Same sex marriage

Mar 13, 2018

Q. Do you think people of the same sex should or should not be allowed to marry?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote Other   Oct 2013 Jun 2014 Oct 2015 Jul 2016 Jun 2017 Oct 2017
Should be allowed to marry 65% 76% 54% 89% 54%   57% 60% 59% 58% 61% 61%
Should not be allowed to marry 26% 17% 37% 5% 41%   31% 28% 30% 28% 26% 32%
Don’t know 9%   7% 9% 6% 4%   12% 12% 11% 14% 13% 7%

Support for same sex marriage appears to have increased a little since the national vote.

65% thought that people of the same sex should be able to marry and 26% thought that they should not.

Women (67% support) were more likely than men (62%) to support same sex marriage.

76% of 18-34 year olds supported same sex marriage, compared to 52% of over 65 year olds.

Federal voting intention

Feb 27, 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 13/2/18 4 weeks ago 30/1/18   Election  2 Jul 16
Liberal 32%   33% 32%    
National 3%   3% 3%    
Total Liberal/National 35%   36% 35%   42.0%
Labor 35%   37% 36%   34.7%
Greens 10%   10% 10%   10.2%
Nick Xenophon Team 2%   4% 3%    
Pauline Hanson’s One Nation 8%   6% 8%    
Other/Independent 10%   7% 8%   13.1%
2 party preferred            
Liberal National 47%   46% 46%   50.4%
Labor 53%   54% 54%   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.

Bans on sex

Feb 27, 2018

Q. Do you support or oppose the following bans on sex?

  Total support Total oppose   Strongly support Support Oppose Strongly oppose Don’t know
Ban on sex between Ministers and their staff 50% 32%   24% 26% 20% 12% 19%
Ban on politicians having extra-marital sex 44% 36%   25% 19% 21% 15% 21%
Ban on sex between managers and their staff in the workplace 48% 35%   22% 26% 22% 13% 17%
Ban on sex between workmates in general 22% 55%   9% 13% 33% 22% 22%

 

  Total support   Vote Labor Vote LNP Vote Greens Vote other
Ban on sex between Ministers and their staff 50%   51% 44% 57% 58%
Ban on politicians having extra-marital sex 44%   46% 43% 45% 46%
Ban on sex between managers and their staff in the workplace 48%   49% 51% 51% 47%
Ban on sex between workmates in general 22%   23% 23% 23% 25%

 

50% support a ban on sex between Ministers and their staff and they are also more likely to support than oppose bans on politicians having extra-marital sex (44% to 36%) and bans on sex between managers and their staff in the workplace (48% to 35%).  However they do not support a ban on sex between workmates in general (55% oppose).

Liberal National voters are less likely to support a ban on sex between Ministers and their staff (44% support and 44% oppose).

Bans on Ministers

Feb 27, 2018

Q. Which statement is closest to your view?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote LNP Vote Greens Vote other
The Prime Minister is right to ban sexual relationships between ministers and their staff because of the power imbalance in the relationship 39%   38% 40% 41% 44%
The Government has no right to ban consensual relationships between adults, the ban is unenforceable but they do have the right to insist that such relationships are declared 48%   44% 53% 50% 50%
Don’t know 13%   18% 7% 9% 6%

 

48% agree more with the statement that the Government has no right to ban consensual relationships between adults and 39% agree more that the Prime Minister is right to ban sexual relationships between ministers and their staff. 53% of Liberal National voters agree more that the Government has no right to ban consensual relationships between adults compared to 44% of Labor voters.

Barnaby Joyce

Feb 27, 2018

Q. Do you think Barnaby Joyce should remain as leader of the National Party or should he resign?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote LNP Vote Greens Vote other
Should remain leader of the National party 19%   16% 27% 7% 23%
Should resign as leader but stay in Parliament 26%   21% 35% 27% 27%
Should resign as leader and leave Parliament 34%   44% 23% 44% 38%
Don’t know 21%   19% 15% 21% 12%

 

34% believe that Barnaby Joyce should resign as leader of the National Party and leave Parliament, 26% think he should resign as leader and stay in Parliament and 19% think he should stay as leader. In aggregate, while 60% think he should resign as leader, 45% think he should stay in Parliament.

Among Liberal National voters, 35% think he should resign as leader and stay in Parliament, 27% think he should stay as leader and 23% think he should resign and leave Parliament.

 

Note that Barnaby Joyce announced his resignation as leader while this poll was being conducted – hence some responses occurred before the announcement and some after.

Media reporting private affairs

Feb 27, 2018

Q. In general, do you approve or disapprove of the media reporting on politicians’ private affairs?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote LNP Vote Greens Vote other
Total approve 44%   49% 42% 53% 47%
Total disapprove 41%   36% 51% 38% 43%
Strongly approve 13%   17% 8% 18% 18%
Approve 31%   32% 34% 35% 29%
Disapprove 23%   24% 26% 27% 22%
Strongly disapprove 18%   12% 25% 11% 21%
Don’t know 14%   16% 8% 8% 9%

 

44% approve of the media reporting on politicians’ private affairs and 41% disapprove.

Those most likely to approve were Greens voters (53%), Labor voters (49%) and aged 25-44 (52%).

Those most likely to disapprove were Liberal National voters (51%) and aged 55+ (60%).

Concerns about Barnaby Joyce affair

Feb 27, 2018

Q. How concerning are the following issues regarding the Barnaby Joyce affair?

  A major concern A moderate concern Not much of a concern Not sure
Alleged excessive use of travel entitlements by Joyce to be with Ms Campion 60% 22% 10% 8%
Potential misuse of Ministerial office in finding the staff member work in others office without due process 50% 29% 12% 9%
Free accommodation being provided to Joyce and Ms Campion in Armidale by a wealthy local businessman 45% 22% 24% 8%
He failed to declare the relationship to the PM who oversees the Ministerial Code of Conduct 36% 32% 23% 9%
He had a relationship with his staff member 23% 29% 40% 8%

 

  Total major concern   Vote Labor Vote LNP Vote Greens Vote other
Alleged excessive use of travel entitlements by Joyce to be with Ms Campion 60% 61% 53% 75% 71%
Potential misuse of Ministerial office in finding the staff member work in others office without due process 50% 53% 44% 59% 57%
Free accommodation being provided to Joyce and Ms Campion in Armidale by a wealthy local businessman 45% 51% 36% 55% 54%
He failed to declare the relationship to the PM who oversees the Ministerial Code of Conduct 36% 36% 35% 47% 40%
He had a relationship with his staff member 23% 26% 20% 29% 27%

 

 

The main concerns about the Barnaby Joyce affair were alleged misuse of travel entitlements (60%), potential misuse of Ministerial office (50%) and the free accommodation being provided by a local businessman (45%).

Only 23% think that his relationship with his staff member is a major concern.

Liberal National voters tended to be less concerned about each aspect of this affair.

67% of women thought the alleged excessive use of travel entitlements was a major concern compared to 54% of men.

Government priorities

Feb 27, 2018

Q. What is your view about the following issues and whether they should be a priority for the Government to address? 

  I support this and it should be a high priority I support this but it is not a high priority I don’t support this Not sure
Meeting the Close the Gap indigenous health targets 43% 32% 14% 12%
Establishing an indigenous ‘voice’ to advise the Parliament 31% 37% 21% 11%
Including aboriginal recognition in the constitution 30% 40% 18% 12%
A treaty with indigenous Australia 27% 32% 26% 14%
Australia becoming a republic 21% 25% 35% 20%
Changing the date of Australia Day 11% 16% 60% 13%

 

43% think that meeting the Close the Gap indigenous health targets should be a high priority for the Government, 31% think establishing an indigenous ‘voice’ to advise the Parliament should be a high priority and 30% think that including aboriginal recognition in the constitution should be a high priority.

More than half the respondents supported each of the indigenous issues. They were split over becoming a republic (46% support/35% oppose) and only 27% supported changing the date of Australia Day.

Labor voters and Greens voters showed higher support for each issue and Liberal National voters and other voters lower support.

52% of men supported becoming a republic compared to 39% of women. 38% of those aged 25-44 supported changing the date of Australia Day compared to 17% those aged 55+.

 

  Total high priority   Vote Labor Vote LNP Vote Greens Vote other
Meeting the Close the Gap indigenous health targets 43%   51% 34% 62% 38%
Establishing an indigenous ‘voice’ to advise the Parliament 31%   41% 22% 53% 23%
Including aboriginal recognition in the constitution 30%   41% 19% 52% 21%
A treaty with indigenous Australia 27%   37% 15% 48% 19%
Australia becoming a republic 21%   27% 16% 31% 18%
Changing the date of Australia Day 11%   11% 7% 34% 8%

 

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