ABC bias

Jul 7, 2015

Q. Which of the following is closest to your opinion of the ABC?

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote Other

The ABC is biased to the Left

22%

10%

42%

13%

13%

The ABC is not biased either to the Left or to the Right

36%

48%

21%

61%

46%

The ABC is biased to the Right

3%

1%

3%

2%

8%

Don’t know

40%

40%

34%

23%

33%

36% think that the ABC is not biased either to the Left or the Right and 22% think it is biased to the Left. A very high 40% do not know if the ABC is biased in any direction.

Liberal/National voters are more likely to think the ABC is biased to the Left (42%). 61% of Greens voters and 48% of Labor voters think the ABC is not biased.

Government’s handling of issues

Jul 7, 2015

Q. How would you rate the Federal Liberal-National Government for the way they have handled the following issues?

Total good

Total poor

Net score

Very good

Good

Average

Poor

Very poor

Don’t know

Net

Feb 2014

Net Sept 2014

Net

Jan 2015

Supporting Australian businesses

36%

21%

+15

8%

28%

34%

12%

9%

8%

-7

-5

-5

Relations with other countries

31%

33%

-2

7%

24%

29%

18%

15%

8%

-3

+15

+5

Managing the economy

29%

34%

-5

8%

21%

30%

18%

16%

6%

+3

-6

-14

Treatment of asylum seekers

32%

39%

-7

15%

17%

21%

13%

26%

8%

+1

-3

-6

Industrial relations

24%

32%

-8

5%

19%

32%

17%

15%

12%

-12

-16

-15

Education and schools

24%

37%

-13

5%

19%

32%

20%

17%

7%

-7

-22

-24

Supporting Australian jobs

23%

40%

-17

5%

18%

29%

21%

19%

7%

-19

-21

-24

Health services

22%

41%

-19

4%

18%

30%

21%

20%

6%

-13

-27

-31

Social welfare

21%

42%

-21

5%

16%

29%

20%

22%

8%

-12

-26

-28

Protecting the environment

20%

41%

-21

4%

16%

31%

16%

25%

9%

-10

-18

-23

Climate change

19%

43%

-24

5%

14%

29%

15%

28%

9%

-15

-27

-27

The Government received negative ratings for all issues except supporting Australian businesses (net +15).

Highest negative ratings were given for climate change (19% good/43% poor), protecting the environment (20%/41%) and social welfare (21%/42%).

Since this question was asked in January there have been a significant increases for supporting Australian businesses (+20), health services (+12), education and schools (+11) and managing the economy (+9). The only significant decrease was for “relations with other countries” (down 7 points to -2).

Right to protest

Jul 7, 2015

Q. Do you think it should be legal or illegal to stage a protest in the following places?

Legal

Illegal

Don’t know

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote Other

Outside Parliament House

72%

15%

12%

78%

67%

89%

80%

On a city street

71%

16%

14%

74%

68%

87%

74%

Outside a private business

49%

33%

18%

58%

39%

69%

59%

At a train station

43%

41%

16%

49%

36%

65%

47%

Outside a church

42%

41%

17%

48%

32%

70%

45%

Outside a public figure’s house (i.e. politician or celebrity)

34%

50%

16%

38%

25%

50%

43%

Outside a school

32%

54%

15%

35%

25%

50%

39%

Outside a medical clinic that offers abortion procedures

30%

54%

17%

31%

26%

37%

39%

Inside Parliament House

25%

59%

16%

30%

16%

39%

27%

A majority think it should be legal to stage a protest outside Parliament House (72%) and on a city street (71%). Respondents were also more likely to think protesting outside a private business should be legal (49%).

However, a majority think that it should be illegal to stage a protest inside Parliament House (59%), outside a clinic that offers abortions (54%), outside a school (54%) and outside a public figure’s house (50%).

Federal politics – voting intention

Jun 30, 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 = 1,816 respondents

First preference/leaning to

Election 7 Sep 13

4 weeks ago 2/6/15

2 weeks ago 16/6/15

Last week 23/6/15

This week 30/6/15

Liberal

38%

39%

38%

38%

National

4%

3%

3%

3%

Total Liberal/National

45.6%

41%

42%

41%

41%

Labor

33.4%

40%

39%

39%

39%

Greens

8.6%

10%

10%

10%

11%

Palmer United Party

5.5%

1%

1%

1%

1%

Other/Independent

6.9%

8%

8%

8%

8%

2 Party Preferred

Election 7 Sep 13

4 weeks ago 2/6/15

2 weeks ago 16/6/15

Last week 23/6/15

This week 30/6/15

Liberal National

53.5%

48%

48%

48%

47%

Labor

46.5%

52%

52%

52%

53%

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.

Funding schools

Jun 30, 2015

Q. The Federal Government has released a paper which lists several ideas for future funding of schools. Do you approve or disapprove of each of the following ideas?

Total approve

Total dis- approve

Strongly approve

Approve

Dis- approve

Strongly dis- approve

Don’t know

Giving the states and territories full responsibility for all schools

38%

35%

9%

29%

24%

11%

27%

Making states and territories fully responsible for funding public schools while the Federal Government funds non-government schools

20%

56%

4%

16%

27%

29%

25%

Reducing Commonwealth involvement in schools, but without significant structural change

28%

43%

4%

24%

28%

15%

30%

Making the Federal Government the main funder of all schools.

51%

23%

15%

36%

17%

6%

25%

Means testing – charging high-income parents fees for children to attend public schools.

37%

48%

10%

27%

23%

25%

14%

A majority of respondents (51%) approve of the proposal of “Making the Federal Government the main funder of all schools” and a majority (56%) reject the proposal of “Making states and territories fully responsible for funding public schools while the Federal Government funds non- government schools”.

They were more likely to reject the proposal to means test parents of public schools (37% approve/48% disapprove) but were divided on the issue of “Giving the states and territories full responsibility for all schools” (38% approve/35% disapprove).

Troops in Iraq

Jun 30, 2015

Q. Australia currently has troops in Iraq to help train Iraqi forces fighting Islamic State militants. Would you support or oppose Australian soldiers being used to fight Islamic State, not just train Iraqi forces?

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Total support

41%

37%

51%

29%

35%

Total oppose

43%

48%

38%

53%

52%

Strongly support

15%

12%

22%

7%

15%

Support

26%

25%

29%

22%

20%

Oppose

23%

23%

25%

22%

18%

Strongly oppose

20%

25%

13%

31%

34%

Don’t know

17%

14%

12%

18%

12%

41% support Australian soldiers being used to fight Islamic State and 43% oppose.

A majority (51%) of Liberal/National voters support while Greens voters (53%) and Labor voters (48%) were more likely to oppose.

Trust in newspapers

Jun 30, 2015

Q. How much trust do you have in what you read in the following newspapers?

Total a lot/some

A lot of trust

Some trust

Not much trust

No trust at all

Don’t know

Total a lot/some Jul 2011

Total a lot/some Jun 2012

Total a lot/some Jan 2013

The Australian

58%

12%

46%

26%

10%

6%

69%

60%

65%

The Telegraph (NSW only)

46%

6%

40%

31%

19%

4%

52%

49%

48%

Sydney Morning Herald (NSW only)

70%

18%

52%

22%

5%

3%

74%

69%

71%

The Age (Victoria only)

66%

14%

52%

18%

11%

5%

79%

76%

71%

Herald Sun (Victoria only)

48%

8%

40%

28%

17%

6%

54%

51%

50%

Courier Mail (Queensland only)

48%

8%

40%

33%

13%

6%

65%

51%

57%

* Note : Percentages based only on respondents who had read each newspaper.

Among those who have read the newspaper, 18% have a lot of trust in the SMH and 14% have a lot of trust in The Age. 12% of readers of The Australian have a lot of trust in the newspaper but only 6% have a lot of trust in The Telegraph. 50% have not much or no trust in The Telegraph, 46% not much/no trust in the Courier Mail and 45% not much/no trust in The Herald Sun.

Overall, the most trusted newspapers were the SMH (70% a lot/some trust) and The Age (66%). The least trusted were The Telegraph (46% a lot/some trust), the HeraldSun (48%) and the Courier Mail (48%).

Since this question was asked in 2013, there have been declines in trust in the Courier Mail (down 9%) and The Australian (down 7%), while The Age has declined by 5%.

Trust in media commentators and journalists

Jun 30, 2015

Q. How much trust do you have in the following media commentators and journalists?

Total a lot/some

A lot of trust

Some trust

Not much trust

No trust at all

Don’t know

Total a lot/some Oct 2012

% know them

Laurie Oakes

71%

25%

46%

14%

5%

10%

72%

77%

Sarah Ferguson

51%

12%

39%

19%

10%

20%

50%

Tony Jones

51%

11%

40%

21%

11%

15%

53%

54%

Mark Riley

51%

9%

42%

21%

8%

20%

42%

Michelle Grattan

49%

12%

37%

22%

9%

20%

48%

37%

Neil Mitchell

47%

9%

38%

25%

11%

17%

46%

45%

Chris Uhlmann

46%

11%

35%

22%

12%

20%

35%

Jon Faine

40%

7%

33%

23%

12%

24%

38%

33%

Andrew Bolt

38%

11%

27%

20%

30%

12%

39%

65%

Alan Jones

29%

6%

23%

29%

29%

12%

22%

80%

* Note : Percentages based only on respondents who knew of each commentator/journalist.

The most trusted media commentators and journalists were Laurie Oakes (71%), Sarah Ferguson, Tony Jones and Mark Riley (all 51%).

The least trusted were Alan Jones (29%) and Andrew Bolt (38%).

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