Action on climate change

Mar 24, 2015

Q. Which of the following actions on climate change would you most support?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

 

Sep 14

Incentives for renewable energy

45%

49%

44%

46%

57%

50%

An emissions trading scheme

14%

19%

9%

27%

5%

12%

The Government’s direct action policy

10%

9%

11%

11%

7%

10%

No action required

11%

6%

18%

2%

21%

11%

Don’t know

20%

17%

18%

15%

9%

17%

In taking action on climate change, 45% most support incentives for renewable energy, 14% most support an emissions trading scheme and 10% most support the Government‘s direct action policy – while 11% say no action is required. This represents a drop in support for incentives for renewable energy since this question was asked in September.

All groups are most likely to support incentives for renewable energy. Those more likely to support an emissions trading scheme were aged 18-24 (26%) and Greens voters (27%).

Renewable Energy Target

Mar 24, 2015

Q. The Renewable Energy Target scheme encourages investment in renewable energy by requiring electricity retail companies to purchase a certain amount of renewable energy each year. By the year 2020, at least 20% of electricity must come from renewable resources.

Do you think this target of 20% renewable energy by 2020 is too high, too low or about right?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote

other

 

Feb 14

Jul 14

Too high

8%

7%

11%

5%

9%

13%

13%

Too low

33%

43%

19%

61%

33%

25%

29%

About right

32%

29%

42%

25%

29%

39%

36%

Don’t know

27%

22%

28%

9%

29%

23%

22%

32% think the current renewable energy target is about right, 33% think it is too low and 8% think it is too high. Since this question was asked in July, those thinking it is too low increased 4 points and those thinking it is too high declined 5 points.

61% of Greens voters and 43% of Labor voters think it is too low.

State of the economy

Mar 24, 2015

Q. Overall, how would you describe the current state of the Australian economy?

 

 

Total

 

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

 

May 2012

Apr 2013

Sep 2013

Jan 2014

Apr 2014

Aug 2014

Total good

27%

28%

33%

28%

12%

35%

45%

40%

34%

38%

37%

Total poor

33%

34%

28%

33%

48%

29%

26%

25%

26%

24%

26%

Very good

3%

3%

4%

2%

-

6%

8%

6%

4%

3%

6%

Good

24%

25%

29%

26%

12%

29%

37%

34%

30%

35%

31%

Neither good nor poor

36%

35%

37%

31%

33%

33%

28%

32%

36%

34%

35%

Poor

24%

24%

23%

26%

30%

20%

17%

20%

21%

19%

18%

Very poor

9%

10%

5%

7%

18%

9%

9%

5%

5%

5%

8%

Don’t know

4%

3%

2%

7%

7%

2%

2%

3%

4%

4%

3%

27% described the economy as good or very good and 33% poor/very poor – 36% said it was neither. This represents a substantial net decline from +11 to -6 since August.

Views on the state of the economy were similar across age and voter groups. Among Labor voters 28% thought it was good and 34% poor; for Liberal/National voters 33% said it was good and 28% poor.

Approval of Joe Hockey

Mar 24, 2015

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the job Joe Hockey is doing as Treasurer? 

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other/ Indep-endent

 

Nov 2013

Aug 2014

Total approve

27%

 

7%

63%

8%

9%

45%

35%

Total disapprove

51%

 

77%

19%

75%

59%

28%

44%

Strongly approve

6%

1%

14%

3%

1%

13%

11%

Approve

21%

6%

49%

5%

8%

32%

24%

Disapprove

25%

33%

15%

33%

26%

15%

20%

Strongly disapprove

26%

44%

4%

42%

33%

13%

24%

Don’t know

22%

15%

18%

16%

32%

27%

21%

27% approve of the job Joe Hockey is doing as Treasurer and 51% disapprove. 22% could not give an opinion.

This represents a change in net rating from -9 to -24 since this question was asked in August.

 

By gender – 28% (-12) of men approve and 54% (+8) disapprove; 27% (-3) of women approve and 48% (+5) disapprove.

Trust most to handle the economy

Mar 24, 2015

Q. Who would you trust most to handle Australia’s economy – The Treasurer Joe Hockey or the Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen? 

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other/ Indep-endent

 

Aug 2014

Joe Hockey

26%

5%

62%

6%

14%

34%

Chris Bowen

25%

49%

6%

42%

10%

23%

Don’t know

49%

46%

31%

52%

76%

43%

26% have more trust in Joe Hockey to handle Australia’s economy and 25% have more trust in Chris Bowen. 49% don’t know who they would trust more.

This represents a 10-point shift in favour of Chris Bowen since this question was asked in August.

Data retention

Mar 24, 2015

Q. The Government will provide special protections for journalists from its proposed data retention scheme (which involves keeping the phone and internet records of all Australians for two years) by requiring a warrant to access journalists’ communications data in certain circumstances. Do you think a warrant should be required to access all Australians’ data, just journalists’ data or should all data be able to be accessed without a warrant? 

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other/ Indep-endent

Warrant required to access journalists’ data

10%

10%

13%

4%

7%

Warrant required to access all Australians’ data

58%

62%

50%

79%

75%

No warrant required for any data

12%

10%

18%

2%

10%

Don’t know

19%

17%

18%

15%

8%

The majority (58%) of respondents think under the proposed data retention scheme, a warrant should be required to access all Australians’ data, not just journalists’.

A majority of all voter and demographic groups think a warrant should be required to access all data.

Federal politics – voting intention

Mar 17, 2015

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?

Q. If don’t know -Well which party are you currently leaning to?

Sample size = 1,787 respondents 

First preference/leaning to

Election

7 Sep 13

 

4 weeks ago

17/2/15

2 weeks ago 3/3/15

Last week

10/3/15

This week 17/3/15

Liberal

 

36%

37%

37%

37%

National

3%

3%

3%

3%

Total Liberal/National

45.6%

39%

40%

40%

40%

Labor

33.4%

41%

41%

40%

39%

Greens

8.6%

10%

9%

9%

9%

Palmer United Party

5.5%

2%

2%

2%

2%

Other/Independent

6.9%

8%

9%

9%

9%

 

2 Party Preferred

Election

7 Sep 13

 

4 weeks ago

17/2/15

2 weeks ago 3/3/15

Last week

10/3/15

This week 17/3/15

Liberal National

53.5%

46%

47%

47%

48%

Labor

46.5%

54%

53%

53%

52%

NB. 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 2013 election.

Awareness of Intergenerational Report

Mar 17, 2015

Q. How much have you read or heard about the Government’s Intergenerational Report which was released recently? 

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote Other

A lot

5%

7%

2%

9%

5%

Some

14%

15%

16%

23%

8%

A little

25%

24%

30%

24%

25%

Nothing at all

45%

46%

42%

37%

56%

Not sure

11%

8%

10%

8%

6%

Only 19% said they had read or heard a lot/some about the Government’s Intergenerational Report.

Those most likely to have read or heard about it were Greens voters (32%), aged 55+ (26%) and those with university education (23%).

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