Performance of Scott Morrison

Jul 24, 2019

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

Jul’19 Jun’19 Mar’19
NET: Approve 48% 48% 43%
NET: Disapprove 34% 36% 39%
Don’t know 18% 18% 18%
Base (n) 1,091 1,099 1,090

 

TOTAL Labor Coalition Greens NET: Other
Strongly approve 16% 5% 35% 3% 6%
Approve 33% 23% 51% 19% 24%
Disapprove 19% 30% 3% 32% 29%
Strong disapprove 15% 26% 1% 26% 22%
Don’t know 18% 16% 9% 19% 19%
NET: Approve 48% 28% 86% 22% 31%
NET: Disapprove 34% 56% 5% 59% 50%
Base (n) 1,091 331 391 92 144
  • Just under half of Australians (48%) approve of the job Scott Morrison is doing as PM. This is consistent with results last month (also 48%) and 5%pts higher than before the start of the election campaign in March (43%).
  • Morrison has particularly high approval among Coalition voters (86%). Approval was also high among retirees (58%) and those with a high annual household income (Over $104k) (59%).

Performance of Anthony Albanese

Jul 24, 2019

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

Jul’19 Jun’19 Mar’19

(Shorten)

NET: Approve 39% 35% 38%
NET: Disapprove 24% 25% 44%
Don’t know 37% 39% 18%
Base (n) 1,091 1,099 1,090

 

TOTAL Labor Coalition Greens NET: Other
Strongly approve 7% 14% 5% 5% 4%
Approve 32% 43% 32% 33% 18%
Disapprove 15% 9% 21% 9% 24%
Strong disapprove 8% 2% 12% 9% 20%
Don’t know 37% 33% 30% 44% 34%
NET: Approve 39% 57% 37% 38% 22%
NET: Disapprove 24% 11% 33% 18% 44%
Base (n) 1,091 331 391 92 144
  • Approval for Anthony Albanese has increased 4%pts in the past month from 35% in May to 39%. After two months in the job, approval for the Labor leader is equivalent to that of Bill Shorten prior to the election (38%).
  • A high proportion of the population remain unsure on the performance of Albanese, with 37% saying Don’t know (down 2%pts from June). This uncertainty is even evident among Labor supporters, with 33% selecting Don’t know.

Preferred Prime Minister

Jul 24, 2019

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

Jul’19 Jun’19 May’19 Mar’19
Scott Morrison 44% 43% 39% 44%
Anthony Albanese 26% 25% 32%

(Shorten)

31%

(Shorten)

Don’t know 31% 32% 28% 26%
Base (n) 1,091 1,099 1,210 1,090

 

  Total Gender Age
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+
Scott Morrison 44% 47% 40% 36% 42% 52%
Anthony Albanese 26% 29% 23% 27% 27% 24%
Don’t know 31% 24% 36% 38% 31% 24%
Base (n) 1,091 538 553 348 358 385
  • 44% of the public believe Scott Morrison is the better PM out of the two major party leaders. This is consistent with June, when 43% selected the current PM.
  • 26% believe Albanese would make the better PM, just a 1% increase from last month (25% in June).

Awareness of that Uluru will be closed for climbing

Jul 24, 2019

Q. Before today, were you aware that that from October, tourists will be prevented from climbing Uluru due the spiritual significance of the site to the Aboriginal traditional owners?

  Total Gender Age
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+
Yes 69% 70% 68% 56% 67% 83%
No 31% 30% 32% 44% 33% 17%
Base (n) 1,091 538 553 348 358 385
  • Over two thirds (69%) of Australians are aware of the prevention of climbing Uluru from October.
  • Awareness of the ban is highest among those aged over 55 (83%).

Support for closing Uluru to climbing

Jul 24, 2019

Q. To what extent do you support or oppose the decision to close the Uluru climb to tourists?

  Total Gender Age
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+
Strongly support 27% 25% 29% 27% 28% 26%
Somewhat support 17% 17% 16% 23% 15% 13%
Neither support, nor oppose 21% 20% 23% 19% 22% 22%
Somewhat oppose 14% 14% 14% 14% 12% 16%
Strongly oppose 16% 20% 13% 8% 17% 22%
Unsure 5% 4% 6% 9% 5% 1%
NET: Support 44% 43% 45% 50% 43% 39%
NET: Oppose 30% 34% 26% 22% 29% 38%
Base (n) 1,091 538 553 348 358 385
  • 27% strongly support the decision to prevent climbing Uluru, with a further 17% somewhat supporting the decision.
  • Support for the closure was highest among those aged 18-34 (50%) and Greens voters (56%).

Attitudes towards closing Uluru for climbers

Jul 24, 2019

Q. To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding the upcoming closure of Uluru in October?

  NET: Agree Strongly agree Somewhat agree Neither agree, nor disagree Somewhat disagree Strongly disagree Unsure
Tourists should respect the cultures and traditions of the Aboriginal traditional landowners when they visit Uluru 69% 46% 23% 16% 5% 5% 5%
The Aboriginal traditional landowners are the best people to manage Uluru according to their culture and traditions 52% 29% 23% 22% 10% 10% 6%
It is fine for tourists to climb Uluru while they can, despite the preference from Aboriginal traditional landowners that they do not 36% 17% 19% 21% 15% 21% 7%
I am less likely to visit Uluru now tourists are unable to climb up it 34% 19% 15% 25% 13% 23% 5%
  • 69% agree that tourists should respect the cultures and traditions of the Aboriginal traditional landowners when they visit Uluru and over half agree that the Aboriginal traditional landowners are the best people to manage Uluru according to their culture and traditions.
  • Around one in three agree that it is fine for tourists to climb Uluru while they can, despite the preference from Aboriginal traditional landowners that they do not (36%).
  • 34% agree that I am less likely to visit Uluru now tourists are unable to climb up it – slightly less than the 36% who disagree with the statement
NET: Agree Total Gender Age
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+
Tourists should respect the cultures and traditions of the Aboriginal traditional landowners when they visit Uluru 69% 67% 72% 68% 66% 74%
The Aboriginal traditional landowners are the best people to manage Uluru according to their culture and traditions 52% 48% 56% 57% 52% 49%
It is fine for tourists to climb Uluru while they can, despite the preference from Aboriginal traditional landowners that they do not 36% 42% 31% 30% 37% 41%
I am less likely to visit Uluru now tourists are unable to climb up it 34% 39% 29% 33% 36% 32%
Base (n) 1,091 538 553 348 358 385

 

NET: Agree Total NET: Support climbing ban Neither support, nor oppose NET: Oppose climbing ban Unsure
Tourists should respect the cultures and traditions of the Aboriginal traditional landowners when they visit Uluru 69% 89% 61% 51% 38%
The Aboriginal traditional landowners are the best people to manage Uluru according to their culture and traditions 52% 78% 40% 28% 27%
It is fine for tourists to climb Uluru while they can, despite the preference from Aboriginal traditional landowners that they do not 36% 18% 29% 71% 9%
I am less likely to visit Uluru now tourists are unable to climb up it 34% 20% 23% 63% 20%
Base (n) 1,091 474 230 331 56

Despite opposing the upcoming Uluru climbing ban, over half (51%) of these people still agree that tourists should respect the cultures and traditions of the Aboriginal traditional landowners when they visit Uluru.

Direction and policies of the new Government

Jul 9, 2019

Q. Do you think the direction and policies of the new Government over the next three years will be good or bad for each of the following?

NET: Very good/Quite good NET: Very bad/Quite bad Very good Quite good Neither good nor bad Quite bad Very bad Don’t know
Large companies and corporations 54% 11% 18% 36% 27% 7% 4% 9%
Australia in general 36% 27% 7% 29% 30% 17% 10% 7%
The economy 33% 29% 7% 26% 31% 19% 10% 7%
Small business 33% 27% 6% 27% 31% 19% 8% 8%
Younger Australians 31% 32% 6% 25% 30% 20% 12% 7%
You and your family 28% 30% 6% 23% 35% 18% 12% 8%
Farmers and rural communities 27% 33% 6% 21% 31% 22% 11% 9%
The environment 26% 33% 6% 20% 33% 16% 16% 8%
Older Australians 26% 38% 5% 20% 28% 23% 15% 8%
  • Large companies were seen to be the main beneficiaries of Government direction and policies, with 54% predicting it would be Very, or Quite good for them
  • Less than a third (28%) thought the direction and policies would be good for them, and their families.
  • It is expected than older Australians (38%), the environment (33%) and farmers and rural communities (33%) will have a bad time over the next three years as a result of the Governments’ direction and policies.
NET: Very good/Quite good Labor Coalition Greens NET: Other
Large companies and corporations 54% 58% 57% 54% 55%
Australia in general 36% 20% 60% 17% 30%
The economy 33% 17% 57% 21% 26%
Small business 33% 24% 52% 17% 26%
Younger Australians 31% 19% 48% 23% 29%
You and your family 28% 18% 45% 18% 19%
Farmers and rural communities 27% 20% 39% 19% 22%
The environment 26% 18% 39% 14% 27%
Older Australians 26% 18% 37% 22% 18%
  • Coalition voters were more likely than Labor, Greens or Other voters to say the direction and policies of the new Government would be very good for all groups listed – except for large companies and corporations. 14% of Coalition voters said the direction and policies of the new Government would be very good for large companies and corporations, compared to 23% of Labor voters and 25% of Greens voters.
Q       NET: Very good/Quite good Gender Age
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+
Large companies and corporations 54% 58% 50% 47% 52% 62%
Australia in general 36% 41% 32% 38% 32% 39%
The economy 33% 37% 30% 32% 30% 38%
Small business 33% 39% 28% 29% 33% 38%
Younger Australians 31% 34% 29% 31% 27% 35%
You and your family 28% 33% 24% 34% 27% 25%
Farmers and rural communities 27% 31% 22% 28% 26% 27%
The environment 26% 29% 23% 28% 24% 27%
Older Australians 26% 29% 22% 33% 26% 18%
  • Males were more likely than females to think that the direction and policies of the new Government would be very good or quite good for all the groups asked: you and your family (33% to 24%), small business (39% to 28%), large companies and corporations (58% to 50%), Australia in general (41% to 32%), the environment (29% to 23%), the economy (37% to 30%), older Australians (29% to 22%), younger Australians (34% to 29%), and farmers and rural communities (31% to 22%).
  • 50% of older Australians thought that the direction and policies of the new Government would be very bad or quite bad for older Australians, compared to 37% of 35 to 54 year olds and 25% of 18 to 34 year olds.

Freedom of speech

Jul 9, 2019

Q. To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding freedom of speech?

  NET: Agree NET: Disagree Strongly agree Somewhat agree Neither agree nor disagree Somewhat disagree Strongly disagree
It is only right that people consider how what they say can affect others 69% 9% 32% 37% 22% 6% 3%
People should not be allowed to argue religious freedom to abuse others 64% 13% 36% 28% 23% 7% 6%
Nowadays, people are unlikely to say what they really think, as they are afraid of how others will react 64% 16% 28% 36% 20% 11% 5%
Employers should not have the right to dictate what their employees say outside work 58% 18% 29% 29% 24% 12% 6%
There should be stronger laws to protect people who express their religious views in public 38% 28% 16% 22% 34% 16% 12%
  • Over two thirds (69%) of Australians agreed that it is only right that people consider how what they say affects others. A large majority agreed that religious freedom should not be used to abuse others (64%).
  • There is some concern for freedom of speech, with 64% agreeing that people are unlikely to say what they really think, as they are afraid of how others will react and 58% agreeing that employers should not have the right to dictate what their employees say outside work.
  • Despite this, just 38% agree that stronger laws are needed to protect people to express their religious views.
NET: Very good/Quite good Labor Coalition Greens NET: Other
It is only right that people consider how what they say can affect others 69% 76% 71% 73% 56%
People should not be allowed to argue religious freedom to abuse others 64% 68% 64% 75% 60%
Nowadays, people are unlikely to say what they really think, as they are afraid of how others will react 64% 61% 74% 47% 72%
Employers should not have the right to dictate what their employees say outside work 58% 59% 62% 55% 62%
There should be stronger laws to protect people who express their religious views in public 38% 38% 44% 29% 35%
  • Less than half (44%) of Coalition voters agree that there should be stronger laws to protect people who express their religious views in public.
  • 74% of Coalition voters agreed that ‘Nowadays, people are unlikely to say what they really think, as they are afraid of how others will react’, compared to 61% of Labor voters and 47% of Greens voters. Agreement with this statement was higher for those aged over 55 (75% agreement) than 35 to 54 year olds (62%) or 18 to 34 year olds (52%).
Q       NET: Agree Gender Age
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+
It is only right that people consider how what they say can affect others 69% 63% 74% 61% 67% 77%
People should not be allowed to argue religious freedom to abuse others 64% 60% 68% 56% 66% 69%
Nowadays, people are unlikely to say what they really think, as they are afraid of how others will react 64% 65% 63% 52% 62% 75%
Employers should not have the right to dictate what their employees say outside work 58% 60% 56% 48% 58% 67%
There should be stronger laws to protect people who express their religious views in public 38% 38% 38% 40% 37% 38%
  • 74% of women agreed that ‘It is only right that people consider how what they say can affect others’, compared to 63% of men. Older people were also more likely to agree with the statement, with 77% of over-55s agreeing compared to 61% of 18 to 34 year olds.
  • Agreement that ‘Employers should not have the right to dictate what their employees say outside work’ was higher for those over 55 (67%) than those than those between 35 and 54 (58%) or between 18 and 34 (48%).
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