Statements about tax cuts for business

Mar 14, 2017

Q. Which of the following statements is closest to your view?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other
Cutting the company tax rate will bring Australia’s tax base into line with other nations and attract the investment we need to create more jobs. 25%   21% 44% 5% 20%
Cutting the company tax rate will simply deliver business $50 billion more in profits – money that should be invested in schools, hospitals and other vital services. 43%   57% 25% 65% 49%
Not sure 31%   22% 31% 30% 31%

 

43% agree more with the statement that cutting the company tax rate will simply deliver businesses more in profits while 25% agree more that cutting the company tax rate will attract investment and deliver jobs.

Those most likely to think it will simply deliver business profits were Greens voters (65%), Labor voters (57%) and aged 65+ (50%).

Trust in media

Mar 14, 2017

Q. How much trust do you have in what you read or hear in the following media?

  Total a lot /some

trust

  A lot of trust Some trust Not much trust No trust at all Don’t know Don’t use   Total a lot /someNov 14 Total a lot /some

Jun 15

Total a lot /some

Feb 16

ABC TV news and current affairs 59%   17% 42% 17% 10% 4% 11%   69% 63% 66%
SBS TV news and current affairs 59%   15% 44% 17% 8% 4% 14%   66% 61% 63%
ABC radio news and current affairs 56%   15% 41% 17% 9% 3% 15%   62% 58% 62%
ABC radio talkback programs 45%   9% 36% 22% 12% 5% 18%   48% 46% 49%
News and opinion in local newspapers 45%   3% 42% 31% 12% 4% 9%   53% 50% 49%
News and opinion in daily newspapers 42%   4% 38% 31% 14% 5% 9%   50% 45% 49%
Commercial TV news and current affairs 42%   5% 37% 31% 17% 4% 5%   48% 46% 48%
Commercial radio news and current affairs 40%   4% 36% 30% 15% 4% 10%   45% 44% 46%
News and opinion websites 36%   4% 32% 34% 15% 4% 11%   42% 39% 44%
Commercial radio talkback programs 34%   4% 30% 26% 20% 4% 15%   33% 34% 34%
Internet blogs 19%   3% 16% 34% 27% 5% 16%   22% 20% 23%

Overall, trust in media has declined since this question was asked last year – however rankings remain much the same.

The most trusted media were ABC TV news and current affairs (59% a lot/some trust), SBS TV news and current affairs (59%) and ABC radio news and current affairs (56%).

The least trusted were internet blogs (19%) and commercial radio talkback programs (34%).

 

The main changes since February last year have been for news and opinion websites (down 8%), ABC TV news and current affairs (down 7%) and news and opinion in daily newspapers (down 7%).

Federal voting intention

Mar 7, 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 28/2/17 2 weeks ago 21/2/17 4 weeks ago 7/2/17   Election 2 Jul 16
Liberal 34% 34% 33% 33%
National 3% 3% 3% 2%
Total Liberal/National 37%   37% 36% 36%   42.0%
Labor 37%   37% 34% 37%   34.7%
Greens 9% 9% 10% 8% 10.2%
Nick Xenophon Team 3% 3% 4% 3%
Pauline Hanson’s One Nation 9% 9% 10% 10%
Other/Independent 5% 6% 6% 6% 13.1%
2 party preferred
Liberal National 47%   47% 48% 47%   50.4%
Labor 53%   53% 52% 53%   49.6%

NB. Sample = 1,786. 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.

Reduction in Sunday penalty rates

Mar 7, 2017

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the Fair Work Commission’s recent decision to reduce current Sunday penalty rates paid in retail, fast food, hospitality and pharmacy industries?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other   Work full time Work part time
Total approve 32%   19% 55% 14% 29%   39% 27%
Total disapprove 56%   74% 36% 73% 61%   52% 58%
Strongly approve 9%   5% 17% 2% 10%   10% 6%
Approve 23%   14% 38% 12% 19%   29% 21%
Disapprove 22%   21% 23% 25% 21%   20% 23%
Strongly disapprove 34%   53% 13% 48% 40%   32% 35%
Don’t know 12%   7% 10% 14% 10%   9% 15%

32% approve of the Fair Work Commission’s recent decision to reduce current Sunday penalty rates and 56% disapprove.

Those most likely to approve were Liberal National voters (55%), men (40%) and aged 65+ (49%).

Those most likely to disapprove were Labor voters (74%), Greens voters (73%), women (63%) and aged 18-24 (64%).

Result of cutting penalty rates

Mar 7, 2017

Q. What do you think will be the more likely result of cutting penalty rates for hospitality and retail workers?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other   Work full time Work part time
Businesses will make bigger profits 57%   73% 41% 66% 61%   60% 55%
Businesses will employ more workers 24%   12% 42% 12% 23%   24% 22%
Don’t know 20%   15% 17% 22% 16%   17% 23%

57% think that the most likely result of cutting penalty rates will be that businesses will make bigger profits. 24% think businesses will employ more workers.

Those most likely to think businesses will make more profits were Labor voters (73%) and Greens voters (66%).

Those most likely to think businesses will employ more workers were Liberal National voters (42%) and aged 65+ (41%).

Whether Government should legislate

Mar 7, 2017

Q. Which of the following statements represents your view of how the Government should respond to these penalty rate reductions?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other   Work full time Work part time
The Government should accept the decision to cut penalty rates 31%   15% 55% 14% 32%   37% 27%
The Government should pass legislation to protect current penalty rates 51%   73% 29% 64% 52%   47% 51%
Don’t know 18%   12% 16% 22% 16%   16% 22%

51% think that the Government should pass legislation to protect current penalty rates and 31% think the Government should accept the decision to cut penalty rates.

Those most likely to think the Government should pass legislation to protect current penalty rates were labor voters (73%), Greens voters (64%) and women (55%).

Those most likely to think the Government should accept the decision to cut penalty rates were Liberal National voters (55%), men (37%), aged 65+ (51%) and full-time workers (37%).

Best leader of the Liberal Party

Mar 7, 2017

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

  Total   Vote
ALP
Vote Lib/Nat Vote
GRN
Vote other   Jun 2014 Feb 2015 Aug 2015 Sep 2015 Dec 2015 Mar 2016 Jul 2016 Nov 2016
Malcolm Turnbull 20% 18% 36% 15% 8% 31% 24% 24% 37% 42% 39% 30% 21%
Tony Abbott 10% 8% 15% 2% 12% 18% 11% 18% 9% 9% 9% 9% 11%
Julie Bishop 17% 18% 19% 15% 18% 4% 21% 17% 14% 13% 12% 16% 20%
Christopher Pyne 2% 2% 2% 2% 2% <1% <1% 1% 1% 2% 1% 3% 2%
Scott Morrison 2% 1% 3% 3% 1% 2% 3% 4% 2% 2% 3% 3%
Peter Dutton 2% 1% 2% 1% 4%
Someone else 18% 25% 6% 32% 25% 19% 13% 13% 10% 9% 15% 19% 18%
Don’t know 28% 27% 17% 34% 29% 21% 24% 22% 21% 22% 21% 21% 25%

20% (down 1% since November) think Malcolm Turnbull would make the best leader of the Liberal Party, 17% prefer Julie Bishop (down 3%) and 10% prefer Tony Abbott (down 1%). 18% (no change) prefer someone else.

Among Liberal/National voters, 36% (no change) prefer Malcolm Turnbull, 19% (down 1%) Julie Bishop and 15% (down 4%) prefer Tony Abbott.

Preferences of men were Malcolm Turnbull 22% (-3%), Julie Bishop 16% (-3%) and Tony Abbott 13% (no change).

Preferences of women were Julie Bishop 19% (-3%), Malcolm Turnbull 19% (+2%) and Tony Abbott 7% (-2%).

Best leader of the Labor Party

Mar 7, 2017

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

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other   Aug 2015 Dec 2015 Mar 2016 Jul 2016 Nov 2016
Bill Shorten 21%   46% 12% 18% 6%   16% 13% 15% 27% 17%
Anthony Albanese 11%   10% 12% 7% 16%   12% 14% 14% 11% 12%
Tanya Plibersek 13%   16% 14% 15% 9%   13% 14% 14% 12% 14%
Chris Bowen 3%   3% 3% 1% 6%   5% 3% 7% 3% 4%
Tony Burke 2%   2% 2% 3% 2%   2%
Someone else 16%   7% 19% 22% 24%   18% 17% 18% 17% 18%
Don’t know 35%   17% 38% 34% 36%   36% 38% 32% 30% 32%

21% (up 4% since November) think Bill Shorten would make the best leader of the Labor Party, 13% (down 1%) prefer Tanya Plibersek and 11% (down 1%) Anthony Albanese. 16% prefer someone else and 35% don’t know.

Among Labor voters, 46% (up 9%) prefer Bill Shorten, 13% (down 3%) Tanya Plibersek and 10% (down 4%) Anthony Albanese.

Preferences of men were Bill Shorten 24% (+5%), Anthony Albanese 13% (-3%) and Tanya Plibersek 12% (-1%).

Preferences of women were Bill Shorten 18% (+2%), Tanya Plibersek 13% (-1%) and Anthony Albanese 8% (-1%).

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