Government performance

Aug 15, 2017

 Q. How would you rate the performance of the Turnbull Coalition Government in their handling of the following issues?

  Total good Total poor   Very good Good Average Poor Very poor Don’t know
Protecting Australia from terrorism 46% 16%   13% 33% 32% 7% 9% 5%
Managing the economy 30% 27%   7% 23% 38% 13% 14% 5%
Treatment of asylum seekers 30% 32%   11% 19% 33% 13% 19% 6%
Reducing the budget deficit 24% 34%   5% 19% 36% 18% 16% 6%
Funding health services and hospitals 22% 40%   4% 18% 33% 22% 18% 5%
Funding schools 21% 34%   4% 17% 37% 20% 14% 7%
Funding universities 20% 40%   5% 15% 32% 21% 19% 8%
Protecting the natural environment 19% 39%   5% 14% 36% 21% 18% 7%
Addressing climate change 19% 40%   6% 13% 35% 19% 21% 7%
A fair tax system 19% 38%   4% 15% 36% 19% 19% 6%
Implementing the NBN 18% 46%   3% 15% 31% 22% 24% 5%
Ensuring reliable and affordable energy 17% 51%   4% 13% 27% 22% 29% 5%

Overall, respondents think the Government is doing a poor job of handling key issues. On all items but two, respondents were more likely to think the Government’s handling of issues was poor.

The only positive issues were protecting Australia from terrorism (46% good/16% poor) and managing the economy (30% good/27% poor).

They believed the Government was doing a particularly poor job of ensuring reliable and affordable energy (17% good/51% poor) and implementing the NBN (18% good/46% poor).

Only 19% think the Government is doing a good job of handling a fair tax system (38% poor).

View of Federal Government

Aug 15, 2017

Q. Which of the following statement best describe your view of the Federal Government?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other
I don’t like their policies or the decisions they have been making 41%   64% 10% 69% 54%
I like their policies and am satisfied with the progress they are making 15%   8% 31% 9% 2%
I like their policies but they are not making enough progress in implementing them 28%   16% 49% 11% 31%
Don’t know 16%   13% 11% 11% 13%

Respondents were divided strongly according to party preferences on the Government’s policies. 41% said they don’t like the Government’s policies while 43% like their policies. However, for those who like their policies a majority (28%) believed they were not making enough progress in implementing them and while only 15% were satisfied with the progress they are making.

Among Liberal/National voters about half (49%) liked their policies but were dissatisfied with the progress they are making.

Income tax rate

Aug 15, 2017

Q. Australia’s current top income tax rate is 47% on earnings over $180,000. Do you think this rate is too high, too low or about right?

  Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other   Income less than $600 pw Income $600-$1,000pw Income $1,000-$1,500 pw Income $1,500- $2,000 pw Income $2,000+ pw
Too high 33% 32% 38% 24% 29% 21% 26% 36% 36% 46%
Too low 12% 14% 12% 9% 20% 11% 13% 14% 13% 12%
About right 39% 40% 41% 48% 37% 44% 45% 33% 43% 35%
Don’t know 16% 14% 9% 18% 15% 25% 16% 17% 7% 7%

 

33% think that the top income rate is too high, 12% think it is too low and 39% think it is about right.

 

38% of Liberal/National voters think it is too high while 40% of Labor voters and 48% of Greens voters think it is about right.

 

Opinions were related to personal income. Those on higher incomes were more likely to think the tax rate is too high – although even those on $2,000+ pw were divided (46% too high and 47% too low or about right).

Same-sex marriage vote

Aug 15, 2017

Q. The Coalition Government has decided to make a second attempt to hold a plebiscite on same-sex marriage. If it does not pass the Senate, they will hold a voluntary postal vote (which does not need legislation). Do you approve or disapprove of this approach to resolving the issue of same-sex marriage?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other   Men Women Aged 18-34 Aged 35-54 Aged 55+
Total approve 39%   31% 49% 25% 37%   41% 37% 43% 38% 35%
Total disapprove 47%   55% 37% 69% 52%   47% 48% 42% 45% 56%
Strongly approve 14%   13% 15% 8% 15%   16% 12% 13% 14% 14%
Approve 25%   18% 34% 17% 22%   25% 25% 30% 24% 21%
Disapprove 17%   16% 18% 20% 20%   14% 20% 19% 16% 16%
Strongly disapprove 30%   39% 19% 49% 32%   33% 28% 23% 29% 40%
Don’t know 14%   13% 13% 6% 11%   13% 15% 15% 16% 8%

 

Respondents were more likely to disapprove of the Government’s plan for addressing the issue of same-sex marriage. 39% approved but 47% disapproved.

Those most likely disapprove were Greens voters (69%) and Labor voters (55%) while 49% of Liberal/National voters approved.

Younger voters were more likely to approve of the Government’s decision – 43% of those aged 18-34 approved compared to 35% of those aged 55+.

Income and cost of living

Aug 15, 2017

Q. In the last two years, do you think your and your household’s income has gone up more than the cost of living, fallen behind or stayed even with the cost of living?

  Total   Work full time Work part time Income less than $600 pw Income $600-$1,000

     pw

Income $1,000-$1,500 pw Income $1,500 – $2,000 pw Income $2,000+ pw   Oct 2014 Mar 2015 Nov 2015 Feb 2016
Gone up more 15% 22% 15% 11% 11% 13% 21% 21%   13% 15% 14% 13%
Fallen behind 53% 47% 54% 69% 58% 54% 50% 42%   48% 50% 54% 51%
Stayed even 25% 24% 27% 14% 25% 25% 26% 34% 31% 27% 26% 29%
Don’t know 6% 7% 5% 6% 6% 8% 3% 3% 8% 7% 5% 7%

 

53% (up 2% since February 2016) believe that, in the last two years, their income has fallen behind the cost of living. 25% (down 4%) think it has stayed even with the cost of living and 15% (up 2%) think it has gone up more.

 

69% of those earning under $600 pw and 58% of those earning $600-1,000 pw think their income has fallen behind while 55% of those earning over $2,000 pw think it has stayed the same or gone up.

Financial situation

Aug 15, 2017

Q. Which of the following statements best describes your financial situation?

  Total   Work full time Work part time Income less than $600 pw Income $600-$1,000

pw

Income $1,000-$1,500 pw Income $1,500 – $2,000 pw Income $2,000+ pw   Oct 2014 Mar 2015 Feb 2016
I don’t have enough money for basic essentials like housing food and electricity 8%   6% 9% 21% 7% 8% 6% 4%   7% 8% 6%
I have enough money for basic essentials but I cannot save any money 40%   35% 31% 53% 46% 41% 34% 28%   35% 39% 35%
I have enough money for basic essentials and I can save a little money 42%   45% 50% 22% 40% 45% 53% 48%   47% 44% 49%
I have enough money for basic essentials and I can save a lot of money 7%   11% 7% 1% 2% 4% 5% 19%   8% 7% 8%
Don’t know 3%   3% 4% 3% 5% 2% 1% 1%   4% 2% 3%

 

42% say they have enough money for basic essentials and can save a little money and 40% say they have enough money for basic essentials but cannot save any money. Only 7% say they can save a lot of money.

 

Only 23% of those earning less than $600 pw say they can save any money – compared to 67% of those earning over $2,000 pw.

Overall, there has been a slight decline in financial situations since this question was asked in February last year – 48% (up 7%) say they cannot save any money and 49% (down 8%) say they can.

Cost of living

Aug 15, 2017

Q. Compared to two or three years ago is your household paying more or less for the following –

  Paying a lot more Paying a little more Paying about the same Paying a little less Paying a lot less Don’t know   Feb 2013

Paying a lot more

Mar 2014

Paying a lot more

Feb 2016

Paying a lot more

Electricity and gas 59% 25% 12% 1% 1% 2%   70% 62% 34%
Insurance 31% 38% 21% 3% 1% 7%   43% 36% 24%
Medical, dental 30% 33% 31% 2% 1% 3%   33% 32% 23%
Fresh food – fruit, vegetables, meat 29% 40% 26% 2% <1% 2%   36% 36% 25%
Petrol 27% 32% 26% 6% 2% 6%   50% 56% 19%
Water 26% 39% 26% 2% 1% 7%   47% 40% 13%
Housing – mortgage or rent 23% 25% 33% 5% 3% 10%   24% 24% 14%
Packaged food 21% 38% 34% 3% 1% 4%   28% 26% 15%
Education 18% 20% 28% 3% 4% 27%   24% 21% 16%
Clothing 14% 30% 44% 8% 2% 3%   21% 17% 13%

Items which respondents said they were “paying a lot more” for were electricity and gas (59%), insurance (31%) and medical/dental (30%).

Since this question was asked in February last year, for all items, the perceptions of paying a lot more have increased substantially. However, these results are similar on most items to the surveys of 2013 and 2014.

Federal voting intention

Aug 8, 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 1/8/17 2 weeks ago 25/7/17 4 weeks ago 11/7/17   Election 2 Jul 16
Liberal 34%   36% 35% 33%    
National 3%   3% 3% 3%    
Total Liberal/National 37%   38% 38% 36%   42.0%
Labor 39%   36% 37% 36%   34.7%
Greens 9%   10% 10% 11%   10.2%
Nick Xenophon Team 3%   4% 4% 3%    
Pauline Hanson’s One Nation 8%   8% 7% 7%    
Other/Independent 5%   4% 5% 6%   13.1%
2 party preferred              
Liberal National 46%   48% 47% 46%   50.4%
Labor 54%   52% 53% 54%   49.6%

Sample = 1,805. 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.

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