Essential Report

Preferred System for Electing Party Leaders

Mar 5, 2012

Q. Which of the following do you think would be the best way to elect national party leaders?

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

The Australian system where the leader is elected by the Members of Parliament

36%

45%

36%

45%

The US system where registered voters in primaries elect the party’s candidate for President

31%

25%

36%

23%

The UK system where MPs, party members (and in Labour’s case, union members from affiliated unions) all get to vote for the party leader

11%

10%

8%

15%

Don’t know

23%

19%

19%

17%

36% prefer the Australian system of electing the party leader – 31% prefer the US system and 11% the UK system.

Labor and Greens voters were more likely to prefer the Australian system (45%) and Liberal/National voters the US system (36%).

45% of people aged 55+ and 45% of those on income of $1,600+ pw favoured the Australian system.

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Federal politics – voting intention

Feb 27, 2012

Q. If a Federal Election was held today to which party will you probably give your first preference vote? If not sure, which party are you currently leaning toward?

Q. If don’t know -Well which party are you currently leaning to?

Sample size = 1,908 respondents

First preference/leaning to

Election

21 Aug 10

4 weeks ago

2 weeks ago

Last week

 

This week

Liberal

44%

44%

45%

46%

National

3%

3%

3%

3%

Total Lib/Nat

43.6%

47%

47%

48%

49%

Labor

38.0%

34%

34%

33%

32%

Greens

11.8%

10%

10%

11%

11%

Other/Independent

6.6%

8%

9%

9%

8%

 

2PP

Election

21 Aug 10

4 weeks ago

2 weeks ago

Last week

This week

Total Lib/Nat

49.9%

54%

54%

55%

56%

Labor

50.1%

46%

46%

45%

44%

NB.  The data in the above tables comprise 2-week averages derived from the first preference/leaning to voting questions.  Respondents who select ‘don’t know’ are not included in the results.  The two-party preferred estimate is calculated by distributing the votes of the other parties according to their preferences at the 2010 election.

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Labor Leadership issue

Feb 27, 2012

Q. Who do you think is mainly responsible for the leadership problems of the Labor Party?

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Kevin Rudd

18%

27%

16%

21%

Julia Gillard

39%

28%

55%

16%

Other people in the Labor Party

23%

23%

21%

25%

The media

10%

16%

4%

25%

Don’t know

10%

7%

4%

12%

39% of respondents think that Julia Gillard is mainly responsible for the leadership problems of the Labor Party, 23% think other people in the Labor Party are responsible and 18% think Kevin Rudd is responsible. Only 10% think the media are mainly responsible.

A majority (55%) of Liberal/National voters think Julia Gillard is mainly responsible while Labor and Greens voters are fairly evenly divided between Julia Gillard, Kevin Rudd and other people in the Labor Party. 25% of Greens voters think that the media are responsible.

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Opinion of Qantas

Feb 27, 2012

Q. Compared to 12 months ago, how do you feel about Qantas – more positive, more negative or about the same?

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Fly regularly

Fly once or twice a year

Fly less often

Total more positive

11%

14%

13%

6%

27%

11%

5%

Total more negative

41%

47%

33%

53%

38%

42%

41%

A lot more positive

4%

6%

4%

2%

14%

3%

1%

A little more positive

7%

8%

9%

4%

13%

8%

4%

About the same

43%

35%

51%

38%

32%

45%

47%

A little more negative

23%

25%

19%

28%

19%

24%

23%

A lot more negative

18%

22%

14%

25%

19%

18%

18%

No opinion

5%

2%

3%

3%

3%

3%

7%

41% say that, compared to 12 months ago, they feel more negative about Qantas – 11% feel more positive and 43% feel about the same.

Regular flyers are somewhat more positive – 27% feel more positive and 38% more negative.

There were no substantial differences across demographics.

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Reasons for Change in Opinion of Qantas

Feb 27, 2012

Q. What is the main reason you feel more positive/negative about Qantas?

 

More positive

More negative

Actions of management

62%

77%

Actions of workers

26%

9%

Other reason

6%

12%

Not sure

5%

3%

Among those who feel more positive about Qantas, 62% say it is because of the actions of management and 26% say it is because of the actions of workers.

Among those who feel more negative about Qantas, 77% say it is because of the actions of management and only 9% say it is because of the actions of workers.

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Opinion of Gonski Report Recommendations

Feb 27, 2012

Q. The Gonski report on funding education has recommended a new model for school funding that would mean all students are entitled to a set level of funding regardless of where they go to school, disadvantaged schools receive more funding and taxpayer funding for private schools is adjusted down based on parents’ capacity to pay.

Do you support or oppose these recommendations?

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Total support

68%

79%

64%

76%

Total oppose

13%

7%

17%

14%

Strongly support

25%

37%

17%

35%

Support

43%

42%

47%

41%

Oppose

9%

5%

12%

9%

Strongly oppose

4%

2%

5%

5%

Don’t know

19%

14%

19%

10

68% say they support the recommendations of the Gonski report on funding education and 13% were opposed.
Strongest support was shown by Labor voters (79%), Greens voters (76%) and people aged 55+ (75%).

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Education Funding or Budget Surplus

Feb 27, 2012

Q. The Gonski report also recommends a $5 billion increase in education funding with $1.5 billion of this additional funding coming from the Federal Government and the rest from the State Governments. If the Federal Government provides this additional funding it may mean they will not be able to return the budget to surplus next year.

Do you think it is more important to provide this additional funding for schools or more important to return a budget surplus?

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

More important to provide additional funding to schools

61%

63%

58%

83%

More important to return a budget surplus

24%

25%

29%

11%

Don’t know

15%

12%

12%

6%

61% think it is more important to provide additional funding to schools and 24% say it is more important to return a budget surplus.

Those who think it is more important to provide additional funding were women (65%), aged 45+ (67%), and Greens voters (83%).

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Funding for Elite private Schools

Feb 27, 2012

Q. Do you think all schools should get an increase in funding or should some of the wealthy elite private schools not get an increase in funding?

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

All schools should receive an increase in funding

23%

17%

31%

11%

Some wealthy elite private schools should not get an increase in funding

73%

78%

68%

83%

Don’t know

4%

5%

2%

5%

Only 23% think that all schools should receive an increase in funding and 73% think that some wealthy elite private schools should not get an increase.

Highest support for all schools to receive an increase in funding came from Liberal/National voters (31%) and those on incomes over $1,600pw (28%).

Highest support for wealthy elite private schools not receiving additional funding came from Greens voters (83%), Labor voters (78%) and people aged 45-64 (78%).

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