Gap between rich and poor

Apr 28, 2015

Q. In your view is the gap between rich and poor in Australia getting bigger or smaller?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other
Getting bigger 70% 80% 56% 86% 82%
Getting smaller 5% 4% 8% 7% 4%
Staying about the same 17% 9% 30% 5% 9%
Don’t know 8% 7% 6% 2% 5%

70% think that the gap between rich and poor in Australia is getting bigger. Only 5% think it is getting smaller and 17% think it is staying much the same.

A majority of all voter groups think it is getting bigger.

There were not major differences across income groups. 70% of those on incomes over $1,600 pw think the gap is getting bigger.

ANZAC Day

Apr 28, 2015

Q. How relevant do you think ANZAC Day is to Australia today?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other   Men Women   Aged 18-34 Aged 35-54 Aged 55+
Very relevant 62% 60% 74% 41% 64% 62% 63% 54% 66% 68%
Somewhat relevant 24% 28% 17% 33% 18% 23% 25% 34% 20% 18%
Not very relevant 7% 7% 6% 16% 10% 8% 6% 8% 6% 9%
Not at all relevant 3% 3% 2% 6% 8% 4% 3% 2% 4% 4%
Don’t know 3% 2% 1% 5% 1% 3% 3% 3% 3% 2%

62% think that ANZAC day is very relevant to Australia today.

A majority of all age groups think it is very relevant.

Those least likely to think it is very relevant were aged 18-34 (54% very relevant), university educated (49%) and Greens voters (41%).

 

 

Federal politics – voting intention

Apr 14, 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 = 1,795 respondents

First preference/leaning to Election 7 Sep 13   4 weeks ago
17/3/15
2 weeks ago 31/3/15 Last week
7/4/15
This week 14/4/15
Liberal   37% 36% 36% 37%
National 3% 4% 4% 3%
Total Liberal/National 45.6% 40% 40% 40% 41%
Labor 33.4% 39% 40% 39% 39%
Greens 8.6% 9% 10% 10% 10%
Palmer United Party 5.5% 2% 1% 2% 2%
Other/Independent 6.9% 9% 9% 9% 9%
2 Party Preferred Election 7 Sep 13   4 weeks ago
17/3/15
2 weeks ago 31/3/15 Last week
7/4/15
This week 14/4/15
Liberal National 53.5% 48% 47% 47% 48%
Labor 46.5% 52% 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. 

Approval of Tony Abbott

Apr 14, 2015

 Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the job Tony Abbott is doing as Prime Minister?

  Total   Vote Lab Vote Lib/
Nat
Vote Greens Vote Other   Sep 2013 Mar 2014 June 2014 Dec 2014 Jan 2015 Feb 2015 Mar 2015
Total approve 33% 9% 75% 4% 15%   41% 40% 35% 32% 37% 29% 31%
Total dis-
approve
58% 88% 18% 89% 76%   36% 47% 58% 55% 53% 62% 56%
Strongly approve 7% 1% 17% 1% 2% 14% 11% 10% 8% 9% 7% 7%
Approve 26% 8% 58% 3% 13% 27% 29% 25% 24% 28% 22% 24%
Dis-
approve
28% 34% 16% 31% 44% 13% 20% 18% 22% 23% 26% 22%
Strongly dis-
approve
30% 54% 2% 58% 32% 23% 27% 40% 33% 30% 36% 34%
Don’t know 9% 3% 7% 7% 9% 23% 12% 7% 12% 10% 9% 12%

58% of respondents disapprove of the job Tony Abbott is doing as Prime Minister – up 2% since the last time this question was asked in March – and 33% approve of the job Tony Abbott is doing (up 2%). This represents no change in his net rating of -25.

75% (up 3%) of Liberal/National voters approve of Tony Abbott’s performance, with 18% (down 2%) disapproving. 88% of Labor voters and 89% of Greens voters disapprove of Tony Abbott’s performance.

By gender men were 36% approve/57% disapprove and women 30% approve/59% disapprove.

Approval of Bill Shorten

Apr 14, 2015

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the job Bill Shorten is doing as Opposition Leader? 

  Total   Vote Lab Vote Lib/
Nat
Vote Greens Vote Other   Nov 2013 Mar 2014 June 2014 Dec 2014 Jan 2015 Feb 2015 Mar 2015
Total approve 33% 61% 18% 30% 9% 31% 32% 38% 35% 39% 33% 34%
Total dis-
approve
42% 18% 65% 40% 59% 27% 39% 40% 39% 33% 38% 39%
Strongly approve 6% 14% 3% 4% 5% 4% 7% 7% 7% 8% 5%
Approve 27% 47% 15% 26% 9% 26% 28% 31% 28% 32% 25% 29%
Dis-
approve
25% 17% 30% 33% 36% 17% 24% 22% 23% 19% 21% 21%
Strongly dis-
approve
17% 1% 35% 7% 23% 10% 15% 18% 16% 14% 17% 18%
Don’t know 25% 22% 18% 30% 32% 43% 29% 22% 26% 28% 29% 27%

33% (down 1% since March) of respondents approve of the job Bill Shorten is doing as opposition leader and 42% (up 3%) disapprove – for a change in net rating from -5 to -9.

61% (no change) of Labor voters approve of the job Bill Shorten is doing and 18% (no change) disapprove.

35% of men and 30% of women approve of Bill Shorten. 46% of men and 39% of women disapprove.

Better Prime Minister

Apr 14, 2015

Q. Who do you think would make the better Prime Minister out of Tony Abbott and Bill Shorten?

  Total   Vote Lab Vote Lib/
Nat
Vote Greens Vote Other   Oct 2013 Mar 2014 June 2014 Dec 2104 Jan 2015 Feb 2015 Mar 2015
Tony Abbott 32% 4% 76% 2% 19% 41% 39% 36% 31% 35% 31% 33%
Bill Shorten 35% 69% 5% 62% 23% 22% 33% 40% 36% 37% 39% 37%
Don’t know 33% 26% 19% 36% 57% 37% 28% 24% 33% 28% 30% 30%

32% (down 1% since March) of respondents think Tony Abbott would make the better Prime Minister and 35% (down 2%) think Bill Shorten would make the better Prime Minister.

36% of men prefer Tony Abbott and 36% prefer Bill Shorten – and women prefer Bill Shorten 34% to 29%.

Whether asylum seekers are genuine refugees

Apr 14, 2015

Q. As far as you know, are most asylum seekers arriving by in Australia boat genuine refugees or are most of them not genuine refugees?

 

 

Total

 

  Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other   Jan 2014
Most of them are genuine refugees 32% 37% 26% 64% 27% 30%
Most of them are not genuine refugees 43% 40% 53% 16% 50% 47%
Don’t know 25% 22% 21% 20% 24% 23%

43% of respondents believe that most asylum seekers arriving by boat are not genuine refugees – 32% believe most are genuine refugees. This is a shift toward believing they are genuine since this question was asked in January last year.

Those more likely to think most are not genuine refugees were Liberal/National voters (53%) and aged 55+ (59%). Those more likely to think most are genuine refugees were Greens voters (64%), Labor voters (37%) and those with university education (42%).

Treatment of asylum seekers

Apr 14, 2015

Q. Which of the following comes is closest to your view? 

   Total    Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other   Jan 2014
All asylum seekers arriving in Australia by boat should be sent back to the country they came from even if they are genuine refugees 21% 21% 27% 4% 16% 26%
Asylum seekers arriving by boat should be allowed to stay in Australia if they are found to be genuine refugees 49% 56% 43% 72% 42% 46%
Asylum seekers arriving by boat should not be allowed to stay in Australia but be resettled in another country if they are found to be genuine refugees 16% 12% 20% 8% 21% 15%
All asylum seekers arriving in Australia by boat should be allowed to stay in Australia whether they are genuine refugees or not 3% 3% 3% 6% 9% 3%
Don’t know 11% 8% 7% 11% 11% 10%

49% (up 3% since January 2014) think that asylum seekers arriving by boat should be allowed to stay in Australia if they are found to be genuine refugees and 21% (down 5%) think all asylum seekers arriving in Australia by boat should be sent back to the country they came from even if they are genuine refugees. Only 16% think asylum seekers arriving by boat should not be allowed to stay in Australia but be resettled in another country if they are found to be genuine refugees.

Those more likely to think they should be sent back to the country they came from were Liberal/National voters (27%) and aged 55+ (25%).

Those more likely to think they should be allowed to stay in Australia if they are found to be genuine refugees were Greens voters (72%), Labor voters (56%) and those with university education (56%).

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