Coal seam gas mining

Mar 21, 2017

Q. There is currently debate over the exploration and extraction of coal seam gas in Australia. Which of the following statements is closest to your view?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other
Coal seam gas mining should be banned completely 25%   28% 19% 53% 23%
Coal seam gas mining on farming land should be restricted 31%   32% 39% 24% 28%
There is sufficient current regulation of coal seam gas mining 14%   14% 19% 5% 17%
Don’t know 29%   26% 22% 18% 32%

 

31% think that coal seam gas mining on farming land should be restricted and 25% think coal seam gas mining should be banned completely. Only 14% think there is sufficient current regulation of coal seam gas mining.

Liberal/National voters are more likely tot think coal seam gas mining on farming land should be restricted (39%) while more than half (53%) of Greens voters think it should be banned completely.

What people have for dinner

Mar 21, 2017

Q. Thinking about what you had for dinner over the past week, please indicate the number of nights that each of the following applies to your dinners.

  None 1-2 nights 3-5 nights 6-7 nights
Home cooked or prepared by me 15% 26% 34% 25%
Home cooked or prepared by someone else 40% 24% 23% 13%
Bought pre-prepared meal that didn’t need any home preparation. 67% 28% 4% 1%
Leftovers from a previous meal 39% 51% 8% 1%
Takeaway 55% 40% 4% 1%
Ate at a restaurant or cafe 63% 33% 3% 1%
Did not eat dinner 82% 14% 3% 2%

Federal voting intention

Mar 14, 2017

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 7/3/17 2 weeks ago 28/2/17 4 weeks ago 14/2/17   Election 2 Jul 16
Liberal 32%   34% 34% 34%    
National 3%   3% 3% 3%    
Total Liberal/National 35%   37% 37% 36%   42.0%
Labor 36%   37% 37% 35%   34.7%
Greens 9%   9% 9% 9%   10.2%
Nick Xenophon Team 3%   3% 3% 3%    
Pauline Hanson’s One Nation 11%   9% 9% 10%    
Other/Independent 6%   5% 6% 6%   13.1%
2 party preferred              
Liberal National 47%   47% 47% 48%   50.4%
Labor 53%   53% 53% 52%   49.6%

 

  1. Sample = 1,792. 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.

Approval of Malcolm Turnbull

Mar 14, 2017

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

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other   Dec 2015 Mar 2016 Jun 2016 Sep 2016 Dec 2016 Jan 2017 Feb 2107
Total approve 33%   24% 67% 17% 17%   56% 45% 38% 35% 34% 37% 34%
Total disapprove 50%   66% 21% 70% 66%   23% 35% 40% 43% 46% 48% 49%
Strongly approve 5%   4% 12% 2% 1%   13% 6% 6% 4% 5% 6% 5%
Approve 28%   20% 55% 15% 16%   43% 39% 32% 31% 29% 31% 29%
Disapprove 30%   37% 19% 42% 36%   16% 24% 24% 27% 30% 30% 28%
Strongly disapprove 20%   29% 2% 28% 30%   7% 11% 16% 16% 16% 18% 21%
Don’t know 18%   10% 12% 14% 17%   21% 21% 21% 22% 20% 16% 16%

33% (down 1% from 4 weeks ago) of respondents approve of the job Malcolm Turnbull is doing as Prime Minister and 50% (up 1%) disapprove – a change in net approval rating from -15 to -17. This is Malcolm Turnbull’s worst net rating as Prime Minister.

67% (down 3%) of Liberal/National voters approve of Malcolm Turnbull’s performance with 21% (up 2%) disapproving. 24% (up 9%) of Labor voters and 17% (down 2%) of Greens voters approve of Malcolm Turnbull’s performance.

By gender, men were 36% approve/52% disapprove and women 30% approve/47% disapprove.

Approval of Bill Shorten

Mar 14, 2017

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the job Bill Shorten is doing as Opposition Leader?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other   Nov 2013 Dec 2014 Dec 2015 Mar 2016 Jun 2016 Sep 2016 Dec 2016 Jan 2017 Feb 2017
Total approve 30%   60% 17% 29% 13%   31% 35% 27% 27% 34% 36% 35% 37% 30%
Total disapprove 49%   23% 71% 45% 68%   27% 39% 47% 47% 40% 41% 38% 44% 47%
Strongly approve 4% 11% 1% 2% 1% 5% 7% 4% 3% 7% 6% 6% 7% 5%
Approve 26% 49% 16% 27% 12% 26% 28% 23% 24% 27% 30% 29% 30% 25%
Disapprove 26% 18% 31% 37% 27% 17% 23% 26% 29% 22% 24% 21% 25% 27%
Strongly disapprove 23% 5% 40% 8% 41% 10% 16% 21% 18% 18% 17% 17% 19% 20%
Don’t know 22% 18% 12% 26% 18% 43% 26% 25% 26% 25% 22% 25% 20% 22%

 

30% (no change in last 4 weeks) of respondents approve of the job Bill Shorten is doing as opposition leader and 49% (up 2%) disapprove – a change in his net rating from -17 to -19. This is Bill Shorten’s worst net rating since March 2016.

60% (down 3%) of Labor voters approve of the job Bill Shorten is doing and 23% (up 7%) disapprove.

35% of men and 25% of women approve of Bill Shorten. 50% of men and 46% of women disapprove.

Better Prime Minister

Mar 14, 2017

Q. Who do you think would make the better Prime Minister out of Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other   Sep 2015 Dec 2015 Mar 2016 Jun 2016 Sep 2016 Dec 2016 Jan 2017 Feb 2017
Malcolm Turnbull 38%   16% 84% 12% 32%   53% 54% 48% 40% 41% 39% 39% 39%
Bill Shorten 26%   54% 6% 41% 15%   17% 15% 19% 29% 26% 28% 28% 25%
Don’t know 36%   30% 10% 47% 53%   30% 31% 33% 32% 33% 33% 33% 36%

38% (down 1% in last 4weeks) of respondents think Malcolm Turnbull would make the better Prime Minister and 26% (up 1%) think Bill Shorten would make the better Prime Minister.

41% of men prefer Malcolm Turnbull and 31% prefer Bill Shorten.

34% of women prefer Malcolm Turnbull and 22% prefer Bill Shorten.

Support for tax reforms

Mar 14, 2017

Q. Would you support or oppose the following tax reforms to pay off debt and raise more funds for Government services and infrastructure?

  Total support Total oppose   Strongly support Support Oppose Strongly oppose Don’t know   Support Jul 2015 Support Apr 2016
Stop companies and wealthy people using legal loopholes in minimise tax payments by sending funds offshore 85% 6%   62% 23% 3% 3% 8%   na 86%
Force multinational companies to pay a minimum tax rate on Australian earnings 79% 8%   50% 29% 5% 3% 13%   79% 80%
Introduce the “Buffett Rule” – which means that very high earners cannot reduce their income tax rate below 30%. 71% 11%   40% 31% 8% 3% 18%   na na
Increase income tax rate for high earners 64% 21%   31% 33% 14% 7% 15%   63% 65%
Remove superannuation tax concessions for high earners 58% 27%   29% 29% 15% 12% 16%   59% 62%
Remove negative gearing 41% 30%   18% 23% 19% 11% 28%   37% 39%
Remove GST exemptions (e.g. on food, education) 39% 48%   13% 26% 24% 24% 12%   33% 37%
Replace stamp duty with land tax 27% 31%   8% 19% 18% 13% 42%   26% 33%
Increase the GST 26% 63%   6% 20% 29% 34% 11%   24% 27%

There was strong majority support for stopping companies and wealthy people using legal loopholes in minimise tax payments by sending funds offshore (85%), forcing multinational companies to pay a minimum tax rate on Australian earnings (79%), introducing the “Buffett Rule” (71%) and increasing income tax rate for high earners (64%).

There was strong majority opposition to increasing the GST (63%).

There has been little change in these figures since this question was previously asked in April last year.

Tax cuts for business

Mar 14, 2017

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the $50 billion in tax cuts for medium and large businesses announced in the Federal budget?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other   Jun 2016
Total approve 24%   19% 41% 12% 20%   28%
Total disapprove 46%   59% 27% 63% 55%   45%
Strongly approve 5%   3% 10% 1% 2%   6%
Approve 19%   16% 31% 11% 18%   22%
Disapprove 26%   30% 21% 38% 27%   23%
Strongly disapprove 20%   29% 6% 25% 28%   22%
Don’t know 30%   22% 32% 25% 25%   27%

 

24% approve of the tax cuts for medium and large business announced in the Federal budget and 46% disapprove. This represents a 4% drop in approval since this question was previously asked in June last year.

Those most likely to disapprove were Greens voters (63%), Labor voters (59%) and aged 65+ (61%).

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