Australia’s population

Apr 19, 2010

Q. Do you think Australia needs a larger population, a smaller population or about the same population in the following areas?

 

 

Larger population

Smaller population

Same population

Don’t know

Large capital cities – Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane

7%

36%

51%

6%

Other capital cities like Adelaide, Perth, Hobart

36%

12%

44%

7%

Major regional centres

56%

8%

28%

8%

Smaller regional towns

64%

6%

22%

7%

 

 

There was strong support for increased population in the less populated areas of Australia.

 

Only 7% supported larger populations in the major capitals cities, while 36% supported larger populations in Adelaide, Perth and Hobart.

 

More than half supported larger populations in major regional centres (56%) and smaller regional towns (64%).

 

Opinions about the populations of the major capitals were similar across states, but respondents from SA/WA/Tasmania were less likely to want larger populations in their capitals cities (22% want larger population and 61% the same population).

 

Liberal voters and Greens voters were more likely to favour larger populations in regional areas. 61% of Liberal voters favoured larger populations in regional centres and 70% in smaller towns. 70% of Greens voters favoured larger populations in regional centres and 79% in smaller towns.

Salary levels for various occupations

Apr 19, 2010

Q. Do you think the salaries of the following occupations are too low, too high or bout right?

  Too high Too low About right Don’t know
CEO’s of large companies 84% 2% 7% 7%
Members of Parliament 62% 6% 24% 8%
Tradesmen 29% 16% 44% 11%
Doctors 27% 15% 46% 12%
Public servants – clerical and admin 26% 15% 44% 15%
Bank customer service staff 12% 18% 47% 23%
Office workers in private companies – clerical and admin 7% 24% 54% 16%
Workers in call centres 8% 25% 42% 25%
Shop sales staff 3% 40% 42% 14%
Teachers 8% 45% 38% 8%
Police 5% 55% 27% 12%
Aged care workers 2% 76% 12% 10%

 The majority believe that the salaries of CEO’s of large companies (84%) and members of Parliament (62%) are too high.

 Occupations where salaries were considered too low were aged care workers (76%), police (55%) and teachers (45%). Comments »

Gap in salaries

Apr 19, 2010

Q. Over the last few years, do you think that the gap between the incomes of richest and poorest people in Australia has increased, decreased or stayed much the same?

  %
Increased 77%
Decreased 4%
Stayed much the same 13%
Don’t know 6%

 77% believe that the gap between the incomes of richest and poorest people in Australia has increased over the last few years.

 Older respondents were more likely to think the gap had increased – 88% of those aged 55+ compared to 58% of those aged 18-35.

There were no significant differences by voting intention. Comments »

Regulating CEO’s salaries

Apr 19, 2010

Q. Should the Federal Government regulate the salaries of CEO’s of large companies?

  %
Yes 74%
No 17%
Don’t know 9%

 There was strong majority support (74%) for the Federal Government to regulate the salaries of CEO’s of large companies.

 82% of Labor voters support regulation compared to 74% of Greens voters and 69% of Liberal/National voters. Support was also stronger among those on lower incomes (86% of incomes under $600pw). Comments »

Federal Government and the suspension of refugee claims

Apr 19, 2010

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the Federal Government’s recent decision to suspend processing of any refugee claims from Sri Lanka and Afghanistan?

  Total Vote Labor Vote Liberal/National Vote Greens
Total approve 69% 70% 80% 47%
Total disapprove 15% 16% 11% 42%
Strongly approve 39% 40% 43% 23%
Approve 30% 30% 37% 24%
Disapprove 10% 13% 9% 17%
Strongly disapprove 5% 3% 2% 25%
Don’t know 15% 15% 9% 10%

 69% approve the Federal Government’s recent decision to suspend processing of any refugee claims from Sri Lanka and Afghanistan and 15% disapprove.

By voting intention, 70% of Labor voters approve and 80% of Liberal/National voters approve. Greens voters are split – 47% approve and 42% disapprove. Comments »

Federal takeover of hospitals and health services

Apr 19, 2010

 Q. Do you think the State Governments should or should not agree to the Federal Government’s health plan to take control of funding hospitals and health services?

  Total Vote Labor Vote Liberal/National Vote Greens
Should agree to health plan 56% 73% 40% 65%
Should not agree to health plan 26% 11% 45% 21%
Don’t know 18% 16% 15% 14%

 A majority (56%) think the State Governments should agree to the Federal Government’s health plan to take control of funding hospitals and health services – 26% think they should not agree.

 States most likely to agree are South Australia (75%) and Queensland (64%). 55% of NSW respondents agree and 45% of Victorians agree (32% of Victorians disagree). Comments »

Federal politics – voting intention

Apr 12, 2010

Q. If there was a Federal election held today, to which party would you probably give your first preference?  

Q. If you ‘don’t know’ on the above question, which party are you currently leaning to?  

*1943 sample size

2 week average % 2PP 2PP shift from last week
Liberal 37%    
National 3%    
Total Lib/Nat 40% 46%
Labor 41% 54%
Greens 11%    
Family First 2%    
Other/Independent 6%    

 NB.  The data in the above table is derived from our weekly first preference voting question.  Respondents who select ‘don’t know’ as their first preference are not included in the results. 

* Sample is the culmination of two week’s polling data.   Comments »

Kevin Rudd and Australia’s relations with other nations

Apr 12, 2010

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Kevin Rudd is handling Australia’s relations with other nations?

  April 2009 April 2010
Total approve 67% 50%
Total disapprove 19% 32%
Strongly approve 17% 10%
Approve 50% 40%
Disapprove 13% 22%
Strongly disapprove 6% 10%
Don’t know 13% 17%

 Half (50%) of those surveyed approve of the way Kevin Rudd is handling Australia’s relations with other nations, 32% disapprove and 17% don’t know. 

 Results followed party lines – Labor voters were more likely to approve (87%), while Coalition voters were more likely to disapprove (66%).  61% of Green voters approve of the way Kevin Rudd is handling Australia’s relations with other nations.

 Males were more likely than females to approve (55% v 45%).  Females were more likely to indicate they don’t know (22%). 

 People aged 55 years and over were more likely to disapprove of the way Kevin Rudd is handling Australia’s relations with other nations (45%).

 Since we asked this question a year ago, the number of people that approve of the way Kevin Rudd is handling Australia’s relations with other nations has dropped seventeen percent and the number that disapprove has increased by thirteen percent. Comments »