Voluntary euthanasia

Dec 6, 2016

Q. When a person has a disease that cannot be cured and is living in severe pain, do you think doctors should or should not be allowed by law to assist the patient to commit suicide if the patient requests it?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other   Sep 2010 Nov 2013 Oct 2014 May 2015 Sep 2016
Should be allowed 69%   75% 66% 86% 68%   69% 68% 66% 72% 68%
Should not be allowed 14%   12% 18% 5% 16%   14% 19% 14% 12% 13%
Don’t know 18%   13% 16% 9% 16%   17% 13% 20% 16% 19%

69% of respondents think that that doctors should be allowed by law to assist a patient commit suicide – similar to results over the last 6 years.  14% think it should not be allowed.

86% of Green voters, 75% of Labor and 66% of Liberal/National voters agreed that doctors should be allowed by law to assist a patient to commit suicide.

70% of women, 68% of men and 74% of those aged 45-64 support voluntary euthanasia.

Gonski education funding

Dec 6, 2016

Q. The Federal Government is proposing to end Gonski needs-based funding after 2017 and introduce a new funding system which would leave schools $3.8 billion worse off in 2018 and 2019 alone.  Do you approve or disapprove of this decision?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other
Total approve 18%   11% 33% 11% 15%
Total disapprove 54%   73% 35% 70% 60%
Strongly approve 7%   6% 11% 3% 6%
Approve 11%   5% 22% 8% 9%
Disapprove 23%   25% 23% 28% 23%
Strongly disapprove 31%   48% 12% 42% 37%
Don’t know 28%   16% 33% 20% 26%

54% disapprove of replacing the Gonski need-based funding after 2017 and 18% approve. Liberal/National voters were split (33% approve/35% disapprove) while 73% of Labor voters and 70% of Greens voters disapprove.

59% of women and 50% of men disapprove. 59% of those aged 45-64 disapprove.

Climate change

Dec 6, 2016

Q. Do you believe that there is fairly conclusive evidence that climate change is happening and caused by human activity or do you believe that the evidence is still not in and we may just be witnessing a normal fluctuation in the earth’s climate which happens from time to time?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other   Nov 2009 Dec 2010 Jun 2011 Oct 2012 Oct 2013 Dec 2014 Nov 2015 Aug 2016
Climate change is happening and is caused by human activity 54%   70% 39% 82% 47%   53% 45% 50% 48% 52% 57% 56% 57%
We are just witnessing a normal fluctuation in the earth’s climate 27%   18% 40% 7% 40%   34% 36% 39% 39% 36% 29% 32% 26%
Don’t know 18%   12% 20% 12% 13%   13% 19% 12% 13% 12% 14% 12% 17%

54% (down 3% since August) agree that climate change is happening and is caused by human activity and 27% (up 1%) believe that we may just be witnessing a normal fluctuation in the earth’s climate.

By age groups, those aged under 35 split 60%/19% and those aged 55+ split 47%/42%. People with higher education were more likely to think climate change is happening and is caused by human activity – those with university degrees split 61%/22%.

Doing enough to address climate change

Dec 6, 2016

Q. As far as you know, do you think Australia is doing enough, not enough or too much to address climate change?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other   Climate change is happening   Aug 2015 Mar 2016 Aug 2016
Doing enough 22%   16% 35% 4% 26%   15%   24% 21% 22%
Not doing enough 49%   62% 30% 88% 45%   76%   53% 57% 52%
Doing too much 11%   8% 16% 2% 17%   2%   7% 8% 8%
Don’t know 18%   14% 19% 6% 12%   7%   16% 13% 18%

49% (down 3% since August) think Australia is not doing enough to address climate change and 22% (no change) think Australia is doing enough.

Those most likely to think Australia is not doing enough were aged 18-34 (54%) and university educated (54%).

Of those who believe climate change is happening, 76% think Australia is not doing enough.

After death

Dec 6, 2016

Q. Where do you believe you go after you die?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other
Nowhere 32%   32% 32% 40% 31%
To an afterlife 27%   30% 30% 11% 30%
You are reincarnated 9%   10% 8% 11% 11%
Somewhere else 7%   6% 8% 11% 10%
Don’t know 25%   22% 23% 28% 19%

27% think people go to an afterlife when they die, 9% think they are reincarnated and 7% think they go somewhere else. 32% think they go nowhere and 25% don’t know.

There were no major differences by voting intention except for Greens voters who were less likely to believe in an afterlife (11%) and more likely to think people go nowhere (40%).

38% of men think people go nowhere compared to 26% of women.

34% of those aged 35-54 believe in an afterlife and 40% of those aged 55+ think people go nowhere.

Abuse and violence

Dec 6, 2016

Q. Do you think the following types of abuse and violence have increased or decreased in Australia over the last few years?

  Increased Decreased No change Don’t know
Racial abuse or violence 52% 12% 27% 9%
Homophobic abuse or violence 33% 29% 25% 13%
Abuse or violence of people because of their religion 59% 9% 21% 10%

59% think that religious abuse/violence in Australia has increased and 52% think racial abuse/violence has increased. Opinion was more divided over homophobic abuse/violence – 33% think it has increased and 29% decreased.

The main differences were between Labor and Liberal/National voters.

64% of Labor voters and 45% of LNP voters think racial abuse/violence has increased.

41% of Labor voters and 28% of LNP voters think homophobic abuse/violence has increased.

68% of Labor voters and 50% of LNP voters think religious abuse/violence has increased.

Federal voting intention

Nov 29, 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

22/11/16

2 weeks ago

15/11/16

4 weeks ago

1/11/16

  Election 2 Jul 16
Liberal 36%   36% 34% 36%    
National 3%   3% 3% 2%    
Total Liberal/National 39%   38% 37% 38%   42.0%
Labor 36%   37% 37% 37%   34.7%
Greens 9%   10% 11% 10%   10.2%
Nick Xenophon Team 3%   3% 3% 2%    
Pauline Hanson’s One Nation 7%   6% 6% 6%    
Other/Independent 6%   6% 6% 7%   13.1%
2 party preferred              
Liberal National 49%   48% 47% 48%   50.4%
Labor 51%   52% 53% 52%   49.6%

 

  1. Sample = 1,842 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.

Social Class

Nov 29, 2016

Q. Do you believe social classes still exist in Australia? 

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other   Income under $1,000pw Income $1,000 – $1,500pw Income $1,500 – $2,000pw Income $2,000+   Aug 2014 May 2016
Yes 79% 86% 75% 87% 81% 75% 81% 79% 84% 79% 81%
No 10% 5% 16% 7% 7% 10% 10% 8% 10% 7% 8%
Don’t know 12% 9% 9% 6% 12% 15% 9% 13% 6% 14% 11%

79% agreed that social class still exists in Australia – only 10% disagreed. These results are very similar to those of 2014 and earlier this year.

87% of Greens voters think that social class still exists compared to 75% of Liberal/National voters.

82% of those aged 45+ think that social class still exists compared to 75% of those aged under 45.

Those earning $2,000+ pw (84%) were a little more likely to think social class exists than those earning less than $1,000 pw (75%).

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