Protecting manufacturing

Nov 29, 2016

Q. Do you believe protecting local industries and Australian manufacturing jobs will lead to higher costs for Australian consumers and businesses?

 

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other
Will lead to much higher costs 17%   15% 23% 12% 12%
Will lead to slightly higher costs 47%   48% 49% 58% 46%
Will not lead to higher costs 13%   15% 10% 10% 22%
Don’t know 22%   22% 17% 20% 21%

64% think that protecting local industries and Australian manufacturing jobs will lead to higher costs for Australian consumers and businesses. Only 13% think it will not lead to higher costs. However, only 17% think it will lead to much higher costs while 47% think it will lead to slightly higher costs.

Liberal voters were more likely to think it will lead to much higher costs (23%) and Greens voters more likely to think it will lead to slightly higher costs (58%).

There were no substantial differences across demographics.

Federal voting intention

Nov 22, 2016

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

15/11/16

2 weeks ago

8/11/16

4 weeks ago

25/10/16

  Election  2 Jul 16
Liberal 36%   34% 35% 36%    
National 3%   3% 3% 3%    
Total Liberal/National 38%   37% 38% 38%   42.0%
Labor 37%   37% 37% 37%   34.7%
Greens 10%   11% 10% 10%   10.2%
Nick Xenophon Team 3%   3% 3% 3%    
Pauline Hanson’s One Nation 6%   6% 6% 6%    
Other/Independent 6%   6% 6% 6%   13.1%
2 party preferred              
Liberal National 48%   47% 47% 48%   50.4%
Labor 52%   53% 53% 52%   49.6%

NB. Sample = 1,813 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.

457 visas

Nov 22, 2016

Q. Would you support or oppose Government legislation to reduce the number of overseas workers being brought to Australia under short-term 457 visas?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other   Mar 2013
Total support 64%   66% 74% 50% 64%   58%
Total oppose 17%   18% 13% 27% 22%   24%
Strongly support 28%   29% 30% 17% 42%   29%
Support 36%   37% 44% 33% 22%   29%
Oppose 13%   14% 11% 23% 15%   15%
Strongly oppose 4%   4% 2% 4% 7%   9%
Don’t know 18%   16% 12% 23% 14%   17%

64% support Government legislation to reduce the number of overseas workers being brought to Australia under short-term 457 visas and 17% oppose.

Those most likely to support were Liberal/National voters (74%) and aged 55+ (74%).

Immigration issues

Nov 22, 2016

Q. Which of the following issues are you most concerned about?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other   Mar 2013
The arrival of asylum seekers by boat 36%   26% 51% 17% 40%   38%
The use of foreign workers under short term (457) visas 21%   29% 19% 18% 17%   20%
The overall increase in Australia’s total population 20%   22% 16% 25% 27%   18%
None of them 17%   18% 10% 32% 16%   19%
Don’t know 6%   5% 4% 8%   4%

36% were most concerned about the arrival of asylum seekers by boat, 21% about the use of foreign workers under short term (457) visas and 20% about the overall increase in Australia’s total population (20%).

Liberal/National voters were most concerned about the arrival of asylum seekers by boat (51%) while Labor voters were more concerned about the use of foreign workers under short term (457) visas (29%).

These results are very similar to when this question was asked in 2013.

Statements about Australia

Nov 22, 2016

Q. Do you agree or disagree with the following statements?

  Total agree Total dis-agree   Strongly agree Agree Dis-agree Strongly disagree Don’t know
Free trade has gone too far 43% 29%   12% 31% 26% 3% 27%
The Government should bring back manufacturing jobs to Australia 83% 9%   41% 42% 7% 2% 8%
The Chinese government has too much influence on our economy 65% 18%   28% 37% 15% 3% 17%
If people who are not Australian citizens commit a crime they should be deported 75% 14%   44% 31% 11% 3% 11%
Local workers should be given priority over foreign workers 83% 10%   47% 36% 9% 1% 7%
We should do more to stop people entering our country illegally 77% 13%   43% 34% 10% 3% 10%
Racial equality has gone too far 46% 40%   21% 25% 26% 14% 15%
Gender equality has gone too far 40% 48%   18% 22% 30% 18% 12%
I would like to see Australia more like it was in the past 52% 32%   21% 31% 22% 10% 15%
The Government should put Australia first 88% 6%   47% 41% 5% 1% 6%
No matter who is in power the system is rigged against ordinary people 60% 26%   24% 36% 22% 4% 14%

 

Total agreement Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other
Free trade has gone too far 43%   45% 45% 31% 55%
The Government should bring back manufacturing jobs to Australia 83%   88% 82% 78% 91%
The Chinese government has too much influence on our economy 65%   68% 64% 64% 75%
If people who are not Australian citizens commit a crime they should be deported 75%   74% 80% 58% 85%
Local workers should be given priority over foreign workers 83%   84% 89% 75% 87%
We should do more to stop people entering our country illegally 77%   79% 88% 47% 78%
Racial equality has gone too far 46%   40% 56% 20% 61%
Gender equality has gone too far 40%   32% 52% 21% 52%
I would like to see Australia more like it was in the past 52%   48% 62% 32% 67%
The Government should put Australia first 88%   91% 92% 72% 92%
No matter who is in power the system is rigged against ordinary people 60%   65% 56% 52% 77%

Membership of groups

Nov 22, 2016

Q. Are you currently a member or have you ever been a member of any of the following groups?

  Currently a member Previously a member Never been a member
Union 12% 31% 56%
Business/industry association 6% 9% 85%
Political party 2% 6% 91%
Professional sporting clubs (AFL, NRL, etc.) 10% 11% 79%
Local Sporting clubs 14% 22% 64%
Local community organisation (Lions, Rotary, etc) 5% 10% 85%
Active member of a Church 12% 17% 71%
School council or parents group 7% 19% 75%
Environment group 4% 7% 89%
Other voluntary organisation 14% 21% 66%

14% say they are members of local sporting clubs, 14% other voluntary groups, 12% are union members and 12% active church members. 31% are previous union members, 22% previous members of local sporting clubs and 21% were previously members of other volunteer organisations.

Currently a member Total Men Women Aged 18-34 Aged 35-54 Aged 55+
Union 12% 13% 12% 17% 14% 5%
Business/industry association 6% 9% 3% 9% 6% 2%
Political party 2% 3% 1% 3% 2% 2%
Professional sporting clubs (AFL, NRL, etc.) 10% 14% 6% 10% 11% 8%
Local Sporting clubs 14% 17% 12% 13% 14% 15%
Local community organisation (Lions, Rotary, etc) 5% 6% 5% 7% 4% 6%
Active member of a Church 12% 12% 13% 12% 11% 13%
School council or parents group 7% 6% 7% 6% 10% 2%
Environment group 4% 5% 3% 5% 5% 2%
Other voluntary organisation 14% 11% 16% 9% 13% 21%

Women were more likely to be members of volunteer organisations (16%) and church members (13%).

Men were more likely to be local sporting clubs (17%) and professional sporting clubs (14%).

Statements about joining groups

Nov 22, 2016

Q. Do you agree or disagree with the following statements?

  Total agree Total dis-agree   Strongly agree Agree Dis-agree Strongly disagree Don’t know
I just don’t like joining groups 46% 44%   9% 37% 38% 6% 10%
I find it impossible to give my time to things outside of work and home 51% 43%   11% 40% 36% 7% 7%
I can’t commit to groups because if don’t work regular hours 37% 52%   8% 29% 43% 9% 10%
There are fewer people available to be part of local groups 47% 31%   8% 39% 27% 4% 23%
The decline in membership of organisations is not a positive development 64% 12%   12% 52% 11% 1% 23%
People just aren’t interested in joining things anymore 60% 21%   10% 50% 19% 2% 19%

64% agreed that the decline in membership of groups is not a positive thing and 60% agreed that people aren’t interested in joining groups.

Nearly half agreed that they don’t like joining groups and half also agreed that it was impossible to find the time.

Resettling refugees to USA

Nov 22, 2016

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the proposal to resettle refugees currently on Nauru and Manus Island to the USA?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other
Total approve 56%   49% 74% 40% 60%
Total disapprove 16%   21% 8% 27% 18%
Strongly approve 18%   17% 23% 8% 23%
Approve 38%   32% 51% 32% 37%
Disapprove 9%   12% 5% 15% 11%
Strongly disapprove 7%   9% 3% 12% 7%
Don’t know 28%   29% 18% 34% 21%

56% approve of the proposal to resettle refugees currently on Nauru and Manus Island to the USA and 16% disapprove.

74% of Liberal/National voters approve compared to 49% of Labor voters and 670% of other voters.

Greens voters were more divided with 40% approve and 27% disapprove – 34% could not give an opinion.

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