1% 71% 6% 23% 29% 42%
Don’t know 27% 13% 23% 21% 34% 26% 19%

43% of respondents believed that the Independent MPs should continue to support the Labor Government and 30% thought they should switch their support to the coalition. 27% had no opinion either way.

Opinions closely followed voting intentions – and Greens voters overwhelmingly favoured continued support for the Government.

By age, younger voters tended to favour the independents continuing to support the Government while older voters were more likely to think they should switch.

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Flood Levy

Jan 31, 2011

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the Government introducing a one-off levy on taxpayers to pay for damage caused by the recent floods? (Question commissioned by Network Ten)

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Queensland NSW Victoria Other states
Total approve 39% 63% 23% 48% 46% 35% 37% 43%
Total disapprove 53% 31% 73% 41% 46% 57% 56% 51%
Strongly approve 12% 24% 3% 19% 11% 10% 12% 14%
Approve 27% 39% 20% 29% 35% 25% 25% 27%
Disapprove 24% 20% 28% 21% 21% 25% 27% 22%
Strongly disapprove 29% 11% 45% 20% 25% 32% 29% 29%
Don’t know 8% 6% 5% 10% 9% 8% 6% 9%

39% approved of the Government introducing a one-off levy on taxpayers to pay for damage caused by the recent floods and 53% disapproved.

63% of Labor voters approved but Liberal/National voters strongly disapproved (73%).

Queensland residents were more likely to approve than residents of other states.

By income, those earning under $52,000 per year disapproved 47% to 44% approved and those earning over $52,000 disapproved 57% to 38% approved.

Question commissioned by Ten network.

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