Manufacturing industry

Oct 1, 2013

Q. Thinking about the Australian manufacturing industry, which of the following statements is closest to your view?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

 

Aug 2012

Jun 2013

With Government support, Australia can have a successful manufacturing industry

65%

70%

64%

60%

63%

61%

There is no future for manufacturing in Australia and Government support would be a waste of money

19%

17%

23%

17%

17%

22%

Don’t know

16%

13%

14%

23%

21%

17%

65% agree that “With Government support, Australia can have a successful manufacturing industry” and 19% agree “There is no future for manufacturing in Australia and Government support would be a waste of money”. Those who think that “Australia can have a successful manufacturing industry” has increased 4% and those thinking “There is no future for manufacturing in Australia” has dropped 3% since this question was last asked in June.

Those most likely to agree that “Australia can have a successful manufacturing industry” were aged 45+ (69%), Labor voters (70%) and people on income of less than $1,000pw (75%).

Those most likely to agree that “There is no future for manufacturing in Australia” were men (25%), Liberal/National voters (23%) and people on incomes over $1,600pw (28%).

Importance of car manufacturing

Oct 1, 2013

Q. How important is it that Australia has a car manufacturing industry, even if it costs hundreds of millions of dollars each year in Government support and subsidies?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

 

Jun 2013

Total important

58%

63%

59%

45%

52%

Total not important

30%

26%

33%

33%

35%

Very important

24%

31%

22%

12%

19%

Somewhat important

34%

32%

37%

33%

33%

Not very important

18%

16%

19%

21%

24%

Not at all important

12%

10%

14%

11%

11%

Don’t know

12%

12%

8%

24%

12%

58% think that it is very or somewhat important that Australia has a car manufacturing industry, even if it costs hundreds of millions of dollars each year in Government support and subsidies. 30% think it is not very or not at all important. This represents a significant increase in “importance” since this question was previously asked in June.

Those most likely to think it was important were Labor voters (63%) and people on incomes under $1,000pw (65%).

33% of Liberal/National voters, 33% of Greens voters and 38% of people with university degrees thought it not important.

Information about asylum seeker boat arrivals

Oct 1, 2013

Q. Under previous Governments the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service has issued statements whenever an asylum-seeker boat arrived. Do you approve or disapprove of the Abbott Government’s decision to stop providing this information about the arrival of asylum-seeker boats?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Total approve

39%

16%

67%

13%

Total disapprove

48%

75%

21%

74%

Strongly approve

16%

5%

31%

7%

Approve

23%

11%

36%

6%

Disapprove

16%

20%

15%

13%

Strongly disapprove

32%

55%

6%

61%

Don’t know

13%

9%

12%

12%

39% approve of the Abbott Government’s decision to stop providing information about the arrival of asylum-seeker boats and 48% disapprove.

Views are strongly associated with political party preference – 75% of Labor voters and 74% of Greens voters disapprove while 67% of Liberal/National voters approve.

Australian Building and Construction Commission

Oct 1, 2013

Q. The Abbott Government has committed to re-establish the Australian Building and Construction Commission to address claims of union militancy in the construction industry. The ABCC’s powers included preventing any person from revealing they had been forced to give testimony to the Commission, and overriding a person’s right to silence.

Do you support or oppose re-establishing the ABCC?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Total support

29%

13%

52%

12%

Total oppose

22%

39%

5%

46%

Strongly support

12%

4%

25%

4%

Support

17%

9%

27%

8%

Neither support nor oppose

23%

22%

22%

16%

Oppose

9%

13%

3%

21%

Strongly oppose

13%

26%

2%

25%

Don’t know

25%

27%

21%

25%

29% support re-establishing the ABCC and 22% oppose. 48% have no opinion either way.

35% of men support compared to 23% of women.

Federal politics – voting intention

Sep 24, 2013

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 = 1,886 respondents

First preference/leaning to

Election

7 Sep 13

(current  figures)

 

4 weeks ago

26/8/13

2 weeks ago

9/9/13

Last week

16/9/13

This week

23/9/13

Liberal

 

40%

41%

42%

41%

National

2%

3%

3%

2%

Total Lib/Nat

45.6%

43%

45%

44%

43%

Labor

33.4%

38%

35%

36%

37%

Greens

8.6%

11%

9%

9%

9%

Other/Independent

12.4%

9%

12%

11%

11%

 

2 Party Preferred

Election

7 Sep 13

 

4 weeks ago

26/8/13

2 weeks ago

9/9/13

Last week

16/9/13

This week

23/9/13

Liberal National

53.4%

50%

53%

53%

51%

Labor

46.6%

50%

47%

47%

49%

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 2010 election.

Approval of Tony Abbott

Sep 24, 2013

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the job Tony Abbott is doing as Prime Minister?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

 

Kevin Rudd as Prime Minister

2 Sep

Tony Abbott as Opposition Leader

2 Sep

Total approve

41%

10%

82%

6%

42%

40%

Total disapprove

36%

67%

3%

72%

47%

49%

Strongly approve

14%

2%

32%

13%

13%

Approve

27%

8%

50%

6%

29%

27%

Disapprove

13%

22%

2%

25%

19%

19%

Strongly disapprove

23%

45%

1%

47%

28%

30%

Don’t know

23%

22%

14%

22%

11%

10%

41% approve of the job Tony Abbott is doing as Prime Minister and 36% disapprove. This represents an improvement on his last approval rating as Opposition Leader, but is a little lower than Julia Gillard’s rating immediately after winning the 2010 election  (45% approve/37% disapprove).

By gender – 44% of men approve and 34% disapprove; 38% of women approve and 39% disapprove.

Better Prime Minister

Sep 24, 2013

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

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

Tony Abbott

37%

7%

74%

11%

Anthony Albanese

31%

58%

5%

51%

Don’t know

33%

35%

21%

38%

Tony Abbott

37%

7%

75%

2%

Bill Shorten

32%

58%

6%

55%

Don’t know

32%

35%

19%

43%

Tony Abbott is preferred to Anthony Albanese as Prime Minister by 37% to 31% and to Bill Shorten by 37% to 32%.

Among Labor voters both Bill Shorten and Anthony Albanese are preferred 58% to 7%.

In comparison, immediately after the 2010 election Julia Gillard was preferred over Tony Abbott by 47% to 35%.

Concern about Tony Abbott’s Cabinet

Sep 24, 2013

Q. Are you concerned or not concerned that Tony Abbott has appointed only one woman to his Cabinet?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Total concerned

45%

67%

17%

90%

Total not concerned

50%

29%

80%

7%

Very concerned

22%

40%

4%

50%

Somewhat concerned

23%

27%

13%

40%

Not very concerned

17%

14%

22%

4%

Not at all concerned

33%

15%

58%

3%

Don’t know

5%

4%

3%

3%

45% say they are concerned that Tony Abbott has appointed only one woman to his Cabinet and 50% are not concerned. Opinions closely follow party preferences – 67% of Labor voters say they are concerned compared to only 17% of Liberal/National voters.

By gender – men 39% concerned/57% not concerned; women 51% concerned/42% not concerned. 52% of respondents aged under 35 say they are concerned and 41% not concerned.

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