Disability Support Pension

Jul 8, 2014

Q. A recent Government report suggested that the Disability Support Pension should only be paid to those with a permanent disability and those with a disability who have current or future capacity to work should receive a lower level of benefit. Do you support or oppose this proposal?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote Other

Total support

46%

33%

70%

23%

43%

Total oppose

37%

53%

17%

57%

43%

Strong support

16%

11%

26%

4%

14%

Support

30%

22%

44%

19%

29%

Oppose

19%

24%

10%

33%

22%

Strongly oppose

18%

29%

7%

24%

21%

Don’t know

17%

14%

14%

20%

14%

46% support the proposal that the Disability Support Pension should only be paid to those with a permanent disability and those with a disability who have current or future capacity to work should receive a lower level of benefit and 37% oppose the proposal. 

Liberal/National voters strongly supported the proposal (70%) while it was opposed by a majority of Labor voters (53%) and Greens voters (57%).

The proposal was most strongly supported by respondents aged 55+ (59%).

Concern about household expenses

Jul 8, 2014

Q. How concerned or unconcerned are you about the current costs of each specific expense for your household?

 

Total concerned

Total not concerned

 

Very

Quite

Not very 

Not at all 

Don’t know

Household does not have this expense

Electricity

80%

18%

49%

31%

15%

3%

2%

1%

Health or medical (includes health insurance)

76%

19%

42%

34%

16%

3%

2%

3%

Transport (petrol, car, public transport)

74%

23%

35%

39%

20%

3%

2%

1%

Food and groceries

70%

29%

29%

41%

24%

5%

2%

*

Water

63%

30%

29%

34%

23%

7%

2%

6%

Home insurance

61%

29%

27%

34%

23%

6%

3%

6%

Gas

54%

24%

27%

27%

18%

6%

2%

21%

Mortgage or rent

53%

26%

26%

27%

18%

8%

2%

18%

Education

51%

24%

26%

25%

16%

8%

2%

23%

Telephone

51%

45%

20%

31%

34%

13%

2%

1%

Internet

47%

51%

19%

28%

38%

13%

2%

The household expenses of most concern were electricity (80% concerned), health or medical (76%), transport (74%) and food and groceries (70%).

For most expenses there were not major differences across demographic groups.

Those aged 25-44 were a little more concerned about food and groceries (76%) and mortgage and rent (70%). Education was of higher concern to those aged 18-24 (72%) and 35-44 (70%).

Government handling of asylum seekers issue

Jul 8, 2014

Q. How would you rate the performance of the Federal Liberal/National Government in handling the issue of asylum seekers arriving by boat? 

  

Total

 

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

 

5 Mar

Total good

41%

19%

76%

8%

41%

39%

Total poor

35%

54%

7%

74%

34%

38%

Very good

24%

6%

52%

6%

21%

18%

Good

17%

13%

24%

2%

20%

21%

Neither good nor poor

18%

20%

14%

10%

21%

18%

Poor

12%

20%

4%

6%

15%

15%

Very poor

23%

34%

3%

68%

19%

23%

Don’t know

7%

8%

2%

7%

4%

5%

41% (up 2% since March) think the Government’s performance in handling the issue of asylum seekers arriving by boat has been good and 35% (down 3%) think it has been poor.

Those most likely to think it has been good were Liberal/National voters (76%) and aged 55+ (54%).

Those most likely to think it has been poor were Labor voters (54%) and Greens voters (74%).

Too soft or too tough on asylum seekers

Jul 8, 2014

Q. Do you think the Federal Liberal/National Government is too tough or too soft on asylum seekers or is it taking the right approach?

 

 

Total

 

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

 

Oct 10

Jul 12

Jan 14

Mar 14

Too tough

27%

46%

5%

71%

21%

7%

12%

22%

25%

Too soft

18%

17%

20%

8%

24%

63%

60%

25%

28%

Taking the right approach

36%

19%

65%

7%

37%

18%

11%

35%

34%

Don’t know

18%

19%

9%

14%

17%

12%

17%

18%

13%

18% think the Government is too soft on asylum seekers, 27% think they are too tough and 36% think they are taking the right approach.

Since this question was last asked in March, those thinking the Government are too tough has increased slightly from 25% to 27% – while too soft has declined from 28% to 18%. Those unable to give an opinion has increased from 13% to 18%.

Those most likely to think they are taking the right approach were Liberal/National voters (65%) and aged 55+ (52%).

Federal politics – voting intention

Jul 1, 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 = 1,835 respondents

First preference/leaning to

Election

7 Sep 13

 

4 weeks ago 3/6/14

2 weeks ago

17/6/14

Last week

24/6/14

This week

1/7/14

Liberal

 

35%

36%

37%

37%

National

3%

3%

3%

3%

Total Lib/Nat

45.6%

38%

39%

40%

40%

Labor

33.4%

39%

41%

38%

38%

Greens

8.6%

10%

9%

9%

9%

Palmer United Party

5.5%

6%

5%

5%

6%

Other/Independent

6.9%

7%

7%

7%

7%

 

2 Party Preferred

Election

7 Sep 13

 

4 weeks ago 3/6/14

2 weeks ago

17/6/14

Last week

24/6/14

This week

1/7/14

Liberal National

53.5%

47%

46%

48%

48%

Labor

46.5%

53%

54%

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.

Actions on climate change

Jul 1, 2014

Q. Which of the following actions on climate change do you most support?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

 

Oct 13

Apr 14

Keeping the carbon tax

16%

31%

2%

40%

4%

15%

17%

Replacing the carbon tax with an emissions trading scheme

22%

29%

16%

28%

23%

21%

22%

Replacing the carbon tax with the Liberal’s “direct action” plan

9%

1%

20%

7%

10%

15%

12%

Dumping the carbon tax and not replacing it at all

33%

21%

45%

10%

49%

31%

30%

Don’t know

19%

18%

17%

15%

14%

18%

19%

33% think the carbon tax should be dumped and not replaced, 22% support replacing it with an emissions trading scheme, 9% prefer the Liberal’s “direct action” plan and 16% think the Government should keep the carbon tax. Since this question was asked in April, support for dumping the carbon tax and not replacing it has increased from 30% to 33% and support for the “direct action” plan dropped 3 points to 9%.

Those most likely to support keeping the tax or changing to an emissions trading scheme were Labor voters (60%) and Greens voters (68%) and those with a university education (47%).

Those most likely to think the carbon tax should be dumped and not replaced were Liberal/National voters (45%) and other party voters (49%). Only 20% of Liberal/National voters preferred the Liberal’s “direct action” plan.

Trust in Institutions

Jul 1, 2014

Q. How much trust do you have in the following institutions and organisations?

 

Total

trust

 

A lot of trust

Some trust

A little trust

No trust

Don’t know

% change

 

Total trust

12 Jun 12

Total trust

18 Mar 13

The High Court

57%

20%

37%

27%

12%

4%

-17

60%

74%

The ABC

54%

18%

36%

29%

13%

5%

-16

54%

70%

The Reserve Bank

52%

17%

35%

30%

13%

5%

-12

49%

64%

Charitable organisations

45%

6%

39%

36%

14%

4%

-7

50%

52%

Your local council

33%

5%

28%

38%

24%

4%

-1

na

34%

TV news media

32%

2%

26%

47%

23%

3%

+2

21%

30%

Environment groups

31%

5%

26%

38%

25%

5%

-10

32%

41%

The Commonwealth Public Service

31%

5%

26%

40%

19%

10%

-5

30%

36%

Newspapers

30%

3%

27%

46%

21%

3%

26%

30%

Religious organisations

26%

5%

21%

28%

41%

4%

-1

27%

27%

Federal Parliament

25%

4%

21%

33%

39%

3%

-9

22%

34%

Online news media

25%

2%

23%

49%

21%

4%

-2

23%

27%

State Parliament

24%

3%

21%

35%

37%

4%

-6

na

30%

Trade unions

22%

4%

18%

33%

39%

7%

-3

22%

25%

Business groups

22%

1%

21%

44%

27%

6%

-4

22%

26%

Political parties

13%

2%

11%

33%

50%

3%

+1

12%

12%

 Note: ‘Total Trust’ is an aggregate figure achieved by adding ‘A lot of trust’ and ‘Some trust’

Since this question was last asked in March last year, there has been a significant decline in trust in the High Court (-17%), the ABC (-16%), the Reserve Bank (-12%), environment groups (-10) and the Federal Parliament (-9). Trust in the High Court, ABC and Reserve Bank is back to similar levels to that recorded in 2012.

Respondents had most trust in the High Court (57%), the ABC (54%), the Reserve Bank (52%) and charitable organisations (45%). They had least trust in political parties (13%), trade unions (22%) and business groups (22%).

Compared to the average, Labor voters had more trust in the ABC (62%), environment groups (41%) and trade unions (34%).

Liberal/National voters, compared to the average, had a little more trust in the Reserve Bank (62%), Federal Parliament (43%), State Parliament (36%) and business groups (32%).

Trust in use of personal information

Jul 1, 2014

Q. How much trust do you have in the following organisations to responsibly use any personal information they may have about you?

 

Total trust

 

A lot of trust

Some trust

A little trust

No trust

Don’t know

Not applic-able

to me

% change

 

Total trust 24 Sep 13

The medical profession

67%

32%

35%

22%

8%

2%

*

-6

73%

Law enforcement agencies

54%

19%

35%

28%

14%

3%

1%

-2

56%

Your employer

44%

18%

26%

21%

9%

3%

22%

-2

46%

Banks

44%

11%

33%

31%

21%

3%

*

-1

45%

Companies you buy things from in person

38%

4%

34%

40%

16%

5%

*

-6

44%

The Government

31%

5%

26%

32%

31%

5%

1%

31%

Companies you buy things from online

30%

4%

26%

39%

25%

4%

2%

+3

27%

Insurance companies

27%

4%

23%

37%

31%

4%

1%

+1

26%

Mobile phone and internet providers

23%

3%

20%

41%

31%

4%

1%

-6

29%

TV networks

19%

2%

17%

38%

34%

6%

2%

-1

20%

Social media sites

12%

1%

11%

29%

50%

5%

3%

12%

The most trusted people/organisations to use personal information were the medical profession (67% trust), law enforcement agencies (54%), employers (44%) and banks (44%). The least trusted were social media sites (12%) and TV networks (19%).

Since this question was asked in September last year, the main changes have been declines of 6% for the medical profession, companies you buy things from in person and mobile phone and internet providers.

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