Better Prime Minister

Aug 12, 2014

Q. Who do you think would make the better Prime Minister out of Tony Abbott and Bill Shorten? 

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/  Nat

Vote Greens

Vote Other

 

22 Oct 2013

14 Jan 

11 Feb

11 Mar

8 April

13 May

11 June

8 July

Tony Abbott

37%

6%

84%

6%

22%

41%

42%

40%

39%

42%

36%

36%

34%

Bill Shorten

36%

73%

2%

55%

31%

22%

31%

30%

33%

32%

37%

40%

37%

Don’t know

27%

22%

14%

39%

47%

37%

27%

31%

28%

26%

28%

24%

29%

37% (up 3% since July) of respondents think Tony Abbott would make the better Prime Minister and 36% (down 1%) think Bill Shorten would make the better Prime Minister.

Men prefer Tony Abbott 42% to 35% and women prefer Bill Shorten 36% to 33%.

Importance of environmental issues

Aug 12, 2014

Q. How important are the following environmental issues to you?

 

Total import-ant

Total not import-ant

 

Very import-ant

Moder-ately import-ant

 

Import -ant

Vote Labor

Import -ant

Vote Lib/ Nat

Import -ant

Vote Greens

Import -ant

Vote Other

Protecting the Great Barrier Reef

91%

7%

58%

33%

94%

89%

94%

90%

Protecting endangered species

87%

11%

49%

38%

91%

83%

89%

87%

Cutting air and water  pollution

87%

11%

46%

41%

91%

83%

89%

85%

Protecting  native forests

86%

11%

45%

41%

91%

83%

91%

87%

Deforestation (for timber and paper)

80%

17%

35%

45%

83%

76%

77%

76%

Strengthen environmental protection laws

77%

20%

35%

42%

84%

69%

88%

79%

Deforestation (for palm oil products)

74%

22%

37%

37%

78%

67%

82%

75%

Population growth

73%

25%

33%

40%

72%

77%

67%

74%

Addressing climate change

71%

27%

37%

34%

84%

57%

85%

67%

The most important environmental issues were protecting the Great Barrier Reef (91%), protecting endangered species (87%), cutting air and water pollution (87%) and protecting native forests (86%). All issues were thought to be important by over 70% of respondents.

The ranking of issues was similar across party voting groups except for –

  • Addressing climate change, which was rated more important by Labor voters (84%) and Greens voters (85%) but lower by Liberal/National voters (57%).
  • Strengthen environmental protection laws, which was rated more important by Labor voters (84%) and Greens voters (88%).

Population growth, which was rated more important by Liberal/National voters (77%).

Retaining telephone and internet records

Aug 12, 2014

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the government proposal to require telecommunications companies and internet service providers to retain records of your telephone and internet activity for intelligence and criminal investigation purposes?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote Other

Total approve

39%

31%

59%

15%

26%

Total disapprove

51%

58%

33%

80%

64%

Strongly approve

10%

6%

18%

2%

6%

Approve

29%

25%

41%

13%

20%

Disapprove

21%

22%

18%

28%

22%

Strongly disapprove

30%

36%

15%

52%

42%

Don’t know

11%

10%

9%

5%

9%

39% approve of the government proposal to require telecommunications companies and internet service providers to retain records of your telephone and internet activity for intelligence and criminal investigation purposes and 51% disapprove.

80% of Greens voters and 58% of Labor voters disapprove while 59% of Liberal/National voters approve.

64% of respondents aged 18-34 disapprove while 54% of those aged 55+ approve.

Trust in safety of personal data

Aug 12, 2014

Q. How much trust do you have in the government and telecommunications companies and internet service providers to store retained personal data safely and in a way that would prevent abuse?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote Other

Total lot/some trust

26%

18%

45%

5%

17%

Total little/no trust

68%

77%

50%

91%

82%

A lot of trust

6%

5%

11%

3%

Some trust

20%

13%

34%

5%

14%

A little trust

23%

20%

26%

23%

20%

No trust

45%

57%

24%

68%

62%

Don’t know

6%

5%

5%

4%

2%

68% say they have little or no trust in the government and telecommunications companies and internet service providers to store retained personal data safely and in a way that would prevent abuse and 26% have a lot or some trust.

Those with highest levels of trust were Liberal/National voters (45%) and people aged 65+ (44%).

Opinion of retaining personal information

Aug 12, 2014

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

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote Other

Governments having access to personal telephone and internet information is necessary to protect society from terrorist or criminal actions.

37%

23%

62%

17%

26%

Governments are increasingly using the argument about terrorism to collect and store personal data and information, and this is a dangerous direction for society

49%

63%

27%

80%

60%

Don’t know

13%

14%

11%

3%

14%

49% of respondents agreed more with the statement that “Governments are increasingly using the argument about terrorism to collect and store personal data and information, and this is a dangerous direction for society “ and 37% agreed more with “Governments having access to personal telephone and internet information is necessary to protect society from terrorist or criminal actions”.

A majority of Liberal/National voters (62%) agreed more with “Governments having access to personal telephone and internet information is necessary to protect society from terrorist or criminal actions” while all other voter groups agreed more with the alternative statement.

55% of those aged 55+ also agreed more with the first statement and a majority of all other age groups agreed more with the second.

Government’s handling of asylum seekers

Aug 12, 2014

Q. Which of the following words would you use to describe the Government’s handling of the issue of asylum seekers? 

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote Other

 

Men

Women

Aged 18-34

Aged 35-54

Aged 55+

Responsible

45%

26%

75%

14%

42%

50%

40%

30%

43%

64%

Fair

45%

25%

76%

10%

44%

48%

41%

29%

43%

66%

Too secretive

45%

69%

16%

75%

54%

44%

46%

50%

45%

40%

Just playing politics

45%

65%

20%

66%

56%

48%

41%

51%

45%

36%

Principled

43%

28%

69%

25%

29%

49%

36%

30%

45%

54%

Stubborn

42%

57%

24%

72%

44%

43%

41%

47%

39%

42%

Balanced

37%

20%

65%

13%

26%

42%

32%

23%

37%

54%

Unethical

33%

50%

10%

69%

37%

32%

35%

41%

32%

26%

Populist

31%

38%

23%

37%

37%

36%

25%

28%

33%

31%

Cruel

30%

46%

10%

64%

34%

29%

32%

39%

29%

23%

Too hard

29%

44%

10%

61%

32%

27%

31%

36%

28%

23%

Too soft

26%

22%

30%

12%

37%

29%

24%

19%

27%

34%

Respondents were more likely to describe the Government’s handling of the issue of asylum seekers as “responsible” and “fair” but also as “too secretive” and “just playing politics” (all 45%). 26% describe their handling of the issue as “too soft”, 29% as “too hard” and 30% as “cruel”.

Liberal/National voters were most likely to think the handling was “fair” (76%) and “responsible” (75%).

Labor voters were most likely to think the handling was “too secretive” (69%) and “just playing politics” (65%).

Greens voters were most likely to think the handling was “too secretive” (75%), “stubborn” (72%) and “unethical” (69%).

Of those aged under 35, only 23% thought the handling of the issue was “balanced” and 29% thought it was “fair”.

Federal politics – voting intention

Aug 5, 2014

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 = 1,873 respondents

First preference/leaning to

Election

7 Sep 13

 

4 weeks ago 8/7/14

2 weeks ago

22/7/14

Last week

29/7/14

This week

5/8/14

Liberal

 

36%

36%

38%

39%

National

3%

3%

2%

2%

Total Lib/Nat

45.6%

39%

39%

41%

41%

Labor

33.4%

40%

39%

38%

39%

Greens

8.6%

9%

9%

9%

9%

Palmer United Party

5.5%

6%

6%

5%

4%

Other/Independent

6.9%

7%

7%

7%

7%

 

2 Party Preferred

Election

7 Sep 13

 

4 weeks ago 8/7/14

2 weeks ago

22/7/14

Last week

29/7/14

This week

5/8/14

Liberal National

53.5%

47%

48%

49%

49%

Labor

46.5%

53%

52%

51%

51%

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.

Actions on Ukraine air disaster

Aug 5, 2014

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the following actions Australia is taking or might take to secure and search the Malaysia Airlines crash site in Ukraine? 

 

Total approve

Total dis-approve

 

Strongly approve

Approve

Dis-approve

Strongly dis-approve

Don’t know

Sending unarmed Australian Federal Police to secure and search the crash site

51%

38%

17%

34%

23%

15%

11%

Sending armed Australian Federal Police to secure and search the crash site

64%

25%

25%

39%

16%

9%

11%

Sending armed Australian Federal Police to secure and search the crash site without the agreement of the Ukraine Government

26%

60%

10%

16%

29%

31%

13%

51% approve of sending unarmed Australian Federal Police to secure and search the Malaysia Airlines crash site and 64% approve sending armed forces. However, only 26% approve sending armed forces without the agreement of the Ukraine Government – and 60% disapprove.

Liberal/National voters were more likely to approve of each action – 57% approve of unarmed forces, 71% approve armed forces and 37% approve armed forces without agreement.

There was a significant split on gender on approval of sending unarmed forces – 58% of men and 42% of women.

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