Carbon emissions

Jul 14, 2015

Q. Australia’s current target to reduce its carbon emissions is a 5% reduction on our 2000 level of emissions by 2020. The Climate Change Authority recently recommended that, because of commitments by other countries, Australia’s target should be 30% below our 2000 level of emissions by 2025. Should Australia:

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other
Retain its current target of 5% 18% 10% 34% 3% 16%
Move to a higher target, such as 10% 25% 24% 28% 18% 30%
Move to the recommended target of 30% 34% 43% 17% 72% 30%
Not have any target 7% 6% 10% 2% 9%
Don’t know 16% 17% 11% 4% 15%

Only 18% think that Australia should retain its current target of 5% reduction in carbon emissions by 2020. 34% think that Australia should move to the recommended target of 30% and 25% think we should move to a higher target such as 10%.

43% of Labor voters and 72% of Greens voters think Australia should move to the 30% target. 34% of Liberal/National voters think Australia should keep the current 5% target while 45% think it should be higher.

Next election

Jul 14, 2015

Q. Which party do you think is most likely to win the next Federal election due in 2016? 

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other   Dec 2014 Feb 2015
Labor Party 32% 68% 6% 41% 26% 46% 49%
Liberal/National Party 37% 12% 80% 12% 24% 27% 23%
Can’t say 30% 20% 14% 47% 49% 27% 28%

32% think the Labor Party is most likely to win the next election and 37% think the Liberal/National Party is most likely to win. 30% could not give an opinion. This represents a substantial shift toward the Coalition since this question was asked in February.

68% (down 19%) of Labor voters think the Labor Party is most likely to win and 80% (up 23%) of Liberal/National voters think the Liberal/National Party will win.

University places

Jul 14, 2015

Q. As far as you know, do you think that there are enough or not enough places for all Australian students who want to attend university? 

  Total   Men Women Aged

18-34

Aged

35-54

Aged

55+

Enough 41% 42% 40% 51% 34% 40%
Not enough 38% 40% 36% 29% 45% 39%
Don’t know 21% 18% 24% 20% 22% 21%

Respondents were evenly divided over whether there are enough places for all Australian students who want to attend university.

41% believe there are enough and 38% think there are not enough.

Those aged 18-34 are more likely to think there are enough places and those aged 35-54 more likely to think there are not enough places.

Affordability of university

Jul 14, 2015

Q. And do you think that a university education is affordable or not affordable for all Australian students who want to attend university?

  Total   Men Women Aged

18-34

Aged

35-54

Aged

55+

Affordable 27% 28% 25% 30% 25% 26%
Not affordable 63% 60% 66% 61% 65% 62%
Don’t know 10% 11% 10% 9% 10% 12%

A majority of 63% of respondents think university education is not affordable for all Australian students who want to attend university.

Only 27% think it is affordable.

More than 60% of all age and gender groups think university education is not affordable for all Australian students who want to attend university.

Federal politics – voting intention

Jul 7, 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 = 1,781 respondents

First preference/leaning to

Election 7 Sep 13

4 weeks ago 9/6/15

2 weeks ago 23/6/15

Last week 30/6/15

This week 7/7/15

Liberal

38%

38%

38%

38%

National

3%

3%

3%

3%

Total Liberal/National

45.6%

41%

41%

41%

41%

Labor

33.4%

40%

39%

39%

39%

Greens

8.6%

9%

10%

11%

10%

Palmer United Party

5.5%

1%

1%

1%

1%

Other/Independent

6.9%

9%

8%

8%

9%

2 Party Preferred

Election 7 Sep 13

4 weeks ago 9/6/15

2 weeks ago 23/6/15

Last week 30/6/15

This week 7/7/15

Liberal National

53.5%

48%

48%

47%

48%

Labor

46.5%

52%

52%

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.

Women’s sport

Jul 7, 2015

Q. Do you agree or disagree with the following statements?

Total agree

Total disagree

Strongly agree

Agree

Disagree

Strongly disagree

Don’t know

Total agree men

Total agree women

In general, women’s sports are just as exciting as men’s

61%

28%

17%

44%

21%

7%

10%

55%

68%

The media does not pay enough attention to women’s sports

68%

20%

27%

41%

16%

4%

12%

62%

75%

In general, people are not interested in watching women play sports

42%

43%

7%

35%

30%

13%

15%

40%

43%

Most women aren’t interested in playing or watching sports

27%

60%

4%

23%

40%

20%

13%

30%

24%

Women athletes are great role models for girls

84%

7%

36%

48%

4%

3%

9%

78%

90%

In general, compared to men, sportswomen are underpaid and the financial rewards inadequate

72%

13%

34%

38%

9%

4%

16%

65%

78%

A substantial proportion of respondents agreed that “Women athletes are great role models for girls” (84%), “In general, compared to men, sportswomen are underpaid and the financial rewards inadequate” (72%) and “The media does not pay enough attention to women’s sports” (68%). A majority also agreed “In general, women’s sports are just as exciting as men’s” (61%). They were divided 42% agree/43% disagree over whether “In general, people are not interested in watching women play sports” but 60% disagreed that “Most women aren’t interested in playing or watching sports”.

Overall, women had a more positive opinion than men on most issues except “In general, people are not interested in watching women play sports” where men were 40% agree/44% disagree and women 43% agree/42% disagree.

Same sex marriage laws

Jul 7, 2015

Q. Regardless of your opinion about same-sex marriage, do you think it is likely or unlikely that the laws will be changed in the next few years to allow same-sex marriage?

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote Other

Feb 2015

Total likely

69%

69%

72%

79%

62%

56%

Total unlikely

20%

20%

19%

13%

28%

28%

Very likely

31%

35%

26%

44%

32%

15%

Likely

38%

34%

46%

35%

30%

41%

Unlikely

14%

16%

13%

12%

12%

22%

Very unlikely

6%

4%

6%

1%

16%

6%

Don’t know

11%

11%

8%

8%

11%

16%

69% think it is likely that the laws will be changed in the next few years to allow same-sex marriage and 20% think it is unlikely.

This is a substantial shift since this question was asked in February.

Those thinking it likely that the laws will be changed has increased 13 percentage points and those thinking it is unlikely has declined 8 percentage points. While expectations that the laws will be changed has increased across the board, it has increased most with Liberal/National voters – from 52% to 72%.

Trans Pacific Partnership

Jul 7, 2015

Q. The proposed Trans Pacific Partnership would allow foreign companies to sue the Australian Government in foreign courts for changes in government policies that cost them money. Do you think foreign companies should or should not be able to sue the Government for losses due to changes in policy?

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote Other

Should be able to sue

10%

13%

11%

8%

4%

Should not be able to sue

61%

58%

66%

68%

77%

Don’t know

29%

30%

23%

24%

19%

61% think that foreign companies should not be able to sue the Government for losses due to changes in policy and only 10% think they should. Liberal/National voters (66%) are more likely than Labor voters (58%) to think they should not be able to sue.

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