Statements about driverless cars

Dec 5, 2017

Q. Driverless cars are currently being developed, with predictions they will be in operation inside the next 10 years. Do you agree or disagree with the following statements about driverless cars?

  Total agree Total disagree   Strongly agree Agree Disagree Strongly disagree Don’t know
I generally support the introduction of driverless cars 49% 38%   13% 36% 23% 15% 14%
I am concerned about the safety implications of driverless cars 78% 15%   31% 47% 11% 4% 6%
I am concerned about the impact of driverless cars on jobs 58% 32%   23% 35% 24% 8% 9%
Even if there are some deaths from driverless cars they will be safer than cars driven by humans 40% 36%   12% 28% 21% 15% 23%
We shouldn’t trust our safety to robots 57% 30%   22% 35% 22% 8% 13%

 

 

78% agree that they are concerned about the safety implications of driverless cars, 58% are concerned about the impact of driverless cars on jobs and 57% think we shouldn’t trust our safety to robots.

However about half (49%) support the introduction of driverless cars compared to 38% who don’t. Support for driverless cars was highest with men (59%), aged 18-34 (63%), incomes over $2K pw (64%) and university educated (58%).

Best leader of the Liberal Party

Dec 5, 2017

Q. Which of the following do you think would make the best leader of the Liberal Party?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other   Jun 2014 Aug 2015 Mar 2016 Nov 2016 Mar 2017 Aug 2017
Malcolm Turnbull 21% 17% 40% 14% 6% 31% 24% 39% 21% 20% 25%
Tony Abbott 10% 8% 13% 9% 11% 18% 18% 9% 11% 10% 10%
Julie Bishop 19% 19% 20% 19% 24% 4% 17% 12% 20% 17% 20%
Christopher Pyne 2% 3% 2% 1% 2% <1% 1% 1% 2% 2% 3%
Scott Morrison 2% 2% 3% 1% 2% 1% 3% 2% 3% 2% 2%
Peter Dutton 4% 2% 4% 4% 5% 2% 3%
Someone else 15% 21% 4% 23% 25% 19% 13% 15% 18% 18% 13%
Don’t know 27% 29% 14% 28% 25% 21% 22% 21% 25% 28% 25%

 

21% (down 4% since August) think Malcolm Turnbull would make the best leader of the Liberal Party, 19% prefer Julie Bishop (down 1%) and 10% prefer Tony Abbott (no change). 15% (up 2%) prefer someone else.

Among Liberal/National voters, 40% (no change) prefer Malcolm Turnbull, 20% (up 1%) Julie Bishop and 13% (no change) prefer Tony Abbott.

Preferences of men were Malcolm Turnbull 24% (-5%), Julie Bishop 18% (-) and Tony Abbott 13% (+1%).

Preferences of women were Julie Bishop 20% (-1%), Malcolm Turnbull 18% (-2%) and Tony Abbott 8% (-).

Leadership change

Dec 5, 2017

Q. If the Liberal Party changed their leader before the next election, would this make you more likely or less likely to vote for the Liberal Party?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other
More likely to vote for the Liberal Party 18%   12% 29% 14% 16%
Less likely to vote for the Liberal Party 13%   16% 16% 7% 7%
Make no difference 54%   60% 46% 68% 64%
Don’t know 15%   12% 9% 11% 13%

 

If the Liberal Party changed their leader before the next election, 18% say they would be more likely to vote for them, 13% less likely and 54% say it would make no difference.

Among Liberal/National voters, 29% say they would be more likely to vote for them, 16% less likely and 46% say it would make no difference.

The coalition

Dec 5, 2017

Q. Do you think that the Liberal and National parties should continue to work together as a Coalition or should they separate and become more independent of each other?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other
Should continue in Coalition 38%   24% 73% 23% 22%
Should separate 34%   47% 13% 44% 49%
Don’t know 28%   29% 14% 33% 29%

 

38% think the Liberal and National parties should continue to work together as a coalition and 34% think they should separate and become more independent of each other.

Among Liberal/National voters, 73% think they should continue in Coalition and 13% think they should separate.

Preferred Government

Dec 5, 2017

Q. Which of the following types of Government would you prefer?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other
A Government where one party has an overall majority 54%   55% 69% 28% 46%
A Government with more minor parties where no single party has a majority 25%   28% 18% 48% 29%
Don’t know 21%   17% 13% 24% 25%

 

54% say they would prefer a Government where one party has an overall majority and 25% would prefer a Government with more minor parties where no single party has a majority.

 

69% of Liberal National voters prefer a majority Government while 48% of Greens voters prefer a Government where no single party has a majority.

Federal voting intention

Nov 27, 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 21/11/17 2 weeks ago 14/11/17 4 weeks ago 31/10/17   Election  2 Jul 16
Liberal 33%   32% 33% 33%    
National 3%   3% 3% 3%    
Total Liberal/National 36%   35% 36% 36%   42.0%
Labor 38%   38% 38% 37%   34.7%
Greens 9%   9% 9% 10%   10.2%
Nick Xenophon Team 2%   3% 3% 3%    
Pauline Hanson’s One Nation 8%   8% 8% 7%    
Other/Independent 7%   7% 7% 6%   13.1%
2 party preferred              
Liberal National 46%   46% 46% 46%   50.4%
Labor 54%   54% 54% 54%   49.6%

 

  1. Sample = 1,805. 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.

Concern about economic issues

Nov 27, 2017

Q. How concerned are you personally about each of the following economic issues facing Australia today?

  Total

con-cerned

  Very con-cerned Some-what con-cerned Not so con-cerned Not at all con-cerned Don’t know
Energy prices 88% 56% 32% 8% 2% 1%
Food prices and inflation generally 83%   44% 39% 12% 3% 2%
Affordability of housing 80%   50% 30% 14% 5% 1%
Petrol prices 76% 39% 37% 16% 6% 2%
Improving wages for low income earners 75%   39% 36% 17% 5% 2%
Jobs going overseas 71%   39% 32% 20% 6% 3%
Excessive executive salaries 69%   39% 30% 21% 6% 3%
The age pension 68%   35% 33% 22% 8% 3%
Unemployment 68%   34% 34% 24% 6% 3%
Personal income tax rates 65%   30% 35% 24% 6% 4%
Not enough superannuation 64%   31% 33% 24% 7% 5%
Not enough regulation of large corporations 61%   30% 31% 28% 6% 4%
Interest rates 61%   28% 33% 26% 9% 4%
Government debt 60%   26% 34% 28% 8% 4%
Not enough regulation of banks 58%   27% 31% 29% 9% 4%
Cuts in penalty rates 57% 28% 29% 26% 11% 5%

 

 

Issues most concerned about were energy prices (88% concerned including 56% very concerned), affordability of housing (80%/50%) and food prices and inflation generally (83%/44%).

Issues least concerned about were cuts in penalty rates (57%/28%), regulation of banks (58%/27%) and Government debt (60%/26%).

Major differences by demographics were –

42% of aged 18-34 very concerned about energy prices compared to 65% of those aged 55+.

28% of aged 18-34 very concerned about executive salaries compared to 52% of those aged 55+.

60% of aged 18-34 very concerned about housing affordability compared to 35% of those aged 55+.

50% of women very concerned about food prices compared to 38% of men.

46% of women very concerned about wages of low income earners compared to 33% of men.

40% of women very concerned about unemployment compared to 28% of men.

Top three economic issues

Nov 27, 2017

Q. And which of these would be your top three concerns?

  Total

 

  1st 2nd 3rd
Energy prices 55%   24% 19% 12%
Affordability of housing 37%   15% 12% 10%
Food prices and inflation generally 34%   8% 12% 14%
Petrol prices 29%   11% 11% 7%
Unemployment 20%   7% 7% 6%
The age pension 17%   7% 4% 6%
Improving wages for low income earners 15%   4% 5% 6%
Personal income tax rates 14%   4% 5% 5%
Jobs going overseas 13%   3% 5% 5%
Not enough superannuation 13%   3% 4% 6%
Interest rates 11%   3% 4% 4%
Excessive executive salaries 11%   3% 4% 4%
Government debt 11%   3% 3% 5%
Cuts in penalty rates 6%   2% 1% 3%
Not enough regulation of banks 6%   1% 2% 3%
Not enough regulation of large corporations 6%   1% 2% 3%

 

Top economic issues were very similar to the rankings of issues of concern.

 

The main issues mentioned were energy prices (55%), housing affordability (37%) and food prices and inflation generally (34%).

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