Understanding financial terms

Jun 23, 2015

Q. Would you say you have a good understanding, some understanding or not much understanding of the following terms?

Good understanding

Some understanding

Not much understanding

Not sure

Lot of interest in business & finance – Good understanding

Negative gearing

19%

38%

36%

7%

51%

Stocks

18%

42%

35%

6%

52%

GDP

15%

30%

46%

9%

44%

All ords

14%

30%

49%

7%

45%

Equities

11%

31%

50%

8%

40%

Options

11%

25%

55%

9%

34%

Bonds

10%

31%

52%

8%

36%

Futures

9%

24%

58%

9%

28%

FTSE

9%

22%

58%

12%

32%

Venture capital

8%

20%

61%

11%

29%

Derivatives

7%

17%

65%

10%

25%

Selling down

7%

20%

61%

11%

26%

Less than 20% have a good understanding of each finance term. The most understood terms were “negative gearing “ (19%), “stocks” (18%), “GDP” (15%) and “All ords” (14%).

The least understood were “selling down” (7%), “derivatives” (7%) and “venture capital” (8%).

Among those who said the had a lot of interest in business and finance, a bare majority said they had a good understanding of “stocks” (52%) and “negative gearing” (51%).

Infrastructure

Jun 23, 2015

Q. From the following list, which are the three types of infrastructure which are the most important for your state to invest in?

Total

First

Second

Third

NSW

Victoria

Queens- land

Hospitals and health centres

74%

36%

22%

16%

74%

74%

72%

Schools

46%

12%

19%

15%

50%

45%

39%

Public transport

42%

10%

16%

16%

44%

54%

38%

Roads and freeways

37%

11%

12%

14%

38%

37%

39%

Renewable energy generation

34%

12%

10%

12%

29%

31%

39%

Water supply

23%

7%

6%

10%

21%

18%

22%

Public housing

21%

7%

6%

8%

20%

20%

22%

Communications (eg NBN)

17%

4%

6%

7%

17%

18%

23%

Coal-fired power generation

5%

1%

2%

2%

8%

2%

4%

The most important types of infrastructure were thought to be hospitals and health centres (74%), schools (46%) and public transport (42%).

Schools were more important in NSW (50%) and less important in Queensland (38%). Public transport was more important in Victoria (54%).

Renewable energy (39%) and communications (23%) were more important in Queensland.

Federal politics – voting intention

Jun 16, 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 = 1,796 respondents

First preference/leaning to

Election 7 Sep 13

4 weeks ago 19/5/15

2 weeks ago 2/6/15

Last week 9/6/15

This week 16/6/15

Liberal

38%

38%

38%

39%

National

3%

4%

3%

3%

Total Liberal/National

45.6%

41%

41%

41%

42%

Labor

33.4%

39%

40%

40%

39%

Greens

8.6%

10%

10%

9%

10%

Palmer United Party

5.5%

1%

1%

1%

1%

Other/Independent

6.9%

8%

8%

9%

8%

2 Party Preferred

Election 7 Sep 13

4 weeks ago 19/5/15

2 weeks ago 2/6/15

Last week 9/6/15

This week 16/6/15

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.

Trust in Institutions

Jun 16, 2015

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 Jun 12

Total

trust Mar 13

Total trust Jul 14

Total

trust Jan 15

Federal police

68%

27%

41%

19%

7%

6%

na

State police

66%

27%

39%

22%

6%

6%

na

The High Court

61%

23%

38%

23%

9%

7%

+8

60%

74%

57%

53%

The ABC

56%

18%

38%

23%

12%

9%

+3

54%

70%

54%

53%

The Reserve Bank

56%

16%

40%

25%

10%

9%

+7

49%

64%

52%

49%

Charitable organisations

46%

9%

37%

36%

10%

7%

+2

50%

52%

45%

44%

Environment groups

40%

9%

31%

35%

17%

8%

+7

32%

41%

31%

33%

Your local council

39%

6%

33%

34%

21%

6%

+7

na

34%

33%

32%

The Commonwealth Public Service

35%

5%

30%

39%

13%

12%

+3

30%

36%

31%

32%

State Parliament

32%

5%

27%

32%

28%

7%

+8

na

30%

24%

24%

Federal Parliament

31%

6%

25%

33%

30%

7%

+6

22%

34%

25%

25%

Business groups

28%

2%

26%

42%

19%

10%

+5

22%

26%

22%

23%

Trade unions

26%

3%

23%

32%

32%

11%

+3

22%

25%

22%

23%

Religious organisations

25%

6%

19%

27%

40%

8%

+3

27%

27%

26%

22%

Political parties

16%

1%

15%

37%

40%

7%

+2

12%

12%

13%

14%

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

Housing affordability

Jun 16, 2015

Q. Do you think housing in your area is affordable or unaffordable for someone on an average income?

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

 

Aged 18-34

 

Aged 55+

Capital cities

Region -al

NSW

Victoria

 

Affordable

33%

26%

43%

27%

 

24%

 

48%

26%

45%

28%

31%

 

Unaffordable

60%

68%

52%

68%

 

69%

 

45%

69%

48%

67%

63%

 

Don’t know

7%

6%

6%

4%

 

7%

 

7%

7%

7%

5%

6%

 

33% think that housing in their area is affordable for someone on an average income and 60% think it is unaffordable.
Those most likely to think housing was unaffordable were aged 18-34 (69%), people living in capital cities (69%) and those living in NSW (67%). 48% of those aged 55+ and 45% of those living in regional areas thought housing was affordable.

Change in housing affordability

Jun 16, 2015

Q. And do you think housing in your area has become more affordable or less affordable over the last few years?

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Capital cities

Region- al

NSW

Victoria

Queens -land

Total more affordable

11%

10%

15%

8%

6%

8%

15%

8%

8%

17%

Total less affordable

75%

79%

67%

82%

83%

79%

65%

83%

80%

64%

A lot more affordable

1%

1%

2%

1%

1%

1%

1%

2%

A little more affordable

10%

9%

13%

7%

6%

7%

14%

7%

6%

17%

A little less affordable

33%

31%

34%

33%

42%

30%

37%

30%

35%

34%

A lot less affordable

42%

48%

33%

49%

41%

49%

28%

53%

45%

30%

No change

10%

7%

14%

5%

8%

8%

14%

6%

8%

12%

Don’t know

5%

4%

4%

4%

3%

5%

6%

4%

4%

7%

75% think that housing in their area has become less affordable over the last few years – including 42% who though it was a lot less affordable.

83% of residents of NSW and 80% of Victorians think housing has become less affordable.

Trust in professions

Jun 16, 2015

Q. In general, how much trust do you have in the following professions?

Total a lot /some trust

A lot of trust

Some trust

A little trust

No trust

Don’t know

Doctors

81%

39%

42%

14%

2%

4%

Engineers

68%

23%

45%

20%

3%

10%

Accountants

49%

8%

41%

34%

9%

8%

Lawyers

34%

5%

29%

37%

21%

8%

Bankers

29%

2%

27%

41%

25%

6%

Journalists

27%

2%

25%

41%

26%

6%

Real estate agents

12%

1%

11%

38%

44%

7%

Politicians

11%

1%

10%

33%

49%

6%

From a list of eight professions, a majority of respondents had trust in doctors (81%) and engineers (68%). About half (49%) had trust in accountants – who were considered more trustworthy that lawyers (34%) or bankers (29%).

Politicians (11%) and real estate agents (12%) were the least trusted.

Blame for tax avoidance

Jun 16, 2015

Q. Who do you think is most to blame for big companies, like Google, shifting their assets to other countries to avoid paying tax in Australia?

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

The Australian Government

33%

43%

22%

43%

38%

The company executives

23%

23%

27%

20%

24%

The company board

16%

12%

20%

21%

17%

Their accountants

9%

6%

14%

3%

10%

Don’t know

18%

15%

17%

13%

12%

33% think that the Australian Government is most to blame for big companies shifting their assets to other countries to avoid paying tax. 23% blame company executives, 16% the company board and only 9% their accountants.

Labor and Greens voters are more likely to blame the Government (both 43%) and Liberal/National voters a little more likely to blame accountants (14%).

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