Statements about joining groups

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
I just don’t like joining groups 46% 44%   9% 37% 38% 6% 10%
I find it impossible to give my time to things outside of work and home 51% 43%   11% 40% 36% 7% 7%
I can’t commit to groups because if don’t work regular hours 37% 52%   8% 29% 43% 9% 10%
There are fewer people available to be part of local groups 47% 31%   8% 39% 27% 4% 23%
The decline in membership of organisations is not a positive development 64% 12%   12% 52% 11% 1% 23%
People just aren’t interested in joining things anymore 60% 21%   10% 50% 19% 2% 19%

64% agreed that the decline in membership of groups is not a positive thing and 60% agreed that people aren’t interested in joining groups.

Nearly half agreed that they don’t like joining groups and half also agreed that it was impossible to find the time.

Resettling refugees to USA

Nov 22, 2016

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the proposal to resettle refugees currently on Nauru and Manus Island to the USA?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other
Total approve 56%   49% 74% 40% 60%
Total disapprove 16%   21% 8% 27% 18%
Strongly approve 18%   17% 23% 8% 23%
Approve 38%   32% 51% 32% 37%
Disapprove 9%   12% 5% 15% 11%
Strongly disapprove 7%   9% 3% 12% 7%
Don’t know 28%   29% 18% 34% 21%

56% approve of the proposal to resettle refugees currently on Nauru and Manus Island to the USA and 16% disapprove.

74% of Liberal/National voters approve compared to 49% of Labor voters and 670% of other voters.

Greens voters were more divided with 40% approve and 27% disapprove – 34% could not give an opinion.

Federal voting intention

Nov 15, 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

8/11/16

2 weeks ago

1/11/16

4 weeks ago

18/10/16

  Election  2 Jul 16
Liberal 34%   35% 36% 34%    
National 3%   3% 2% 3%    
Total Liberal/National 37%   38% 38% 37%   42.0%
Labor 37%   37% 37% 37%   34.7%
Greens 11%   10% 10% 11%   10.2%
Nick Xenophon Team 3%   3% 2% 3%    
Pauline Hanson’s One Nation 6%   6% 6% 5%    
Other/Independent 6%   6% 7% 6%   13.1%
2 party preferred              
Liberal National 47%   47% 48% 47%   50.4%
Labor 53%   53% 52% 53%   49.6%

NB. Sample = 1,786 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.

Racial discrimination laws

Nov 15, 2016

Q. Overall, do you think that laws governing racial discrimination in Australia are too strict, too weak or about right?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other
Too strict 17%   11% 22% 7% 32%
Too weak 26%   31% 21% 45% 22%
About right 40% 43% 44% 35% 36%
Don’t know 17% 15% 13% 14% 11%

40% think Australia current laws governing racial discrimination are about right, 26% think they are too weak and 17% think they are too strict.

Those most likely to think they are too weak were Greens voters (45%), Labor voters (31%) and women (31%)

Those most likely to think they are too strict were Liberal/National voters (22%), other voters (32%) and men (22%)

Racial Discrimination Act

Nov 15, 2016

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the proposal to change the Racial Discrimination Act so that it is no longer unlawful to “offend or insult” someone because of their race or ethnicity? It will still be unlawful to “humiliate or intimidate” someone because of their race or ethnicity.

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other   Sep 2016
Total approve 44%   37% 58% 26% 51%   45%
Total disapprove 33%   40% 23% 62% 31%   35%
Strongly approve 15%   11% 22% 7% 18%   16%
Approve 29%   26% 36% 19% 33%   29%
Disapprove 18%   22% 13% 26% 22%   18%
Strongly disapprove 15%   18% 10% 36% 9%   17%
Don’t know 23%   23% 19% 12% 17%   21%

44% approve of changing the Racial Discrimination Act so that it is no longer unlawful to “offend or insult” someone because of their race or ethnicity and 33% disapprove. 58% of Liberal/National voters approve of changing the Act while 62% of Greens voters disapproved. Labor voters were split 37% approve/40% disapprove.

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

Best leader of the Liberal Party

Nov 15, 2016

Q. Which of the following do you think would make the best leader of the Liberal Party?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other   Jun 2014 Feb 2015 Aug 2015 Sep 2015 Dec 2015 Mar 2016 Jul 2016
Malcolm Turnbull 21% 19% 36% 12% 10% 31% 24% 24% 37% 42% 39% 30%
Tony Abbott 11% 6% 19% 4% 13% 18% 11% 18% 9% 9% 9% 9%
Julie Bishop 20% 20% 20% 33% 22% 4% 21% 17% 14% 13% 12% 16%
Christopher Pyne 2% 2% 2% 5% 3% <1% <1% 1% 1% 2% 1% 3%
Scott Morrison 3% 2% 4% 1% 3% 1% 2% 3% 4% 2% 2% 3%
Someone else 18% 23% 7% 17% 36% 19% 13% 13% 10% 9% 15% 19%
Don’t know 25% 29% 12% 28% 14% 21% 24% 22% 21% 22% 21% 21%

 21% (down 9% since July) think Malcolm Turnbull would make the best leader of the Liberal Party, 20% prefer Julie Bishop (up 4%) and 11% prefer Tony Abbott (up 2%). 18% (down 1%) prefer someone else.

Among Liberal/National voters, 36% (down 14%) prefer Malcolm Turnbull, 20% (up 3%) Julie Bishop and 19% (up 6%) prefer Tony Abbott.

Preferences of men were Malcolm Turnbull 25% (-6%), Julie Bishop 19% (+2%) and Tony Abbott 13% (+4%).

Preferences of women were Julie Bishop 22% (+7%), Malcolm Turnbull 17% (-11%) and Tony Abbott 9% (+1%).

Best leader of the Labor Party

Nov 15, 2016

Q. Which of the following do you think would make the best leader of the Labor Party?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other   Aug 2015 Dec 2015 Mar 2016 Jul 2016
Bill Shorten 17%   37% 8% 15% 9%   16% 13% 15% 27%
Anthony Albanese 12%   14% 12% 13% 16%   12% 14% 14% 11%
Tanya Plibersek 14%   16% 12% 22% 14%   13% 14% 14% 12%
Chris Bowen 4%   2% 5% 1% 7%   5% 3% 7% 3%
Tony Burke 2%   1% 4% 6% 2%  
Someone else 18%   10% 26% 11% 29%   18% 17% 18% 17%
Don’t know 32%   21% 34% 32% 22%   36% 38% 32% 30%

 17% (down 10% since July) think Bill Shorten would make the best leader of the Labor Party, 14% (up 2%) prefer Tanya Plibersek and 12% (up 1%) Anthony Albanese. 18% prefer someone else and 32% don’t know.

Among Labor voters, 37% (down 14%) prefer Bill Shorten, 16% (up 4%) Tanya Plibersek and 14% (up 3%) Anthony Albanese.

Preferences of men were Bill Shorten 19% (-10%), Anthony Albanese 16% (+3%) and Tanya Plibersek 13% (-1%).

Preferences of women were Bill Shorten 16% (-9%), Tanya Plibersek 14% (+3%) and Anthony Albanese 9% (no change).

Environmental groups

Nov 15, 2016

Q. Currently, donations to charities, including environmental protection, social welfare and religious organisations, are tax deductible. Donations to political parties are also tax deductible.  Do you agree or disagree with the following statements?

  Total agree Total disagree   Strongly agree Agree Disagree Strongly disagree Don’t know
Environmental groups should be able to publicly criticise the government if it makes decisions that cause environmental destruction. 74% 11%   34% 40% 7% 4% 15%
I should be able to make a tax deduction for donations I make to environmental groups such as WWF and ACF 70% 13%   30% 40% 8% 5% 17%
Environmental groups play an important role to play in holding the government to account for environmentally destructive decisions. 69% 14%   28% 41% 9% 5% 16%
Environmental groups should be able to take the government to court if the government makes a decision that does not comply with environmental law 67% 16%   32% 35% 10% 6% 17%

More than two-thirds agreed with each statement.

70% agree that donations to environmental groups should be tax deductible and 74% agree that environmental groups should be able to publicly criticise the Government.

82% of Greens voters, 73% of Labor voters and 69% of Liberal/National voters agree donations should be tax deductible.

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