Approve of Lindsay Tanner, Finance Minister

Feb 15, 2010

Q Do you approve or disapprove of the job Lindsay Tanner is doing as Finance Minister?

  %
Total approve 31%
Total disapprove 24%
Net rating +7%
Strongly approve 5%
Approve 26%
Disapprove 18%
Strongly disapprove 6%
Don’t know 45%

31% approve of the job Lindsay Tanner is doing as Finance Minister, 24% disapprove and 45% don’t know.

Results followed party lines – Labor voters were more likely to approve (56%), while Coalition voters were more likely to disapprove (49%).  43% of Green voters approve of the job Tanner is doing as Finance Minister.  

Males were more likely to approve of the job Tanner is doing (39%), while females were more likely to indicate they don’t know (55%). 

 People aged 55 years and over were more likely that those in other age groups to disapprove (36%).  Comments »

Approval of Barnaby Joyce, Opposition Shadow Finance Minister

Feb 15, 2010

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the job Barnaby Joyce is doing as opposition shadow Finance Minister?

  %
Total approve 25%
Total disapprove 36%
Net rating -11%
Strongly approve 4%
Approve 21%
Disapprove 22%
Strongly disapprove 14%
Don’t know 39%

 One quarter (25%) of those surveyed approve of the job Barnaby Joyce is doing as opposition shadow Finance Minister, 36% disapprove and 39% don’t know.

 Results followed party lines – Coalition voters were more likely to approve of the job Joyce is doing (47%), while Labor voters were more likely to disapprove (53%).  

 56% of Green voters and 23% of Coalition voters disapprove of the job Joyce is doing as opposition shadow Finance Minister.

 Males were more likely to disapprove of the job Joyce is doing (43%), while females were more likely to indicate they don’t know (47%). Comments »

Better Prime Minister

Feb 15, 2010

Q. Who do you think would make the better Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd or Julia Gillard?

  Total Male Female Labor Coalition Greens
Kevin Rudd 45% 50% 40% 69% 31% 39%
Julia Gillard 26% 23% 29% 22% 27% 42%
Don’t know  29% 27% 31% 9% 41% 19%

When it comes to who people think would make a better Prime Minister – 45% support Kevin Rudd, 26% support Julia Gillard and 29% don’t know.

Labor voters were more likely to support Rudd (69%), Green voters were more likely to support Gillard (42%) and Coalition voters were more likely to indicate they don’t know who would make a better Prime Minister (41%).

Males were more likely to think Rudd would make a better Prime Minister (50%), while females were more likely to prefer Gillard (29%).

In terms of age differences, support was strongest for Rudd amongst the 18 – 24 year olds (55%). Rudd’s support decreases as age increases with 40% of people aged 55 years and over favouring Rudd as Prime Minister.   Comments »

Federal takeover of hospitals from the State Government

Feb 15, 2010

Q. Would you support or oppose the Federal Government taking over the responsibility for hospitals from the State Governments?

  %
Total support 58%
Total oppose   10%
Strongly support 26%
Support 32%
Neither support nor oppose 19%
Oppose 7%
Strongly oppose 3%
Don’t know 13%

 Over half (58%) of those surveyed support the Federal Government taking over responsibility for hospitals from the State Governments, 10% disapprove, 19% neither support nor oppose and 13% don’t know. 

 People aged 55 years and over were more likely that those in other age groups to support a Federal Government takeover of hospitals (79%).

 People in NSW were more likely than those in any other states to support a hospitals takeover (67%), while people in Western Australia (18%) and South Australia (17%) were more likely to oppose such a move. 

 Males were more likely than females to support a hospital takeover by the Federal Government (65% v 52%). 

 Support for a Federal Government takeover of hospitals from the State Government was highest amongst Labor voters (70%), followed by Coalition voters (63%) and then Green voters (54%). Comments »

Australia’s population

Feb 15, 2010

Q. It has been estimated that Australia will have a population of 36 million by 2050. Do you think this will be good or bad for Australia?

 

 

%

Total good

24%

Total bad

48%

Very good

5%

Good

19%

Neither good nor bad

23%

Bad

30%

Very bad

18%

Don’t know

5%

 

 

24% of people surveyed think that Australia’s population increasing to 36 million by 2050 will be good for Australia, 48% think it will be bad for Australia, 23% think it is neither good nor bad and 5% don’t know.

 

Labor voters were more likely than Coalition and Green voters to think it is a good thing (32% Labor v 24% Coalition, 17% Green). 

 

People aged 55 years and over were more likely to think it is a bad thing (51%), while people aged 18 – 24 were more likely to think it is a good thing (34%).

 

Males were more likely than females to think it is a good thing (29% v 20%). Comments »

Federal politics – voting intention

Feb 8, 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?  

*1868 sample size Comments »

Liberal Party climate change policy

Feb 8, 2010

Q. Do you approve or disapprove the Liberal Party’s new policy on addressing climate change announced by Tony Abbott this week?

  %
Total approve 34%
Total disapprove 29%
Strongly approve 9%
Approve 25%
Disapprove 17%
Strongly disapprove 12%
Don’t know 37%

 34% of people approve of the Liberal Party’s new policy on addressing climate change, 29% disapprove and 37% don’t know.

 Coalition voters were more likely to approve the Liberal Party’s policy to address climate change (68%), while Labor and Green voters were more likely to disapprove (51% Labor, 47% Green).

 Males were more likely to approve of the Coalitions’ policy (44%), while females were more likely to indicate they don’t know (49%).  Comments »

Party with best climate change policy

Feb 8, 2010

Q. Which party do you think has the best policy for addressing climate change?

  %   7 December 2009* %
The Liberals 25%   Tony Abbott and the Coalition 27%
Labor 19%   Kevin Rudd and Labor 24%
The Greens 17%   Bob Brown and Greens 17%
Don’t know 39%   Don’t know 32%

 Most people (39%) don’t know which party has the best policy for addressing climate change.   One quarter (25%) think the Liberal Party has the best policy, 19% think Labor does and 17% think the Greens have the best policy for addressing climate change.

 Results followed party lines – Coalition voters were more likely to think the Liberal Party has the best policy (58%), Labor voters were more likely to think Labor (44%), and Green voters were more likely to think the Greens have the best policy for addressing climate change (78%).

 Males were more likely to think that the Liberal Party has the best policy (32%), while females were more likely to indicate that they don’t know which party has the best policy for addressing climate change (48%). 

 People aged 55 years and over were more likely to favour the Liberal Party’s policy when it comes to addressing climate change policy (37%), while people aged 25 – 34 were more likely to favour Labor (22%). 

 In December 2009, Essential Research put a similar question to the Australian public asking people to indicate whose position on the ETS and addressing climate change they most agree with.  The results obtained this week are reasonably similar to those obtained previously for both the Liberal Party and the Greens.  However the most notable difference is the result for Labor, with a 5% decrease since December.  Comments »

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