Reducing the Deficit

May 17, 2010

Q. Do you think that with this Budget, the Government has done enough to reduce the deficit and return the budget to surplus in the next few years?

  Total Vote Labor Vote Liberal/ National
Has done enough 31% 59% 12%
Hasn’t done enough 39% 16% 69%
Don’t know 31% 26% 20%

 31% think that the Government has done enough to reduce the deficit and 39% think they have not done enough. Responses mostly followed party preferences – 59% of Labor voters think they have done enough and 69% of Coalition voters think they have not done enough. Greens voters split 40% enough/31% not enough. Comments »

Heading in the Right/Wrong Direction

May 17, 2010

Q. Overall, from what you have read and heard, do you think the Australian economy is heading in the right direction or the wrong direction?

  Total Vote Labor Vote Liberal/ National
The right direction 51% 83% 30%
The wrong direction 25% 6% 47%
Don’t know 24% 12% 23%

Half (51%) the respondents think that Australia’s economy is heading in the right direction – 25% think it is heading in the wrong direction.

83% of Labor voters, 30% of Liberal/National voters and 59% of Greens voters think the economy is heading in the right direction. Comments »

Party Best at

May 17, 2010

Q. Which party do you think would be best at handling the Australian economy in the interests of you and people like you?

  Total Vote Labor Vote Liberal/ National
Labor Party 33% 81% 2%
Liberal Party 36% 2% 86%
No difference 20% 13% 9%
Don’t know 17% 4% 3%

 Respondents were split over party best to handle the economy (in the interests of you and people like you) – 33% nominated the Labor Party and 36% the Liberal Party. Opinion closely follows party preferences. 81% of Labor voters nominated Labor and 86% of Coalition voters nominated the Liberal party. 43% of Greens voters said there was no difference – 34% said Labor and 10% Liberal.

Respondents aged under 35 favoured Labor 31%/28% and those aged 55+ favoured the Liberals 44%/36%. Comments »

Federal politics – voting intention

May 10, 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?  

1,762 sample size

First preference/leaning to 6 months ago 4 weeks ago Last week This week 
Liberal 33% 37% 36% 39%
National 2% 3% 3% 3%
Total Lib/Nat 35% 40% 39% 42%
Labor 48% 41% 40% 37%
Greens 9% 11% 11% 11%
Family First 3% 2% 3% 2%
Other/Independent 5% 6% 7% 8%

 

2PP 6 months ago 4 weeks ago Last week This week 
Total Lib/Nat 41% 46% 47% 50%
Labor 59% 54% 53% 50%

NB.  The data in the above tables comprise 2-week averages derived the first preference/leaning to voting questions.  Respondents who select ‘don’t know’ are not included in the results. 

* Sample is the aggregation of two weeks’ polling data.   Comments »

Approval of Taxation Proposals

May 10, 2010

Q4. The Federal Government recently announced changes to our tax system as a result of the Henry Report, which was a review of Australia’s taxation. Do you approve or disapprove of the following Government proposals?

  Total approve Total disapprove Strongly approve Approve Disapprove Strongly disapprove Don’t know
Higher taxes on the profits of large mining companies 52% 34% 14% 38% 19% 15% 14%
Increasing superannuation contributions from 9% to 12% 74% 17% 25% 49% 12% 5% 10%
Cutting company tax rates 54% 29% 10% 44% 23% 6% 18%
Increasing taxes on cigarettes and alcohol 63% 31% 33% 30% 15% 16% 6%

 There was majority approval of all recent changes to Australia’s taxation.

 The most popular proposal was to increase superannuation contributions from 9% to 12% – 74% approved and 17% disapproved.

 63% approved increasing taxes on cigarettes and alcohol.

More than half approved cutting company tax rates (54%) and higher taxes on the profits of large mining companies (52%).

78% of Labor voters approved higher taxes on mining company profits (11% disapprove) and 56% of Liberal/National voters disapproved (35% approve).

 Increasing superannuation contributions received high support from both Labor (85%) and Liberal/National voters (72%). 61% of both Labor and Liberal/National voters supported cutting company tax rates. 63% of Labor voters and 69% of Liberal/National voters approved increasing taxes on cigarettes and alcohol. Comments »

Government Direction on Taxation

May 10, 2010

Q5. Overall, from what you have read and heard, do you think the Federal Government is heading in the right direction on taxation or the wrong direction on taxation?

The right direction 34%
The wrong direction 38%
Don’t know 28%

 Respondents were split over whether the Federal Government is heading in the right or wrong direction on taxation. 34% think they are heading in the right direction 38% in the wrong direction and 28% don’t know.

 Opinions split very much along party lines – 65% of Labor voters said right direction (12% wrong direction) and 61% of Liberal/National voters said wrong direction (17% right direction). People on higher incomes ($1,600+ pw) were more likely to think the Government was headed in the right direction (40%/36%). Comments »

Attributes to describe the Prime Minister

May 10, 2010

Q.  Which of the following describe your opinion of the Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd?

  29 June 09 7 Dec 09 10 May 10 Change
Intelligent 84% 82% 73% -9%
Hard-working 83% 77% 76% -1%
A capable leader 72% 69% 55% -14%
Demanding 67% 60% 69% +9%
Arrogant 46% 49% 57% +8%
Out of touch with ordinary people 41% 45% 55% +10%
Understands the problems facing Australia 67% 59% 53% -6%
Visionary 49% 48% 37% -11%
Superficial 40% 41% 52% +11%
Good in a crisis 60% 58% 44% -14%
Narrow-minded 32% 36% 43% +7%
Down to earth 56% 55% 47% -8%
Too inflexible 32% 38% 45% +7%
Complacent 28% 38% 38%
More honest than most politicians 47% 49% 39% -10%
Trustworthy * 51% 41% -10%

*Not asked in June 2009

 Most people consider Rudd hard working (76%), intelligent (73%) and demanding (69%). 

 Since this question was last asked in December 2009, Kevin Rudd has lost points on most positive qualities including being a capable leader 

(-14%), good in a crisis (-14%), visionary (-11%) and trustworthy (-10%). His ratings have increased significantly in terms of being superficial (+11) and out of touch with ordinary people (+10%). Comments »

Attributes to describe the Opposition Leader

May 10, 2010

Q.  Which of the following describe your opinion of the Opposition Leader, Tony Abbott?

  7 Dec 09 10 May 10 Change
Intelligent 71% 72% +1%
Hard-working 69% 71% +2%
A capable leader 46% 50% +4%
Demanding 53% 52% -1%
Arrogant 53% 54% +1%
Out of touch with ordinary people 53% 51% -2%
Understands the problems facing Australia 46% 49% +3%
Visionary 34% 35% +1%
Superficial 42% 44% +2%
Good in a crisis 39% 40% +1%
Narrow-minded 52% 53% +1%
Down to earth 46% 50% +4%
Too inflexible 45% 47% +2%
Complacent 31% 30% -1%
More honest than most politicians 31% 33% +2%
Trustworthy 36% 39% +3%

*Not asked in June 2009 poll

When it comes to rating Tony Abbott, most people think he is intelligent (72%) and hard-working (71%), yet arrogant (54%), narrow-minded (53%) and demanding (52%).   

There were few substantial changes Tony Abbott’s ratings compared to the December 2009 results. His rating for being a capable leader improved 4% to 50%, as did his rating for being down to earth.