Occupation by voting intention

Jun 30, 2015

Q. Which of the following best describes your occupation?

First preference/leaning to

Total

Profess- ional

Manager

Admin or sales

Trades

 

Home duties

Retired

Not working

Student

Labor

39%

39%

27%

36%

42%

 

45%

43%

33%

48%

Liberal/National

41%

41%

48%

50%

39%

 

42%

41%

28%

21%

Greens

11%

11%

15%

9%

4%

 

3%

6%

13%

25%

Other/Independent

9%

9%

11%

6%

15%

 

11%

9%

26%

6%

Those more likely to vote Labor were home duties (45%) and students (48%).
Those more likely to vote Liberal/National were managers (48%), admin/sales (50%) and semi/unskilled workers (46%).

Federal politics – voting intention

Jun 23, 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 = 1,813 respondents

First preference/leaning to

Election 7 Sep 13

4 weeks ago 26/5/15

2 weeks ago 9/6/15

Last week 16/6/15

This week 23/6/15

Liberal

38%

38%

39%

38%

National

4%

3%

3%

3%

Total Liberal/National

45.6%

41%

41%

42%

41%

Labor

33.4%

39%

40%

39%

39%

Greens

8.6%

10%

9%

10%

10%

Palmer United Party

5.5%

1%

1%

1%

1%

Other/Independent

6.9%

8%

9%

8%

8%

2 Party Preferred

Election 7 Sep 13

4 weeks ago 26/5/15

2 weeks ago 9/6/15

Last week 16/6/15

This week 23/6/15

Liberal National

53.5%

48%

48%

48%

48%

Labor

46.5%

52%

52%

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.

Paying people smugglers

Jun 23, 2015

Q. It has been reported that the Australian Government has paid “people smugglers” to return asylum seekers to Indonesia. Do you approve or disapprove of the Australian Government paying “people smugglers” to take asylum seekers back to Indonesia?

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Total approve

29%

18%

48%

14%

25%

Total disapprove

56%

74%

33%

80%

61%

Strongly approve

12%

8%

21%

5%

10%

Approve

17%

10%

27%

9%

15%

Disapprove

20%

21%

20%

14%

28%

Strongly disapprove

36%

53%

13%

66%

33%

Don’t know

15%

8%

19%

6%

13%

29% approve of the Australian Government paying “people smugglers” to take asylum seekers back to Indonesia and 56% disapprove.

A large majority of Labor voters (74%) and Greens voters (80%) disapprove while about half (48%) of Liberal/National voters approve. There were no significant differences across demographic groups except gender where 34% of men approve compared to 25% of women.

Trust in media

Jun 23, 2015

Q. How much trust do you have in what you read or hear in the following media?

Total a lot /some trust

A lot of trust

Some trust

Not much trust

No trust at all

Don’t know

Don’t use

 

Total a lot /some Jul 11

Total a lot /some Jun 12

Total a lot /some Jan 13

Total a lot /some Nov 14

ABC TV news and current affairs

63%

21%

42%

17%

8%

3%

9%

 

71%

74%

73%

69%

SBS TV news and current affairs

61%

15%

46%

19%

5%

3%

12%

66%

ABC radio news and current affairs

58%

18%

40%

18%

8%

3%

13%

 

67%

69%

70%

62%

News and opinion in local newspapers

50%

6%

44%

29%

11%

3%

8%

 

54%

56%

55%

53%

ABC radio talkback programs

46%

9%

37%

25%

11%

3%

16%

 

47%

50%

49%

48%

Commercial TV news and current affairs

46%

7%

39%

31%

15%

3%

5%

 

48%

46%

44%

48%

News and opinion in daily newspapers

45%

5%

40%

31%

13%

3%

8%

 

53%

52%

48%

50%

Commercial radio news and current affairs

44%

5%

39%

29%

14%

3%

10%

 

46%

45%

46%

45%

News and opinion websites

39%

4%

35%

36%

11%

3%

10%

 

41%

40%

40%

42%

Commercial radio talkback programs

34%

5%

29%

29%

22%

3%

13%

 

33%

33%

32%

33%

Internet blogs

20%

2%

18%

39%

21%

4%

15%

 

20%

20%

23%

22%

Overall, trust in media has fallen a little since this question was asked last year – however rankings remain much the same.

The most trusted media were ABC TV news and current affairs (63% a lot/some trust), SBS TV news and current affairs (61%) and ABC radio news and current affairs (58%).

The least trusted were internet blogs (20%) and commercial radio talkback programs (34%).

Same sex marriage

Jun 23, 2015

Q. Do you think people of the same sex should or should not be allowed to marry?

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

 

Jul 2011

Sep 2012

Oct 2013

Jun 2014

Dec 2014

Feb 2015

Jun 2015

Should be allowed to marry

59%

73%

42%

88%

37%

 

54%

55%

57%

60%

55%

59%

59%

Should not be allowed to marry

28%

17%

41%

5%

55%

 

35%

36%

31%

28%

32%

28%

30%

Don’t know

14%

10%

17%

7%

8%

 

11%

9%

12%

12%

14%

13%

11%

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Total

Men

Women

Aged 18-34

Aged 35-54

Aged 55+

Should be allowed to marry

59%

56%

61%

70%

59%

44%

Should not be allowed to marry

28%

31%

24%

17%

27%

41%

Don’t know

14%

13%

15%

13%

14%

15%

59% agreed that people of the same sex should be allowed to marry and 28% think they should not. This represents little change since this question was previously asked in February and early June.

Support for same sex marriage is 56% among men and 61% among women. 70% of under 35’s support same sex marriage – while those aged 65+ split 31% in favour/53% against.

Strength of opinion about same sex marriage

Jun 23, 2015

Q. How strongly do you feel about the issue of same-sex marriage?

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Should be allowed to marry

Should not be allowed to marry

Very strongly

40%

46%

31%

48%

42%

37%

46%

Quite strongly

29%

27%

30%

29%

34%

29%

30%

Not very strongly

27%

24%

35%

23%

22%

30%

22%

Can’t say

4%

4%

4%

2%

5%

2%

 

Total

Labor – Should be allowed to marry

Labor – Should not be allowed to marry

Lib/Nat – Should be allowed to marry

Lib/Nat – Should not be allowed to marry

Very strongly

40%

48%

39%

16%

48%

Quite strongly

29%

24%

38%

36%

23%

Not very strongly

27%

23%

20%

43%

27%

Can’t say

4%

4%

3%

5%

1%

40% of those who gave an opinion on same-sex marriage said they feel very strongly about the issue and 29% quite strongly. Labor voters (46%) and Greens voters (48%) tend to feel most strongly about the issue.

Only 31% of Liberal/National voters said they feel very strongly about the issue. Those opposed to same sex marriage tended to feel more strongly about the issue (46%). This is most evident with Liberal/National voters where 48% of those opposed feel very strongly compared to only 16% of those in favour.

Conscience vote on same sex marriage

Jun 23, 2015

Q. Do you think political parties should treat the issue of same-sex marriage as a matter of personal conscience or as a matter of party policy?

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Should be allowed to marry

Should not be allowed to marry

Personal conscience

58%

65%

55%

68%

61%

68%

47%

Party policy

19%

18%

26%

16%

14%

16%

29%

Can’t say

22%

18%

20%

16%

25%

16%

24%

58% think that political parties should treat the issue of same-sex marriage as a matter of personal conscience and 19% as a matter of party policy. 65% of Labor voters and 68% of Greens voters think it should be a matter of personal conscience compared to 55% of Liberal/National voters. Those in favour of same-sex marriage are more likely to think it should be a matter of personal conscience.

Interest in news

Jun 23, 2015

Q. How much interest do you have in the following types of news?

A lot of interest

Some interest

Not much interest

Can’t say

Local and state news

45%

45%

9%

1%

Weather

37%

51%

10%

2%

International news

35%

51%

12%

2%

National political news and opinion

28%

46%

24%

3%

Sport

23%

35%

39%

3%

Business and finance

19%

40%

39%

2%

Celebrity/ entertainment news

9%

32%

57%

2%

45% say they have a lot of interest in local and state news, 37% in weather news and 35% in international news. Only 9% say they have a lot of interest in celebrity/entertainment news.

43% of those aged 55+ have a lot of interest in international news compared to 28% of those aged 18-34. 27% of men have a lot of interest in business and finance compared to 11% of women.
50% of those aged 65+ have a lot of interest in weather compared to 26% of those aged 18-34.

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