Double dissolution

Mar 30, 2016

Q. The Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced that he intends to recall Parliament in April to pass legislation to restore the ABCC (Australian Building and Construction Commission). If this is rejected by the Senate he will call an early double dissolution election. Would you approve or disapprove of the Prime Minister calling an early double dissolution election?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other
Total approve 44%   37% 65% 38% 31%
Total disapprove 23%   34% 11% 33% 38%
Strongly approve 16%   12% 26% 6% 14%
Approve 28%   25% 39% 32% 17%
Disapprove 13%   17% 10% 20% 16%
Strongly disapprove 10%   17% 1% 13% 22%
Don’t know 33%   29% 24% 30% 31%

44% approve of the Prime Minister calling an early double dissolution election and 23% disapprove. 33% have no opinion.

Those most likely to approve are Liberal/National voters (65%) and men (52%).

Labor and Greens voters are only slightly more likely to approve than disapprove while other party and independent voters are a little more likely to disapprove (38%).

Reason for double dissolution

Mar 30, 2016

Q. What do you think is the main reason why the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull would call an early double dissolution election?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other
Because Parliament won’t restore the ABCC 14%   9% 23% 13% 11%
Because he wants to get rid of the independents in the Senate 25%   27% 27% 25% 25%
Because his Government is losing support and he will have a better chance of winning if the election is held early 30%   40% 22% 36% 36%
Some other reason 5%   3% 7% 4% 11%
Don’t know 26%   21% 21% 21% 17%

30% think the main reason Malcolm Turnbull would call an early election is because his Government is losing support and he will have a better chance of winning and 25% think it is because he wants to get rid of the independents in the Senate. Only 14% think it is because Parliament won’t restore the ABCC. Even among Liberal/National voters, only 23% think it is because Parliament won’t restore the ABCC.

Tax cuts preferred

Mar 30, 2016

Q. The Government has indicated that the next budget may include cuts to company tax. Do you think it is more important to provide tax cuts for companies or income tax cuts?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other
Company tax cuts more important 16%   17% 21% 12% 11%
Income tax cuts more important 62%   67% 60% 69% 68%
Don’t know 21%   16% 19% 19% 21%

62% think it is more important to provide income tax cuts and 16% favour company tax cuts. A least 60% of all voter groups favour income tax cuts.

68% of those earning $2,000+ pw and 71% of those aged 35-64 favour income tax cuts.

Tax cuts better for the economy

Mar 30, 2016

Q. Which do you think would be better for the Australian economy – company tax cuts or income tax cuts?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other
Company tax cuts 19%   18% 27% 7% 15%
Income tax cuts 61%   64% 58% 72% 71%
Don’t know 20%   18% 15% 22% 14%

61% think income tax cuts would be better for the Australian economy and 19% think company tax cuts would be better.

Those most likely to think income tax cuts would be better for the economy were Greens voters (72%), other party voters (71%) and those aged 35-64 (67%).

58% of Liberal/National voters think income tax cuts would be better for the economy and 27% think company tax cuts would be better.

Party best at looking after the economy

Mar 30, 2016

Q. Which party – Labor or Liberal – do you think is best when it comes to:

  Labor Liberal No Diff-erence Don’t Know May 2014 diff-erence
Representing the interests of the large corporate and financial interests 13% 50% 23% 14% +41
Handling the economy in a way that best helps small business 23% 36% 27% 15% +5
Handling the economy overall 22% 35% 28% 14% +14
Handling the economy in a way that best helps the middle class 28% 31% 28% 14% -1
Handling the economy in a way that helps you and people like you the most. 32% 28% 26% 14% -8
Representing the interests of you and people like you 33% 27% 26% 13% -10
Standing up for the middle class in Australia 32% 25% 29% 13% -14
Handling the economy in a way that tries to take the interests of working families into consideration as much as it takes the interests of the large corporate and financial groups 31% 24% 29% 16% -10
Representing the interests of Australian working families 41% 20% 26% 13% -27
Being more concerned about the interests of working families in Australia than the rich and large business and financial interests 41% 19% 26% 13% -29

 Labor was more likely to be selected as the party best at all of the items, except for ‘Representing the interests of the large corporate and financial interests’ (50% Liberal, 13% Labor), ‘Handling the economy overall’ (35% Liberal, 22% Labor), ‘Handling the economy in a way that best helps small business’ (36% Liberal, 23% Labor) and ‘Handling the economy in a way that best helps the middle class’ (31% Liberal, 28% Labor).

Since this question was asked nearly 2 years ago, the main shifts have been for ‘Handling the economy in a way that best helps small business’ (8% to the Liberals), ‘Standing up for the middle class in Australia’ (7% to the Liberals) and ‘Being more concerned about the interests of working families in Australia than the rich and large business and financial interests’ (7% to the Liberals).

Attributes of the Labor Party

Mar 30, 2016

Q. Here is a list of things both favourable and unfavourable that have been said about various political parties. Which statements do you feel fit the Labor Party?

  Total Change Mar 2010 April 2011 May 2012 Aug 2013 Sep 2014 Nov 2015
Will promise to do anything to win votes 62% -2 63% 72% 70% 65% 62% 64%
Divided 54% -4 36% 66% 73% 66% 54% 58%
Out of touch with ordinary people 53% +1 48% 61% 58% 51% 51% 52%
Looks after the interests of working people 50% -5   39% 47% 53% 54% 55%
Moderate 47% -9 63% 51% 50% 48% 54% 56%
Understands the problems facing Australia 43% -5 54% 40% 46% 50% 46% 48%
Have a vision for the future 40% -2   43% 41% 49% 42% 42%
Have good policies 38% -4       46% 42% 42%
Clear about what they stand for 35% -2   28% 31% 38% 36% 37%
Too close to the big corporate and financial interests 35% -2   46% 36% 31% 36% 37%
Extreme 35% +5 26% 38% 31% 34% 27% 30%
Has a good team of leaders 30% -3 52% 34% 29% 36% 33% 33%
Trustworthy 29% -5       30% 30% 34%
Keeps its promises 28% -1 33% 20% 22% 27% 29% 29%

The Labor Party’s main attributes were – will promise anything to win votes (62%), divided (54%), out of touch with ordinary people (53%) and looks after the interests of working people (50%).

Since this question was asked in November, the main changes have been for moderate (down 9%), looks after the interests of working people (down 5%), understands the problems facing Australia (down 5%), extreme (up 5%) and trustworthy (down 5%).

Attributes of the Liberal Party

Mar 30, 2016

Q. And which statements do you feel fit the Liberal Party?

  Total Change Mar 2010 April 2011 May 2012 Aug 2013 Sep 2014 Nov 2015
Will promise to do anything to win votes 63% -5 72% 65% 63% 65% 69% 68%
Too close to the big corporate and financial interests 62% -5   60% 58% 60% 65% 67%
Divided 61% +5 66% 49% 37% 31% 40% 56%
Out of touch with ordinary people 58% -4 58% 54% 53% 58% 63% 62%
Moderate 47% -4 50% 55% 52% 48% 44% 51%
Have a vision for the future 46% -8   48% 48% 51% 49% 54%
Has a good team of leaders 41% -7 31% 40% 39% 36% 38% 48%
Understands the problems facing Australia 41% -5 43% 51% 52% 48% 44% 46%
Clear about what they stand for 39% -7   44% 46% 45% 46% 46%
Have good policies 39% -4       38% 39% 43%
Extreme 36% -3 38% 36% 34% 39% 40% 39%
Looks after the interests of working people 31% -1   38% 40% 36% 31% 32%
Trustworthy 28% -1       30% 28% 29%
Keeps its promises 27% +2 23% 33% 34% 32% 26% 25%

The Liberal Party’s main attributes were – will promise anything to win votes (63%), too close to the big corporate and financial interest (62%), divided (61%) and out of touch with ordinary people (58%).

Main changes since November were – have a vision for the future (down 8%), has a good team of leaders (down 7%) and clear about what they stand for (down 7%).

Party Attributes Comparison – Labor vs Liberal

Mar 30, 2016
  Liberal Labor   Difference
Too close to the big corporate and financial interests 62% 35%   +27
Has a good team of leaders 41% 30%   +11
Divided 61% 54%   +7
Have a vision for the future 46% 40%   +6
Out of touch with ordinary people 58% 53%   +5
Clear about what they stand for 39% 35%   +4
Will promise to do anything to win votes 63% 62%   +1
Have good policies 39% 38%   +1
Extreme 36% 35%   +1
Moderate 47% 47%  
Trustworthy 28% 29%   -1
Keeps its promises 27% 28%   -1
Understands the problems facing Australia 41% 43%   -2
Looks after the interests of working people 31% 50%   -19
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