Best Government in last 10 years

Aug 29, 2017

Q. How would you rate the different Federal Governments Australia has had over the last 10 years? Please rank them 1 to 4 from best to worst, where 1 is the best Government, 2 the second best, 3 the third and 4 the worst.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th   1st Vote Labor 1st Vote Lib/Nat 1st Vote Greens 1st Vote other
Kevin Rudd’s (first) Labor Government 32% 27% 22% 19%   52% 8% 51% 30%
Julia Gillard’s Labor Government 22% 28% 26% 24%   38% 6% 36% 19%
Tony Abbott’s Coalition Government 20% 22% 21% 37%   5% 31% 2% 34%
Malcolm Turnbull’s Coalition Government 26% 23% 31% 20%   6% 55% 11% 17%

Note – based on the 771 respondents who answered the question.

 

32% thought Kevin Rudd’s Labor Government was Australia’s best Government over the last 10 years, 26% selected the Turnbull Coalition Government and 22% Julia Gillard’s Labor Government. 20% thought Tony Abbott’s Coalition Government was the best – and 37% believed it was the worst. 25% of respondents said “don’t know” and these have been excluded from these figures.

Opinions mainly follow party preferences, 90% of Labor voters selected a Labor Government and 86% of Liberal/National voters selected a Coalition Government. Greens voters preferred Labor Governments, while other party voters were divided – 34% preferred Tony Abbott’s Coalition Government and 30% selected Kevin Rudd’s Labor Government.

On a head-to-head basis –

57% rank Kevin Rudd ahead of Julia Gillard, 60% rank him ahead of Tony Abbott and 55% rank him better than Malcolm Turnbull.

54% rank Julia Gillard ahead of Tony Abbott and 51% rank her better than Malcolm Turnbull.

61% rank Malcolm Turnbull ahead of Tony Abbott.

Fairness of tax system

Aug 29, 2017

Q. Now thinking about taxes – overall, how fair do you think our present Federal tax system is?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other   Income less than $600 pw Income $600 – $1,000 pw Income $1,000 – $1,600 pw Income $1,600- $2,000 pw Income $2,000+ pw   Dec 2015 Apr 2016
Total fair 40%   36% 57% 26% 28%   43% 38% 40% 41% 43%   40% 36%
Total not fair 51%   58% 36% 67% 67%   46% 49% 53% 54% 51%   52% 55%
Very fair 4% 4% 6% 3% 7% 4% 2% 2% 5% 4% 3%
Moderately fair 36% 32% 51% 26% 25% 36% 34% 38% 39% 38% 36% 33%
Not too fair 27% 27% 23% 39% 30% 24% 23% 28% 28% 30% 30% 30%
Not fair at all 24% 31% 13% 28% 37% 22% 26% 25% 26% 21% 22% 25%
Don’t know 10% 7% 65 6% 5% 115 13% 7% 5% 6% 8% 10%

 

40% think the Federal tax system is very or moderately fair and 51% think it is not too fair or not fair at all. This represents a small shift toward thinking the tax system is fair since this question was asked in April last year.

Those most likely to think it not fair were Greens voters (67%) and other voters (67%).

Those most likely to think it is fair were Liberal/National voters (57%) and university educated (49%).

There was little difference across income groups.

View of tax system

Aug 29, 2017

Q. How much, if at all, does each of the following bother you about the Federal tax system? Do they bother you a lot, some, not too much, or not at all?

  A lot Some Not too much Not at all Don’t know   Dec 2015
The feeling that some corporations don’t pay their fair share 60% 24% 8% 2% 6%   59%
The feeling that some wealthy people don’t pay their fair share 53% 25% 12% 4% 6%   54%
The complexity of the tax system 26% 37% 22% 7% 9%   28%
The amount you pay in taxes 22% 34% 24% 11% 9%   23%
The feeling that some poor people don’t pay their fair share 12% 20% 28% 32% 8%   12%

 

 

60% are bothered a lot by the feeling that some corporations don’t pay their fair share of tax and 53% are bothered a lot by the feeling that some wealthy people don’t pay their fair share.

26% are bothered a lot by the complexity of the system, 22% by the amount of tax they pay and 12% by the feeling that some poor people don’t pay their fair share. These figures have changed little since this question was asked in December 2015.

 

Bothered a lot Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other   Income less than $600 pw Income $600 – $1,000 pw Income $1,000 – $1,600 pw Income $1,600- $2,000 pw Income $2,000 + pw
The feeling that some corporations don’t pay their fair share 60%   71% 51% 67% 69%   64% 66% 62% 59% 59%
The feeling that some wealthy people don’t pay their fair share 53%   66% 40% 66% 60%   59% 52% 58% 55% 50%
The complexity of the tax system 26%   28% 25% 16% 36%   27% 28% 28% 22% 28%
The amount you pay in taxes 22%   20% 19% 21% 36%   12% 18% 22% 31% 26%
The feeling that some poor people don’t pay their fair share 12%   13% 14% 4% 14%   9% 8% 12% 17% 17%

 

Those more likely to be bothered by the feeling that some corporations don’t pay their fair share were Labor voters (71%), Greens voters (71%), other party voters (69%), aged 55+ (77%), incomes $600-1,000 pw (66%) and those not working (66%).

Those more likely to be bothered by the feeling that some wealthy people don’t pay their fair share were aged 45+ (63%), Labor voters (66%) and Greens voters (66%).

Those more likely to be bothered by the complexity of the tax system were aged 55-64 (39%).

Those more likely to be bothered by the amount they pay were aged 35-44 (31%), other party voters (36%) and families with dependent children (29%).

Those more likely to be bothered by the feeling that some poor people don’t pay their fair share were aged 35-44 (19%) and full-time workers (17%).

Dual citizenship

Aug 29, 2017

Q. Two members of Parliament have resigned and the position of several others is under question because they may be dual citizens of other countries. Do you think dual citizens should or should not be allowed to be members of Parliament?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other
Should be allowed 41%   37% 53% 42% 30%
Should not be allowed 40%   49% 34% 33% 54%
Don’t know 18%   14% 13% 25% 17%

 

41% think that dual citizens should be allowed to be members of Parliament and 40% think they should not.

Those most likely to think they should be allowed to be members of Parliament were Liberal/National voters (53%) and university educated (49%).

Those most likely to think they should be not allowed to be members of Parliament were Labor voters (49%), other party voters (54%) and aged 45-54 (50%).

Should Ministers stand down

Aug 29, 2017

Q. Should Ministers who may hold dual citizenship – such as Barnaby Joyce and Fiona Nash – stand down until their cases are decided by the High Court?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other
Should stand down 41%   59% 25% 47% 45%
Should not stand down 40%   28% 59% 33% 40%
Don’t know 19%   13% 15% 21% 15%

 

41% think that Ministers who may hold dual citizenship should stand down until their cases are decided by the High Court and 40% think they should not.

59% of Labor voters think they should stand down and 59% of Liberal/National voters think they should not.

Citizenship audit

Aug 29, 2017

Q. Do you think there needs to be a review of all members of Parliament to identify all who might be dual citizens?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other
Needs to be a review 59%   62% 62% 52% 68%
Does not need to be a review 25%   27% 28% 26% 19%
Don’t know 16%   12% 10% 23% 13%

 

A majority (59%) think that there needs to be a review of all members of Parliament to identify all who might be dual citizens and 25% think a review in not needed.

Those most likely to support a review where other party voters (68%) and aged 65+ (79%).

Pauline Hanson

Aug 29, 2017

Q. Last week Pauline Hanson wore a burka into Parliament to draw attention to her view that wearing burkas should be banned in Australia. Do you approve or disapprove of her actions in wearing the burka into Parliament?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other
Total approve 39%   31% 46% 13% 67%
Total disapprove 38%   51% 32% 63% 16%
Strongly approve 21%   15% 20% 10% 47%
Approve 18%   16% 26% 3% 20%
Neither approve nor disapprove 16%   13% 19% 19% 14%
Disapprove 10%   11% 10% 8% 6%
Strongly disapprove 28%   40% 22% 55% 10%
Didn’t know about it 2%   2% 1% 1%
Don’t know 5%   3% 2% 4% 4%

 

39% approved of Pauline Hanson wearing a burka into Parliament and 38% disapproved. A majority of Labor (51%) and Greens voters (63%) disapproved. 67% of other party voters approved while Liberal/National voters were more likely to approve (46%) than disapprove (32%).

50% of those aged 65+ approved.

Federal voting intention

Aug 22, 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 15/8/17 2 weeks ago 8/8/17 4 weeks ago 25/7/17   Election 2 Jul 16
Liberal 34%   34% 34% 35%    
National 3%   3% 3% 3%    
Total Liberal/National 37%   37% 37% 38%   42.0%
Labor 37%   39% 39% 37%   34.7%
Greens 9%   9% 9% 10%   10.2%
Nick Xenophon Team 3%   2% 3% 4%    
Pauline Hanson’s One Nation 8%   8% 8% 7%    
Other/Independent 6%   6% 5% 5%   13.1%
2 party preferred              
Liberal National 47%   46% 46% 47%   50.4%
Labor 53%   54% 54% 53%   49.6%

 

  1. Sample = 1,817. 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.
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