Trust in Media Outlets

Jun 27, 2019

Q. How much trust do you have in what you read or hear in the following media? NET: A lot of trust/Some trust

June 2019 Oct’18
SBS TV news and current affairs 60% 61%
ABC radio news and current affairs 58% 57%
Commercial TV news and current affairs 47% 48%
News and opinion in daily newspapers 46% 44%
News and opinion in local newspapers 46% 47%
ABC radio talkback programs 45% 44%
Commercial radio news and current affairs 44% 44%
News and opinion websites 37% 39%
Commercial radio talkback programs 34% 35%
Internet blogs 19% 17%
  • A majority of people had at least some trust in SBS TV news (60%) and ABC radio news (57%), while none of the other sources gained above 50%.
  • There was little change from last year in the levels of trust recorded for each media source.
  • There were few significant differences by age, gender, income or highest level of education attained.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues

Jun 27, 2019

Q. What is your view about the following issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and whether they should be a priority for the Government to address?

Support, and should be a priority Support, but not a high priority Don’t support Not sure NET: Support NET: Support

(Feb’18)

Meet the ‘Close the Gap’ indigenous health, education and employment targets 36% 38% 15% 12% 74% 75%
Include aboriginal recognition in the constitution 33% 37% 18% 12% 70% 70%
Establish an indigenous ‘voice’ to advise the Parliament 29% 37% 21% 13% 66% 68%
Agree a treaty with indigenous Australia 26% 33% 25% 16% 59% 59%
Australia to become a republic 17% 26% 38% 19% 43% 46%
Change the date of Australia Day 12% 18% 58% 12% 30% 27%
Change the words of the National Anthem 11% 22% 53% 14% 33% N/A
  • Voters supported meeting the ‘Close the Gap’ targets (74%), inclusion of aboriginal recognition in the constitution (70%), and establishment of an Indigenous ‘voice’ to advise Parliament (66%), with around three in ten voters saying each should be a high priority for the Government to address.
  • Coalition voters were less likely than other voters to say they supported all of these issues and they should be a priority, whereas Greens voters were more likely to say so.
  • Changing the date of Australia Day and the words of the National Anthem were opposed by a majority of voters.
  • Net support for all of the issues varied little from when the same question was asked in February 2018.

Perceptions of change in the standard of living for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

Jun 27, 2019

Q. In your opinion, over the past 10 years, have things got better or worse for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia, or have things stayed much the same?

  Total Labor Coalition Greens NET: Other
A lot better 18% 14% 24% 3% 23%
A little better 28% 26% 35% 23% 28%
Stayed much the same 36% 42% 31% 51% 25%
A little worse 5% 6% 3% 9% 7%
A lot worse 3% 3% 1% 4% 6%
Don’t know 10% 10% 6% 10% 11%
Base (n) 1,097 352 392 97 163
  • Nearly half (46%) believed that things had got at least a little better for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples over the last 10 years.
  • Over a third stated that in their opinion, conditions had stayed much the same for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders over the past 10 years, while only 8% believed conditions had got worse.

Indigenous Recognition Referendum

Jun 27, 2019

Q. If a referendum was held to include recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Australian Constitution, would you vote for or against?

  Total Labor Coalition Greens NET: Other Sep’16  Jul’15 Aug’14
Vote for 57% 68% 52% 75% 50% 58% 61% 58%
Vote against 18% 15% 23% 6% 26% 15% 16% 10%
Don’t know 25% 18% 26% 19% 25% 28% 23% 32%
Base (n) 1,097 352 392 97 163 1,005 1,006 1,008
  • Over half (57%) of voters said they would vote for the recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Australian Constitution. This is three times as many that said they would vote against.
  • A quarter said they did not know how they would vote in such a referendum.
  • Support and opposition to this issue has remained relatively constant since 2014.

Awareness of NAIDOC Week

Jun 27, 2019

Q. NAIDOC Week is a national observance starting from the first Sunday in July. NAIDOC Week celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Before today, were you aware of NAIDOC Week?

  Total Labor Coalition Greens NET: Other
Yes 58% 62% 57% 71% 62%
No 34% 32% 38% 21% 35%
Don’t know 8% 7% 5% 8% 3%
Base (n) 1,097 352 392 97 163

 

Federal voting intention

May 16, 2019

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   1 week ago   2 weeks ago   2016 Election
06/05/19 29/04/19 02/07/16
Liberal 36.2%   36% 36%
National 3.6%   2% 4%
Total Liberal/National 38.5%   38% 39% 42.0%
Labor 36.2%   34% 37% 34.7%
Greens 9.1%   12% 9% 10.2%
Pauline Hanson’s One Nation 6.6%   7% 6%
Other/Independent 9.6%   9% 9% 13.1%
2 party preferred    
Liberal/National 48.5%   48% 49% 50.4%
Labor 51.5%   52% 51% 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.

Expected Winner

May 16, 2019

Q. Which party do you expect will win the 2019 Federal election and form Government?

  Total Vote Labor Vote Liberal / National Vote Greens NET: Vote Other Last week

06/05/19

Two weeks ago

29/04/19

Labor 59% 92% 29% 75% 55% 54% 59%
Liberal/National 41% 8% 71% 25% 45% 46% 41%
  • Heading into the final week of campaigning, 59% of voters believe Labor will triumph over the Liberal/National coalition in the 2019 Federal election, up 5%pts from last week from 54% and equivalent to the start of the campaign at the end of April.
  • 92% of Labor voters are confident that Labor will win on Saturday. Similarly, the majority of Greens voters (75%) and those voting for independents or minor parties (55%) expect a Labor victory.
  • Voters for the Coalition expect them to form the next Government following the result on Saturday (71%). This has decreased from 79% last week.

Election Engagement

May 16, 2019

Q. How much attention have you been paying to the news, advertising and updates from the Federal Election?         

  Total Vote Labor Vote Liberal / National Vote Greens NET: Vote Other Last week

06/05/19

Two weeks ago

29/04/19

Have not been paying any attention 18% 12% 12% 23% 20% 16% 19%
Have been paying little attention 28% 31% 26% 33% 29% 29% 29%
Have been paying some attention 35% 36% 43% 27% 37% 36% 33%
Have been paying a lot of attention 18% 22% 20% 18% 14% 19% 20%

 

  Total Aged 18-34 Aged 35-54 Aged 55+
Have not been paying any attention 18% 29% 15% 12%
Have been paying little attention 28% 33% 34% 19%
Have been paying some attention 35% 26% 35% 43%
Have been paying a lot of attention 18% 12% 16% 26%
  • There has been limited change in the interest shown in the election during the campaign. 18% said they were paying no attention to the election is up 2%pts from last week, but no higher than 19% at the end of April. Younger voters have consistently had the lowest engagement in the election, with 29% paying no attention in the final week.
  • However, older voters are so far most engaged with the election, with 26% saying they have been paying a lot of attention.
  • Men were more likely than women to say they had been paying a lot of attention to the election (23% to 13%).
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