Coal-fired power stations

Nov 6, 2018

Q. Would you approve or disapprove of the Government giving support to new coal-fired power stations, including indemnifying them against the future risk of a carbon price?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other
Total approve 39%   33% 58% 17% 43%
Total disapprove 35%   40% 25% 65% 36%
Strongly approve 14%   10% 23% 2% 21%
Approve 25%   23% 35% 15% 22%
Disapprove 16%   15% 18% 20% 14%
Strongly disapprove 19%   25% 7% 45% 22%
Don’t know 26%   27% 17% 18% 22%

 

39% approve of the Government giving support to new coal-fired power stations, including indemnifying them against the future risk of a carbon price and 35% disapprove.

A majority of Liberal/National voters approve (58%) while 65% of Greens voters disapprove. Labor voters were split 33% approve/40% disapprove.

 

47% of men approve and 36% disapprove – while 30% of women approve and 34% disapprove.

Federal voting intention

Oct 23, 2018

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?

Q       Total   2 weeks ago

9/10/18

4 weeks ago 25/9/18   Election  2 Jul 16
Liberal 36%   34% 34%    
National 2%   4% 3%    
Total Liberal/National 38%   38% 37%   42.0%
Labor 37%   37% 36%   34.7%
Greens 10%   10% 12%   10.2%
Pauline Hanson’s One Nation 7%   7% 5%    
Other/Independent 8%   9% 10%   13.1%
2 party preferred            
Liberal National 47%   47% 47%   50.4%
Labor 53%   53% 53%   49.6%

 

  1. 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.

 

Important issues

Oct 23, 2018

Q. Which of the following issues are the most important for the Federal Government to address over the next 12 months? Select up to 3. 

  Total   1st 2nd 3rd   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote Other April 2018 Change
Cost of living 60%   31% 18% 11%   60% 56% 54% 68% 51% +9
Improving our health system 37%   9% 15% 13%   40% 35% 39% 38% 36% +1
Housing affordability 29%   8% 12% 10%   33% 22% 34% 25% 29%
Creating jobs and reducing unemployment 27%   10% 9% 9%   30% 27% 24% 18% 32% -5
Improving workers wages and conditions 22%   5% 7% 9%   27% 20% 24% 16% 22%
Promoting economic growth 20%   6% 8% 6%   16% 29% 11% 18% 21% -1
National security and terrorism 20%   6% 5% 8%   12% 26% 8% 29% 21% -1
Promoting renewable energy 20%   7% 5% 7%   21% 17% 44% 21% 19% +1
Tax avoidance by big companies 17%   4% 6% 6%   18% 16% 22% 20% 20% -3
Reducing the budget deficit 13%   5% 4% 5%   7% 22% 7% 16% 14% -1
More funds for education 13%   3% 3% 7%   18% 7% 22% 13% 13%
Income tax cuts 12%   3% 4% 5%   10% 15% 6% 13% 15% -3
Business tax cuts 5%   2% 1% 2%   5% 7% 7% 2% 6% -1

 

The most important issues for the Federal Government to address over the next 12 months were –

  • Cost of living (60%)
  • Improving our health system (37%)
  • Housing affordability (29%)
  • Creating jobs and reducing unemployment (27%)

Labor voters were more likely to think Improving workers wages and conditions (27%) was important.

Liberal/National voters were more likely to think promoting economic growth (29%) and reducing the budget deficit (22%) were important.

Greens voters were more likely to think promoting renewable energy (44%) and more funds for education (22%) were important.

 

Since this question was asked in April, there has been a substantial increase for cost of living – up 9 points to 60%.

New Government

Oct 23, 2018

Q. Thinking about the recent change of Prime Minister, do you consider the Morrison Government too be a new government or has the change made no difference and they are still the same government?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote Other
They are a new Government 20%   14% 34% 13% 12%
They are the same Government 59%   71% 48% 72% 76%
Not sure 22%   15% 17% 15% 12%

59% think that the leadership change has made no difference and that we still have the same Government. 20% think of it as a new Government.

Liberal National voters were split but more likely to think it is the same Government (48% to 34%).

Preferred Prime Minister

Oct 23, 2018

Q. Who would you prefer as Prime Minister out of Scott Morrison and Malcolm Turnbull?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote Other
Scott Morrison 35%   23% 57% 19% 40%
Malcolm Turnbull 28%   36% 29% 39% 21%
Don’t know 36%   41% 14% 43% 39%

35% prefer Scott Morrison as Prime Minister and 28% prefer Malcolm Turnbull. Labor and Greens voters were more likely to prefer Malcolm Turnbull but Liberal voters preferred Scott Morrison by 57% to 29%.

Climate change

Oct 23, 2018

Q. Do you believe that there is fairly conclusive evidence that climate change is happening and caused by human activity or do you believe that the evidence is still not in and we may just be witnessing a normal fluctuation in the earth’s climate which happens from time to time?       

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other   Nov 2009 Dec 2010 Jun 2011 Oct 2012 Oct 2013 Dec 2014 Nov 2015 Aug 2016 Sep 2017
Climate change is happening and is caused by human activity 63% 73% 57% 78% 47% 53% 45% 50% 48% 52% 57% 56% 57% 64%
We are just witnessing a normal fluctuation in the earth’s climate 25% 15% 34% 12% 45% 34% 36% 39% 39% 36% 29% 32% 26% 24%
Don’t know 13% 12% 9% 10% 8% 13% 19% 12% 13% 12% 14% 12% 17% 12%

63% (down 1% since September last year) agree that climate change is happening and is caused by human activity and 25% (up 1%) believe that we may just be witnessing a normal fluctuation in the earth’s climate.

By age groups, those aged under 35 split 66%/19% and those aged 55+ split 56%/37%. People with higher education were more likely to think climate change is happening and is caused by human activity – those with university degrees split 70%/20%.

Doing enough to address climate change

Oct 23, 2018

Q. As far as you know, do you think Australia is doing enough, not enough or too much to address climate change?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other   Aug 2015 Mar 2016 Aug 2016 Dec 2016 Sep 2017
Doing enough 23%   16% 36% 5% 24%   24% 21% 22% 22% 20%
Not doing enough 56%   69% 45% 88% 45%   53% 57% 52% 49% 56%
Doing too much 7%   3% 9% 2% 21%   7% 8% 8% 11% 8%
Don’t know 13%   12% 10% 5% 9%   16% 13% 18% 18% 16%

56% (no change since September last year) think Australia is not doing enough to address climate change and 23% (up 3%) think Australia is doing enough.

Those most likely to think Australia is not doing enough were aged 18-44 (61%) and university educated (65%).

Liberal National voters were split but were more likely to think the Government was not doing enough (45%).

Scott Morrison

Oct 23, 2018

Q. Here are some things that the Prime Minister, Scott Morrison has suggested or given his support to. Do you approve or disapprove of each of them?

  Total approve Total dis-approve Strongly approve Approve Dis-approve Strongly dis-approve Don’t know   Approve

Vote Labor

Approve Vote Lib/Nat Approve Vote Greens Approve Vote other
Relocate the Australian embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem 26% 32% 7% 19% 16% 16% 42% 19% 40% 19% 29%
Force immigrants to move to regional areas 51% 32% 16% 35% 20% 12% 17% 46% 69% 30% 60%
Commemorate Captain Cook’s discovery of Australia 58% 20% 20% 38% 11% 9% 22% 55% 76% 40% 63%

 

There was majority approval for commemorating Captain Cook’s discovery of Australia (58%) and forcing immigrants to move to regional areas (51%). However, there was strong majority disapproval of allowing religious schools to refuse to hire gay teachers (609%).

Respondents were split on the issue of relocating the Australian embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem – 26% approve, 32% disapprove with 42% don’t know.

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