Funding retirement

Jun 30, 2015

Q. How will you mainly fund your retirement – or if you are already retired, how are you currently mainly funding your retirement?

Total

Men

Women

Aged 18-34

Aged 35-54

Aged 55+

My superannuation

46%

54%

39%

58%

45%

35%

My partner’s superannuation

5%

2%

8%

3%

7%

4%

My savings and investments

16%

17%

15%

23%

17%

7%

My partner’s savings and investments

2%

1%

3%

3%

1%

1%

Government Pension

26%

22%

31%

8%

25%

50%

Other

4%

5%

4%

6%

5%

3%

46% say they will mainly fund (or are funding) their retirement through their superannuation and 26% mainly through the Government pension. 50% of those aged 55+ will rely mainly on the Government pension compared to only 8% of those aged 18-34.

Women are more likely to rely on the Government pension (31%) and less likely to rely on their superannuation (39%). 54% of men will mainly rely on their superannuation. 11% of women say they will rely on their partner’s super or investments.

Best place to invest

Jun 30, 2015

Q. Where do you think is the best place to invest your money?

Total

Men

Women

Aged 18-34

Aged 35-54

Aged 55+

The housing market

29%

29%

30%

34%

33%

18%

Australian share market

15%

18%

11%

12%

14%

18%

Specific companies or businesses

3%

4%

1%

5%

1%

3%

Other investments like art and antiques

*

*

*

*

1%

Investment funds

9%

12%

7%

7%

8%

14%

Leave it in the bank

16%

14%

17%

14%

13%

21%

Not sure

28%

22%

35%

28%

30%

27%

29% think that the housing market is the best place to invest and 16% think it better to leave it in the bank.

35% of women are not sure of the best place to invest.

Retirement expectations

Jun 30, 2015

Q. Do you think that you will have adequate income from your superannuation and investments to live a comfortable lifestyle when you choose to stop working?

Total

Men

Women

Aged 18-34

Aged 35-54

Aged 55+

Yes – definitely

8%

10%

6%

11%

5%

12%

Yes – probably

31%

37%

26%

36%

30%

24%

No – probably not

34%

33%

35%

28%

37%

38%

No – definitely not

15%

10%

20%

10%

17%

20%

Not sure

12%

10%

14%

14%

12%

7%

Based on those working full-time, self-employed or part-time

39% of respondents currently working think they will have adequate income for the retirement and 49% think they will not.

47% of men think they will have adequate income compared to 32% of women. 55% of women think they will not have enough income compared to 43% of men.

47% of those aged 18-34 think they will have enough compared to 35% of those aged 35-54.

Occupation by voting intention

Jun 30, 2015

Q. Which of the following best describes your occupation?

First preference/leaning to

Total

Profess- ional

Manager

Admin or sales

Trades

 

Home duties

Retired

Not working

Student

Labor

39%

39%

27%

36%

42%

 

45%

43%

33%

48%

Liberal/National

41%

41%

48%

50%

39%

 

42%

41%

28%

21%

Greens

11%

11%

15%

9%

4%

 

3%

6%

13%

25%

Other/Independent

9%

9%

11%

6%

15%

 

11%

9%

26%

6%

Those more likely to vote Labor were home duties (45%) and students (48%).
Those more likely to vote Liberal/National were managers (48%), admin/sales (50%) and semi/unskilled workers (46%).

Federal politics – voting intention

Jun 23, 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 = 1,813 respondents

First preference/leaning to

Election 7 Sep 13

4 weeks ago 26/5/15

2 weeks ago 9/6/15

Last week 16/6/15

This week 23/6/15

Liberal

38%

38%

39%

38%

National

4%

3%

3%

3%

Total Liberal/National

45.6%

41%

41%

42%

41%

Labor

33.4%

39%

40%

39%

39%

Greens

8.6%

10%

9%

10%

10%

Palmer United Party

5.5%

1%

1%

1%

1%

Other/Independent

6.9%

8%

9%

8%

8%

2 Party Preferred

Election 7 Sep 13

4 weeks ago 26/5/15

2 weeks ago 9/6/15

Last week 16/6/15

This week 23/6/15

Liberal National

53.5%

48%

48%

48%

48%

Labor

46.5%

52%

52%

52%

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.

Paying people smugglers

Jun 23, 2015

Q. It has been reported that the Australian Government has paid “people smugglers” to return asylum seekers to Indonesia. Do you approve or disapprove of the Australian Government paying “people smugglers” to take asylum seekers back to Indonesia?

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Total approve

29%

18%

48%

14%

25%

Total disapprove

56%

74%

33%

80%

61%

Strongly approve

12%

8%

21%

5%

10%

Approve

17%

10%

27%

9%

15%

Disapprove

20%

21%

20%

14%

28%

Strongly disapprove

36%

53%

13%

66%

33%

Don’t know

15%

8%

19%

6%

13%

29% approve of the Australian Government paying “people smugglers” to take asylum seekers back to Indonesia and 56% disapprove.

A large majority of Labor voters (74%) and Greens voters (80%) disapprove while about half (48%) of Liberal/National voters approve. There were no significant differences across demographic groups except gender where 34% of men approve compared to 25% of women.

Trust in media

Jun 23, 2015

Q. How much trust do you have in what you read or hear in the following media?

Total a lot /some trust

A lot of trust

Some trust

Not much trust

No trust at all

Don’t know

Don’t use

 

Total a lot /some Jul 11

Total a lot /some Jun 12

Total a lot /some Jan 13

Total a lot /some Nov 14

ABC TV news and current affairs

63%

21%

42%

17%

8%

3%

9%

 

71%

74%

73%

69%

SBS TV news and current affairs

61%

15%

46%

19%

5%

3%

12%

66%

ABC radio news and current affairs

58%

18%

40%

18%

8%

3%

13%

 

67%

69%

70%

62%

News and opinion in local newspapers

50%

6%

44%

29%

11%

3%

8%

 

54%

56%

55%

53%

ABC radio talkback programs

46%

9%

37%

25%

11%

3%

16%

 

47%

50%

49%

48%

Commercial TV news and current affairs

46%

7%

39%

31%

15%

3%

5%

 

48%

46%

44%

48%

News and opinion in daily newspapers

45%

5%

40%

31%

13%

3%

8%

 

53%

52%

48%

50%

Commercial radio news and current affairs

44%

5%

39%

29%

14%

3%

10%

 

46%

45%

46%

45%

News and opinion websites

39%

4%

35%

36%

11%

3%

10%

 

41%

40%

40%

42%

Commercial radio talkback programs

34%

5%

29%

29%

22%

3%

13%

 

33%

33%

32%

33%

Internet blogs

20%

2%

18%

39%

21%

4%

15%

 

20%

20%

23%

22%

Overall, trust in media has fallen a little since this question was asked last year – however rankings remain much the same.

The most trusted media were ABC TV news and current affairs (63% a lot/some trust), SBS TV news and current affairs (61%) and ABC radio news and current affairs (58%).

The least trusted were internet blogs (20%) and commercial radio talkback programs (34%).

Same sex marriage

Jun 23, 2015

Q. Do you think people of the same sex should or should not be allowed to marry?

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

 

Jul 2011

Sep 2012

Oct 2013

Jun 2014

Dec 2014

Feb 2015

Jun 2015

Should be allowed to marry

59%

73%

42%

88%

37%

 

54%

55%

57%

60%

55%

59%

59%

Should not be allowed to marry

28%

17%

41%

5%

55%

 

35%

36%

31%

28%

32%

28%

30%

Don’t know

14%

10%

17%

7%

8%

 

11%

9%

12%

12%

14%

13%

11%

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Total

Men

Women

Aged 18-34

Aged 35-54

Aged 55+

Should be allowed to marry

59%

56%

61%

70%

59%

44%

Should not be allowed to marry

28%

31%

24%

17%

27%

41%

Don’t know

14%

13%

15%

13%

14%

15%

59% agreed that people of the same sex should be allowed to marry and 28% think they should not. This represents little change since this question was previously asked in February and early June.

Support for same sex marriage is 56% among men and 61% among women. 70% of under 35’s support same sex marriage – while those aged 65+ split 31% in favour/53% against.

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