Federal voting intention

Jul 16, 2018

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? If don’t know – Well which party are you currently leaning to?

  Total   2 weeks ago

3/718

4 weeks ago 19/6/18   Election  2 Jul 16
Liberal 37%   36% 35%    
National 4%   4% 3%    
Total Liberal/National 40%   40% 38%   42.0%
Labor 36%   37% 35%   34.7%
Greens 10%   11% 11%   10.2%
Nick Xenophon Team 1%   1% 2%    
Pauline Hanson’s One Nation 6%   6% 7%    
Other/Independent 6%   5% 7%   13.1%
2 party preferred            
Liberal National 49%   48% 48%   50.4%
Labor 51%   52% 52%   49.6%

 

  1. 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 2016 election.

Coal vs renewables

Jul 16, 2018

Q. Which of the following statements is closest to your view?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other   Jul 2015 Apr 2018
Governments should prioritise support for the coal industry over the renewable energy industry 16%   13% 24% 8% 22%   6% 13%
Government should prioritise support for the renewable energy industry over the coal industry 38%   48% 28% 67% 34%   50% 37%
The Government should treat both industries equally 34%   30% 42% 16% 36%   28% 35%
Don’t know 12%   9% 6% 9% 8%   15% 15%

 

 

38% (up 1% since April) of respondents agree more with the statement that the Government should prioritise support for the renewable energy industry over the coal industry and only 16% (up 3%) think they should prioritise coal over renewables. 34% (down 1%) think they should treat both industries equally.

 

Those most likely to think the Government should give priority to renewable energy were Greens voters (67%), Labor voters (48%) and respondents with university education (45%).

Statements about energy

Jul 16, 2018

Q. Do you agree or disagree with the following statements? 

  Total agree Total disagree   Strongly agree Agree Disagree Strongly disagree Don’t know
The government should fund up to $5bn to build new coal plants or extend the life of existing ones 40% 38%   14% 26% 20% 18% 23%
Coal fired power is cheaper than power generated by renewables 47% 24%   14% 33% 15% 9% 29%
The government should hold an inquiry into power prices and anti-competitive conduct by power companies 80% 9%   42% 38% 7% 2% 11%
Privately owned power companies should be returned to public ownership 63% 17%   30% 33% 14% 3% 21%
Burning of coal increases CO2 emissions which leads to climate change 61% 21%   26% 35% 13% 8% 18%
Further expanding coal mining and exports would undermine global efforts to address climate change 55% 24%   23% 32% 15% 9% 21%

A substantial majority agree that there should be an inquiry into power prices and energy companies (80% agree), power companies should be returned to public ownership (63%) and burning coal leads to climate change (61%).

Nearly half (47%) believed that coal-fired power is cheaper than renewables and respondents were split over whether the Government should fund coal plants.

Statements about Federal Government

Jul 16, 2018

Q. Thinking about the Federal Government, do you agree or disagree with the following statements? 

  Total agree Total disagree   Strongly agree Agree Disagree Strongly disagree Don’t know
I find it easy to get the Federal government services I need 45% 35%   7% 38% 26% 9% 21%
I feed it easy to access/receive funds from the Federal government 34% 39%   7% 27% 27% 12% 27%
I feel that my voice is heard by Federal government 23% 61%   4% 19% 37% 24% 16%
I feel my interests are served by Federal government 30% 55%   4% 26% 34% 21% 15%
I feel I receive value for money from the taxes I pay to Federal government 34% 51%   5% 29% 30% 21% 15%
The internet has made it easier to access Federal government services 65% 22%   11% 54% 15% 7% 13%
The size of Federal government workforce should be expanded to provide more services 46% 36%   12% 34% 25% 11% 19%
The size of Federal government workforce should be reduced to reduce taxes 44% 38%   11% 33% 28% 10% 18%

 

There was majority agreement that the internet has made it easier to access Federal government services (65%) and majority disagreement that my voice is heard by Federal government (61%), my interests are served by Federal government (55%) and I receive value for money from the taxes I pay to Federal government (51%).

Statements about State Government

Jul 16, 2018

Q. Thinking about your state Government, do you agree or disagree with the following statements? 

  Total agree Total disagree   Strongly agree Agree Disagree Strongly disagree Don’t know
I find it easy to get the State government services I need 47% 32% 8% 39% 24% 8% 21%
I feed it easy to access/receive funds from the State government 31% 37% 7% 24% 27% 10% 31%
I feel that my voice is heard by State government 30% 54% 5% 25% 36% 18% 16%
I feel my interests are served by State government 36% 50% 6% 30% 32% 18% 14%
I feel I receive value for money from the taxes and charges I pay to State government 34% 48% 5% 29% 30% 18% 18%
The internet has made it easier to access State government services 62% 22%   12% 50% 16% 6% 16%
The size of State government workforce should be expanded to provide more services 43% 39%   12% 31% 27% 12% 18%
The size of State government workforce should be reduced to reduce taxes and charges 44% 37% 12% 32% 27% 10% 19%

 

There was majority agreement that the internet has made it easier to access State government services (62%) and majority disagreement that my voice is heard by State government (54%) and my interests are served by State government (50%).

Statements about local Council

Jul 16, 2018

Q. Thinking about your local council, do you agree or disagree with the following statements? 

  Total agree Total disagree   Strongly agree Agree Disagree Strongly disagree Don’t know
I find it easy to get the council services I need 55% 28%   8% 47% 20% 8% 16%
I feed it easy to access/receive funds from the council 27% 38%   6% 21% 26% 12% 35%
I feel that my voice is heard by council 36% 47%   6% 30% 31% 16% 17%
I feel my interests are served by council 42% 45%   7% 35% 30% 15% 14%
I feel I receive value for money from the taxes/rates /charges I pay to council 37% 48%   6% 31% 29% 19% 15%
The internet has made it easier to access council services 63% 24%   14% 49% 16% 8% 14%
The size of council workforce should be expanded to provide more services 40% 40%   9% 31% 26% 14% 19%
The size of council workforce should be reduced to reduce rates and charges 42% 38%   13% 29% 28% 10% 20%

 

There was majority agreement that the internet has made it easier to access local council services (63%) and I find it easy to get the council services I need (55%).

 

 

Comparison of levels of Government

Jul 16, 2018

 

Total agree Federal Govt. State Govt. Local council
I find it easy to get the . . . services I need 45% 47% 55%
I feed it easy to access/receive funds from the . . . 34% 31% 27%
I feel that my voice is heard by . . . 23% 30% 36%
I feel my interests are served by . . . 30% 36% 42%
I feel I receive value for money from the taxes/rates/charges I pay to . . . 34% 34% 37%
The internet has made it easier to access . . . services 65% 62% 63%
The size of . . . workforce should be expanded to provide more services 46% 43% 40%
The size of . . . workforce should be reduced to reduce taxes/rates/charges 44% 44% 42%

Local councils were rated most highly for finding services you need (55%), having your voice heard (36%) or serving your interests (42%).

The three levels of Government were simular on most other issues – although there was slightly more support for expanding the Federal Government workforce.

Ban on plastic bags

Jul 16, 2018

Q. Some supermarkets have stopped providing customers with free plastic bags. Do you agree or disagree with the following statements?

  Total agree Total disagree   Strongly agree Agree Disagree Strongly disagree Don’t know
Banning plastic bags is a positive step to protect the environment 76% 18%   37% 39% 11% 7% 5%
Banning plastic bags is simply an attempt by supermarkets to reduce costs 46% 46%   16% 30% 30% 16% 8%
The plastic bag ban will change my behaviour as a consumer 57% 36%   19% 38% 26% 10% 6%
Banning plastic bags, along with self-save checkouts, just places more of the work onto the shopper 57% 36%   19% 38% 27% 9% 6%
I support banning plastic bags in supermarkets 73% 20%   39% 34% 11% 9% 7%

 

73% say they support banning plastic bags in supermarkets and 76% agree that it is a positive step to protect the environment. A majority (57%) believe the ban will change their behaviour.

However, a majority also agree that it places more of the work onto the shopper (57%) and they were split over whether it is simply an attempt by supermarkets to reduce costs (46% agree/46% disagree).

Grocery buyers held very similar views to the total population.

Grocery buyers Total agree Total disagree   Strongly agree Agree Disagree Strongly disagree Don’t know
Banning plastic bags is a positive step to protect the environment 77% 18%   38% 39% 10% 8% 5%
Banning plastic bags is simply an attempt by supermarkets to reduce costs 44% 48%   17% 27% 31% 17% 8%
The plastic bag ban will change my behaviour as a consumer 59% 35%   20% 39% 25% 10% 6%
Banning plastic bags, along with self-save checkouts, just places more of the work onto the shopper 56% 36%   22% 36% 27% 9% 5%
I support banning plastic bags in supermarkets 74% 20%   40% 34% 11% 9% 6%

 

 

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