Parenting Help

Jun 20, 2017

Note: the following question was commissioned by the Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare

Q. Do you think the government should provide more or less help in the following areas?

 

 

Total more help Total less help   Much more help A little more help The same amount of help A little less help Much less help Don’t know
Parents who have a child with a disability 75% 3% 39% 36% 15% 2% 1% 6%
Support for low-income families to involve their children in activities like sports and music 64% 6% 25% 39% 22% 4% 2% 7%
Financial advice for low-income families 62% 5% 26% 36% 26% 3% 2% 7%
Health and medical services for babies and toddlers 57% 4% 22% 35% 32% 3% 1% 7%
Advice and support for divorced and separated parents 50% 7% 14% 36% 33% 4% 3% 11%
Kindergarten funding 50% 9% 17% 33% 32% 6% 3% 9%
Advice for parents from non-English speaking backgrounds 47% 12% 14% 33% 32% 6% 6% 9%

The most popular areas to provide more help were parents who have a child with a disability (75% more help), support for low-income families to participate in extra-curricular activities (64%), and financial advice for low-income families (62%).

A majority thought more help should be provided in each area, with the exception of advice for parents from non-English speaking backgrounds. However, 47% still thought more help should be provided in this area, and only 12% thought less help should be provided.

Access to Information on Parenting

Jun 20, 2017

Note: the following question was commissioned by the Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare

Q. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement: “It is in the interests of the whole community that parents have access to the information they need to help support and care for their children”?

  Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Green Vote Other Male Female 18-34 35-44 45-64 65+ Children No Children
Total agree 80% 79% 84% 90% 81% 77% 84% 74% 83% 84% 86% 82% 80%
Total disagree 2% 2% 2% 1% 5% 3% 2% 2% 2% 3% 2% 3% 2%
Strongly agree 35% 38% 32% 48% 34% 31% 39% 37% 39% 28% 25% 42% 31%
Agree 45% 41% 52% 42% 47% 46% 45% 37% 44% 56% 61% 40% 49%
Neither agree not disagree 13% 15% 12% 8% 12% 17% 9% 17% 12% 10% 9% 13% 13%
Disagree 2% 2% 2% 1% 4% 2% 2% 2% 2% 2% 1% 2% 2%
Strongly disagree 1% 1% 1% 1% 1%
Don’t know 4% 4% 2% 1% 3% 4% 5% 6% 4% 3% 3% 3% 5%

80% agree that it is in the interests of the whole community that parents have access to the information they need to help support and care for their children. Women (84% agree) were more likely to agree than men (77%), and support tended to increase with age (74% of those aged 18-34 agreed, compared to 86% of those aged 65+).

No more than 5% of any demographic group disagreed with the statement.

Federal voting intention

Jun 14, 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 6/6/17 2 weeks ago 30/5/17 4 weeks ago 16/5/17   Election 2 Jul 16
Liberal 35%   36% 35% 34%    
National 3%   3% 3% 3%    
Total Liberal/National 38%   39% 38% 37%   42.0%
Labor 36%   37% 36% 38%   34.7%
Greens 10%   10% 11% 10%   10.2%
Nick Xenophon Team 3%   3% 3% 3%    
Pauline Hanson’s One Nation 8%   6% 5% 6%    
Other/Independent 5%   6% 7% 6%   13.1%
2 party preferred              
Liberal National 48%   48% 47% 46%   50.4%
Labor 52%   52% 53% 54%   49.6%

 

  1. Sample = 1,785. 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.

Threat of terrorism

Jun 14, 2017

Q. Over the last few years, do you think that the threat of terrorism happening in Australia has increased, decreased or stayed much the same?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote Other Oct 2016 Nov 2015 Oct 2015 Mar 2015 Sep 2014
Total Increased 74%   74% 81% 65% 73% 73% 76% 75% 75% 57%
Total Decreased 3%   2% 2% 2% 5% 2% 2% 1% 2% 6%
Increased a lot 39%   37% 44% 18% 47% 34% 42% 38% 39% 22%
Increased a little 35%   37% 37% 47% 26% 38% 34% 37% 36% 35%
Stayed about the same 20%   21% 16% 32% 22% 23% 19% 20% 20% 33%
Decreased a little 2%   2% 1% 1% 3% 1% 1% 1% 1% 3%
Decreased a lot 1%   0% 1% 1% 2% 1% 1% 1% 3%
Don’t know 3%   2% 1% 1% 1% 3% 3% 3% 4% 4%

 

74% thought that the threat of terrorism has increased, and only 3% thought it has decreased. 20% thought it had stayed the same. These figures have changed little since the question was last asked in October 2016.

Those most likely to think that it had increased were older (88% of 55-64 year olds, and 87% of over 65s), as well as Liberal/National voters (81%).

Less than 10% of each demographic group thought the threat of terrorism had decreased.

Spending on anti-terrorism

Jun 14, 2017

Q. Do you think the Australian Government should be spending more or less on anti-terrorism measures or is current spending about right?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote Other Mar 2015 Aug 2014
Spending more 46%   48% 53% 19% 48% 39% 28%
Spending less 9%   11% 4% 22% 9% 12% 19%
Current spending about right 30%   31% 33% 41% 24% 33% 36%
Don’t know 16%   10% 10% 18% 19% 16% 16%

 

46% thought the government should be spending more on anti-terrorism measures (up 7% from March 2015), 9% thought the government should be spending less (down 3%), and 30% thought current spending was about right (down 3%).

Those most likely to think spending should increase were those aged 65+ (58%) and Liberal/National voters (53%).

Greens voters were much more likely than others to think spending should decrease (22%).

Greens voters were also more likely to think that current spending was about right (41%), as were 55-64 year olds (39%).

Restrictions on freedom

Jun 14, 2017

Q. When it comes to issues of national security, do you think there should be more restrictions on rights and freedom for some people so there can be more security for others, or do you think our current laws already go too far in restricting freedom?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote Other
There should be more restrictions 54%   49% 66% 21% 68%
The current laws restrict freedom to much 12%   16% 9% 32% 8%
Current laws strike the right balance 19%   22% 17% 36% 13%
Don’t know 15%   14% 8% 12% 11%

 

54% thought there should be more restrictions on rights and freedom to combat terrorism. 12% thought current restrictions went too far, and 19% thought they strike the right balance.

Those most likely to think there should be more restrictions were those aged 65+ (79%), other party/independent voters (68%) and Liberal/National voters (66%).

Those most likely to think that current laws strike the right balance were Greens voters (36%) and 18-24 year olds (29%).

Greens voters were the only demographic group for whom “more restrictions” was not the most popular answer.

Handling the threat of terrorism

Jun 14, 2017

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is handling the threat of terrorism in Australia?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote Other Oct 2015 Mar 2015 (Abbott)
Total approve 47%   40% 68% 47% 41% 56% 46%
Total disapprove 24%   35% 11% 30% 38% 17% 33%
Strongly approve 5% 4% 10% 3% 3% 11% 13%
Approve 42% 36% 58% 44% 38% 45% 33%
Disapprove 16% 25% 7% 16% 23% 11% 18%
Strongly disapprove 8% 10% 4% 14% 15% 6% 15%
Don’t know 27% 24% 21% 23% 21% 28% 22%

47% approve of the way Malcolm Turnbull is handling the threat of terrorism in Australia (down 9% since October 2015), and 24% disapprove (up 7%). The October 2015 poll was conducted only a few weeks after Turnbull became Prime Minister.

Those most likely to approve of the way Turnbull is handling the threat of terrorism were Liberal/National voters (68%) and those aged 65+ (61%). Men (51% approve) were more likely to approve than women (45%).

Those most likely to disapprove of the way Turnbull is handling the threat of terrorism were other party/independent voters (38%) and Labor voters (35%).

Personal Happiness

Jun 14, 2017

Q. Thinking about your own personal situation, do you agree or disagree with the following statements?

 

 

Total agree Total disagree   Strongly agree Agree Neither agree nor disagree Disagree Strongly disagree
I am happy in my personal/family life 79% 7% 29% 50% 14% 5% 2%
I am happy in my life overall 74% 9% 22% 52% 17% 6% 3%
I am happy in my social life 71% 10% 22% 49% 19% 8% 2%
I am happy in my spiritual life 62% 7% 17% 45% 31% 4% 3%
I am happy in my work life 52% 15% 14% 38% 32% 11% 4%

Each statement received majority agreement.

The area in which happiness was the highest was personal/family life, in which 79% were happy. Those most likely to be happy in this area were those aged 65+ (89%), Queenslanders (85%), Liberal/National voters (84%) and those who work full-time (84%). Happiness was by far the lowest in this area amongst those earning less than $31k per year (65%).

The area in which happiness was lowest overall was work life, in which 52% were happy. Those most likely to be happy with their work life were those who are employed (69% of full-time workers, and 67% of part-time workers), as well as those aged 25-34 (58%) and Liberal/National voters (57%).

 

Additional table

This table provides a cross-tabulation of the proportion who “very strongly” agreed with each statement across a number of demographics.

 

 

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Green Vote Other Male Female Earn <$78k Earn >78k 18-34 35-54 55+
I am happy in my personal/family life 29% 22% 36% 27% 36% 27% 31% 27% 31% 27% 25% 38%
I am happy in my social life 22% 17% 26% 17% 27% 20% 23% 19% 23% 20% 18% 28%
I am happy in my work life 14% 16% 15% 9% 17% 14% 14% 11% 17% 16% 13% 15%
I am happy in my spiritual life 17% 15% 18% 12% 25% 17% 17% 17% 16% 13% 15% 24%
I am happy in my life overall 22% 20% 24% 18% 26% 20% 23% 17% 26% 21% 17% 30%

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