Foreign aid budget

Jun 2, 2015

Q. As far as you know, about how much of the Federal budget is spent on foreign aid?

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote Other

Jul 2011

Less than 1%

13%

14%

10%

31%

17%

7%

About 1%

11%

12%

12%

12%

8%

8%

About 2%

14%

14%

18%

8%

9%

17%

About 5%

10%

10%

11%

11%

14%

11%

More than 5%

9%

11%

8%

7%

16%

16%

Don’t know

43%

39%

41%

32%

35%

41%

19% (down 8% since July 2011) think Australia spends 5% or more of the Federal Budget on foreign aid – 24% (up 9%) think it is 1% or less. 43% could not give an estimate.

The majority of respondents who gave an answer over-estimated how much Australia spends on foreign aid – the actual figure for the 2014-15 budget was less than 1%.

Foreign aid spending

Jun 2, 2015

Q. And do you think Australia spends too much or too little on foreign aid?

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote Other

Spend 1% or less

Spend about 2%

Spend 5% or more

Don’t know spend

Jul 2011

Spends too much

44%

45%

50%

12%

59%

26%

45%

66%

43%

42%

Spends too little

16%

22%

7%

46%

16%

39%

16%

9%

7%

16%

Spends about the right amount

21%

17%

30%

13%

12%

26%

31%

20%

14%

21%

Don’t know

19%

16%

13%

29%

12%

9%

9%

4%

36%

21%

44% (up 2% since 2011) think Australia spends too much on foreign aid, 21% (no change) about the right amount and 16% (no change) too little.

Opinions are strongly related to perceptions of how much is spent. Those who think Australia spends a higher percentage of the budget are much more likely to think the spend is too much. Those that most accurately estimate the actual spend (around 1% or less) were more likely to think the spend was too little (39%).

Importance of foreign aid

Jun 2, 2015

Q. In your opinion, how important is it that Australia gives foreign aid to the following countries and regions?

Total

very/ somewhat important

Very important

Somewhat important

Not very important

Not at all important

Don’t know

Pacific island countries

66%

24%

42%

14%

10%

10%

Papua New Guinea

65%

24%

41%

14%

11%

10%

South East Asia countries

50%

13%

37%

23%

16%

12%

African countries

50%

13%

37%

20%

19%

11%

Indonesia

39%

10%

29%

24%

27%

11%

Middle east countries

26%

6%

20%

27%

35%

12%

About two thirds of respondents think foreign aid to the Pacific islands and Papua New Guinea is very or somewhat important.

About half think aid to South East Asia and Africa is very/somewhat important.

Aid to Indonesia and the Middle East is considered less important.

Trust most to handle the economy

May 26, 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

Mar 2015

May 2015 Pre- budget

Joe Hockey

29%

6%

65%

5%

22%

34%

26%

30%

Chris Bowen

23%

47%

7%

28%

18%

23%

25%

22%

Don’t know

47%

47%

28%

67%

61%

43%

49%

48%

29% have more trust in Joe Hockey to handle Australia’s economy and 23% have more trust in Chris Bowen. 47% don’t know who they would trust more.

These results are little changed since this question was asked in the week prior to the Federal Budget.

Federal politics – voting intention

May 26, 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 = 1,779 respondents

First preference/leaning to

Election 7 Sep 13

4 weeks ago 28/4/15

2 weeks ago 12/5/15

Last week 19/5/15

This week 26/5/15

Liberal

36%

38%

38%

38%

National

3%

3%

3%

4%

Total Liberal/National

45.6%

40%

41%

41%

41%

Labor

33.4%

39%

39%

40%

39%

Greens

8.6%

10%

11%

10%

10%

Palmer United Party

5.5%

2%

1%

1%

1%

Other/Independent

6.9%

9%

8%

8%

8%

2 Party Preferred

Election 7 Sep 13

4 weeks ago 28/4/15

2 weeks ago 12/5/15

Last week 19/5/15

This week 26/5/15

Liberal National

53.5%

47%

48%

48%

48%

Labor

46.5%

53%

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.

Approval of Joe Hockey

May 26, 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

Mar 2015

May 2015 Pre- budget

Total approve

34%

12%

72%

8%

24%

45%

35%

27%

30%

Total disapprove

44%

73%

13%

70%

52%

28%

44%

51%

48%

Strongly approve

8%

4%

18%

1%

4%

13%

11%

6%

6%

Approve

26%

8%

54%

7%

20%

32%

24%

21%

24%

Disapprove

23%

34%

11%

32%

29%

15%

20%

25%

25%

Strongly disapprove

21%

39%

2%

38%

23%

13%

24%

26%

23%

Don’t know

22%

16%

15%

22%

23%

27%

21%

22%

23%

34% approve of the job Joe Hockey is doing as Treasurer and 44% disapprove. 22% could not give an opinion.

This represents an improvement in net rating from -18 to -10 since this question was asked in the week prior to the Federal Budget. By gender – 36% (+2) of men approve and 47% (-4) disapprove; 34% (+8) of women approve and 41% (-2) disapprove.

Paid parental leave

May 26, 2015

Q. Working women currently receive taxpayer-funded paid parental leave (PPL) of $641 a week (the minimum wage) for up to 18 weeks. In the Federal Budget, the Government has proposed women who can access employer-sponsored PPL schemes will lose all or part of their taxpayer-funded PPL. Do you approve or disapprove of this proposal?

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other/ Indep- endent

Men

Women

Aged 18-34

Aged 35-54

Aged 55+

Total approve

56%

47%

73%

37%

63%

60%

52%

42%

59%

71%

Total disapprove

27%

36%

16%

40%

21%

22%

30%

38%

22%

17%

Strongly approve

25%

16%

37%

16%

35%

28%

22%

13%

27%

38%

Approve

31%

31%

36%

21%

28%

32%

30%

29%

32%

33%

Disapprove

14%

16%

10%

23%

10%

12%

15%

18%

12%

10%

Strongly disapprove

13%

20%

6%

17%

11%

10%

15%

20%

10%

7%

Don’t know

18%

17%

12%

23%

16%

17%

18%

21%

18%

13%

56% approve and 27% disapprove of the Government’s proposal that women who can access employer-sponsored paid parental leave schemes will lose all or part of their taxpayer-funded PPL.

Those most likely to approve were Liberal/National voters (73%), men (60%) and those aged 55+ (71%). Those aged under 35 were split 42% approve/38% disapprove.

Increasing US military presence in Australia

May 26, 2015

Q. Would you approve or disapprove of increasing the US military aircraft stationed in Australia to counter China’s growing military power?

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other/ Indep- endent

Total approve

42%

39%

56%

19%

44%

Total disapprove

32%

38%

19%

56%

42%

Strongly approve

12%

10%

15%

6%

16%

Approve

30%

29%

41%

13%

28%

Disapprove

19%

21%

13%

31%

23%

Strongly disapprove

13%

17%

6%

25%

19%

Don’t know

25%

23%

24%

25%

14%

42% approve and 32% disapprove of increasing the US military aircraft stationed in Australia to counter China’s growing military power. Those most likely to approve were Liberal/National voters (56%) and men (50%). 36% of women approve and 33% disapprove.
Those with university education were split 39% approve/41% disapprove.

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