Funding schools

Apr 19, 2016

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of each of the following ideas for future funding of schools?

  Total

approve

Total dis-approve   Strongly approve Approve Dis-approve Strongly dis-approve Don’t know   Total approve Jun 2015
Giving the states and territories full responsibility for all schools 42% 34% 12% 30% 24% 10% 23% 38%
Making states and territories fully responsible for funding public schools while the Federal Government funds non-government schools 29% 48% 8% 21% 25% 23% 22% 20%
Reducing Commonwealth involvement in schools, but without significant structural change 30% 41% 6% 24% 25% 16% 28% 28%
Making the Federal Government the main funder of all schools. 49% 27% 18% 31% 22% 5% 25% 51%
Means testing – charging high-income parents fees for children to attend public schools. 42% 40% 16% 26% 23% 17% 18% 37%

Nearly half of respondents (49%) approve of the proposal of “Making the Federal Government the main funder of all schools” and a nearly half (48%) reject the proposal of “Making states and territories fully responsible for funding public schools while the Federal Government funds non- government schools”.

They were split on “charging high-income parents fees for children to attend public schools“ – 42% approve/40% disapprove.

Since the question was asked in June last year, there has been an increase in approval for “Making states and territories fully responsible for funding public schools while the Federal Government funds non-government schools” from 20% to 29%.

Opportunities for young people

Apr 19, 2016

Q. Do you think those under 35 have more opportunities, fewer opportunities or much the same opportunities open to them as previous generations?

  Total

 

  Men Women   Aged 18-34 Aged 35-54 Aged 55+
Have more opportunities 36% 36% 36% 34% 35% 40%
Have fewer opportunities 30% 31% 30% 34% 25% 32%
Have much the same opportunities 21% 22% 19% 17% 24% 22%
Don’t know 13% 11% 15% 15% 16% 6%

 36% think that younger people have more opportunities than the previous generations, 30% think they have fewer opportunities and 21% think they have much the same opportunities.

Those aged under 35 are evenly divided over whether they have more or fewer opportunities. Those aged over 55 are more likely to think they have more opportunities.

Support for retirees

Apr 19, 2016

Q. Do you think retirees receive too much, not enough or about the right support from the government?

  Total

 

  Men Women   Aged 18-34 Aged 35-54 Aged 55+
Receive too much support 7% 9% 4% 10% 8% 2%
Receive not enough support 56% 51% 60% 47% 55% 66%
Receive about the right support 24% 27% 20% 23% 22% 28%
Don’t know 14% 14% 15% 20% 15% 4%

56% think that retirees do not receive enough support from the Government. Only 24% think they receive enough support and 7% think they receive too much support.

66% of those aged 55+ think they do not receive enough support compared to 47% of those aged under 35.

Buying a house

Apr 19, 2016

Q. Do you think it is easier or harder for young people to buy a house than it was for their parents’ generation?

  Total

 

  Men Women   Aged 18-34 Aged 35-54 Aged 55+
Total harder 76%   75% 78%   75% 78% 76%
Total easier 7%   8% 6%   6% 7% 9%
Much harder 56% 54% 59% 57% 59% 52%
A little harder 20% 21% 19% 18% 19% 24%
About the same 13% 13% 12% 14% 10% 14%
A little easier 5% 6% 5% 4% 6% 6%
Much easier 2% 2% 1% 2% 1% 3%
Don’t know 4% 4% 4% 6% 4% 1%

 

76% think it is harder for young people to buy a house than it was for their parents’ generation.

There was little difference across age groups.

Priority of projects

Apr 19, 2016

Q. Do you think the following projects should be high, moderate or low priority for the Federal Government?

  High priority Medium priority Low priority Don’t know   High priority vote Labor High priority vote Lib/Nat High priority vote Greens High priority vote other
Building more suburban rail lines in cities 33% 41% 17% 9% 33% 36% 28% 33%
Building more freeways 29% 38% 25% 8% 27% 36% 16% 27%
Building more regional rail lines 28% 44% 18% 10% 28% 32% 24% 37%
Building high speed rail between capital cities 28% 37% 27% 9% 25% 37% 31% 21%
Building more bicycle paths in cities 20% 29% 43% 9%   20% 15% 34% 27%

 

33% think that building more suburban train lines is a top priority for the Government.

20% think that building more bicycle paths is a top priority.

High speed rail, regional rail lines and freeways received similar support. Liberal/National voters were more likely to support all proposals except bike paths.

Finding a job

Apr 19, 2016

Q. Do you think it is easier or harder for young people to find a well-paid job than it was for their parents’ generation?

  Total

 

  Men Women   Aged 18-34 Aged 35-54 Aged 55+
Total harder 55%   54% 56%   56% 53% 55%
Total easier 17%   18% 16%   13% 19% 18%
Much harder 27% 27% 27% 30% 28% 24%
A little harder 28% 27% 29% 26% 25% 31%
About the same 23% 24% 21% 23% 21% 26%
A little easier 13% 13% 13% 10% 13% 14%
Much easier 4% 5% 3% 3% 6% 4%
Don’t know 6% 5% 7% 8% 7% 1%

55% think it is harder for young people to find a well-paid job than it was for their parents’ generation.

There was little difference across age groups.

Federal voting intention

Apr 12, 2016

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
5/4/16
2 weeks ago
29/3/16
4 weeks ago
15/3/16
 
Election 7 Sep 13
Liberal 39% 39% 39% 39%
National 3% 3% 3% 3%
Total Liberal/National 42%   42% 43% 42%   45.6%
Labor 35%   37% 38% 36%   33.4%
Greens 11% 10% 9% 11% 8.6%
Palmer United Party 1% 1% 1% 1% 5.5%
Other/Independent 10% 10% 10% 9% 6.9%
2 party preferred
Liberal National 50% 50% 50% 50% 53.5%
Labor 50% 50% 50% 50% 46.5%

NB.  Sample = 1,792. 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.

Approval of Malcolm Turnbull

Apr 12, 2016

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
 
Oct 2015
Nov 2015
Dec 2015
Jan 2016
Feb 2016
Mar 2016
Total approve 39%   21% 69% 31% 16%   47% 56% 56% 51% 51% 45%
Total disapprove 39%   60% 19% 52% 50%   17% 20% 23% 25% 27% 35%
Strongly approve 7% 4% 15% 1% 1% 11% 12% 13% 9% 8% 6%
Approve 32% 17% 54% 30% 15% 36% 44% 43% 42% 43% 39%
Disapprove 23% 35% 15% 21% 27% 11% 14% 16% 16% 18% 24%
Strongly disapprove 16% 25% 4% 31% 23% 6% 6% 7% 9% 9% 11%
Don’t know 22% 19% 13% 17% 34% 35% 23% 21% 23% 21% 21%

39% (down 6% since last month) of respondents approve of the job Malcolm Turnbull is doing as Prime Minister and 39% (up 4%) disapprove – a net approval rating of zero (down 10).

69% (down 6%) of Liberal/National voters approve of Malcolm Turnbull’s performance with 19% (up 6%) disapproving. 21% (down 3%) of Labor voters and 31% (up 8%) of Greens voters approve of Malcolm Turnbull’s performance.

By gender, men were 41% approve/42% disapprove and women 37% approve/37% disapprove.

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