Statements about Australia

Nov 22, 2016

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

  Total agree Total dis-agree   Strongly agree Agree Dis-agree Strongly disagree Don’t know
Free trade has gone too far 43% 29%   12% 31% 26% 3% 27%
The Government should bring back manufacturing jobs to Australia 83% 9%   41% 42% 7% 2% 8%
The Chinese government has too much influence on our economy 65% 18%   28% 37% 15% 3% 17%
If people who are not Australian citizens commit a crime they should be deported 75% 14%   44% 31% 11% 3% 11%
Local workers should be given priority over foreign workers 83% 10%   47% 36% 9% 1% 7%
We should do more to stop people entering our country illegally 77% 13%   43% 34% 10% 3% 10%
Racial equality has gone too far 46% 40%   21% 25% 26% 14% 15%
Gender equality has gone too far 40% 48%   18% 22% 30% 18% 12%
I would like to see Australia more like it was in the past 52% 32%   21% 31% 22% 10% 15%
The Government should put Australia first 88% 6%   47% 41% 5% 1% 6%
No matter who is in power the system is rigged against ordinary people 60% 26%   24% 36% 22% 4% 14%

 

Total agreement Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other
Free trade has gone too far 43%   45% 45% 31% 55%
The Government should bring back manufacturing jobs to Australia 83%   88% 82% 78% 91%
The Chinese government has too much influence on our economy 65%   68% 64% 64% 75%
If people who are not Australian citizens commit a crime they should be deported 75%   74% 80% 58% 85%
Local workers should be given priority over foreign workers 83%   84% 89% 75% 87%
We should do more to stop people entering our country illegally 77%   79% 88% 47% 78%
Racial equality has gone too far 46%   40% 56% 20% 61%
Gender equality has gone too far 40%   32% 52% 21% 52%
I would like to see Australia more like it was in the past 52%   48% 62% 32% 67%
The Government should put Australia first 88%   91% 92% 72% 92%
No matter who is in power the system is rigged against ordinary people 60%   65% 56% 52% 77%

Membership of groups

Nov 22, 2016

Q. Are you currently a member or have you ever been a member of any of the following groups?

  Currently a member Previously a member Never been a member
Union 12% 31% 56%
Business/industry association 6% 9% 85%
Political party 2% 6% 91%
Professional sporting clubs (AFL, NRL, etc.) 10% 11% 79%
Local Sporting clubs 14% 22% 64%
Local community organisation (Lions, Rotary, etc) 5% 10% 85%
Active member of a Church 12% 17% 71%
School council or parents group 7% 19% 75%
Environment group 4% 7% 89%
Other voluntary organisation 14% 21% 66%

14% say they are members of local sporting clubs, 14% other voluntary groups, 12% are union members and 12% active church members. 31% are previous union members, 22% previous members of local sporting clubs and 21% were previously members of other volunteer organisations.

Currently a member Total Men Women Aged 18-34 Aged 35-54 Aged 55+
Union 12% 13% 12% 17% 14% 5%
Business/industry association 6% 9% 3% 9% 6% 2%
Political party 2% 3% 1% 3% 2% 2%
Professional sporting clubs (AFL, NRL, etc.) 10% 14% 6% 10% 11% 8%
Local Sporting clubs 14% 17% 12% 13% 14% 15%
Local community organisation (Lions, Rotary, etc) 5% 6% 5% 7% 4% 6%
Active member of a Church 12% 12% 13% 12% 11% 13%
School council or parents group 7% 6% 7% 6% 10% 2%
Environment group 4% 5% 3% 5% 5% 2%
Other voluntary organisation 14% 11% 16% 9% 13% 21%

Women were more likely to be members of volunteer organisations (16%) and church members (13%).

Men were more likely to be local sporting clubs (17%) and professional sporting clubs (14%).

Statements about joining groups

Nov 22, 2016

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

  Total agree Total dis-agree   Strongly agree Agree Dis-agree Strongly disagree Don’t know
I just don’t like joining groups 46% 44%   9% 37% 38% 6% 10%
I find it impossible to give my time to things outside of work and home 51% 43%   11% 40% 36% 7% 7%
I can’t commit to groups because if don’t work regular hours 37% 52%   8% 29% 43% 9% 10%
There are fewer people available to be part of local groups 47% 31%   8% 39% 27% 4% 23%
The decline in membership of organisations is not a positive development 64% 12%   12% 52% 11% 1% 23%
People just aren’t interested in joining things anymore 60% 21%   10% 50% 19% 2% 19%

64% agreed that the decline in membership of groups is not a positive thing and 60% agreed that people aren’t interested in joining groups.

Nearly half agreed that they don’t like joining groups and half also agreed that it was impossible to find the time.

Resettling refugees to USA

Nov 22, 2016

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the proposal to resettle refugees currently on Nauru and Manus Island to the USA?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other
Total approve 56%   49% 74% 40% 60%
Total disapprove 16%   21% 8% 27% 18%
Strongly approve 18%   17% 23% 8% 23%
Approve 38%   32% 51% 32% 37%
Disapprove 9%   12% 5% 15% 11%
Strongly disapprove 7%   9% 3% 12% 7%
Don’t know 28%   29% 18% 34% 21%

56% approve of the proposal to resettle refugees currently on Nauru and Manus Island to the USA and 16% disapprove.

74% of Liberal/National voters approve compared to 49% of Labor voters and 670% of other voters.

Greens voters were more divided with 40% approve and 27% disapprove – 34% could not give an opinion.

Federal voting intention

Nov 15, 2016

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

8/11/16

2 weeks ago

1/11/16

4 weeks ago

18/10/16

  Election  2 Jul 16
Liberal 34%   35% 36% 34%    
National 3%   3% 2% 3%    
Total Liberal/National 37%   38% 38% 37%   42.0%
Labor 37%   37% 37% 37%   34.7%
Greens 11%   10% 10% 11%   10.2%
Nick Xenophon Team 3%   3% 2% 3%    
Pauline Hanson’s One Nation 6%   6% 6% 5%    
Other/Independent 6%   6% 7% 6%   13.1%
2 party preferred              
Liberal National 47%   47% 48% 47%   50.4%
Labor 53%   53% 52% 53%   49.6%

NB. Sample = 1,786 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.

Racial discrimination laws

Nov 15, 2016

Q. Overall, do you think that laws governing racial discrimination in Australia are too strict, too weak or about right?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other
Too strict 17%   11% 22% 7% 32%
Too weak 26%   31% 21% 45% 22%
About right 40% 43% 44% 35% 36%
Don’t know 17% 15% 13% 14% 11%

40% think Australia current laws governing racial discrimination are about right, 26% think they are too weak and 17% think they are too strict.

Those most likely to think they are too weak were Greens voters (45%), Labor voters (31%) and women (31%)

Those most likely to think they are too strict were Liberal/National voters (22%), other voters (32%) and men (22%)

Racial Discrimination Act

Nov 15, 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   Sep 2016
Total approve 44%   37% 58% 26% 51%   45%
Total disapprove 33%   40% 23% 62% 31%   35%
Strongly approve 15%   11% 22% 7% 18%   16%
Approve 29%   26% 36% 19% 33%   29%
Disapprove 18%   22% 13% 26% 22%   18%
Strongly disapprove 15%   18% 10% 36% 9%   17%
Don’t know 23%   23% 19% 12% 17%   21%

44% 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 33% disapprove. 58% of Liberal/National voters approve of changing the Act while 62% of Greens voters disapproved. Labor voters were split 37% approve/40% disapprove.

These results are very similar to those when this question was asked in September.

Best leader of the Liberal Party

Nov 15, 2016

Q. Which of the following do you think would make the best leader of the Liberal Party?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other   Jun 2014 Feb 2015 Aug 2015 Sep 2015 Dec 2015 Mar 2016 Jul 2016
Malcolm Turnbull 21% 19% 36% 12% 10% 31% 24% 24% 37% 42% 39% 30%
Tony Abbott 11% 6% 19% 4% 13% 18% 11% 18% 9% 9% 9% 9%
Julie Bishop 20% 20% 20% 33% 22% 4% 21% 17% 14% 13% 12% 16%
Christopher Pyne 2% 2% 2% 5% 3% <1% <1% 1% 1% 2% 1% 3%
Scott Morrison 3% 2% 4% 1% 3% 1% 2% 3% 4% 2% 2% 3%
Someone else 18% 23% 7% 17% 36% 19% 13% 13% 10% 9% 15% 19%
Don’t know 25% 29% 12% 28% 14% 21% 24% 22% 21% 22% 21% 21%

 21% (down 9% since July) think Malcolm Turnbull would make the best leader of the Liberal Party, 20% prefer Julie Bishop (up 4%) and 11% prefer Tony Abbott (up 2%). 18% (down 1%) prefer someone else.

Among Liberal/National voters, 36% (down 14%) prefer Malcolm Turnbull, 20% (up 3%) Julie Bishop and 19% (up 6%) prefer Tony Abbott.

Preferences of men were Malcolm Turnbull 25% (-6%), Julie Bishop 19% (+2%) and Tony Abbott 13% (+4%).

Preferences of women were Julie Bishop 22% (+7%), Malcolm Turnbull 17% (-11%) and Tony Abbott 9% (+1%).

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