Essential Report

Building submarines in Australia

Feb 17, 2015

Q. Thinking about the plans to replace Australia’s submarine fleet, which of the following statements is closest to your view?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

The submarines should be built in Australia only if the cost is less than having them made overseas

12%

11%

16%

13%

8%

The submarines should be built in Australia only if the cost is similar or less than having them made overseas

34%

31%

43%

26%

38%

The submarines should be built in Australia even if it costs more than having them made overseas

37%

42%

33%

38%

43%

Don’t know

17%

16%

9%

22%

12%

 

37% think that Australia’s replacement submarines should be built in Australia even if it costs more than having them made overseas.

34% think they should be built in Australia if the cost is similar or less and only 12% think they should only be built in Australia if the cost is less.

Those most likely to think they should be built in Australia even if they cost more were aged 55+ (48%) and living in South Australia (60%).

Buying submarines from Japan

Sep 16, 2014

Q. Do you support or oppose the Government buying submarines from Japan if it is cheaper than building them in Australia? 

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Total support

28%

19%

40%

28%

17%

Total oppose

51%

60%

42%

57%

70%

Strongly support

6%

3%

9%

1%

7%

Support

22%

16%

31%

27%

10%

Oppose

23%

22%

25%

23%

25%

Strongly oppose

28%

38%

17%

34%

45%

Don’t know

22%

20%

17%

15%

12%

28% support the Government buying submarines from Japan if it is cheaper than building them in Australia and 51% oppose.

While most voters are strongly opposed, Liberal/National voters are split (40% support/42% oppose).

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