Government Decisions

May 30, 2017

Q. Thinking about some of the major decisions the Federal Government has made over the years, do you think the following decisions have been good for Australia or bad for Australia?

  Total good Total bad   Very good Good Neither good nor bad Bad Very bad Don’t know Total Good (Oct 2016)
Compulsory superannuation 75% 5%   39% 36% 12% 3% 2% 8% 71%
Medibank (Now Medicare) 56% 14%   26% 30% 19% 9% 5% 11% 63%
Introducing the GST 43% 24%   11% 32% 24% 14% 10% 9% 46%
Free trade agreements 41% 16%   10% 31% 27% 9% 7% 17% 38%
Floating the dollar 37% 10%   10% 27% 27% 7% 3% 25% 33%
Reducing subsidies to car manufacturing 35% 25%   10% 25% 24% 17% 8% 16% 28%
Privatising Qantas 31% 29%   6% 25% 24% 19% 10% 15% 28%
Privatising Telstra 27% 39%   6% 21% 20% 23% 16% 13% 22%
Privatising the Commonwealth Bank 26% 34%   7% 19% 24% 19% 15% 16% 24%

The least popular government initiative was privatising Telstra, which 39% thought was bad. Those most likely to think this decision was bad were South Australians (57% bad), other party/independent voters (55%) and those aged 55-64 (53%).The most popular government initiative listed was compulsory superannuation, which 75% thought was good. Those most likely to think this decision was good were those aged 65+ (86% good), Liberal/National voters (85%) and Western Australians (82%). 11% of other party/independent voters thought compulsory superannuation was bad.

The largest changes since this question was last asked in October 2016 were for Medibank/Medicare, approval for which dropped by 7%, and reducing car manufacturing subsidies, approval for which increased by 7%.

Trans Pacific Partnership

May 30, 2017

Q. It was recently announced that a number of countries, including Australia, will resume negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement without the United States, who have withdrawn from the agreement.
Do you think the TPP will be good or bad for the following:

  Total good Total bad   Very good Good Neither good nor bad Bad Very bad Don’t know Total Good (Oct 2015)
Multinational companies 48% 6%   16% 32% 19% 5% 1% 27% 57%
Mining companies 41% 8%   11% 30% 22% 6% 2% 29% 47%
Australian businesses overall 36% 16%   5% 31% 21% 11% 5% 27% 47%
Beef farmers 37% 17%   7% 30% 18% 12% 5% 29% 45%
Australia consumers 34% 18%   7% 27% 22% 12% 6% 26%
The Australian economy in general 34% 18%   6% 28% 20% 13% 5% 27% 44%
Sugar farmers 32% 18%   6% 26% 19% 13% 5% 31% 39%
Manufacturing companies 32% 20%   6% 26% 20% 12% 8% 27% 42%
Dairy farmers 31% 20%   6% 25% 20% 14% 6% 29% 42%
Australian workers 28% 23%   5% 23% 22% 14% 9% 27% 32%
Small businesses 27% 22%   4% 23% 23% 17% 5% 27% 21%

48% thought that the TPP would be good for multinational companies, and only 6% thought it would be bad. Those most likely to think it would be good were those aged 55-64 (60% good), and Liberal/National voters (56%).

For each group in the list, the proportion who thought the TPP would be good for it was greater than the proportion who thought it would be bad.

Since this question was last asked in October 2015, the percentage who thought the TPP would be good has decreased for each group in the list except for small businesses, which has increased by 6%.

Bank Levy

May 30, 2017

Q. The recent Federal Budget contained a levy on the big banks, which is forecast to raise $6.2bn from Australia’s five largest banks over the next four years, but will not apply to smaller banks or foreign banks who operate in Australia. Who do you think the bank levy should be applied to? 

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other
Large Australian banks only 12%   16% 12% 15% 8%
Large Australian banks and foreign banks operating in Australia 48%   46% 52% 50% 59%
Small and large Australian banks and foreign banks operating in Australia 16%   16% 18% 13% 17%
The levy should not apply to any bank 10%   10% 9% 10% 9%
Don’t know 14%   12% 8% 13% 8%

 

48% thought the bank levy should be extended to include foreign banks operating in Australia, but not smaller Australian banks. Those most likely to think this were those aged 65+ (59%) and other party/independent voters (59%).

Overall, 64% thought that the bank levy should apply to foreign banks operating in Australia.

Catholic Schools

May 30, 2017

Q. The Catholic school sector is opposing the proposed changes to education funding announced in the federal budget, arguing that some Catholic schools will receive less money under this model. Do you think the new funding model will leave Catholic schools worse off?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other
Yes, Catholic schools will be worse off under the new funding model 20% 27% 20% 19% 15%
No, Catholic schools will not be worse off under the new funding model 38% 31% 47% 36% 43%
Don’t know 42% 43% 33% 45% 42%

 

20% thought that Catholic school would be worse off under the proposed funding model. Those most likely to think this were those aged 18-24 (27%) and ALP voters (27%).

38% thought that Catholic schools would not be worse off under the proposed funding model. Those most likely to think this were those aged 65+ (58%) and Liberal/National voters (47%).

A plurality of 42% did not know whether Catholic schools would be worse off under the proposed new funding model.

Tax Cut or Workplace Laws

May 30, 2017

Q. Do you think you would be better off with a personal income tax cut, or strengthened workplace laws that enable you to negotiate a pay rise from your employer?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other
A personal income tax cut 52% 55% 54% 49% 55%
Stronger workplace laws that allow me to negotiate a pay rise from my employer 23% 24% 23% 31% 20%
Don’t know 25% 21% 23% 20% 25%

52% thought they would be better off with a personal income tax cut than stronger workplace laws. Those most likely to think this were those aged 45-54 (63%), those working full time (61%) and those aged 35-44 (60%).

23% thought they would be better off with stronger workplace laws than a personal income tax cut. Those most likely to think this were South Australians (31% prefer), Greens voters (31%) and Victorians (29%).

Federal voting intention

May 23, 2017

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 16/5/17 2 weeks ago 9/5/17 4 weeks ago 25/4/17   Election 2 Jul 16
Liberal 34%   34% 35% 34%    
National 3%   3% 2% 3%    
Total Liberal/National 37%   37% 37% 38%   42.0%
Labor 37%   38% 38% 37%   34.7%
Greens 10%   10% 10% 9%   10.2%
Nick Xenophon Team 3%   3% 3% 3%    
Pauline Hanson’s One Nation 6%   6% 6% 7%    
Other/Independent 6%   6% 6% 6%   13.1%
2 party preferred              
Liberal National 46%   46% 46% 47%   50.4%
Labor 54%   54% 54% 53%   49.6%

 

  1. Sample = 1,804. 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.

Attributes of the Labor Party

May 23, 2017

Q. Here is a list of things both favourable and unfavourable that have been said about various political parties. Which statements do you feel fit the Labor Party?

  Total Change   Jul 2009 April 2011 Aug 2013 Nov 2015 Mar 2016 Jun 2016 Mar 2017
Will promise to do anything to win votes 61% -2   57% 72% 65% 64% 62% 64% 63%
Looks after the interests of working people 57% -4     39% 53% 55% 50% 56% 61%
Moderate 56% -2   65% 51% 48% 56% 47% 54% 58%
Has policies that lead to a fairer Australia 51%                
Understands the problems facing Australia 51% -1   62% 40% 50% 48% 43% 49% 52%
Divided 50% +1   30% 66% 66% 58% 54% 49% 49%
Have a vision for the future 49% -3     43% 49% 42% 40% 48% 52%
Out of touch with ordinary people 47% -3   44% 61% 51% 52% 53% 46% 50%
Have good policies 45% -5       46% 42% 38% 46% 50%
Clear about what they stand for 42% -5     28% 38% 37% 35% 43% 47%
Has a good team of leaders 38% -3   60% 34% 36% 33% 30% 39% 41%
Too close to the big corporate and financial interests 35% -5     46% 31% 37% 35% 35% 40%
Trustworthy 34% -1       30% 34% 29% 33% 35%
Keeps its promises 32% -2   44% 20% 27% 29% 28% 31% 34%
Extreme 28%   25% 38% 34% 30% 35% 30% 28%

The attributes most commonly associated with the Labor party were “will promise to do anything to win votes” (61%), “looks after the interests of working people” (57%), and “moderate” (56%). Those least commonly associated were “extreme” (28%), “keeps its promises” (32%) and “trustworthy” (34%).

The biggest changes since this question was last asked in March were “have good policies”, “clear about what they stand for” and “too close to the big corporate and financial interests”, all of which dropped by 5%.

Attributes of the Liberal Party

May 23, 2017

Q. And which statements do you feel fit the Liberal Party?

  Total Change   Jul 2009 April 2011 Aug 2013 Nov 2015 Mar 2016 Jun 2016 Mar 2017
Too close to the big corporate and financial interests 69% -2     60% 60% 67% 62% 66% 71%
Will promise to do anything to win votes 69% -2   67% 65% 65% 68% 63% 65% 71%
Out of touch with ordinary people 68%   62% 54% 58% 62% 58% 63% 68%
Divided 64% -4   74% 49% 31% 56% 61% 52% 68%
Moderate 48% -1   50% 55% 48% 51% 47% 47% 49%
Have a vision for the future 48% +3     48% 51% 54% 46% 51% 45%
Clear about what they stand for 41%     44% 45% 46% 39% 46% 41%
Understands the problems facing Australia 39% -2   44% 51% 48% 46% 41% 44% 41%
Extreme 38% +2   36% 36% 39% 39% 36% 38% 36%
Have good policies 36%       38% 43% 39% 41% 36%
Has policies that lead to a fairer Australia 34%                
Has a good team of leaders 32% -1   29% 40% 36% 48% 41% 42% 33%
Looks after the interests of working people 28% -2     38% 36% 32% 31% 31% 30%
Trustworthy 25% -3       30% 29% 28% 30% 28%
Keeps its promises 25%   28% 33% 32% 25% 27% 30% 25%

 

The attributes most commonly associated with the Liberal party were “too close to the big corporate and financial interests” (69%), “will promise to do anything to win votes” (69%), and “out of touch with ordinary people” (68%). Those least commonly associated were “keeps its promises” (25%), “trustworthy” (25%) and “looks after the interests of working people” (28%).

The biggest changes since this question was last asked in March were “divided”, which dropped by 4%, “trustworthy”, which dropped by 3%, and “have a vision for the future”, which rose by 3%.

 

 

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