Performance of Scott Morrison

Nov 12, 2019

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the job Scott Morrison is doing as Prime Minister?

Nov’19 Oct’19 Sep’19 Aug’19 Jul’19 Jun’19
NET: Approve 45% 47% 49% 48% 48% 48%
NET: Disapprove 41% 38% 36% 37% 34% 36%
Don’t know 13% 15% 15% 16% 18% 18%
Base (n) 1,075 1,088 1,093 1,096 1,091 1,099

 

  Total Voting Intention
Labor Coalition Greens NET: Other
Strongly approve 12% 4% 27% 2% 3%
Approve 33% 22% 56% 13% 31%
Disapprove 21% 32% 10% 28% 27%
Strongly disapprove 20% 32% 2% 43% 27%
Don’t know 13% 11% 5% 15% 12%
NET: Approve 45% 25% 83% 15% 34%
NET: Disapprove 41% 64% 11% 71% 54%
Base (n) 1,075 325 377 107 155
  • There is a slight drop in the approval rating of the Prime Minister this month, with the 45% of participants approving of the job, down from 47% last month and 49% in September.
  • The vast majority of Coalition voters approve of Morrison’s performance as PM, with 83% approval (on par with 84% approval last month), compared to just 11% of Coalition voters who disapprove.
  • The main drivers of the decline in the PMs approval rating are men (approval now at 47%, down from 53% in October), Queensland residents (40%, down from 47% last month) and residents aged 18-34 (41%, down from 50% last month).

Performance of Anthony Albanese

Nov 12, 2019

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the job Anthony Albanese is doing as Opposition Leader?

Nov’19 Oct’19 Sep’19 Aug’19 Jul’19 Jun’19
NET: Approve 37% 40% 36% 38% 39% 35%
NET: Disapprove 34% 29% 31% 29% 24% 25%
Don’t know 29% 31% 33% 33% 37% 39%
Base (n) 1,075 1,088 1,093 1,096 1,091 1,099

 

  Total Voting Intention
Labor Coalition Greens NET: Other
Strongly approve 6% 12% 3% 6% 3%
Approve 31% 45% 32% 25% 16%
Disapprove 24% 19% 28% 30% 32%
Strongly disapprove 9% 2% 14% 7% 18%
Don’t know 29% 23% 22% 32% 31%
NET: Approve 37% 57% 35% 31% 19%
NET: Disapprove 34% 21% 43% 37% 50%
Base (n) 1,075 325 377 107 155
  • Anthony Albanese has 37% approval as Opposition Leader, but just under one third (29%) don’t know how to rate his performance. More respondents are able to provide a rating on Albanese’s performance now, than when he first took over the position in June, when 39% recorded a response of don’t know.
  • Approval with Albanese’s performance is driven by Labor party voters (57%), participants with a university education (47%) and males (43%).

Preferred Prime Minister

Nov 12, 2019

Q. Who do you think would makes the better Prime Minister out of Scott Morrison and Anthony Albanese?

  Nov’19 Oct’19 Sep’19 Aug’19 Jul’19 Jun’19
Scott Morrison 44% 43% 46% 44% 44% 43%
Anthony Albanese 28% 28% 25% 28% 26% 25%
Don’t know 29% 29% 29% 28% 31% 32%
Base (n) 1,075 1,088 1,093 1,096 1,091 1,099

 

  Total Gender Age
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+
Scott Morrison 44% 47% 41% 38% 40% 52%
Anthony Albanese 28% 30% 25% 33% 25% 26%
Don’t know 29% 23% 34% 29% 35% 22%
Base (n) 1,075 526 549 327 371 377
  • More than two-fifths of participants think that Scott Morrison makes the better PM (44%), which is on par with previous months from mid-2019 (between 43% and 46% since June).
  • 29% don’t know who would make the better PM between Scott Morrison and Anthony Albanese.

Protest Activity

Nov 12, 2019

Q. Have you personally ever taken part in any of the following…?

  Total Gender Age
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+
Signed an online petition 44% 39% 48% 45% 44% 42%
Signed a written petition 39% 37% 41% 33% 34% 50%
Attended a march or rally 17% 18% 16% 24% 12% 16%
Gone on strike from work 13% 18% 8% 13% 10% 14%
Signed up to an online political campaign 10% 11% 10% 16% 9% 7%
None of these 37% 39% 35% 31% 41% 39%
NET: Any of these 63% 61% 65% 69% 59% 61%
Base (n) 1,075 526 549 327 371 377
  • Almost two-thirds (63%) of people have ever participated in a protest activity – either attending a strike or rally, or signing up to a petition or campaign.
  • Signing online and written petitions are the most popular forms of protest (44% and 39% respectively have done this). Less than a fifth have ever a march or rally (17%) and 13% have been on strike.
  • Women are more likely than men to have signed petitions (48% to 39% for online petitions and 41% to 37% for written petitions), while men are more likely to have been on strike (18% to 8%).
  • People aged 18-34 are more likely than other to have attended a protest or rally (24% compared to 14% of those aged 35+).
Total Voting Intention
Labor Coalition Greens NET: Other
Signed an online petition 44% 43% 37% 71% 59%
Signed a written petition 39% 37% 39% 51% 50%
Attended a march or rally 17% 16% 13% 43% 21%
Gone on strike from work 13% 17% 10% 12% 12%
Signed up to an online political campaign 10% 11% 9% 18% 13%
None of these 37% 38% 39% 18% 31%
NET: Any of these 63% 62% 61% 82% 69%
Base (n) 1,075 325 377 107 155
  • Greens voters are most likely to have participated in any activity (82%), with signing online petitions (71%), written petitions (51%) and attending marches or rallies (43%) being most popular.
  • Those with a university education are more likely to have participated in protest activities are (69% to 60% of all others). They are more likely to have attended a march or rally (24% to 14%), gone on strike (18% to 10%) and signed up to an online campaign (16% to 8%).

Support for Right to Protest laws

Nov 12, 2019

Q. To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding the right to protest in Australia?

  NET: Agree NET: Disagree Strongly agree Somewhat agree Somewhat disagree Strongly disagree Unsure
The right to peaceful protest is a fundamental part of a democratic society 82% 10% 51% 31% 7% 3% 9%
Government has the right to limit citizen protests when it disrupts businesses 58% 31% 26% 32% 17% 15% 11%
Protestors should have the right to pressure banks not to invest in companies that are building coal mines 53% 33% 23% 30% 18% 15% 14%
Government has the right to limit citizen protests when it is contrary to the national interest 47% 41% 20% 28% 22% 19% 12%
  • A large majority of people agree that the right to peaceful protest is a fundamental part of a democratic society (82%), with half (51%) strongly agreeing.
  • 58% agree that the Government has the right to limit citizen protests when it disrupts businesses (31% disagree), and 53% agree that protestors should have the right to pressure banks not to invest in companies that are building coal mines (33% disagree).
  • Agreement was split for the statement ‘Government has the right to limit citizen protests when it is contrary to the national interest’ with 47% agreeing, and 41% disagreeing.
NET: AGREE Total Gender Age
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+
The right to peaceful protest is a fundamental part of a democratic society 82% 84% 79% 75% 83% 86%
Government has the right to limit citizen protests when it disrupts businesses 58% 60% 56% 54% 58% 62%
Protestors should have the right to pressure banks not to invest in companies that are building coal mines 53% 54% 52% 60% 52% 48%
Government has the right to limit citizen protests when it is contrary to the national interest 47% 50% 45% 41% 48% 52%
Base (n) 1,075 526 549 327 371 377
  • Older respondents (those aged over 55) were more likely than younger people (18-34) to agree that the right to peaceful protest is a fundamental part of a democratic society (86% to 75%), that the Government has the right to limit citizen protests when it disrupts businesses (62% to 54%), and that the Government has the right to limit citizen protests when it is contrary to the national interest (52% to 41%).
  • Over 55s are less likely to agree that protestors should have the right to pressure banks not to invest in companies that are building coal mines (60% to 48%).
NET: AGREE Total Voting Intention Protest Activity
Labor Coalition Greens NET: Other Participated in protest activity Not participated in protest activity
The right to peaceful protest is a fundamental part of a democratic society 82% 84% 86% 89% 85% 87% 72%
Government has the right to limit citizen protests when it disrupts businesses 58% 48% 78% 33% 61% 58% 59%
Protestors should have the right to pressure banks not to invest in companies that are building coal mines 53% 60% 47% 80% 49% 60% 41%
Government has the right to limit citizen protests when it is contrary to the national interest 47% 39% 65% 22% 49% 47% 49%
Base (n) 1,075 325 377 107 155 682 393
  • Coalition voters were most likely to agree that the Government has the right to limit citizen protests when it disrupts businesses (78%) and that the Government has the right to limit citizen protests when it is contrary to the national interest (65%). However they were least likely to agree that protestors should have the right to pressure banks not to invest in companies that are building coal mines (47%).
  • Those who have participated in a protest activity are more likely than those who have not to agree with the statements ‘The right to peaceful protest is a fundamental part of a democratic society’ (87% to 72%) and ‘Protestors should have the right to pressure banks not to invest in companies that are building coal mines oppose the proposed changes’ (46% to 27%).

Support for Right to Protest laws

Nov 12, 2019

Q. Scott Morrison has flagged changing the law to stop environmental and other civil society groups or consumers campaigning against big resource projects. This change could make consumer or environmental boycotts illegal.

Based on what you understand, to what extent do you support or oppose the Prime Minister’s proposal?

    Gender Age
  Total Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+
Strongly support 14% 18% 11% 12% 11% 19%
Somewhat support 19% 20% 18% 23% 16% 18%
Neither support, nor oppose 28% 24% 31% 29% 33% 22%
Somewhat oppose 15% 13% 17% 12% 18% 15%
Strongly oppose 24% 25% 23% 24% 22% 26%
NET: Support 33% 38% 29% 35% 27% 37%
NET: Oppose 39% 38% 40% 36% 40% 41%
Base (n) 1,075 526 549 327 371 377
  • Overall, there was more opposition to support for the Government’s proposals stop environmental and other civil society groups or consumers campaigning against big resource projects (39% to 33%). 28% neither support nor oppose the proposals.
  • Support was highest among men (38%) and those aged 55+ (37%).
  Total Voting Intention Protest Activity
Labor Coalition Greens NET: Other Participated in protest activity Not participated in protest activity
Strongly support 14% 9% 26% 1% 11% 15% 13%
Somewhat support 19% 15% 30% 11% 13% 16% 23%
Neither support, nor oppose 28% 27% 24% 13% 30% 22% 37%
Somewhat oppose 15% 17% 12% 18% 18% 16% 14%
Strongly oppose 24% 32% 8% 57% 29% 31% 13%
NET: Support 33% 24% 56% 12% 23% 31% 36%
NET: Oppose 39% 49% 20% 76% 47% 46% 27%
Base (n) 1,075 325 377 107 155 682 393
  • Just over half of Coalition voters support the Government’s proposals (56%). The proposal receives lower support among Labor (24%), Greens (12%), and minor party/independent voters (23%).
  • Those who have participated in a protest activity are more likely than those who have not to oppose the proposed changes (46% to 27%).

Interest in horseracing

Nov 4, 2019

Q. How would you describe your level of interest in horseracing?

  Total Voting Intention   Difference to previous years
  Labor Coalition Greens NET: Other   Nov’18 Oct’11
High interest 9% 12% 10% 2% 8% 8% 6%
Moderate interest 22% 23% 24% 18% 19% 20% 16%
Low interest 24% 25% 26% 24% 15% 26% 33%
No interest 44% 39% 40% 53% 58% 44% 44%
Don’t know 9% 12% 10% 2% 8% 2% 1%
Base (n) 1,033 371 401 106 119 1,028 1,046
  • The level of interest in horseracing is the same as in Nov’18 – 44% have no interest in horseracing, a quarter (24%) have low interest and another fifth (22%) have moderate interest.
  • 18-34 year olds are more interested (31% moderate interest) than those over 55 (12%).
  • Women are less interested in horseracing (50% having no interest) than men (38%).

Statements about horse racing

Nov 4, 2019

Q. To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statements about horse racing?

NET: Agree NET: Disagree Strongly agree Somewhat agree Somewhat disagree Strongly disagree Unsure
I regularly bet on horse races 22% 76% 9% 13% 15% 61% 2%
I rarely bet on horse races but will be watching the Melbourne Cup and placing a bet 39% 56% 16% 23% 21% 35% 4%
I will watch the Melbourne Cup but will not place a bet 42% 52% 13% 30% 20% 32% 5%
I have never been interested in the Melbourne Cup 40% 58% 19% 21% 28% 30% 2%
I have become less interested in the Melbourne Cup over recent years because of my concerns with gambling 34% 61% 14% 20% 25% 35% 5%
I have become less interested in the Melbourne Cup because of my concerns about animal cruelty 44% 51% 24% 20% 22% 29% 5%
The Melbourne Cup is a unique part of Australia’s national identity 78% 19% 40% 39% 10% 9% 3%

 

NET: Agree Oct’19 Nov’18 Difference
The Melbourne Cup is a unique part of Australia’s national identity 78%
I have become less interested in the Melbourne Cup because of my concerns about animal cruelty 44% 29% +15
I will watch the Melbourne Cup but will not place a bet 42% 33% +9
I have never been interested in the Melbourne Cup 40% 33% +7
I rarely bet on horse races but will be watching the Melbourne Cup and placing a bet 39% 38% +1
I have become less interested in the Melbourne Cup over recent years because of my concerns with gambling 34% 26% +8
I regularly bet on horse races 22% 19% +3
Base (n) 1,033 1,028
  • Four-fifths (78%) of participants agree that the Melbourne Cup is a unique part of Australia’s national identity, but 44% agree they have become less interested in Melbourne Cup because of their concerns about animal cruelty.
  • The proportion of participants who agree, they are less interested in the Melbourne Cup because of their concerns about animal cruelty has increased by 15pt from Nov’18.
  • Participants aged over 55 are more likely to agree that the Melbourne Cup is a unique part of Australia’s national identity (89%) and more likely to disagree that they have never been interested in the Melbourne Cup (68%) than 18-34 year olds (67%, agree part of national identity; 46% disagree never interested).
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