Government Support

Apr 27, 2010

Q7. During their term in office, do you think the Rudd Government has given too much support, not enough support or just about the right amount of support to the following –

  Given too much support Given enough support Not given enough support Don’t know
Pensioners 3% 27% 57% 12%
Poor families 3% 28% 54% 16%
Country Australia 2% 31% 46% 21%
Small businesses 2% 37% 39% 22%
Working people 2% 47% 37% 13%
Unemployed workers 10% 37% 34% 19%
Recent immigrants 41% 26% 17% 17%
Large businesses 26% 37% 14% 23%
Unions 19% 42% 13% 26%
The banks and other large financial institutions 43% 33% 5% 19%

About half the respondents think that the Rudd Government has not given enough support to pensioners (57%), poor families (54%) and country Australia (46%). A sizable proportion think that too much support has been given to the banks and other large financial institutions (43%) and recent immigrants (41%). 47% think the Rudd Government has given enough support to working people and 42% think they have given enough support to unions.

Among Labor voters, 50% think the Government has not given enough support to pensioners and 54% think they have not given enough support to poor families. Comments »

Tax

Apr 27, 2010

Q8. Do you think Australians pay –

Too much tax 61%
Too little tax 4%
About the right amount 28%
Don’t know 7%

61% think Australians pay too much tax and 28% think Australians pay about the right amount.

72% of full-time workers think we pay too much tax but there were no significant differences by income level.

Labor and Liberal/National voters also gave similar responses. Comments »

GST

Apr 27, 2010

Q9. Would you be prepared to pay more GST if it was:

  Yes No Don’t know
Directly invested in hospitals and health services 42% 48% 10%
Invested in aged pensions 38% 50% 12%
Directly invested in vital infrastructure like roads and railways 28% 59% 12%
Paid off all our national debt 20% 66% 13%
Created a fund for Australia to invest in other countries (like China does) 11% 74% 15%

Respondents were most likely to support an increase in GST if it was directly invested in hospitals and health services (42%) and invested in aged pensions (38%).

However, those opposed to increasing the GST outnumbered those in favour for all options. Increasing GST to pay off national debt was strongly rejected (66%).

Labor voters were a little more supportive of paying more GST to invest in infrastructure (36%) and hospitals and health services (45%). Liberal/National voters were more likely to support increasing GST for investing in aged pensions (44%). Comments »

Federal politics – voting intention

Apr 19, 2010

Q. If there was a Federal election held today, to which party would you probably give your first preference?   

Q. If you ‘don’t know’ on the above question, which party are you currently leaning to?  

1,988 sample size

2 week average % 2PP 2PP shift from last week
Liberal 37%    
National 2%    
Total Lib/Nat 39% 46%
Labor 42% 54%
Greens 11%    
Family First 2%    
Other/Independent 7%    

 NB.  The data in the above table is derived from our weekly first preference voting question.  Respondents who select ‘don’t know’ as their first preference are not included in the results. 

* Sample is the culmination of two week’s polling data.   Comments »

Immigration and the Government

Apr 19, 2010

Q. Thinking about immigration, should the Government provide incentives for new migrants to settle in specific regions of Australia which need and can cope with higher populations?

  %
Should provide incentives to settle in specific regions 55%
Should not provide incentives to settle in specific regions 30%
Don’t know 15%

55% agreed that the Government should provide incentives for new migrants to settle in specific regions of Australia which need and can cope with higher populations and 30% disagreed.

 Those most likely to agree were Greens voters (74%), Labor voters (62%) and high income earners (60% of incomes over $1,600 per week).

Liberal/National voters split 54% should/36% should not. Comments »

Australia’s population

Apr 19, 2010

Q. Do you think Australia needs a larger population, a smaller population or about the same population in the following areas?

 

 

Larger population

Smaller population

Same population

Don’t know

Large capital cities – Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane

7%

36%

51%

6%

Other capital cities like Adelaide, Perth, Hobart

36%

12%

44%

7%

Major regional centres

56%

8%

28%

8%

Smaller regional towns

64%

6%

22%

7%

 

 

There was strong support for increased population in the less populated areas of Australia.

 

Only 7% supported larger populations in the major capitals cities, while 36% supported larger populations in Adelaide, Perth and Hobart.

 

More than half supported larger populations in major regional centres (56%) and smaller regional towns (64%).

 

Opinions about the populations of the major capitals were similar across states, but respondents from SA/WA/Tasmania were less likely to want larger populations in their capitals cities (22% want larger population and 61% the same population).

 

Liberal voters and Greens voters were more likely to favour larger populations in regional areas. 61% of Liberal voters favoured larger populations in regional centres and 70% in smaller towns. 70% of Greens voters favoured larger populations in regional centres and 79% in smaller towns.

Salary levels for various occupations

Apr 19, 2010

Q. Do you think the salaries of the following occupations are too low, too high or bout right?

  Too high Too low About right Don’t know
CEO’s of large companies 84% 2% 7% 7%
Members of Parliament 62% 6% 24% 8%
Tradesmen 29% 16% 44% 11%
Doctors 27% 15% 46% 12%
Public servants – clerical and admin 26% 15% 44% 15%
Bank customer service staff 12% 18% 47% 23%
Office workers in private companies – clerical and admin 7% 24% 54% 16%
Workers in call centres 8% 25% 42% 25%
Shop sales staff 3% 40% 42% 14%
Teachers 8% 45% 38% 8%
Police 5% 55% 27% 12%
Aged care workers 2% 76% 12% 10%

 The majority believe that the salaries of CEO’s of large companies (84%) and members of Parliament (62%) are too high.

 Occupations where salaries were considered too low were aged care workers (76%), police (55%) and teachers (45%). Comments »

Gap in salaries

Apr 19, 2010

Q. Over the last few years, do you think that the gap between the incomes of richest and poorest people in Australia has increased, decreased or stayed much the same?

  %
Increased 77%
Decreased 4%
Stayed much the same 13%
Don’t know 6%

 77% believe that the gap between the incomes of richest and poorest people in Australia has increased over the last few years.

 Older respondents were more likely to think the gap had increased – 88% of those aged 55+ compared to 58% of those aged 18-35.

There were no significant differences by voting intention. Comments »

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