Federal voting intention

Mar 28, 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 21/3/17 2 weeks ago 14/3/17 4 weeks ago 28/2/17   Election 2 Jul 16
Liberal 32% 31% 32% 34%
National 3% 3% 3% 3%
Total Liberal/National 35%   34% 35% 37%   42.0%
Labor 37%   37% 36% 37%   34.7%
Greens 10% 9% 9% 9% 10.2%
Nick Xenophon Team 4% 3% 3% 3%
Pauline Hanson’s One Nation 8% 10% 11% 9%
Other/Independent 7% 6% 6% 6% 13.1%
2 party preferred
Liberal National 46%   45% 47% 47%   50.4%
Labor 54%   55% 53% 53%   49.6%

 

NB. Sample = 1,808. 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

Racial discrimination laws

Mar 28, 2017

Q. Overall, do you think that laws governing racial discrimination in Australia are too strict, too weak or about right?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other   Nov 2016
Too strict 16%   11% 21% 10% 29% 17%
Too weak 26%   30% 22% 37% 27% 26%
About right 40% 46% 47% 34% 28% 40%
Don’t know 18% 13% 11% 19% 15%   17%

 

40% think Australia current laws governing racial discrimination are about right, 26% think they are too weak and 16% think they are too strict. These results are almost unchanged since this question was asked in November.

Those most likely to think they are too weak were Greens voters (37%) and people aged 18-34 (30%).

Those most likely to think they are too strict were other voters (29%) and aged 55+ (25%).

Changing Racial Discrimination Act

Mar 28, 2017

Q. The Racial Discrimination Act makes it an offence to “intimidate, humiliate, offend or insult” someone because of their race or ethnicity. It has been proposed to replace the words “humiliate, offend or insult” with “harass”. This means it will be unlawful to  “harass or intimidate” someone because of their race or ethnicity but not unlawful to “humiliate, offend or insult”. Do you approve or disapprove of this change?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other
Total approve 45%   45% 58% 32% 45%
Total disapprove 34%   41% 27% 50% 33%
Strongly approve 14%   14% 17% 9% 18%
Approve 31%   31% 41% 23% 27%
Disapprove 19%   17% 20% 28% 19%
Strongly disapprove 15%   24% 7% 22% 14%
Don’t know 20%   15% 15% 18% 22%

 

45% approved of changing the Racial Discrimination Act and 34% opposed.

58% of Liberal/National voters approve, 50% of Greens votes disapprove and Labor voters were split 45% approve/41% disapprove.

53% of respondents aged 65+ approved and 39% of those with university education disapproved.

Government priorities

Mar 28, 2017

Q. What do you think should be the main priorities for the new Government? (select up to 3)

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other   Jul 2016 Change
Invest more in hospitals and health services 46%   51% 40% 36% 47%   55% -9
Ensuring big businesses pay their fair share of tax 30%   32% 27% 27% 38%   29% +1
Do more to address unemployment 26%   28% 26% 11% 30%   25% +1
Invest more in education 24%   27% 18% 32% 19%   31% -7
Invest more in renewable energy 23%   22% 22% 45% 17%   17% +6
Invest more in infrastructure e.g. rail and roads 21%   19% 28% 8% 18%   19% +2
Cut spending to reduce the deficit 20%   10% 36% 2% 26%   27% -7
Vote on same sex marriage 19%   23% 14% 35% 13%   15% +4
Do more to address climate change 16%   19% 10% 41% 7%   13% +3
Do more to assist first home buyers 15%   15% 15% 12% 13%   12% +3
More support for local industries 15%   13% 17% 6% 22%   11% +4
Build the NBN 10%   13% 9% 10% 7%   13% -3
Cut company tax 3%   1% 5% 1% 4%   4% -1
Make changes to superannuation 3%   3% 2% 1% 2%   4% -1

 

 

46% thought the one of the Government’s main priorities was to invest more in hospitals and health services. Other important priorities were ensuring big businesses pay their fair share of tax (30%), do more to address unemployment (26%), investing more in education (24%) and investing more in renewable energy (23%). Cutting company tax and making changes to superannuation were the least important issues (both 3%).

Main changes since this question was asked last July were increases for investing in renewable energy (up 6%), vote on same sex marriage (up 4%) and more support for local industries (up 4%) and decreases for investing more in hospitals and health (down 9%), investing more in education (down 7%) and cutting spending to reduce the deficit (down 7%).

For Labor voters the main priorities were investing in hospitals and health (51%), ensuring big businesses pay their share of tax (32%), doing more to address unemployment (28%) and investing more in education (27%).

For Liberal/National voters the main priorities were investing in hospitals and health (40%), cutting spending to reduce the deficit (36%) and investing more in infrastructure (28%).

For Greens voters the main priorities were investing more in renewable energy (45%), doing more to address climate change (41%), investing in hospitals and health (36%) and voting on same sex marriage (35%).

Importance of international relationships

Mar 28, 2017

Q. How important is it for Australia to have a close relationship with the following nations?

  Very import-ant Quite import-ant Not very import-ant Don’t know   Very impor-tant

Mar 11

Very import-ant

Nov 13

Very import-ant

Oct 14

Very import-ant

Feb 15

Very import-ant

May 15

Very import-ant

Jul 16

Change
United States 47% 40% 8% 6%   60% 59% 53% 44% 44% 49% -2
United Kingdom 47% 41% 6% 6%   56% 48% 48% 38% 39% 41% +6
China 43% 43% 6% 7%   48% 54% 44% 41% 39% 42% +1
Japan 30% 50% 11% 9%   39% 35% 31% 30% 31% 25% +5
Indonesia 25% 46% 19% 9%   31% 40% 32% 22% 21% 26% -1
Canada 25% 49% 17% 9%   na na 26% 22% 24% 22% +3
Germany 20% 49% 21% 10%   23% 20% 22% 18% 20% 19% +1
India 17% 47% 25% 11%   26% 26% 22% 20% 22% 19% -2
Russia 17% 38% 34% 12%   na na 16% 11% 13% 17%
Saudi Arabia 13% 37% 36% 14%   na na 17% 12% 14% 13%

 

47% of respondents think it is very important to have a close relationship with the United States and 47% think it is very important to have a close relationship with the United Kingdom and 43% with China. Relations with Russia (17%) and Saudi Arabia (13%) were thought to be the least important.

 

A close relationship with the United States is considered very important by 59% of Liberal/National voters, 45% of Labor voters and 35% of Greens voters.

 

Since this question was asked in July last year, the importance of our relationship with the United Kingdom has increased 6% and the importance of our relationship with Japan increased 5%.

Relationship with USA

Mar 28, 2017

Q. Do you think Australia’s relationship with the United States is becoming better or worse?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other
Total better 6%   5% 11% 7% 4%
Total worse 41%   48% 35% 54% 40%
Much better 2%   3% 3% 1% 1%
Better 4%   2% 8% 6% 3%
Staying about the same 44%   41% 50% 33% 48%
Worse 35%   40% 30% 51% 34%
Much worse 6%   8% 5% 3% 6%
Don’t know 9%   7% 5% 6% 7%

 

 

41% think that Australia’s relationship with the US is becoming worse, 6% think it is becoming better and 44% think it is staying about the same.

Those most likely to think it is getting worse were Labor voters (48%) and Greens voters (54%).

Expanding Snowy Hydro

Mar 28, 2017

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the proposal by the Federal Government to invest $2 billion to expand the Snowy Hydro scheme to increase its electricity production by 50 per cent?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other
Total approve 59%   57% 72% 45% 59%
Total disapprove 12%   14% 8% 19% 13%
Strongly approve 19%   19% 28% 8% 16%
Approve 40%   38% 44% 37% 43%
Disapprove 8%   9% 7% 11% 9%
Strongly disapprove 4%   5% 1% 8% 4%
Don’t know 30%   29% 21% 36% 28%

 

59% approve of the Federal Government’s proposal to expand the Snowy Hydro scheme and 12% disapprove. 30% could not give an opinion.

Those most likely to support the proposal were Liberal/National voters (72%), men (66%) and aged 55+ (73%).

Important leadership characteristics

Mar 28, 2017

Q. Which of the following are the most important characteristics you would want to see in Australia’s political leaders? (select up to 3)

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other
Accountable 66%   61% 66% 65% 74%
Realistic 56%   56% 57% 39% 57%
Ethical 49%   47% 47% 72% 43%
Level headed 32%   34% 35% 20% 34%
Objective 25%   20% 31% 21% 25%
Collaborative 21%   26% 16% 32% 13%
Modest 10%   10% 8% 8% 12%
Curious 5%   7% 5% 9% 1%
Humorous 4%   3% 4% 3% 5%

The most important characteristics for Australia’s political leaders were considered to be accountable (66%), realistic (56%) and ethical (49%).

Greens voters were more likely to select “ethical” (72%) and other voters more likely to want leaders to be “accountable” (74%).

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