Essential Report

View of Australia’s manufacturing industry

Oct 26, 2021

Q. Thinking about the Australian manufacturing industry, which of the following statements is closest to your view?

  Oct’21 Oct’13 Jun’13 Aug’12
 
With government support, Australia can have a successful manufacturing industry 69% 65% 61% 63%
There is no future for manufacturing in Australia and government support would be a waste of money 15% 19% 22% 17%
Unsure 16% 16% 17% 21%
  • 69% of people think with government support, Australia can have a successful manufacturing industry. 15% think there is no future for manufacturing in Australia and government support would be a waste of money. 16% are unsure.
  • Results in 2021 are similar to 2013 and 2012 levels.
  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
  Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
With government support, Australia can have a successful manufacturing industry 69% 69% 68% 57% 64% 83% 69% 73% 61% 70%
There is no future for manufacturing in Australia and government support would be a waste of money 15% 19% 12% 22% 16% 8% 16% 16% 18% 17%
Unsure 16% 12% 20% 20% 21% 9% 15% 11% 21% 13%
Column n 1,781 875 906 533 601 647 636 610 157 220
  • Those aged over 55 (83%) are most likely to think Australia can have a successful manufacturing industry with government support.
  • Among voters, Coalition voters (73%) are most likely to have this view, with minor/independent party voters (70%) and Labor voters following closely behind (69%).
  • Men (19%) and those aged 18-34 (22%) are most likely to think there is no future for manufacturing in Australia and government support would be a waste of money.

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