Important issues

Nov 29, 2016

Q. Which of the following issues are the 3 most important for the Federal Government to address over the next 12 months?

 

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote Other   Working class Middle class   Aug 2016 Change
Improving our health system 44%   49% 41% 39% 39%   41% 44%   45% -1
Housing affordability 31%   36% 22% 36% 33%   35% 27%   31%
Reducing unemployment 31%   32% 31% 23% 34%   34% 30%   31%
National security and terrorism 30%   20% 41% 11% 39%   32% 29%   37% -7
Tax avoidance by big companies 26%   28% 21% 28% 29%   29% 24%   31% -5
Reducing the budget deficit 24%   16% 36% 7% 27%   23% 28%   30% -6
Protecting our borders 21%   12% 27% 7% 33%   18% 23%      
Protecting workers wages and conditions 20%   30% 14% 16% 15%   22% 18%   18% +2
More funds for education 17%   17% 16% 22% 13%   16% 18%   20% -3
Addressing climate change 16%   28% 7% 48% 9%   18% 15%   18% -2
Protecting the environment 16%   19% 10% 49% 10%   12% 18%   14% +2
Investing in public transport 12%   12% 14% 8% 9%   9% 12%   14% -2
Investing in roads 7%   6% 9% 2% 9%   8% 8%   7%
Free trade agreements 6%   5% 9% 3% 3%   4% 7%   5% +1

The most important issues for the Federal Government to address over the next 12 months were improving our health system (44%), housing affordability (31%). reducing unemployment (31%) and national security and terrorism (30%).

For Labor voters the most important issues were improving our health system (49%), housing affordability (36%), reducing unemployment (32%) and protecting workers wages and conditions (30%).

For Liberal/National voters the most important issues were improving our health system (41%), national security and terrorism (41%) and reducing the budget deficit (36%)

For Greens voters the most important issues were protecting the environment (49%), addressing climate change (48%) and improving our health system (39%).

Since this question was asked in August, there have been decreases for national security and terrorism (down 7%), reducing the budget deficit (down 6%) and tax avoidance by big companies (down 5%). Note that an additional issue has been included in this question, which has the effect of reducing the scores across the other items.

Change for classes

Nov 29, 2016

Q. Do you think life for the following groups of people has improved or got worse over the last few years?

  Improved Stayed about the same Got worse Don’t know
Total        
The upper class 57% 26% 5% 12%
The middle class 12% 41% 36% 11%
The working class 8% 24% 58% 11%
Working class        
The upper class 72% 14% 3% 11%
The middle class 18% 41% 30% 11%
The working class 7% 16% 69% 8%
Middle class        
The upper class 51% 34% 6% 8%
The middle class 8% 44% 42% 6%
The working class 7% 29% 56% 8%

57% think that life for the upper class has improved over the last few years and 58% think life for the working class has got worse. They were split over changes in life for the middle class – 41% think it has stayed about the same and 36% think it has got worse.

Those who identify as working class were more likely to think life had improved for the upper class (72%) and got worse for the working class (69%).

Those who identify as middle class were only a little more likely to think life for the middle class had got worse (42%).

Protecting manufacturing

Nov 29, 2016

Q. Do you believe protecting local industries and Australian manufacturing jobs will lead to higher costs for Australian consumers and businesses?

 

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other
Will lead to much higher costs 17%   15% 23% 12% 12%
Will lead to slightly higher costs 47%   48% 49% 58% 46%
Will not lead to higher costs 13%   15% 10% 10% 22%
Don’t know 22%   22% 17% 20% 21%

64% think that protecting local industries and Australian manufacturing jobs will lead to higher costs for Australian consumers and businesses. Only 13% think it will not lead to higher costs. However, only 17% think it will lead to much higher costs while 47% think it will lead to slightly higher costs.

Liberal voters were more likely to think it will lead to much higher costs (23%) and Greens voters more likely to think it will lead to slightly higher costs (58%).

There were no substantial differences across demographics.

Federal voting intention

Nov 22, 2016

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   Last week

15/11/16

2 weeks ago

8/11/16

4 weeks ago

25/10/16

  Election  2 Jul 16
Liberal 36%   34% 35% 36%    
National 3%   3% 3% 3%    
Total Liberal/National 38%   37% 38% 38%   42.0%
Labor 37%   37% 37% 37%   34.7%
Greens 10%   11% 10% 10%   10.2%
Nick Xenophon Team 3%   3% 3% 3%    
Pauline Hanson’s One Nation 6%   6% 6% 6%    
Other/Independent 6%   6% 6% 6%   13.1%
2 party preferred              
Liberal National 48%   47% 47% 48%   50.4%
Labor 52%   53% 53% 52%   49.6%

NB. Sample = 1,813 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 2016 election.

457 visas

Nov 22, 2016

Q. Would you support or oppose Government legislation to reduce the number of overseas workers being brought to Australia under short-term 457 visas?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other   Mar 2013
Total support 64%   66% 74% 50% 64%   58%
Total oppose 17%   18% 13% 27% 22%   24%
Strongly support 28%   29% 30% 17% 42%   29%
Support 36%   37% 44% 33% 22%   29%
Oppose 13%   14% 11% 23% 15%   15%
Strongly oppose 4%   4% 2% 4% 7%   9%
Don’t know 18%   16% 12% 23% 14%   17%

64% support Government legislation to reduce the number of overseas workers being brought to Australia under short-term 457 visas and 17% oppose.

Those most likely to support were Liberal/National voters (74%) and aged 55+ (74%).

Immigration issues

Nov 22, 2016

Q. Which of the following issues are you most concerned about?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other   Mar 2013
The arrival of asylum seekers by boat 36%   26% 51% 17% 40%   38%
The use of foreign workers under short term (457) visas 21%   29% 19% 18% 17%   20%
The overall increase in Australia’s total population 20%   22% 16% 25% 27%   18%
None of them 17%   18% 10% 32% 16%   19%
Don’t know 6%   5% 4% 8%   4%

36% were most concerned about the arrival of asylum seekers by boat, 21% about the use of foreign workers under short term (457) visas and 20% about the overall increase in Australia’s total population (20%).

Liberal/National voters were most concerned about the arrival of asylum seekers by boat (51%) while Labor voters were more concerned about the use of foreign workers under short term (457) visas (29%).

These results are very similar to when this question was asked in 2013.

Statements about Australia

Nov 22, 2016

Q. Do you agree or disagree with the following statements?

  Total agree Total dis-agree   Strongly agree Agree Dis-agree Strongly disagree Don’t know
Free trade has gone too far 43% 29%   12% 31% 26% 3% 27%
The Government should bring back manufacturing jobs to Australia 83% 9%   41% 42% 7% 2% 8%
The Chinese government has too much influence on our economy 65% 18%   28% 37% 15% 3% 17%
If people who are not Australian citizens commit a crime they should be deported 75% 14%   44% 31% 11% 3% 11%
Local workers should be given priority over foreign workers 83% 10%   47% 36% 9% 1% 7%
We should do more to stop people entering our country illegally 77% 13%   43% 34% 10% 3% 10%
Racial equality has gone too far 46% 40%   21% 25% 26% 14% 15%
Gender equality has gone too far 40% 48%   18% 22% 30% 18% 12%
I would like to see Australia more like it was in the past 52% 32%   21% 31% 22% 10% 15%
The Government should put Australia first 88% 6%   47% 41% 5% 1% 6%
No matter who is in power the system is rigged against ordinary people 60% 26%   24% 36% 22% 4% 14%

 

Total agreement Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other
Free trade has gone too far 43%   45% 45% 31% 55%
The Government should bring back manufacturing jobs to Australia 83%   88% 82% 78% 91%
The Chinese government has too much influence on our economy 65%   68% 64% 64% 75%
If people who are not Australian citizens commit a crime they should be deported 75%   74% 80% 58% 85%
Local workers should be given priority over foreign workers 83%   84% 89% 75% 87%
We should do more to stop people entering our country illegally 77%   79% 88% 47% 78%
Racial equality has gone too far 46%   40% 56% 20% 61%
Gender equality has gone too far 40%   32% 52% 21% 52%
I would like to see Australia more like it was in the past 52%   48% 62% 32% 67%
The Government should put Australia first 88%   91% 92% 72% 92%
No matter who is in power the system is rigged against ordinary people 60%   65% 56% 52% 77%

Membership of groups

Nov 22, 2016

Q. Are you currently a member or have you ever been a member of any of the following groups?

  Currently a member Previously a member Never been a member
Union 12% 31% 56%
Business/industry association 6% 9% 85%
Political party 2% 6% 91%
Professional sporting clubs (AFL, NRL, etc.) 10% 11% 79%
Local Sporting clubs 14% 22% 64%
Local community organisation (Lions, Rotary, etc) 5% 10% 85%
Active member of a Church 12% 17% 71%
School council or parents group 7% 19% 75%
Environment group 4% 7% 89%
Other voluntary organisation 14% 21% 66%

14% say they are members of local sporting clubs, 14% other voluntary groups, 12% are union members and 12% active church members. 31% are previous union members, 22% previous members of local sporting clubs and 21% were previously members of other volunteer organisations.

Currently a member Total Men Women Aged 18-34 Aged 35-54 Aged 55+
Union 12% 13% 12% 17% 14% 5%
Business/industry association 6% 9% 3% 9% 6% 2%
Political party 2% 3% 1% 3% 2% 2%
Professional sporting clubs (AFL, NRL, etc.) 10% 14% 6% 10% 11% 8%
Local Sporting clubs 14% 17% 12% 13% 14% 15%
Local community organisation (Lions, Rotary, etc) 5% 6% 5% 7% 4% 6%
Active member of a Church 12% 12% 13% 12% 11% 13%
School council or parents group 7% 6% 7% 6% 10% 2%
Environment group 4% 5% 3% 5% 5% 2%
Other voluntary organisation 14% 11% 16% 9% 13% 21%

Women were more likely to be members of volunteer organisations (16%) and church members (13%).

Men were more likely to be local sporting clubs (17%) and professional sporting clubs (14%).

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