Privacy on the internet

Aug 25, 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+

April 2015

Cleared cookies and browser in history

77%

80%

75%

77%

80%

74%

74%

Stopped using a website you think might be using information about you

54%

54%

54%

50%

58%

52%

51%

Set your browser to disable or turned off cookies

51%

53%

49%

50%

57%

45%

50%

Deleted something you posted in the past

48%

42%

53%

57%

50%

33%

48%

Decided not to use a website because they wanted your real name

43%

45%

41%

45%

46%

37%

46%

Used a false name or untraceable username

33%

33%

33%

40%

38%

18%

36%

Use a non-identifiable email address

27%

26%

28%

32%

31%

15%

31%

Used a Virtual Private Network or Tor

16%

22%

10%

21%

19%

5%

16%

Actions most likely to have been taken to protect privacy were clearing cookies and browser in history (77%), stopped using a website that might be using your information (54%) and setting browser to disable or turning off cookies (51%).

There has been little change since this question was last asked in April.

The main demographic differences were that women (53%) and those aged 18-34 (57%) were more likely to have deleted something they posted in the past. Men (22%) were more likely to have used a Virtual Private Network or Tor.

Federal politics – voting intention

Aug 18, 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 = 1,745 respondents

First preference/leaning to Election 7 Sep 13   4 weeks ago
21/7/15
2 weeks ago 4/8/15 Last week
11/8/15
This week 18/8/15
Liberal   38% 36% 38% 38%
National 3% 3% 3% 3%
Total Liberal/National 45.6% 41% 39% 40% 41%
Labor 33.4% 38% 38% 39% 38%
Greens 8.6% 11% 12% 11% 10%
Palmer United Party 5.5% 2% 1% 1% 2%
Other/Independent 6.9% 9% 9% 8% 9%

 

2 Party Preferred Election 7 Sep 13   4 weeks ago21/7/15 2 weeks ago 4/8/15 Last week11/8/15 This week 18/8/15
Liberal National 53.5% 48% 47% 47% 48%
Labor 46.5% 52% 53% 53% 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.

Doing enough to address climate change

Aug 18, 2015

Q. As far as you know, do you think Australia is doing enough, not enough or too much to address climate change?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote Other
Doing enough 24% 16% 42% 4% 16%
Not doing enough 53% 69% 35% 91% 61%
Doing too much 7% 4% 8% 3% 13%
Don’t know 16% 11% 16% 3% 10%

53% think Australia is not doing enough to address climate change and 24% think Australia is doing enough.

Those most likely to think Australia is not dong enough were aged 18-34 (63%) and university educated (62%).

Liberal Party and WorkChoices

Aug 18, 2015

Q. How likely do you think it is that Tony Abbott and the Liberal Party would try to bring back industrial laws similar to WorkChoices? 

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote Other   Work full time Work part time   May 2013
Total likely 44% 65% 30% 60% 54% 46% 41% 51%
Total unlikely 26% 16% 41% 21% 25% 29% 21% 27%
Very likely 20% 36% 7% 42% 19% 18% 17% 26%
Quite likely 24% 29% 23% 18% 35% 28% 24% 25%
Not very likely 17% 10% 28% 13% 14% 18% 17% 16%
Not at all likely 9% 6% 13% 8% 11% 11% 4% 11%
Don’t know 29% 19% 29% 19% 21% 25% 37% 23%

44% think it likely that Tony Abbott and the Liberal Party would try to bring back industrial laws similar to WorkChoices and 26% think it unlikely.

Since this question was asked in May 2013 (before the election of the Abbott Government), those thinking it likely has dropped from 51% to 44% – mostly due to an increase in “don’t know” from 23% to 29%.

Concern about Liberals Bringing Back WorkChoices

Aug 18, 2015

Q. If the Liberal Government reintroduced WorkChoices or similar laws, how concerned would you be?    

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote Other   Work full time Work part time   May 2013
Total very/quite concerned 41% 64% 22% 67% 47% 43% 44% 41%
Very concerned 24% 44% 7% 46% 27% 24% 22% 26%
Quite concerned 17% 20% 15% 21% 20% 19% 22% 15%
A little concerned 18% 15% 24% 7% 26% 22% 17% 17%
Not concerned 19% 5% 40% 7% 17% 20% 13% 27%
Don’t know 21% 16% 15% 19% 11% 14% 26% 14%

41% said they would be very or quite concerned if the Liberal Government reintroduced WorkChoices or similar laws and 37% said they would be only a little or not concerned. These results are almost identical to those from when the question was asked in May 2013.

Corruption in industries and organisations

Aug 18, 2015

Q. For each of the following Australian industries and organisations, please indicate how affected by corruption you think they are:

  Widespread corruption Some corruption Very little corruption Don’t know
Government 39% 39% 10% 12%
Building and construction 34% 38% 11% 17%
Media 27% 44% 12% 16%
Finance sector (banks and insurance) 27% 42% 14% 17%
Mining 25% 43% 15% 18%
Law enforcement (police) 17% 49% 19% 15%
Health 10% 32% 38% 20%
Agriculture 7% 28% 41% 24%
Education 6% 29% 43% 21%
Science and technology 6% 22% 47% 24%

The most corrupt industries and organisations were thought to be Government (39% widespread corruption), building and construction (34%), media (27%), finance (27%) and mining (25%).

The least corrupt were thought to be science and technology (47% very little corruption), education (43%) and agriculture (41%).

Politicians’ expenses

Aug 17, 2015

Q. Which of the following political expenses should politicians be reimbursed for?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote Other   Oct 2013
Travel for events directly related to their electoral or parliamentary work (unlimited if work related) 64% 65% 70% 78% 61% 70%
Printing of materials to inform their electorate 62% 62% 68% 69% 59% 53%
Publications allowance (for books and magazines) 38% 37% 42% 52% 33% 31%
Overseas study trips (a limited number per year) 34% 34% 38% 46% 29% 36%
Free use of a taxpayer funded car 29% 27% 35% 29% 22% 29%
An allowance for nights spent in Canberra, regardless of where the MP stays 26% 24% 31% 23% 23% 19%
An electorate allowance that covers the cost of serving the electorate, which MP’s can keep if it is not spent 21% 20% 22% 26% 20% 16%
Social events for networking purposes 17% 12% 26% 11% 12% 19%
Travel for politicians families to visit them in Canberra or interstate when they are on Government business 16% 16% 16% 26% 12% 18%
Travel for politicians spouses to accompany them on overseas trips 15% 14% 16% 21% 15% 15%

More than half approve of reimbursing politicians for travel for events directly related to their electoral or parliamentary work (64%) and printing of materials to inform their electorate (62%). A substantial minority also approve a publications allowance (38%) and limited overseas study trips (34%).

Very few supported funding for travel for spouses to accompany them on overseas trips (15%) or family travel within Australia (16%).

Since this question was asked in October 2013, support has fallen for funding travel to directly-related events (down 6%), but increased for printing (up 9%), publications (up 7%) and an allowance for nights spent in Canberra (up 7%).

Approval of Government Ministers

Aug 17, 2015

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the job the following people are doing as Government Ministers?

  Total appr. Total dis-appr Net score Strongly appr Appr. Dis-app Strongly dis-
appr
Don’t know Lib/
Nat voters app
Lib/
Nat voters dis-app
Julie Bishop – Foreign Affairs 56% 22% +34 23% 33% 11% 11% 22% 76% 8%
Malcolm Turnbull – Communications 47% 24% +23 12% 35% 15% 9% 29% 64% 13%
George Brandis – Attorney General 28% 30% -2 4% 24% 15% 15% 43% 48% 15%
Scott Morrison – Social Services 30% 35% -5 9% 21% 18% 17% 36% 55% 14%
Christopher Pyne – Education 30% 39% -9 6% 24% 19% 20% 31% 55% 16%
Greg Hunt – Environment 27% 36% -9 5% 22% 18% 18% 38% 47% 18%
Joe Hockey – Treasurer 31% 48% -17 7% 24% 21% 27% 21% 61% 24%

Julie Bishop and Malcolm Turnbull were positively rated for the jobs they were doing as Government Ministers. 56% approved and 22% disapproved of the job Julie Bishop is doing and 47% approved and 24% disapproved of the job Malcolm Turnbull is doing.

Other ministers had net negative ratings – in particular Joe Hockey with 31% approving and 48% disapproving of the job he is doing.

Since this question was asked in July last year, ratings have improved for Julie Bishop (+31), Malcolm Turnbull (+10) and Christopher Pyne (+9) but declined for Joe Hockey (-5).

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