Education Cuts

May 9, 2017

Q. The Government is proposing to increase student fees for university education by 7.5% over 4 years and cut University funding by 2.8 per cent. To what extent do you agree with these statements about the proposed changes?

  Total agree Total disagree   Strongly agree Agree Neither agree nor disagree Disagree Strongly disagree Don’t know
The changes are needed to reduce the Federal Budget Deficit 34% 41%   11% 23% 17% 21% 20% 7%
These changes will make it harder for young people to enter the housing market 53% 22%   24% 29% 18% 15% 7% 6%
Universities have plenty of funding. They can absorb a cut without it damaging the quality of education. 37% 30%   10% 27% 23% 18% 12% 9%
With university fees up, penalty rates reduced, and housing affordability becoming harder, young people have cause to feel they are under attack. 61% 17%   29% 32% 17% 10% 7% 5%
University education should be free for all Australians, just like it is for primary and secondary school 45% 29%   24% 21% 20% 19% 10% 5%
These changes will make it harder for Australia to become more innovative. 49% 21%   23% 26% 21% 14% 7% 7%
A government that cuts university funding while delivering business a tax cut has the wrong priorities 57% 16%   32% 25% 21% 10% 6% 6%

The most widely agreed with statement was “With university fees up, penalty rates reduced, and housing affordability becoming harder, young people have cause to feel they are under attack”. Those most likely to agree with this statement were Greens voters (82%) and ALP voters (76%). Those most likely to disagree were those aged 65+ (28% disagree) and Liberal/National voters (27%).

The most widely disagreed with statement was “The changes are needed to reduce the Federal Budget Deficit”. Those most likely to disagree with this statement were also Greens voters (73% disagree) and ALP voters (54%). Those most likely to agree were also Liberal/National voters (54% agree) and those aged 65+ (49%).

Student Contributions to University Fees

May 9, 2017

Q. Currently, on average, university students pay 42% of the full cost of their degree and the Government pays 58%. Do you think that students should pay more, should pay less or is the current share about right?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other  
Should pay less 31%   37% 18% 63% 26%  
Should pay more 20%   13% 34% 7% 24%  
Current share about right 37%   41% 38% 24% 39%  
Don’t know 12%   9% 10% 6% 11%  

37% thought that the current share of students’ cost of education is about right. Those most likely to think this were ALP voters (41%) and those aged 55-64 (41%).

31% thought that students should pay less. Those most likely to think this were Greens voters (63%), those aged 18-24 (38%) and those aged 25-34 (38%).

20% thought that students should pay more. Those most likely to think this were Liberal/National voters (34%) and those aged 65+ (31%).

Party Trust to Handle Issues

Oct 6, 2015

Q: Which party would you trust most to handle the following issues?

  Liberal Labor Greens Don’t know   Difference   Difference

Sep 2015

Management of the economy 41% 23% 4% 32% +18 +16
Ensuring a quality education for all children 28% 35% 7% 30% -7 -4
Ensuring the quality of Australia’s health system 28% 33% 8% 30% -5 -2
Protecting the environment 18% 16% 39% 26% -21 -20
A fair industrial relations system 27% 38% 5% 30% -11 -8
Political leadership 38% 20% 7% 36% +18 +9
Addressing climate change 19% 23% 31% 27% -12 -12
Controlling interest rates 36% 22% 4% 37% +14 +16
Australian jobs and protection of local industries 28% 35% 6% 31% -7 -5
Ensuring a quality water supply 25% 20% 24% 31% +5 +7
Housing affordability 24% 31% 7% 38% -7
Ensuring a fair taxation system 31% 31% 6% 32% +4
Security and the war on terrorism 41% 19% 5% 36% +22 +20
Treatment of asylum seekers 28% 21% 17% 34% +7 +12
Managing population growth 32% 19% 9% 40% +13 +11

Note – Differences are calculated by subtracting Labor % from Liberal % – except for the two issues on which the Greens lead in which case it is Liberal minus Greens.

The Liberal Party is trusted more to handle security and the war on terrorism (+22), management of the economy (+18), political leadership (+18) and controlling interest rates (+14). The Labor Party is trusted more to handle a fair industrial relations system (-11) and Australian jobs, protection of local industries (-7), ensuring a quality education (-7) and housing affordability (-7).

Main changes since this question was asked last month have been an improvement for the Liberal Party on political leadership (up net 9 points), and improvement for the Labor Party on housing affordability (up 7) and treatment of asylum seekers (up 5).

Party Trust to Handle Issues

Jun 3, 2014

Q.  Which party would you trust most to handle the following issues?

 

Labor

Liberal

Greens

Don’t know

 

Difference

3 June 14

Difference 11 Feb 14

Management of the economy

28%

41%

4%

28%

-13

-19

Ensuring a quality education for all children

43%

28%

6%

23%

+15

+7

Ensuring the quality of Australia’s health system

41%

28%

7%

24%

+13

+2

Protecting the environment

20%

18%

40%

22%

+22

+15

A fair industrial relations system

40%

29%

6%

26%

+11

+5

Political leadership

28%

34%

5%

33%

-6

-13

Addressing climate change

22%

20%

32%

26%

+12

+3

Controlling interest rates

28%

40%

3%

29%

-12

-17

Australian jobs and protection of local industries

40%

28%

5%

27%

+12

+2

Ensuring a quality water supply

21%

26%

25%

28%

-5

-10

Housing affordability

31%

27%

6%

35%

+4

-2

Ensuring a fair taxation system

32%

33%

6%

29%

-1

-6

Security and the war on terrorism

23%

39%

5%

33%

-16

-16

Treatment of asylum seekers

20%

37%

14%

29%

-17

-16

Managing population growth

21%

31%

9%

38%

-10

-11

Note – Differences are calculated by subtracting Liberal % from Labor % – except for the two issues on which the Greens lead in which case it is Greens minus Liberal.

The Liberal Party is trusted more to handle management of the economy (-13), controlling interest rates (-12), security and the war on terrorism (-16) and treatment of asylum seekers (-17). The Labor Party is trusted more to handle a quality education for all children (+15), ensuring the quality of Australia’s health system  (+13), Australian jobs and protection of local industries (+12) and a fair industrial relations system (+11).

Since this question was asked in February, the Labor Party has improved its position on most issues – especially the quality of the health system (up 11), Australian jobs and protection of local industries (up 10) and education (up 8).

Most important election issues

Apr 22, 2014

Q.  Which are the three most important issues in deciding how you would vote at a Federal election?

 

Total

22 Apr 14

 

Vote ALP

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Grn

Vote other

 

23 Jul 13

30 Jul 12

6 June 11

25 Jan 10

Management of the economy

54%

43%

75%

22%

44%

45%

64%

61%

63%

Ensuring a quality education for all children

27%

35%

18%

38%

20%

25%

26%

26%

23%

Ensuring the quality of Australia’s health system

50%

54%

43%

62%

52%

42%

47%

49%

48%

Protecting the environment

13%

12%

7%

42%

14%

12%

11%

15%

16%

A fair industrial relations system

12%

17%

11%

8%

12%

10%

12%

8%

na

Political leadership

15%

11%

24%

6%

13%

21%

25%

17%

23%

Addressing climate change

10%

13%

4%

28%

9%

11%

9%

15%

16%

Controlling interest rates

9%

9%

11%

2%

7%

13%

9%

13%

15%

Australian jobs and protection of local industries

37%

39%

37%

18%

37%

39%

41%

32%

33%

Ensuring a quality water supply

4%

5%

3%

3%

5%

3%

3%

5%

12%

Housing affordability

17%

18%

16%

13%

19%

17%

13%

16%

14%

Ensuring a fair taxation system

20%

19%

20%

9%

23%

20%

18%

17%

14%

Security and the war on terrorism

5%

3%

8%

3%

5%

8%

5%

8%

9%

Treatment of asylum seekers

8%

5%

5%

32%

9%

14%

10%

5%

na

Managing population growth

9%

6%

10%

8%

16%

9%

8%

12%

na

54% of people surveyed rated management of the economy as one of their three most important issues, followed by 50% ensuring the quality of Australia’s health system, 37% Australian jobs and protection of local industries and 27% ensuring a quality education for all children.

Main changes since this question was asked last July – management of the economy up 9%, ensuring the quality of Australia’s health system up 8%, political leadership down 6% and treatment of asylum seekers down 6%.

Government Responsibilities

Mar 18, 2014

Q. Which of the following should be mainly the responsibility of the Federal Government and which should be mainly the responsibility of the State Governments – or should they have equal responsibility?

 

Mainly Federal

Mainly State

Both

equally

Don’t know

Improving the health system

43%

11%

41%

6%

Addressing climate change

41%

4%

45%

9%

Improving the education system

40%

14%

40%

6%

Industrial relations issues

39%

13%

40%

8%

Managing mining projects and mining profits

39%

20%

32%

9%

Managing the environment

32%

11%

50%

7%

Managing our water resources

25%

23%

46%

6%

Constructing new roads and highways

21%

33%

41%

6%

Investing in regional areas

16%

40%

37%

7%

Investing in public transport

11%

52%

32%

6%

Issues which were considered mainly Federal responsibilities were the health system, climate change and education.

Public transport and regional investment were considered to be more the responsibilities of the State Governments.

The environment, managing water resources and constructing new roads and highways were more likely to be considered a shared responsibility.

Government handling of issues

Feb 25, 2014

Q. How would you rate the Federal Liberal-National Government for the way they have handled the following issues?

 

Total good

Total poor

Net score

Very good

Good

Average

Poor

Very poor

Don’t know

Managing the economy

34%

31%

+3

12%

22%

29%

16%

15%

6%

Treatment of asylum seekers

37%

36%

+1

18%

19%

18%

11%

25%

9%

Relations with other countries

29%

32%

-3

8%

21%

30%

13%

19%

8%

Education and schools

28%

35%

-7

6%

22%

28%

19%

16%

8%

Supporting Australian businesses

27%

34%

-7

8%

19%

31%

18%

16%

8%

Protecting the environment

26%

36%

-10

7%

19%

28%

14%

22%

9%

Social welfare

27%

39%

-12

8%

19%

26%

17%

22%

8%

Industrial relations

26%

38%

-12

9%

17%

27%

18%

20%

9%

Health services

25%

38%

-13

6%

19%

29%

20%

18%

7%

Climate change

24%

39%

-15

10%

14%

28%

13%

26%

9%

Supporting Australian jobs

25%

44%

-19

8%

17%

26%

20%

24%

6%

The Government received negative rating for all issues except managing the economy (34% good/31% poor) and treatment of asylum seekers (37%/36%).

Highest negative ratings were given for supporting Australian jobs (25% good/44% poor), climate change (24%/39%), health services (25%/38%), industrial relations (26%/38%) and social welfare (27%/39%).

Schools under the Liberal Government

Dec 10, 2013

Q. Which schools do you think will be better off under the Liberal Government’s education plan? 

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other/

indep-endent

All schools will be better off

26%

7%

51%

7%

17%

Only private schools will be better off

26%

43%

11%

30%

28%

Only public schools will be better off

2%

1%

3%

2%

1%

No schools will be better off

22%

33%

6%

49%

26%

Don’t know

25%

16%

28%

12%

28%

26% think that, under a Liberal Government, all schools will be better off. 26% think only private schools will be better off and 22% think no schools will be better off, while only 2% think that only public schools will be better off.

51% of Liberal/National voters think all schools will be better off, 43% of Labor voters think only private schools will be better off and 49% of Greens voters think no schools will be better off.

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