Approval of Malcolm Turnbull

Sep 13, 2016

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the job Malcolm Turnbull is doing as Prime Minister?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other   Dec 2015 Mar 2016 Jun 2016 Jul 2016 Aug 2016
Total approve 35%   16% 71% 23% 22%   56% 45% 38% 37% 38%
Total disapprove 43%   65% 17% 51% 59%   23% 35% 40% 48% 43%
Strongly approve 4%   1% 10% 3% 1%   13% 6% 6% 8% 6%
Approve 31%   15% 61% 20% 21%   43% 39% 32% 29% 32%
Disapprove 27%   37% 15% 31% 35%   16% 24% 24% 27% 26%
Strongly disapprove 16%   28% 2% 20% 24%   7% 11% 16% 21% 17%
Don’t know 22%   18% 11% 26% 20%   21% 21% 21% 16% 19%

35% (down 3% from 4 weeks ago) of respondents approve of the job Malcolm Turnbull is doing as Prime Minister and 43% (no change disapprove – a change in net approval rating from -5 to -8.

71% (down 6%) of Liberal/National voters approve of Malcolm Turnbull’s performance with 17% (up 3%) disapproving. 16% (up 1%) of Labor voters and 23% (up 5%) of Greens voters approve of Malcolm Turnbull’s performance.

By gender, men were 42% approve/43% disapprove and women 30% approve/43% disapprove.

Approval of Bill Shorten

Sep 13, 2016

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the job Bill Shorten is doing as Opposition Leader?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other   Nov 2013 Dec 2014 Dec 2015 Mar 2016 Jun 2016 Jul 2016 Aug 2016
Total approve 36%   62% 25% 33% 25%   31% 35% 27% 27% 34% 39% 37%
Total disapprove 41%   19% 61% 35% 58%   27% 39% 47% 47% 40% 41% 41%
Strongly approve 6% 14% 1% 6% 3% 5% 7% 4% 3% 7% 11% 7%
Approve 30% 48% 24% 27% 22% 26% 28% 23% 24% 27% 28% 30%
Disapprove 24% 17% 29% 33% 28% 17% 23% 26% 29% 22% 21% 23%
Strongly disapprove 17% 2% 32% 2% 30% 10% 16% 21% 18% 18% 20% 18%
Don’t know 22% 19% 14% 33% 18% 43% 26% 25% 26% 25% 20% 22%

36% (down 1% in last 4 weeks) of respondents approve of the job Bill Shorten is doing as opposition leader and 41% (no change) disapprove – a change in his net rating from -4 to -5.

62% (down 5%) of Labor voters approve of the job Bill Shorten is doing and 19% (up 4%) disapprove.

39% of men and 33% of women approve of Bill Shorten. 44% of men and 39% of women disapprove.

Better Prime Minister

Sep 13, 2016

Q. Who do you think would make the better Prime Minister out of Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other   Sep 2015 Dec 2015 Mar 2016 Jun 2016 Jul 2016 Aug 2016
Malcolm Turnbull 41%   14% 85% 24% 31%   53% 54% 48% 40% 39% 40%
Bill Shorten 26%   59% 2% 35% 16%   17% 15% 19% 29% 31% 30%
Don’t know 33%   27% 13% 42% 53%   30% 31% 33% 32% 30% 31%

41% (up 1% in last 4 weeks) of respondents think Malcolm Turnbull would make the better Prime Minister and 26% (down 4%) think Bill Shorten would make the better Prime Minister.

48% of men prefer Malcolm Turnbull and 27% prefer Bill Shorten.

34% of women prefer Malcolm Turnbull and 25% prefer Bill Shorten.

Political donations

Sep 13, 2016

Q. Should political parties be allowed to receive donations from each of the following?

  Should be allowed Should not be allowed Don’t know   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other
Property developers 16% 69% 15%   12% 25% 13% 13%
Foreign companies 12% 74% 13%   9% 17% 10% 13%
Australian companies 32% 51% 17%   29% 41% 23% 36%
Mining companies 19% 68% 14%   15% 28% 12% 18%
Energy companies 18% 67% 15%   13% 28% 14% 16%
Casinos 14% 71% 15%   10% 21% 11% 16%
Unions 20% 64% 15%   25% 18% 19% 22%
Professional associations 29% 52% 18%   28% 38% 23% 31%
Individual Australian voters 50% 35% 15%   48% 57% 50% 54%

A majority of respondents were opposed to all forms of donations to political parties except for donations from individual Australian voters (50% should be allowed).

They were most strongly opposed to donations from foreign companies (74%), casinos (71%), property developers (69%), mining companies (68%) and energy companies (67%).

Liberal/National voters were more likely than Labor voters to think donations from different groups should be allowed (with the exception of unions).

Racial Discrimination Act

Sep 13, 2016

 Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the proposal to change the Racial Discrimination Act so that it is no longer unlawful to “offend or insult” someone because of their race or ethnicity? It will still be unlawful to  “humiliate or intimidate” someone because of their race or ethnicity.

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other
Total approve 45%   39% 56% 29% 48%
Total disapprove 35%   42% 27% 60% 32%
Strongly approve 16% 13% 19% 6% 21%
Approve 29% 26% 37% 23% 27%
Disapprove 18% 21% 15% 23% 19%
Strongly disapprove 17% 21% 12% 37% 13%
Don’t know 21% 18% 17% 11% 19%

45% approve of changing the Racial Discrimination Act so that it is no longer unlawful to “offend or insult” someone because of their race or ethnicity and 35% disapprove. 56% of Liberal/National voters approve of changing the Act while 60% of Greens voters disapproved. Labor voters were split 39% approve/42% disapprove.

Forms of intolerance

Sep 13, 2016

Q. For each of the following forms of intolerance, please indicate to what extent you think it is a problem in Australia. 

  Total large/ moderate   A large problem Moderate problem Small

problem

Not a problem at all Don’t know   Sep 12

Total large/ moderate

Jun 13

Total large/ moderate

Feb 14

Total large/ moderate

Aug 15

Total large/ moderate

Racism against people from other countries 62%   25% 37% 27% 7% 5% 71% 69% 64% 60%
Racism against indigenous Australians 58%   25% 33% 28% 8% 5% 54%
Sexism 57%   21% 36% 30% 8% 5% 45% 52% 51% 47%
Religious intolerance 57% 24% 34% 27% 9% 5% 65% 54% 51% 53%
Homophobia 53% 20% 33% 32% 10% 5% 50% 51% 47% 47%
Ageism 49% 17% 32% 30% 14% 8% 44% 46% 49% 48%

57% think that sexism is a major/moderate problem in Australia – up 10% since August last year – and 53% think homophobia is a major/moderate problem in Australia (up 6%).

62% (up 2%) think that racism against people from other countries is a major/moderate problem in Australia – and 58% (up 4%) think racism against indigenous Australians is a major/moderate problem.

Illegal drugs

Sep 13, 2016

Q. Thinking about the issue of illegal drugs in Australia, please indicate which position is closer to your view:

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other
We should decriminalise all illegal drugs (including production and trafficking within Australia) to reduce the unregulated black market trade in these substances. 11%   12% 11% 14% 7%
We should decriminalise small scale illegal drug use and possession, but maintain criminal prohibitions on production and trafficking. 31%   37% 24% 48% 33%
We should prohibit all activities related to illegal drugs in Australia, including production, trafficking, large and small-scale production and use. 48%   45% 55% 26% 51%
None of the above 11%   7% 10% 12% 9%

42% think that all or some drug use should be decriminalised and 48% think that all drug activities should be prohibited.

62% of Greens voters and 49% of Labor voters think at least some use of illegal drugs should be decriminalised. 46% of those aged under 35 and 47% of those with university education think that all or some drug use should be decriminalised

Decriminalisation of drugs

Sep 13, 2016

Q. Would you support decriminalisation of any of the following illegal drugs in Australia:

  Yes No Don’t know   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other
Cannabis 47% 39% 13%   52% 43% 63% 49%
Ecstasy 12% 81% 7%   12% 11% 16% 14%
Amphetamines (such as speed or ice) 10% 83% 7%   10% 8% 15% 10%
Cocaine 12% 82% 6%   10% 12% 16% 12%
Heroin 11% 82% 7%   11% 10% 14% 10%

 There was strong opposition (over 80%) to decriminalising all drugs except cannabis.

47% thought that cannabis should be decriminalised. Those most in favour of decriminalising cannabis were Greens voters (63%), Labor voters (52%), and aged 18-24 (53%).

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