Types of Government regulation

Feb 14, 2017

Q. Do you think there needs to be more or less Government regulation of the following, or is the current regulation about right?

  More regulation Less regulation Current regulation about right Don’t know
Air and water quality 38% 7% 37% 17%
Environmental protection laws 44% 12% 30% 14%
Public health standards 44% 10% 34% 12%
Educational regulations – eg teacher standards, 47% 11% 28% 14%
National security measures such as anti-terrorism laws 47% 10% 29% 14%
Child safety regulations 45% 9% 32% 13%
Traffic regulations 22% 23% 43% 12%
Alcohol regulations such as lock-out laws 30% 24% 32% 13%
Anti-discrimination regulations 32% 17% 37% 14%
Regulations on use of public space 18% 24% 41% 18%
Development regulation – eg zoning and DAs 27% 21% 33% 20%
Professional standards – eg electrician licensing 33% 10% 41% 16%
Laws prohibiting particular drugs 42% 21% 24% 14%
Consumer protection regulation 42% 8% 35% 16%

Close to half the respondents think there needs to be more regulation of education (47%), national security (47%), child safety (45%), public health (44%) and the environment (44%).

They are more likely to think there is enough regulation of traffic (43%), use of public space (41%) and professional standards (41%).

Federal voting intention

Feb 7, 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 31/2/17 2 weeks ago 24/1/17   Election 2 Jul 16
Liberal 33%   32% 33%    
National 2%   3% 3%    
Total Liberal/National 36%   35% 35%   42.0%
Labor 37%   37% 37%   34.7%
Greens 8%   9% 10%   10.2%
Nick Xenophon Team 3%   3% 3%    
Pauline Hanson’s One Nation 10%   10% 9%    
Other/Independent 6%   6% 6%   13.1%
2 party preferred            
Liberal National 47%   46% 46%   50.4%
Labor 53%   54% 54%   49.6%

 

  1. Sample = 1,785. 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.

Ban on Muslims entering US

Feb 7, 2017

Q. The US President Donald Trump has temporarily banned people from 7 Muslim countries from entering the United States. Do you approve or disapprove of this ban?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other
Total approve 36%   28% 43% 10% 66%
Total disapprove 49%   63% 42% 78% 25%
Strongly approve 13%   9% 14% 5% 31%
Approve 23%   19% 29% 5% 35%
Disapprove 20%   22% 23% 20% 12%
Strongly disapprove 29%   41% 19% 58% 13%
Don’t know 14%   9% 15% 13% 10%

 

36% approve of Donald Trump temporarily banning people from 7 Muslim countries from entering the United States and 49% disapprove.

Those most likely to approve were Liberal/National voters and other/independent voters (66%)

Those most likely to disapprove were Greens voters (78%), Labor voters (63%), aged 18-24 (63%) and university educated (60%).

Agreement with Australian response to US ban on Muslim counties

Feb 7, 2017

Q. When asked his opinion of the US ban the Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, said it is not his job to comment on the domestic policies of other countries. Do you agree or disagree with this position taken by Malcolm Turnbull?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other
Total agree 53%   37% 73% 31% 62%
Total disagree 36%   53% 17% 61% 30%
Strongly agree 16%   9% 21% 4% 25%
Agree 37%   28% 52% 27% 37%
Disagree 19%   26% 13% 26% 17%
Strongly disagree 17%   27% 4% 35% 13%
Don’t know 12%   10% 9% 8% 9%

 

53% agree with the position taken by Malcolm Turnbull when he said it was not his job to comment on the domestic policies of other countries and 36% disagree.

Those most likely to agree with Malcolm Turnbull were Liberal National voters (73%), other voters (62%) and agedn65+ (69%).

Those most likely to disagree with Malcolm Turnbull were Greens voters (61%) and Labor voters (53%).

Australian ban on Muslim countries

Feb 7, 2017

Q. Would you support or oppose the Australian Government instituting a similar ban on people from Muslim countries from entering Australia?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other
Total support 41%   31% 48% 15% 66%
Total oppose 46%   59% 38% 75% 25%
Strongly support 19%   13% 20% 4% 41%
Support 22%   18% 28% 11% 25%
Oppose 19%   22% 21% 14% 14%
Strongly oppose 27%   37% 17% 61% 11%
Don’t know 14%   115 14% 9% 9%

41% said they would support Australian Government instituting a similar ban on people from Muslim countries from entering Australia and 46% would oppose.

Those most likely to support were Liberal National voters (48%), other voters (66%), and aged 65+ (52%).

Those most likely to oppose were Greens voters (75%), Labor voters (59%), university educated (59%) and aged 18-24 (64%).

Using smartphones

Feb 7, 2017

Q. Thinking about how you use your smartphone (or IPhone), do you agree or disagree with the following statements? (Based on the 936 respondents who own smartphones)

  Total agree   Strongly agree Agree Disagree Strongly disagree Don’t know   Agree Jan 2016
I check my phone while driving 20%   3% 17% 25% 53% 2%   20%
I am anxious when I can’t check messages 22%   4% 18% 36% 40% 2%   28%
I sometimes send messages/emails before thinking them through 30%   5% 25% 37% 31% 2%   28%
I ignore actual conversations to check my phone 20%   4% 16% 38% 40% 2%   18%
I check my phone before I get out of bed 46%   11% 35% 21% 30% 2%   45%

 

  Total agree   Men Women Aged

18-34

Aged

35-54

Aged 55+
I check my phone while driving 20%   22% 18% 34% 18% 5%
I am anxious when I can’t check messages 22%   25% 20% 32% 11% 9%
I sometimes send messages/emails before thinking them through 30%   32% 28% 48% 28% 8%
I ignore actual conversations to check my phone 20%   22% 16% 34% 16% 4%
I check my phone before I get out of bed 46%   45% 48% 75% 42% 16%

 

46% check their smartphone before they get out of bed, 22% say they are anxious when they can’t check messages and 30% sometimes send messages/emails before thinking.

Younger people are much more likely to do these things than older people. 75% of those aged 18-34 check their phone before they get out of bed and 48% send messages/emails without thinking.

There has been little change since this question was asked in 2015, apart from a drop in the proportion who say they are anxious when they can’t check messages (down 6% to 22%).

Technological change

Feb 7, 2017

Q. Overall, do you think that technological change is making people’s lives better or worse?

  Total agree   Men Women Aged

18-34

Aged

35-54

Aged 55+   Nov 2015
Total better 50%   53% 47% 55% 50% 45%   56%
Total worse 25%   20% 29% 18% 26% 32%   22%
A lot better 15%   15% 15% 17% 15% 14%   22%
A little better 35%   38% 32% 38% 35% 31%   34%
Neither better nor worse 22%   24% 20% 22% 22% 21%   18%
A little worse 17%   14% 20% 12% 19% 21%   16%
A lot worse 8%   6% 9% 6% 7% 11%   6%
Don’t know 3%   3% 3% 5% 3% 2%   4%

50% think that technological change is making people’s lives better and 25% think it is making people’s lives worse. 22% think it has made no difference. This is a shift to a slightly more negative view of technology since this question was asked in 2015.

Those most likely to think technology is making people’s lives better were aged 18-24 (57%), Labor voters (58%) and university educated (59%).

Developments in technology

Feb 7, 2017

Q. Do you think developments in technology – that is, the increase in online, smartphones and social media – have been good or bad for the following?

  Total good Total bad   Very good Good Neither good nor bad Bad Very bad Don’t know
Accessing cultural products (music, video etc) 76% 4%   28% 48% 17% 3% 1% 3%
Purchasing consumer goods 75% 3%   31% 44% 19% 2% 1% 2%
The news media 67% 10%   23% 44% 20% 7% 3% 3%
Quality of education 52% 21%   13% 39% 235 15% 6% 4%
Maintaining relationships 40% 29%   7% 33% 26% 20% 9% 3%
Public safety (e.g. road safety) 34% 31%   9% 25% 30% 17% 14% 4%
Parenting and child safety 33% 30%   8% 25% 31% 22% 8% 5%

76% think that new developments in technology have been good for accessing cultural products, 75% think they have been good for purchasing consumer gods and 67% good for news media.

They were less certain they had been good for public safety (34%) and parenting and child safety (33%).

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