Approval of Tony Abbott

Jun 10, 2015

. Do you approve or disapprove of the job Tony Abbott is doing as Prime Minister?

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote Other

 

 

June 2014

Sep 2014

Dec 2014

Mar 2015

Apr 2015

May 2015

Total approve

39%

11%

81%

6%

33%

 

 

35%

35%

32%

31%

33%

36%

Total disapprove

50%

80%

11%

85%

56%

 

 

58%

52%

55%

56%

58%

54%

Strongly approve

11%

2%

26%

1%

6%

 

 

10%

9%

8%

7%

7%

10%

Approve

28%

9%

55%

5%

27%

 

 

25%

26%

24%

24%

26%

26%

Disapprove

23%

31%

10%

31%

30%

 

 

18%

22%

22%

22%

28%

25%

Strongly disapprove

27%

49%

1%

54%

26%

 

 

40%

30%

33%

34%

30%

29%

Don’t know

12%

8%

8%

8%

11%

 

 

7%

13%

12%

12%

9%

11%

39% of respondents approve of the job Tony Abbott is doing as Prime Minister – up 3% since the last time this question was asked in May – and 50% disapprove of the job Tony Abbott is doing (down 4%). This represents a 7-point change in his net rating from -18 to -11 (his best net rating since November last year – also -11)

81% (up 3%) of Liberal/National voters approve of Tony Abbott’s performance, with 11% (down 3%) disapproving. 80% of Labor voters and 85% of Greens voters disapprove of Tony Abbott’s performance.

By gender men were 44% approve/47% disapprove and women 34% approve/52% disapprove.

Approval of Bill Shorten

Jun 10, 2015

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

 

 

June 2014

Sep 2014

Dec 2014

Mar 2015

Apr 2015

May 2015

Total approve

32%

58%

14%

33%

20%

 

 

38%

35%

35%

34%

33%

32%

Total disapprove

45%

23%

70%

38%

60%

 

 

40%

36%

39%

39%

42%

41%

Strongly approve

6%

13%

3%

2%

1%

 

 

7%

5%

7%

5%

6%

4%

Approve

26%

45%

11%

31%

19%

 

 

31%

30%

28%

29%

27%

28%

Disapprove

27%

20%

34%

34%

31%

 

 

22%

22%

23%

21%

25%

23%

Strongly disapprove

18%

3%

36%

4%

29%

 

 

18%

14%

16%

18%

17%

18%

Don’t know

22%

19%

16%

29%

19%

 

 

22%

29%

26%

27%

25%

27%

32% (no change since May) of respondents approve of the job Bill Shorten is doing as opposition leader and 45% (up 4%) disapprove – a change in his net rating from -9 to -13, his lowest since becoming leader.

58% (up 2%) of Labor voters approve of the job Bill Shorten is doing and 23% (up 2%) disapprove. 35% of men and 30% of women approve of Bill Shorten. 50% of men and 41% of women disapprove.

Better Prime Minister

Jun 10, 2015

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

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote Other

Oct 2013

Mar 2014

June 2014

Sep 2014

Dec 2014

Mar 2015

Apr 2015

May 2015

Tony Abbott

38%

9%

82%

8%

36%

41%

39%

36%

35%

31%

33%

32%

35%

Bill Shorten

33%

66%

3%

57%

22%

22%

33%

40%

36%

36%

37%

35%

32%

Don’t know

29%

25%

15%

36%

42%

37%

28%

24%

30%

33%

30%

33%

33%

38% (up 3% since May) of respondents think Tony Abbott would make the better Prime Minister and 33% (up 1%) think Bill Shorten would make the better Prime Minister. This is Tony Abbott’s best result since October last year.

43% of men prefer Tony Abbott and 32% prefer Bill Shorten – and women prefer Bill Shorten 34% to 33%.

Forms of intolerance

Jun 10, 2015

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

 

Jun 13 Total large/ moder ate

 

Mar 15 Total large/ moder ate

Racism against people from other countries

58%

22%

36%

28%

8%

5%

 

69%

 

67%

Racism against indigenous Australians

51%

20%

31%

32%

12%

5%

Sexism

44%

13%

31%

38%

11%

6%

 

52%

 

47%

Homophobia

42%

14%

28%

35%

15%

8%

 

51%

 

45%

Religious intolerance

56%

20%

36%

28%

10%

6%

 

54%

 

61%

Ageism

49%

17%

32%

31%

12%

8%

 

46%

 

45%

56% think that religious intolerance is a major/moderate problem in Australia – down 5% since March.

58% think that racism against people from other countries is a major/moderate problem in Australia – and 51% think racism against indigenous Australians is a major/moderate problem.

These figures have not changed substantially since March.

Note – “racism” has been split into racism against people from other countries and racism against indigenous Australians.

Cost of housing

Jun 10, 2015

Q. Thinking about housing prices, do you think increases in the cost of housing are good or bad for the following?

Total good

Total bad

Very good

Good

Neither good nor bad

Bad

Very bad

Don’t know

Home owners

49%

21%

13%

36%

24%

14%

7%

5%

Investors

46%

22%

14%

32%

24%

15%

7%

8%

You personally

25%

36%

7%

18%

34%

17%

19%

5%

The economy

23%

36%

2%

21%

31%

24%

12%

9%

The average Australian

13%

57%

2%

11%

25%

36%

21%

5%

First home buyers

9%

74%

2%

7%

13%

32%

42%

5%

Nearly half think that increases in the cost of housing are good for home owners (49%) and investors (46%).
74% think increases are bad for first home buyers and more than half (57%) think they are bad for the average Australian.

Respondents were divided over whether increases in housing costs are good or bad for the economy – but are somewhat more likely to think they are bad (36%) or neither (31%).

Only 25% see increases as being good for themselves personally.

Experience of forms of intolerance

Jun 10, 2015

Q. Have you personally experienced or witnessed any of the following forms of intolerance in the past 12 months?

Total

Men

Women

Aged 18-34

Aged 35-54

Aged 55+

Total Jun 13

Total Feb 14

Total Mar 15

Racism against people from other countries

28%

24%

32%

33%

28%

22%

39%

36%

33%

Racism against indigenous Australians

19%

17%

21%

24%

18%

15%

Sexism

23%

17%

30%

26%

26%

17%

29%

29%

26%

Homophobia

19%

16%

21%

24%

20%

11%

26%

24%

19%

Religious intolerance

26%

23%

30%

31%

27%

20%

29%

28%

26%

Ageism

23%

19%

26%

19%

22%

28%

24%

26%

22%

28% say they have experienced or witnessed racism against people from other countries in the past 12 months, while about one quarter have exintoperienced or witnessed sexism, ageism and religious intolerance.

Revoking citizenship from dual nationals

Jun 10, 2015

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the Government’s proposal to take away the citizenship of dual nationals who are engaged in terrorism or supporting terror groups.

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote Other

Total approve

81%

77%

93%

52%

84%

Total disapprove

9%

11%

2%

35%

10%

Strongly approve

60%

54%

74%

29%

61%

Approve

21%

23%

19%

23%

23%

Disapprove

6%

6%

1%

24%

6%

Strongly disapprove

3%

5%

1%

11%

4%

Don’t know

11%

11%

5%

13%

6%

81% support the Government’s proposal to take away the citizenship of dual nationals who are engaged in terrorism or supporting terror groups. A majority of all voter groups support and support is strongest among Liberal/National voters (93%)

Revoking citizenship from sole nationals

Jun 10, 2015

Q. And would you approve or disapprove of taking away the citizenship of sole nationals who are engaged in terrorism or supporting terror groups if they are eligible to become a citizen of another country?

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote Other

Total approve

73%

67%

90%

44%

77%

Total disapprove

13%

15%

5%

31%

15%

Strongly approve

54%

47%

71%

26%

57%

Approve

19%

20%

19%

18%

20%

Disapprove

9%

10%

4%

18%

11%

Strongly disapprove

4%

5%

1%

13%

4%

Don’t know

13%

17%

5%

26%

8%

A substantial majority of 73% also support the Government’s proposal to take away the citizenship of sole nationals who are engaged in terrorism or supporting terror groups if they are eligible to become a citizen of another country.

Support is strongest among Liberal/National voters (90%). Green voters are split but more likely to support (44% support/31% oppose/26% don’t know).

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