Federal voting intention

Aug 16, 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

9/8/16

2 weeks ago

2/8/16

4 weeks ago

19/7/16

  Election  7 Sep 13
Liberal 36% 37% 36% 35%
National 3% 2% 3% 4%
Total Liberal/National 39%   40% 39% 39%   45.6%
Labor 37%   37% 37% 36%   33.4%
Greens 10% 10% 10% 10% 8.6%
Nick Xenophon Team 4% 4% 4% 4%
Other/Independent 11% 10% 10% 10% 12.4%
2 party preferred
Liberal National 48% 48% 48% 49% 53.5%
Labor 52% 52% 52% 51% 46.5%

Sample = 1,791. 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 2013 election.

Interest in Olympic Games

Aug 16, 2016

Q. How much interest are you taking in the Olympic Games being held In Rio?

  Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other Men Women Aged 18-34 Aged 35-54 Aged 65+ Aug 2012
A lot of interest 19% 22% 21% 17% 13% 21% 16% 19% 20% 18% 22%
Some interest 33% 31% 43% 23% 27% 33% 33% 37% 30% 33% 36%
A little interest 30% 30% 29% 37% 29% 30% 31% 28% 32% 30% 27%
No interest 17% 16% 8% 23% 31% 15% 20% 15% 18% 19% 14%
Don’t know 1% * 1% 1% 1%

52% say they have some or a lot of interest in the Olympic games. 47% have little or no interest.

This is less interest than the London Olympics when 60% said they had a lot or some interest.

Those most interested were aged 18-34 (56%), full-time workers (60%) and university educated (60%).

Importance of winning gold medals

Aug 16, 2016

Q. How important is it that Australia wins gold medals at the 2016 Olympics being held in Rio?

  Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other Men Women Aged 18-34 Aged 35-54 Aged 65+ Aug 2012
Very important 15% 18% 18% 4% 13% 18% 12% 17% 16% 10% 12%
Quite important 36% 35% 45% 25% 26% 38% 35% 36% 37% 35% 32%
Not so important 30% 29% 30% 42% 33% 27% 33% 29% 29% 32% 36%
Not at all important 13% 13% 6% 25% 20% 14% 12% 10% 13% 17% 17%
Don’t know 6% 5% 2% 3% 9% 3% 8% 8% 5% 5% 3%

51% say it is very or quite important that Australia wins gold medals at the Rio Olympics and 43% say it is not so important or not at all important.

This is considerably higher than for the London Olympics (44% important).

Those most likely to think it is important were men (56%) and full-time workers (57%).

Funding of Australia’s Olympic team

Aug 16, 2016

Q. Direct Federal funding of Australia’s Olympic sports over the past four years has been at least $377 million. Do you think this investment is too much, not enough or about right?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other   Aug 2012
Too much 36% 36% 34% 35% 48% 58%
Not enough 11% 14% 10% 11% 8% 9%
About right 34% 30% 42% 35% 30% 19%
Don’t know 19% 20% 13% 18% 13% 14%

36% (down from 58% in 2012) think that Australia invests too much in Olympic sports, 34% (up 15%) think Australia spends about the right amount and 11% think we don’t spend enough.

ABCC

Aug 16, 2016

Q. The Government plans to re-establish the Australian Building and Construction Commission to address claims of union militancy in the construction industry. The ABCC’s powers included preventing any person from revealing they had been forced to give testimony to the Commission, and overriding a person’s right to silence. Do you support or oppose re-establishing the ABCC?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other   Oct 2013 Mar 2016 Apr 2016
Total support 32%   20% 53% 25% 28%   29% 35% 35%
Total oppose 18%   30% 6% 27% 22%   22% 17% 16%
Strongly support 13% 5% 24% 8% 11% 12% 17% 17%
Support 19% 15% 27% 17% 17% 17% 18% 18%
Neither support nor oppose 28% 27% 28% 24% 30% 23% 27% 23%
Oppose 9% 14% 4% 14% 11% 9% 8% 8%
Strongly oppose 9% 16% 2% 13% 11% 13% 9% 8%
Don’t know 23% 23% 14% 24% 20% 25% 22% 27%

32% support re-establishing the ABCC and 18% oppose. 28% neither support nor oppose and 23% don’t have an opinion. This is a decline in support for re-establishing the ABCC since this question was asked in April.

39% of full-time workers support and 16% oppose.  23% of part-time workers support and 15% oppose.

Importance of re-establishing ABCC

Aug 16, 2016

Q. Compared to other issues the Government needs to address, how important is the issue of re-establishing the ABCC? 

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other   Apr 2016
Total important 35%   24% 51% 21% 39%   34%
Total not important 40%   50% 31% 54% 39%   41%
Very important 9% 5% 15% 2% 9% 10%
Somewhat important 26% 19% 36% 19% 30% 24%
Not so important 25% 27% 25% 31% 23% 26%
Not at all important 15% 23% 6% 23% 16% 15%
Don’t know 26% 26% 18% 24% 22%   26%

35% say that re-establishing the ABCC is very or somewhat important compared to other issues the Government needs to address and 40% say it is not important. This is similar to when this question was asked in April.

Those more likely to think it is important were Liberal/National voters (51%) and people aged 65+ (48%).

Those more likely to say it was not important were Labor (50%) and Greens (54%) voters.

Census

Aug 16, 2016

Q. Did you give both your name and address in the Census held this week?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other   Aged 18-34 Aged 35-54 Aged 55+
Yes, gave both name and address 71% 76% 72% 58% 77% 61% 69% 85%
No, did not give name and address 6% 5% 8% 7% 4% 13% 4% 2%
Did not fill out the Census 23% 19% 20% 35% 19% 26% 28% 14% 

6% say they did not give their name and address in the 2016 Census. 23% say they have not yet completed the Census.

Those most likely to have not given their name and address were aged 25-34 (15%).

Royal Commission into banking

Aug 16, 2016

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
Total support 64%   76% 59% 71% 72%   59%
Total oppose 13%   6% 22% 8% 10%   15%
Strongly support 28% 38% 17% 34% 33% 27%
Support 36% 38% 42% 37% 39% 32%
Oppose 9% 5% 15% 8% 7% 11%
Strongly oppose 4% 1% 7% 3% 4%
Don’t know 23% 18% 19% 21% 18% 25%

There was majority support for holding a Royal Commission into the banking and financial services sector – 64% supported a Royal Commission and 13% opposed.  This is a 5% increase in support since this question was asked in April.

Those most likely to support a Royal Commission into the banking and financial services sector were aged 65+ (70%), Labor voters (76%), Greens voters 71%) and those earning $2,000+ pw (70%).

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