Politicians and party membership

Apr 14, 2015

Q. If a politician voluntarily leaves their party (for example, Jacquie Lambie and Glen Lazarus have both left the Palmer United Party) which of the following actions would you favour?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote Other
The should be allowed to remain in Parliament 24% 31% 16% 30% 35%
They should leave Parliament and a new election be held for their seat 41% 34% 52% 36% 40%
They should be replaced with a new member nominated by their former party 19% 23% 20% 14% 15%
Don’t know 16% 13% 12% 20% 10%

41% think that if a politician voluntarily leaves their party they should leave Parliament and a new election be held for their seat. 24% think they should be allowed to remain in Parliament and 19% think they should be replaced with a new member nominated by their former party.

52% of Liberal/National voters favour a new election and other party voters are more likely to think they should be allowed to remain in Parliament (35%).

Anzac Day

Apr 14, 2015

Q. Saturday 25th April is Anzac Day. Which of the following best describes what you will do on Anzac Day?

  Total     Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other   Apr 2014
Attend an Anzac Day event or march 23% 24% 27% 16% 20% 21%
Not attend an event but watch the march on TV 29% 30% 36% 16% 20% 31%
Nothing special – it’s just a public holiday 28% 28% 20% 41% 37% 27%
Working – don’t get the Anzac Day holiday 7% 7% 6% 8% 12% 7%
Don’t know 13% 11% 11% 19% 11% 14%

23% of respondents said they would attend an Anzac day event and 29% said they would watch the march on TV. 35% said it was just a holiday or were working. These results are much the same as last year’s.

66% of those aged 55+ said they would be attending an event or watching on TV compared to 41% of those aged under 35. 36% of those aged under 35 say it is just a public holiday.

Federal politics – voting intention

Apr 8, 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 = 1,794 respondents

First preference/leaning to Election 7 Sep 13   4 weeks ago10/3/15 2 weeks ago 24/3/15 Last week31/3/15 This week 7/4/15
Liberal   37% 37% 36% 36%
National 3% 3% 4% 4%
Total Liberal/National 45.6% 40% 40% 40% 40%
Labor 33.4% 40% 41% 40% 39%
Greens 8.6% 9% 10% 10% 10%
Palmer United Party 5.5% 2% 1% 1% 2%
Other/Independent 6.9% 9% 8% 9% 9%

 

2 Party Preferred Election 7 Sep 13   4 weeks ago10/3/15 2 weeks ago 24/3/15 Last week31/3/15 This week 7/4/15
Liberal National 53.5% 47% 46% 47% 47%
Labor 46.5% 53% 54% 53% 53%

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.

Alcohol consumption

Apr 8, 2015

Q. Compared to three years ago, are you drinking more or less alcohol?

  Total   Men Women Aged 18-34 Aged 35-54 Aged 55+
Total more 11% 14% 10% 16% 11% 7%
Total less 34% 33% 36% 37% 30% 37%
Substantially more 2% 3% 2% 4% 2% 1%
A little more 9% 11% 8% 12% 9% 6%
About the same 37% 40% 35% 28% 45% 38%
A little less 18% 21% 16% 22% 13% 21%
Substantially less/stopped drinking 16% 12% 20% 15% 17% 16%
Never drank 16% 14% 19% 18% 14% 18%

13% say they are drinking more alcohol than 3 years ago and 34% are drinking less. 37% say they are drinking about the same.

Those aged under 35 are more likely to say they are drinking more (16%) while 45% of those aged 35-54 are drinking about the same.

Alcohol measures

Apr 8, 2015

Q. Do you support or oppose the following measures in relation to alcohol?

  Total support Total oppose   Strongly support Support Oppose Strongly oppose Don’t know
Banning alcohol sponsorship of sport 59% 27% 32% 27% 20% 7% 14%
Banning alcohol advertising 54% 31% 27% 27% 25% 6% 15%
Increasing the taxation of alcohol to discourage consumption 40% 49% 19% 21% 27% 22% 11%
Restricting liquor outlets to make alcohol more difficult to buy 50% 35% 22% 28% 24% 11% 15%
Increasing the legal age for consumption of alcohol 57% 31% 26% 31% 22% 9% 125
More public education about responsible consumption of alcohol 87% 6% 47% 40% 5% 1% 7%

Measures with most support were more education about responsible drinking (87%), banning alcohol sponsorship of sport (59%), increasing the legal age for consumption of alcohol (57%) and banning alcohol advertising (54%).

Privacy on the internet

Apr 8, 2015

Q. Have you ever taken any of the following actions to protect your privacy on the internet?

  Total   Men Women Aged 18-34 Aged 35-54 Aged 55+
Cleared cookies and browser in history 74% 76% 73% 74% 75% 73%
Set your browser to disable or turned off cookies 50% 52% 48% 50% 53% 45%
Stopped using a website you think might be using information about you 51% 53% 50% 56% 51% 46%
Deleted something you posted in the past 48% 45% 51% 66% 46% 29%
Decided not to use a website because they wanted your real name 46% 46% 46% 52% 47% 39%
Used a false name or untraceable username 36% 37% 35% 51% 33% 23%
Use a non-identifiable email address 31% 36% 26% 40% 29% 21%
Used a Virtual Private Network or Tor 16% 21% 11% 22% 17% 5%

Actions most likely to have been taken to protect privacy were clearing cookies and browser in history (74%), stopped using a website that might be using your information (51%) and setting browser to disable or turning off cookies (50%).

Pension age

Apr 8, 2015

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of raising the pension age to 70 years by 2035?

  Total   Men Women Aged 18-34 Aged 35-54 Aged 55+   April 2014
Total approve 21% 26% 16% 20% 16% 28% 20%
Total disapprove 69% 63% 73% 65% 74% 63% 71%
Strongly approve 5% 7% 3% 4% 5% 6% 4%
Approve 16% 19% 13% 16% 11% 22% 16%
Disapprove 30% 26% 33% 29% 29% 31% 31%
Strongly disapprove 39% 37% 40% 36% 45% 32% 40%
Don’t know 11% 12% 11% 16% 10% 9% 9%

Only 21% approve of the raising the pension age to 70 years and 69% disapprove. Women (73%) are more likely to disapprove than men (63%). There were not major differences by income.

Retirement age

Apr 8, 2015

Q. At what age do you expect to retire from working?

  Total   Men Women Aged 18-34 Aged 35-54 Aged 55+   Dec 2013
Less than 50 years 2% 2% 2% 4% 1% 2%
50-54 years 3% 3% 4% 6% 2% 3%
55-59 years 10% 9% 11% 15% 12% 2% 9%
60-64 years 17% 18% 16% 19% 20% 11% 18%
65 years 18% 19% 18% 18% 23% 14% 21%
66-69 years 9% 9% 9% 10% 9% 8% 12%
70 years or over 9% 11% 7% 9% 10% 7% 8%
Don’t know 12% 11% 13% 15% 14% 4% 11%
I have already retired from working 15% 16% 14% 3% 50% 11%
I don’t work 5% 3% 6% 4% 6% 4% 4%

32% of respondents said they expected to retire from working before the age of 65, 18% expect to retire at 65 and 18% after the age of 65.

32% of men and 33% of women expect to retire before the age of 65.

Of those aged under 35, 44% expect to retire before the age of 65 and 19% expect to work past 65.

Of those on higher incomes ($1,600+ pw), 37% expect to retire before the age of 65.

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