Income and cost of living

Jan 30, 2018

Q. In the last two years, do you think your and your household’s income has gone up more than the cost of living, fallen behind or stayed even with the cost of living?

  Total   Work full time Work part time Income less than $600 pw Income $600-$1,000

     pw

Income $1,000-$1,500 pw Income $1,500 – $2,000 pw Income $2,000+ pw   Oct 2014 Mar 2015 Nov 2015 Feb 2016 Aug 2017
Gone up more 14% 20% 13% 10% 13% 11% 17% 20%   13% 15% 14% 13% 15%
Fallen behind 51% 46% 50% 64% 58% 59% 44% 41%   48% 50% 54% 51% 53%
Stayed even 28% 30% 29% 22% 23% 25% 34% 34% 31% 27% 26% 29% 25%
Don’t know 7% 4% 8% 4% 6% 5% 5% 5% 8% 7% 5% 7% 6%

 

51% (down 2% since August) believe that, in the last two years, their income has fallen behind the cost of living. 28% (up 3%) think it has stayed even with the cost of living and 14% (down 1%) think it has gone up more.

 

64% of those earning under $600 pw and 58% of those earning $600-1,000 pw think their income has fallen behind while 54% of those earning over $2,000 pw think it has stayed the same or gone up.

Health insurance

Jan 30, 2018

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

  Total agree Total dis-gree Strongly agree Agree Dis-agree Strongly dis-agree Don’t know   Sep 2017 agree Sep 2017 dis-agree
If the private health insurance industry wants to increase fees it should have limits to the profits it can make. 83% 8% 44% 39% 6% 2% 10% 84% 8%
The government should do more to keep private health insurance affordable 83% 11% 46% 37% 6% 2% 9% 85% 7%
The government should cap increases in private health insurance premiums at the level of inflation. 79% 9% 43% 36% 7% 2% 13% 82% 7%
Health insurance isn’t worth the money you pay for it. 60% 27%   29% 31% 21% 6% 13% 60% 27%
The private health industry provides value for money 27% 62% 5% 22% 34% 28% 12%   31% 59%

 

 

 

 

 

  Total agree Total disagree Have health insurance agree Have health insurance disagree Had health insurance agree Had health insurance disagree Never had health insurance agree Never had health insurance disagree
If the private health insurance industry wants to increase fees it should have limits to the profits it can make. 83% 8% 89% 5% 83% 11% 74% 8%
The government should do more to keep private health insurance affordable 83% 11% 92% 4% 84% 10% 71% 13%
The government should cap increases in private health insurance premiums at the level of inflation. 79% 9% 86% 8% 79% 10% 70% 8%
Health insurance isn’t worth the money you pay for it. 60% 27%   52% 38% 83% 12% 67% 13%
The private health industry provides value for money 27% 62% 36% 58% 21% 73% 12% 65%

 

There was very strong agreement with the statements that “The government should do more to keep private health insurance affordable “ (83%), “If the private health insurance industry wants to increase fees it should have limits to the profits it can make” (83%) and “The government should cap increases in private health insurance premiums at the level of inflation” (79%).

60% agreed that “Health insurance isn’t worth the money you pay for it “ and 62% disagreed that “The private health industry provides value for money”.

There has been little change in these results since the question was asked in September.

Interest in watching sports

Jan 30, 2018

Q. How exciting or boring would you say each of the following sports are to watch?

  Total exciting Total boring   Very exciting Quite exciting Neither exciting nor boring Quite boring Very boring Don’t know   Net (exciting-boring)
Tennis 45% 32% 15% 30% 21% 13% 19% 1%   +13
Swimming 36% 33% 7% 29% 30% 15% 18% 1%   +3
AFL football 40% 38% 20% 20% 21% 14% 24% 2%   +2
Gymnastics 31% 38% 8% 23% 30% 17% 21% 2%   -7
Athletics 29% 36% 5% 24% 33% 16% 20% 2%   -7
T20 cricket 38% 45% 16% 22% 16% 12% 33% 2% -7
Basketball 30% 41% 8% 22% 27% 17% 24% 2%   -11
Rugby League 31% 46% 12% 19% 21% 15% 31% 2%   -15
Soccer 30% 45% 11% 19% 23% 19% 26% 2%   -15
Formula 1 car racing 28% 48% 10% 18% 21% 18% 30% 2%   -20
Test cricket 28% 52% 8% 20% 19% 15% 37% 1% -24
Netball 19% 48% 3% 16% 29% 20% 28% 2%   -29
Horse racing 22% 52% 6% 16% 24% 18% 34% 2%   -30
Rugby Union 21% 53% 6% 15% 24% 19% 34% 2%   -32
Boxing 20% 54% 6% 14% 24% 18% 36% 3%   -34
Cycling 16% 58% 3% 13% 23% 22% 36% 2%   -42
Golf 13% 67% 3% 10% 19% 20% 47% 2% -54

 

 

 

Sports which were most likely to be considered exciting to watch were tennis (45%), AFL football (40%), T20 cricket (38%) and swimming (36%).

 

Sports which were most likely to be considered boring to watch were golf (67%), cycling (58%), boxing (54%), rugby union (53%), horse racing (52%) and test cricket (52%).

 

T20 cricket was the most polarising sport – that is, more people (83%) thought it was either exciting or boring and few (16%) had a neutral view.

 

There were some major differences between men and women.

Men were more likely to prefer watching test cricket (39% to 18% exciting), T20 cricket (48%/26%), F1 car racing (36%/22%), rugby league (38%/23%), soccer (38%/22%) and rugby union (28%/15%). 42% of women thought watching gymnastics was exciting compared to 21% of men.

Federal voting intention

Jan 16, 2018

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   4 weeks ago 19/12/17   Election  2 Jul 16
Liberal 34%   34%    
National 3%   3%    
Total Liberal/National 37%   37%   42.0%
Labor 38%   38%   34.7%
Greens 9%   9%   10.2%
Nick Xenophon Team 3%   2%    
Pauline Hanson’s One Nation 6%   7%    
Other/Independent 7%   7%   13.1%
2 party preferred          
Liberal National 47%   47%   50.4%
Labor 53%   53%   49.6%

 

  1. 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.

Malcolm Turnbull

Jan 16, 2018

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 2017 Sep 2017 June 2017 Mar 2017 Dec  2016 June 2016 Dec 2015
Total Approve 38% 23% 68% 18% 25%   41% 41% 36% 33% 34% 38% 56%
Total Disapprove 45% 62% 20% 68% 65%   44% 46% 45% 50% 46% 40% 23%
Strongly approve 7% 3% 14% 3% 5% 8% 7% 5% 5% 5% 6% 13%
Approve 31% 20% 54% 15% 20% 33% 34% 31% 28% 29% 32% 43%
Disapprove 25% 31% 15% 34% 37% 27% 28% 28% 30% 30% 24% 16%
Strongly disapprove 20% 31% 5% 34% 28% 17% 18% 17% 20% 16% 16% 7%
Don’t know 18%   16% 13% 14% 9%   15% 14% 19% 18% 20% 21% 21%

38% approved of the job Malcolm Turnbull is doing as Prime Minister (down 3% from last month), and 45% disapproved (up 1%) – a change in net approval rating from -3 to -7.

68% (down 6%) of Liberal/National voters approved of the job Malcolm Turnbull is doing, compared to 23% of ALP voters and 18% of Greens voters.

By gender, men were 42% approve/48% disapprove and women 34% approve/42% disapprove.

Bill Shorten

Jan 16, 2018

 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   Dec 2017 Sep 2017 June 2017 Mar 2017 Dec 2016 Dec 2015 Dec 2014
Total Approve 32%   60% 15% 39% 18%   36% 36% 34% 30% 35% 27% 35%
Total Disapprove 49%   20% 75% 38% 71%   45% 47% 43% 49% 38% 47% 39%
Strongly approve 7%   14% 3% 5% 2%   7% 7% 5% 4% 6% 4% 7%
Approve 25%   46% 12% 34% 16%   29% 29% 29% 26% 29% 23% 28%
Disapprove 26%   17% 32% 26% 39%   23% 25% 28% 26% 21% 26% 23%
Strongly disapprove 23%   3% 43% 12% 32%   22% 22% 15% 23% 17% 21% 16%
Don’t know 20%   20% 11% 23% 12%   19% 17% 23% 22% 25% 25% 26%

32% approved of the job Bill Shorten is doing as Opposition Leader (down 4% from last month), and 49% disapproved (up 4%) – a change in net approval rating from -9 to -17.

60% (down 4%) of ALP voters approved of the job Bill Shorten is doing, compared to 39% of Greens voters and 15% of Liberal/National voters.

By gender, men were 38% approve/51% disapprove and women 27% approve/46% disapprove.

Preferred Prime Minister

Jan 16, 2018

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   Dec 2017 Sep 2017 June 2017 Mar 2017 Dec 2016 Jun 2016 Dec 2015
Malcolm Turnbull 42% 19% 80% 20% 38%   42% 43% 39% 38% 39% 40% 54%
Bill Shorten 25% 52% 3% 39% 21%   28% 29% 26% 26% 28% 29% 15%
Don’t know 33%   30% 17% 41% 41%   31% 28% 34% 36% 33% 32% 31%


42% thought that Malcolm Turnbull would make a better Prime Minister (no change from last month), and 25% thought Bill Shorten would be better (down 3%). 33% did not know who would make a better Prime Minister.

The results were split by party, with 80% of Liberal/National voters saying that Malcolm Turnbull would be a better Prime Minister, and 52% of Labor voters saying Bill Shorten would.

Greens voters preferred Bill Shorten (39%) to Malcolm Turnbull (20%).

45% of men prefer Malcolm Turnbull and 30% prefer Bill Shorten.

38% of women prefer Malcolm Turnbull and 20% prefer Bill Shorten.

Republic

Jan 16, 2018

Q. Would you support or oppose Australia becoming a republic with an Australian head of state?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other   Jan 2017
Total support 44%   54% 45% 56% 32%   44%
Total oppose 29%   19% 37% 21% 46%   30%
Strongly support 18% 27% 13% 25% 14% 21%
Support 26% 27% 32% 31% 18% 23%
Oppose 14% 9% 18% 11% 23% 18%
Strongly oppose 15% 10% 19% 10% 23% 12%
No opinion 26% 27% 18% 23% 22%   26%

 

44% support Australia becoming a republic with an Australian head of state and 29% oppose. 26% have no opinion. These results are almost identical to when this question was asked 12 months ago.

Those most likely to support were Labor voters (54%), Greens voters (56%), men (51%) and university educated (52%).

Those most likely to oppose were Liberal/National voters (37%), other party voters (46%) and aged 65+ (44%).

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