Australia’s future energy supply

Nov 27, 2017

Q. Thinking about Australia’s future energy supply, which of the following statements best describes what you think the Federal Government should do?

  Total

 

  Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other
Provide incentives and subsidies to speed up the transition from fossil fuels to renewables 49%   59% 44% 69% 46%
Let the market and consumers determine speed of transition from fossil fuels to renewables 16%   12% 24% 9% 18%
Take action to slow down the transition from fossil fuels to renewables 12%   8% 12% 6% 23%
Don’t know 22%   21% 20% 16% 13%

 

49% support proving incentives to speed transition to renewables, 16% think the market should determine speed of transition and 12% think transition to renewables should be slowed.

 

Those most supportive of incentives and subsidies were Labor voters (59%), Greens voters (69%) and university educated (60%).

Royal Commission into banking

Nov 27, 2017

Q. Would you support or oppose holding a Royal Commission into the banking and financial services industry?

  Total

 

  Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other   April 2016 Aug 2016 Feb 2017
Total support 64%   72% 62% 62% 71%   59% 64% 64%
Total oppose 12%   9% 20% 3% 11%   15% 13% 16%
Strongly support 24%   33% 15% 30% 30%   27% 28% 33%
Support 40%   39% 47% 32% 41%   32% 36% 31%
Oppose 9%   8% 16% 2% 5%   11% 9% 11%
Strongly oppose 3%   1% 4% 1% 6%   4% 4% 5%
Don’t know 24%   20% 18% 35% 18%   25% 23% 21%

 

There was majority support for holding a Royal Commission into the banking and financial services sector – 64% supported a Royal Commission and 12% opposed.  This is similar to polls over the last 2 years.

 

A majority of all voter groups supported a Royal Commission. Those most likely to support a Royal Commission into the banking and financial services sector were Labor voters (72%), other voters (71%) and university educated (70%).

Same-sex marriage legislation

Nov 27, 2017

Q. Do you think the same-sex marriage legislation should include religious protections or should the Government pass the legislation allowing same-sex marriage and address the issue of religious protections in a separate process?

  Total

 

  Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other
Same-sex marriage legislation should include religious protections 32%   27% 39% 16% 45%
Religious protections should be addressed in a separate process 47%   52% 46% 64% 38%
Don’t know 21%   21% 15% 21% 17%

 

32% think that same-sex marriage legislation should include religious protections and 47% think that religious protections should be addressed in a separate process.

There were no significant differences by age or sex. Liberal/National voters were a little more likely (39%) to support including religious protections in the same-sex marriage legislation while 64% of Greens voters thought it should be addressed in a separate process.

State of the economy

Nov 27, 2017

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

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other   Dec 2016 May 2017
Total Good 33%   30% 46% 37% 18%   23% 30%
Total Poor 24%   25% 15% 24% 42%   36% 29%
Very good 3%   3% 4% 4% 2%   2% 3%
Good 30%   27% 42% 33% 16%   21% 27%
Neither good nor poor 38%   42% 36% 32% 37%   37% 36%
Poor 17%   19% 10% 17% 26%   28% 23%
Very poor 7%   6% 5% 7% 16%   8% 6%
Don’t know 5%   3% 2% 7% 2%   4% 5%

Overall, 33% thought that the state of the economy was good (up 3% from May). 24% thought it was bad (down 5%).

46% of Liberal/National voters thought the state of the economy was good, compared to 30% of Labor voters and 18% of other/independent voters.

Direction of the economy

Nov 27, 2017

Q. From what you have read and heard, do you think the Australian economy is heading in the right direction or the wrong direction? 

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other   Dec 2016 May 2017
The right direction 31%   26% 52% 25% 17%   26% 29%
The wrong direction 39%   41% 29% 44% 60%   45% 41%
Don’t know 30%   33% 19% 31% 23%   29% 30%


Overall, 31% thought that the economy is heading in the right direction (up 2% from May), and 39% thought it was heading in the wrong direction (down 2%).

Liberal/National voters were more likely to think the economy is heading in the right direction (52%) than Labor (26%), Greens (25%) and independent/other voters (17%).

Men were more likely to think that the economy was heading in the right direction (35%) than women (28%).

Federal voting intention

Nov 20, 2017

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 14/11/17 2 weeks ago 7/11/17 4 weeks ago 24/10/17   Election  2 Jul 16
Liberal 32%   33% 34% 34%    
National 3%   3% 3% 3%    
Total Liberal/National 35%   36% 37% 37%   42.0%
Labor 38%   38% 37% 36%   34.7%
Greens 9%   9% 10% 9%   10.2%
Nick Xenophon Team 3%   3% 2% 3%    
Pauline Hanson’s One Nation 8%   8% 8% 8%    
Other/Independent 7%   7% 6% 7%   13.1%
2 party preferred              
Liberal National 46%   46% 47% 48%   50.4%
Labor 54%   54% 53% 52%   49.6%

 

  1. Sample = 1,803. 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.

Protections for religious freedoms

Nov 20, 2017

Q. If the Parliament passes legislation to allow same-sex marriage, do you think that the legislation needs to include more protections for religious freedoms or do you think current laws already provide enough protections for religious freedoms?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other
Needs to include more protection for religious freedoms 37%   31% 48% 17% 42%
Current laws provide enough protections for religious freedoms 42%   50% 39% 57% 44%
Don’t know 21%   19% 13% 25% 14%

 

 

37% think that same-sex marriage legislation needs to include more protections for religious freedoms and 42% think current laws provide enough protection.

Those most likely to think that same-sex marriage legislation should include more protections were Liberal/National voters (48%) and aged 65+ (55%).

Those most likely to think that current laws provide enough protection were Labor voters (50%), Greens voters (57%) and university educated (50%).

 

Same-sex marriage legislation

Nov 20, 2017

Q. Would you support or oppose the same-sex marriage legislation including each of the following –

  Total support Total oppose   Strongly support Support Oppose Strongly oppose Don’t know
Allow ministers of religion and celebrants to refuse to officiate same-sex weddings if they believe in the traditional definition of marriage 63% 27%   32% 31% 13% 14% 10%
Allow service providers to refuse to supply services to same-sex weddings (e.g. venue hire, wedding cakes) 43% 48%   23% 20% 22% 26% 9%
Allow people who believe they have been victimised on the basis of their marriage beliefs be able to seek court orders, injunctions and damages for loss suffered 41% 41%   17% 24% 20% 21% 19%
Allow parents to have their children removed from classes which don’t reflect their views on marriage 42% 44%   22% 20% 22% 22% 15%

 

A solid majority (63%) support allowing ministers of religion and celebrants to refuse to officiate same-sex weddings.

However, they were fairly evenly split on the other three issues.

Men were somewhat more likely to support these measures than women. On allowing service providers to refuse to supply services, men were 49% support/42% oppose while women were 37% support/53% oppose.

 

 

Total support Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other
Allow ministers of religion and celebrants to refuse to officiate same-sex weddings if they believe in the traditional definition of marriage 63%   56% 74% 53% 75%
Allow service providers to refuse to supply services to same-sex weddings (e.g. venue hire, wedding cakes) 43%   36% 54% 21% 50%
Allow people who believe they have been victimised on the basis of their marriage beliefs be able to seek court orders, injunctions and damages for loss suffered 41%   46% 40% 53% 33%
Allow parents to have their children removed from classes which don’t reflect their views on marriage 42%   33% 52% 24% 55%

 

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