Trust most to handle the economy

May 26, 2015

Q. Who would you trust most to handle Australia’s economy – The Treasurer Joe Hockey or the Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen?

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other/ Indep- endent

Aug 2014

Mar 2015

May 2015 Pre- budget

Joe Hockey

29%

6%

65%

5%

22%

34%

26%

30%

Chris Bowen

23%

47%

7%

28%

18%

23%

25%

22%

Don’t know

47%

47%

28%

67%

61%

43%

49%

48%

29% have more trust in Joe Hockey to handle Australia’s economy and 23% have more trust in Chris Bowen. 47% don’t know who they would trust more.

These results are little changed since this question was asked in the week prior to the Federal Budget.

Federal politics – voting intention

May 26, 2015

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 = 1,779 respondents

First preference/leaning to

Election 7 Sep 13

4 weeks ago 28/4/15

2 weeks ago 12/5/15

Last week 19/5/15

This week 26/5/15

Liberal

36%

38%

38%

38%

National

3%

3%

3%

4%

Total Liberal/National

45.6%

40%

41%

41%

41%

Labor

33.4%

39%

39%

40%

39%

Greens

8.6%

10%

11%

10%

10%

Palmer United Party

5.5%

2%

1%

1%

1%

Other/Independent

6.9%

9%

8%

8%

8%

2 Party Preferred

Election 7 Sep 13

4 weeks ago 28/4/15

2 weeks ago 12/5/15

Last week 19/5/15

This week 26/5/15

Liberal National

53.5%

47%

48%

48%

48%

Labor

46.5%

53%

52%

52%

52%

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 2013 election.

Approval of Joe Hockey

May 26, 2015

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the job Joe Hockey is doing as Treasurer?

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other/ Indep- endent

Nov 2013

Aug 2014

Mar 2015

May 2015 Pre- budget

Total approve

34%

12%

72%

8%

24%

45%

35%

27%

30%

Total disapprove

44%

73%

13%

70%

52%

28%

44%

51%

48%

Strongly approve

8%

4%

18%

1%

4%

13%

11%

6%

6%

Approve

26%

8%

54%

7%

20%

32%

24%

21%

24%

Disapprove

23%

34%

11%

32%

29%

15%

20%

25%

25%

Strongly disapprove

21%

39%

2%

38%

23%

13%

24%

26%

23%

Don’t know

22%

16%

15%

22%

23%

27%

21%

22%

23%

34% approve of the job Joe Hockey is doing as Treasurer and 44% disapprove. 22% could not give an opinion.

This represents an improvement in net rating from -18 to -10 since this question was asked in the week prior to the Federal Budget. By gender – 36% (+2) of men approve and 47% (-4) disapprove; 34% (+8) of women approve and 41% (-2) disapprove.

Paid parental leave

May 26, 2015

Q. Working women currently receive taxpayer-funded paid parental leave (PPL) of $641 a week (the minimum wage) for up to 18 weeks. In the Federal Budget, the Government has proposed women who can access employer-sponsored PPL schemes will lose all or part of their taxpayer-funded PPL. Do you approve or disapprove of this proposal?

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other/ Indep- endent

Men

Women

Aged 18-34

Aged 35-54

Aged 55+

Total approve

56%

47%

73%

37%

63%

60%

52%

42%

59%

71%

Total disapprove

27%

36%

16%

40%

21%

22%

30%

38%

22%

17%

Strongly approve

25%

16%

37%

16%

35%

28%

22%

13%

27%

38%

Approve

31%

31%

36%

21%

28%

32%

30%

29%

32%

33%

Disapprove

14%

16%

10%

23%

10%

12%

15%

18%

12%

10%

Strongly disapprove

13%

20%

6%

17%

11%

10%

15%

20%

10%

7%

Don’t know

18%

17%

12%

23%

16%

17%

18%

21%

18%

13%

56% approve and 27% disapprove of the Government’s proposal that women who can access employer-sponsored paid parental leave schemes will lose all or part of their taxpayer-funded PPL.

Those most likely to approve were Liberal/National voters (73%), men (60%) and those aged 55+ (71%). Those aged under 35 were split 42% approve/38% disapprove.

Increasing US military presence in Australia

May 26, 2015

Q. Would you approve or disapprove of increasing the US military aircraft stationed in Australia to counter China’s growing military power?

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other/ Indep- endent

Total approve

42%

39%

56%

19%

44%

Total disapprove

32%

38%

19%

56%

42%

Strongly approve

12%

10%

15%

6%

16%

Approve

30%

29%

41%

13%

28%

Disapprove

19%

21%

13%

31%

23%

Strongly disapprove

13%

17%

6%

25%

19%

Don’t know

25%

23%

24%

25%

14%

42% approve and 32% disapprove of increasing the US military aircraft stationed in Australia to counter China’s growing military power. Those most likely to approve were Liberal/National voters (56%) and men (50%). 36% of women approve and 33% disapprove.
Those with university education were split 39% approve/41% disapprove.

Action on climate change

May 26, 2015

Q. In your opinion, do world leaders need to act to prevent the world’s population from being impacted by climate change?

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other/ Indep- endent

Yes, they need to act now, without delay

45%

56%

27%

79%

42%

Yes, they need to act in the next 12 months

10%

15%

10%

4%

7%

Yes, they need to act in the next 5 years

10%

9%

13%

4%

11%

Yes, they need to act in the next 10 years

4%

4%

6%

1%

4%

No, they don’t need to act

15%

6%

28%

5%

23%

Don’t know

16%

11%

16%

6%

14%

A majority (55%) think that world leaders need to act on climate change now or in the next 12 months. 14% think they need to act within the next 5- 10 years and 15% think they do not need to act at all.

While 71% of Labor voters think they need to act now or within the next 12 months, only 37% of Liberal/National voters agree.

Energy Sources

May 26, 2015

Q. Do you think Australia should put more emphasis, less emphasis or about the same emphasis as it does now on producing domestic energy from the following sources?

More emphasis

Same emphasis

Less emphasis

Don’t know

Sep 2014 More emphasis

Sep 2014 Less emphasis

Solar power

71%

14%

4%

11%

70%

3%

Wind

62%

20%

6%

12%

60%

8%

Hydro

55%

25%

4%

17%

46%

6%

Gas

22%

41%

20%

17%

23%

22%

Nuclear power

23%

25%

32%

21%

18%

41%

Coal

9%

25%

50%

16%

9%

53%

71% think Australia should put more emphasis on producing domestic energy from solar power and 62% think there should be more emphasis on wind power. A majority (50%) think there should be less emphasis on producing energy from coal.

There were few substantial differences since this question was asked in September, except for an increase for more emphasis on hydro power – up from 46% to 55%.

Renewables vs fossil fuels

May 26, 2015

Q. As far as you know, which energy source – renewable energy like solar and wind OR fossil fuels like coal and gas – is better for each of the following?

Renewable energy better

Fossil fuels better

No difference

Don’t know

Sep 2014 Renewable

Sep 2014 Fossil fuels

The environment

69%

5%

9%

17%

77%

5%

Electricity costs

47%

18%

11%

24%

45%

19%

The economy

42%

20%

11%

26%

39%

29%

Jobs

37%

20%

16%

27%

36%

25%

Overall, respondents think that renewable energy is better for the environment (69%), electricity costs (47%), the economy (42%) and jobs (37%). Since this question was asked in September, main changes are a decline for renewables being better for the environment (from 77% to 69%) and a decline for fossil fuels being better for the economy (from 29% to 20%).

There were few substantial differences across demographic groups – other than for electricity costs where 52% of women think renewables are better compared to 41% of men.

Liberal/National voters were more likely to think fossil fuels are better for jobs (30%).

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