Using smartphones

Feb 7, 2017

Q. Thinking about how you use your smartphone (or IPhone), do you agree or disagree with the following statements? (Based on the 936 respondents who own smartphones)

  Total agree   Strongly agree Agree Disagree Strongly disagree Don’t know   Agree Jan 2016
I check my phone while driving 20%   3% 17% 25% 53% 2%   20%
I am anxious when I can’t check messages 22%   4% 18% 36% 40% 2%   28%
I sometimes send messages/emails before thinking them through 30%   5% 25% 37% 31% 2%   28%
I ignore actual conversations to check my phone 20%   4% 16% 38% 40% 2%   18%
I check my phone before I get out of bed 46%   11% 35% 21% 30% 2%   45%

 

  Total agree   Men Women Aged

18-34

Aged

35-54

Aged 55+
I check my phone while driving 20%   22% 18% 34% 18% 5%
I am anxious when I can’t check messages 22%   25% 20% 32% 11% 9%
I sometimes send messages/emails before thinking them through 30%   32% 28% 48% 28% 8%
I ignore actual conversations to check my phone 20%   22% 16% 34% 16% 4%
I check my phone before I get out of bed 46%   45% 48% 75% 42% 16%

 

46% check their smartphone before they get out of bed, 22% say they are anxious when they can’t check messages and 30% sometimes send messages/emails before thinking.

Younger people are much more likely to do these things than older people. 75% of those aged 18-34 check their phone before they get out of bed and 48% send messages/emails without thinking.

There has been little change since this question was asked in 2015, apart from a drop in the proportion who say they are anxious when they can’t check messages (down 6% to 22%).

Technological change

Feb 7, 2017

Q. Overall, do you think that technological change is making people’s lives better or worse?

  Total agree   Men Women Aged

18-34

Aged

35-54

Aged 55+   Nov 2015
Total better 50%   53% 47% 55% 50% 45%   56%
Total worse 25%   20% 29% 18% 26% 32%   22%
A lot better 15%   15% 15% 17% 15% 14%   22%
A little better 35%   38% 32% 38% 35% 31%   34%
Neither better nor worse 22%   24% 20% 22% 22% 21%   18%
A little worse 17%   14% 20% 12% 19% 21%   16%
A lot worse 8%   6% 9% 6% 7% 11%   6%
Don’t know 3%   3% 3% 5% 3% 2%   4%

50% think that technological change is making people’s lives better and 25% think it is making people’s lives worse. 22% think it has made no difference. This is a shift to a slightly more negative view of technology since this question was asked in 2015.

Those most likely to think technology is making people’s lives better were aged 18-24 (57%), Labor voters (58%) and university educated (59%).

Developments in technology

Feb 7, 2017

Q. Do you think developments in technology – that is, the increase in online, smartphones and social media – have been good or bad for the following?

  Total good Total bad   Very good Good Neither good nor bad Bad Very bad Don’t know
Accessing cultural products (music, video etc) 76% 4%   28% 48% 17% 3% 1% 3%
Purchasing consumer goods 75% 3%   31% 44% 19% 2% 1% 2%
The news media 67% 10%   23% 44% 20% 7% 3% 3%
Quality of education 52% 21%   13% 39% 235 15% 6% 4%
Maintaining relationships 40% 29%   7% 33% 26% 20% 9% 3%
Public safety (e.g. road safety) 34% 31%   9% 25% 30% 17% 14% 4%
Parenting and child safety 33% 30%   8% 25% 31% 22% 8% 5%

76% think that new developments in technology have been good for accessing cultural products, 75% think they have been good for purchasing consumer gods and 67% good for news media.

They were less certain they had been good for public safety (34%) and parenting and child safety (33%).

Privacy on the internet

Feb 7, 2017

Q. In the last 12 months, have you taken any of the following actions to protect your privacy on the internet?

  Total   Men Women Aged 18-34 Aged 35-54 Aged 55+   Aug 2015
Cleared cookies and browser in history 73%   76% 70% 74% 76% 69%   77%
Stopped using a website you think might be using information about you 54%   55% 53% 58% 55% 50%   54%
Set your browser to disable or turned off cookies 46%   48% 45% 50% 46% 43%   51%
Deleted something you posted in the past 46%   45% 47% 58% 46% 33%   48%
Decided not to use a website because they wanted your real name 42%   35% 40% 49% 42% 36%   43%
Used a false name or untraceable username 32%   35% 29% 44% 32% 17%   33%
Use a non-identifiable email address 26%   30% 21% 39% 26% 11%   27%
Used a Virtual Private Network or Tor 18%   24% 12% 28% 15% 10%   16%

Note: previous surveys asked if “ever” taken these actions.

Actions most likely to have been taken to protect privacy were clearing cookies and browser in history (73%), stopped using a website that might be using your information (54%) and setting browser to disable or turning off cookies (46%).

There has been little change since this question was last asked in 2015.

Federal voting intention

Jan 31, 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 24/1/17   Election 2 Jul 16
Liberal 32% 33%
National 3% 3%
Total Liberal/National 35%   35%   42.0%
Labor 37%   37%   34.7%
Greens 9% 10% 10.2%
Nick Xenophon Team 3% 3%
Pauline Hanson’s One Nation 10% 9%
Other/Independent 6% 6% 13.1%
2 party preferred
Liberal National 46%   46%   50.4%
Labor 54%   54%   49.6%

NB. Sample = 1,790. 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.

Australian society

Jan 31, 2017

Q. Thinking about our current political and economic system – that is, the structures that set the rules for the way Australian society operates – which of the following best describes your view?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other
The system needs to be fundamentally changed 40%   44% 31% 43% 52%
The system is fundamentally sound but needs to be refined 44%   43% 52% 54% 38%
The system works well as it is and should not be changed in any substantial way 6%   3% 10% 1% 5%
Don’t know 11%   9% 7% 2% 5%

44% think Australia’s political and economic system is fundamentally sound but needs to be refined and 40% think the system needs to be fundamentally changed. Only 6% think it should not be changed in any way.

Those most likely to think it needs fundamental change were “other” voters (52%) and those on incomes under $1,000 pw (47%).

Those most likely to think the system just needs to be refined were LNP voters (52%), Greens voters (54%) and incomes over $2,000 pw (52%).

Free Trade Agreements generally

Jan 31, 2017

Q. Generally, do you think making Free Trade Agreements with other countries is good for Australia or bad for Australia? 

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other   Apr 2014
Total good 47%   46% 61% 39% 36%   49%
Total bad 15%   15% 10% 24% 27%   11%
Very good 10%   10% 12% 7% 8%   13%
Good 37%   36% 49% 32% 28%   36%
Neither good nor bad 21%   23% 17% 17% 22%   18%
Bad 11%   10% 8% 18% 18%   7%
Very bad 4%   5% 2% 6% 9%   4%
Don’t know 17%   16% 12% 21% 15%   22%

47% think that free trade agreements are generally good for Australia and 15% think they are bad. 21% think they are neither and 17% could not give an opinion. These results are similar to those when this question was last asked in April 2014.

Those most likely to think they were good were Liberal/National voters (61%), full-time workers (52%), incomes over $2,000 pw (55%) and those with university education (54%).

TPP

Jan 31, 2017

Q. The new US President, Donald Trump, has announced the US will pull out of the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement between 12 Asia Pacific countries. Do you think Australia should pull out of the TPP or continue to negotiate an agreement without the US?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other
Australia should pull out of TPP 19%   22% 15% 30% 23%
Australia should negotiate an agreement without US 52%   52% 57% 53% 51%
Don’t know 29%   25% 28% 17% 26%

52% think that now that the US has pulled out of the TPP, Australia should continue to negotiate an agreement. 19% think Australia should now pull out of the TPP.

There was very little difference in views across demographics and voter groups.

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