Doing enough about energy

Feb 21, 2017

Q. Do you think the Federal Government is doing enough, not enough or too much to ensure affordable, reliable and clean energy for Australian households and businesses?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other
Doing enough 12% 9% 23% 1% 9%
Not doing enough 71% 78% 62% 92% 76%
Doing too much 3%   1% 4% 3% 3%
Don’t know 14% 12% 12% 4% 11%

 

71% think the Federal Government is not doing enough to ensure affordable, reliable and clean energy for Australian households and businesses and only 12% think they are doing enough. Even 62% of Liberal Natio0nal voters think they are not doing enough.

Coal fired power stations

Feb 21, 2017

Q. Would you support or oppose building new coal fired power stations in Australia?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other
Total support 31%   25% 47% 7% 36%
Total oppose 45%   51% 33% 80% 42%
Strongly support 7%   3% 14% 12%
Support 24%   22% 33% 7% 24%
Oppose 25%   25% 24% 31% 25%
Strongly oppose 20%   26% 9% 49% 17%
Don’t know 24%   24% 20% 12% 22%

31% support building new coal fired power stations in Australia and 45% oppose.

Those most likely to support new coal fired power stations were Liberal/National voters (47%), men (39%) and aged 65+ (53%).

Those most likely to oppose new coal fired power stations were Greens voters (80%) and Labor voters (51%).

WA election preferences

Feb 21, 2017

Q. The WA Liberal Party has said it will direct its preferences for the upper house to Pauline Hanson’s One Nation party in this year’s state election. Do you approve or disapprove of the Liberal Party directing preferences to One Nation?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Liberal Vote Greens Vote One Nation
Total approve 29%   17% 43% 6% 75%
Total disapprove 38%   54% 25% 73% 2%
Strongly approve 11%   8% 13% 1% 37%
Approve 18%   9% 30% 5% 38%
Neither approve nor disapprove 21%   18% 25% 10% 13%
Disapprove 14%   17% 16% 10% 1%
Strongly disapprove 24%   37% 9% 63% 1%
Don’t know 14%   10% 8% 10% 11%

 

29% approve of the Liberal Party directing preferences to One Nation and 38% disapprove.

Among Liberal voters, 43% approve and 25% disapprove. 75% of One Nation voters approve.

Penalty rates

Feb 21, 2017

Q. Do you think people who are required to work outside of normal hours – like night shifts, weekends or public holidays – should receive a higher hourly rate of pay?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other   Work full time Work part time   May 2013 Jan 2015 Jul 2015
Yes 82%   87% 79% 84% 83%   81% 88%   81% 81% 81%
No 12%   8% 18% 7% 13%   12% 5%   12% 13% 13%
Don’t know 6%   5% 3% 8% 4%   7% 6%   7% 6% 7%

82% think that people who are required to work outside of normal hours should receive a higher hourly rate of pay and 12% think they should not. There has been little change of opinion on this issue since this question was first asked in May 2013.

A large majority of all demographic and voter groups agree that worker should receive higher rates for working outside normal hours – although Labor voters (87%) are more likely to support this than Liberal/National voters (79%). 88% of part-time workers agree compared to 81% of full-time workers.

Federal voting intention

Feb 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 7/2/17 2 weeks ago 31/1/17   Election 2 Jul 16
Liberal 34%   33% 32%    
National 3%   2% 3%    
Total Liberal/National 36%   36% 35%   42.0%
Labor 35%   37% 37%   34.7%
Greens 9%   8% 9%   10.2%
Nick Xenophon Team 3%   3% 3%    
Pauline Hanson’s One Nation 10%   10% 10%    
Other/Independent 6%   6% 6%   13.1%
2 party preferred            
Liberal National 48%   47% 46%   50.4%
Labor 52%   53% 54%   49.6%

 

  1. Sample = 1,793. 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.

Approval of Malcolm Turnbull

Feb 14, 2017

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the job Malcolm Turnbull is doing as Prime Minister?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other   Dec 2015 Mar 2016 Jun 2016 Sep 2016 Dec 2016 Jan 2017
Total approve 34%   15% 70% 19% 19%   56% 45% 38% 35% 34% 37%
Total disapprove 49%   70% 19% 69% 70%   23% 35% 40% 43% 46% 48%
Strongly approve 5% 4% 9% 1% 2% 13% 6% 6% 4% 5% 6%
Approve 29% 11% 61% 18% 17% 43% 39% 32% 31% 29% 31%
Disapprove 28% 35% 15% 36% 38% 16% 24% 24% 27% 30% 30%
Strongly disapprove 21% 35% 4% 33% 32% 7% 11% 16% 16% 16% 18%
Don’t know 16% 14% 10% 11% 11% 21% 21% 21% 22% 20% 16%

 

34% (down 3% from 4 weeks ago) of respondents approve of the job Malcolm Turnbull is doing as Prime Minister and 49% (up 1%) disapprove – a change in net approval rating from -11 to -15. This is Malcolm Turnbull’s worst net rating as Prime Minister.

70% (down 6%) of Liberal/National voters approve of Malcolm Turnbull’s performance with 19% (up 2%) disapproving. 15% (down 5%) of Labor voters and 19% (up 6%) of Greens voters approve of Malcolm Turnbull’s performance.

By gender, men were 38% approve/52% disapprove and women 31% approve/47% disapprove.

Approval of Bill Shorten

Feb 14, 2017

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the job Bill Shorten is doing as Opposition Leader?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other   Nov 2013 Dec 2014 Dec 2015 Mar 2016 Jun 2016 Sep 2016 Dec 2016 Jan 2017
Total approve 30%   63% 18% 37% 12%   31% 35% 27% 27% 34% 36% 35% 37%
Total disapprove 47%   16% 66% 47% 72%   27% 39% 47% 47% 40% 41% 38% 44%
Strongly approve 5%   16% 1% 4% <1%   5% 7% 4% 3% 7% 6% 6% 7%
Approve 25%   47% 17% 33% 12%   26% 28% 23% 24% 27% 30% 29% 30%
Disapprove 27%   13% 32% 38% 36%   17% 23% 26% 29% 22% 24% 21% 25%
Strongly disapprove 20%   3% 34% 9% 36%   10% 16% 21% 18% 18% 17% 17% 19%
Don’t know 22%   21% 15% 15% 16%   43% 26% 25% 26% 25% 22% 25% 20%

30% (down 7% in last 4 weeks) of respondents approve of the job Bill Shorten is doing as opposition leader and 47% (up 3%) disapprove – a change in his net rating from -7 to -17. This is Bill Shorten’s worst net rating since March 2016.

63% (down 3%) of Labor voters approve of the job Bill Shorten is doing and 16% (down 3%) disapprove.

36% of men and 26% of women approve of Bill Shorten. 51% of men and 44% of women disapprove.

Better Prime Minister

Feb 14, 2017

Q. Who do you think would make the better Prime Minister out of Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other   Sep 2015 Dec 2015 Mar 2016 Jun 2016 Sep 2016 Oct 2016 Nov 2016 Dec 2016 Jan 2017
Malcolm Turnbull 39%   11% 81% 17% 33%   53% 54% 48% 40% 41% 41% 40% 39% 39%
Bill Shorten 25%   62% 4% 38% 10%   17% 15% 19% 29% 26% 28% 28% 28% 28%
Don’t know 36%   27% 16% 45% 56%   30% 31% 33% 32% 33% 31% 32% 33% 33%

39% (no change in last 4weeks) of respondents think Malcolm Turnbull would make the better Prime Minister and 25% (down 3%) think Bill Shorten would make the better Prime Minister.

43% of men prefer Malcolm Turnbull and 26% prefer Bill Shorten.

35% of women prefer Malcolm Turnbull and 24% prefer Bill Shorten.

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