Awareness of Climate Strikes

Sep 17, 2019

Q. On Friday 20th September, Student-led strikes are planned to take place across Australia and internationally, to push for governments to act on climate change and move towards renewable energy.

People of all ages will refuse to attend school and/or work to participate in these peaceful protests.

Before today, were you aware these protests were happening?

  Total Gender Age
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+
Yes 35% 41% 30% 35% 29% 42%
No 54% 49% 58% 52% 58% 51%
Unsure 11% 10% 12% 13% 14% 7%
Base 1,093 545 548 348 360 385

 

  Total Federal Voting Intention
Labor Coalition Greens Independent / Other
Yes 35% 38% 36% 45% 39%
No 54% 55% 55% 44% 50%
Unsure 11% 8% 9% 11% 11%
Base 1,093 327 392 98 161
  • More than half (54%) of participants were not aware that Climate Strikes would be occurring on 20th
  • Participants over 55 years old are more likely to be aware of the Climate Strikes (42%), as are university educated participants (42%).

Intended Involvement with the Climate Strikes

Sep 17, 2019

Q. Which of the following best describes your intended involvement with the protests?

  Total Gender Age
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+
Aware of protests & intend to participate in the protest 6% 7% 4% 9% 6% 2%
Aware of protests & intend to support the protest in some other way (e.g. donating, posting on social media) 11% 13% 9% 19% 8% 6%
Aware of protests & have children or other family members who intend to participate in the protest 4% 5% 4% 5% 5% 3%
Aware of protests & will not be involved 18% 21% 16% 7% 15% 31%
Unaware of protests / Unaware 65% 59% 70% 65% 71% 58%
Base 1,093 545 548 348 360 385

 

  Total Federal Voting Intention
Labor Coalition Greens Independent / Other
Aware of protests & intend to participate in the protest 6% 7% 3% 18% 6%
Aware of protests & intend to support the protest in some other way (e.g. donating, posting on social media) 11% 14% 7% 20% 14%
Aware of protests & have children or other family members who intend to participate in the protest 4% 5% 2% 8% 7%
Aware of protests & will not be involved 18% 15% 26% 8% 20%
Unaware of protests / Unaware 65% 62% 64% 55% 16%
Base 1,093 327 392 98 161
  • 5% of participants surveyed will be participating in the Climate Strikes on 20th September, another 11% will be supporting the strikes in some other way.
  • 18-34 year olds were more likely to participate in the protest (9%) or support it in some other way (19%).
  • Greens voters are most likely to protest themselves (18%) or support the protesters in some other way (20%) as are high income earners (11% and 18% respectively).
  • Those with a university education or in paid employment are also most likely to attend the protest (12% and 8% respectively), support the protesters (17% and 16%) or have family members/children who intend to participate (7% and 6%).
  • 31% of participants over 55s and 26% of Coalition voters do not intend to support the Climate Strikes in any way.

Support for Climate Strikes

Sep 17, 2019

Q. Regardless of your intentions to participate, to what extent do you support or oppose these strikes to push for governments to act on climate change and move towards renewable energy?

  Total Gender Age
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+
Strongly support 26% 29% 22% 37% 22% 19%
Somewhat support 30% 27% 33% 37% 31% 24%
Somewhat oppose 15% 16% 15% 9% 17% 18%
Strongly oppose 15% 19% 11% 3% 11% 29%
Unsure 14% 10% 18% 14% 19% 10%
NET: Support 55% 56% 55% 74% 53% 43%
NET: Oppose 30% 34% 26% 13% 28% 47%
Base 1,093 545 548 348 360 385

 

  Total Federal Voting Intention
Labor Coalition Greens Independent / Other
Strongly support 26% 36% 11% 62% 26%
Somewhat support 30% 32% 31% 29% 26%
Somewhat oppose 15% 10% 23% 2% 17%
Strongly oppose 15% 7% 25% 1% 21%
Unsure 14% 15% 10% 6% 9%
NET: Support 55% 68% 41% 91% 52%
NET: Oppose 30% 17% 49% 3% 38%
Base 1,093 327 392 98 161
  • 55% of participants support using strike action to push for governments to act on climate change and move towards renewable energy.
  • Greens voters (91%), 18-34 year olds (74%), Labor voters (68%), with a university education (67%) and those in paid employment (69%) were more likely to agree with this statement.
  • Almost half (48%) of those with a secondary school education disagreed with this statement, along with 43% of participants over 55 years of and 41% of Coalition voters.

Lockout Law – NSW only

Sep 17, 2019

Q. NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has announced her government is looked at relaxing or repealing the lockout laws in the Sydney CBD. The current laws mean that people must be in venues before 1.30am and last drinks are served at 3am.

Do you support or oppose relaxing the lockout laws in the Sydney CBD?

  Total Gender Age
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+
Strongly support 25% 24% 26% 30% 24% 22%
Somewhat support 33% 39% 27% 37% 29% 32%
Somewhat oppose 13% 9% 16% 11% 16% 12%
Strongly oppose 17% 18% 16% 6% 18% 25%
Unsure 12% 10% 15% 16% 13% 9%
NET: Support 58% 63% 53% 67% 53% 54%
NET: Oppose 30% 28% 32% 18% 34% 37%
Base 352 178 174 98 135 119

 

  Total Federal Voting Intention Location
Labor Coalition Greens Independent / Other Capital City Non-Capital City
Strongly support 25% 26% 25% 36% 26% 25% 24%
Somewhat support 33% 30% 34% 32% 37% 33% 32%
Somewhat oppose 13% 13% 13% 11% 14% 12% 14%
Strongly oppose 17% 17% 21% 11% 17% 16% 19%
Unsure 12% 13% 6% 10% 6% 13% 10%
NET: Support 58% 57% 60% 68% 63% 58% 56%
NET: Oppose 30% 30% 34% 22% 31% 28% 33%
Base 352 97 120 35 60 226 126
  • Three-fifths of participants in New South Wales (58%) support relaxing the lockout laws in the Sydney CBD; with more support from those in paid employment (68%).

Impact of Government policies

Sep 3, 2019

Q. Over the next three years, do you think the policies of the current Government will…

  Total Gender Age
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+
Make a large positive difference to Australia 12% 14% 11% 15% 11% 11%
Make a modest positive difference to Australia 28% 32% 26% 24% 27% 33%
Make neither a positive nor negative difference to Australia 25% 21% 29% 29% 26% 21%
Make a modest negative difference to Australia 12% 14% 11% 12% 11% 14%
Make a large negative difference to Australia 10% 12% 9% 5% 11% 14%
Unsure 11% 8% 15% 15% 13% 7%
NET: Positive difference to Australia 41% 45% 36% 39% 28% 44%
NET: Negative difference to Australia 23% 26% 20% 17% 22% 28%
Base (n) 1,075 527 548 328 373 374

 

  Total Federal Voting Intention (Lower House)
Labor NET: Coalition Greens Independent / Other
Make a large positive difference to Australia 12% 9% 20% 2% 6%
Make a modest positive difference to Australia 28% 18% 48% 22% 15%
Make neither a positive nor negative difference to Australia 25% 29% 18% 29% 33%
Make a modest negative difference to Australia 12% 20% 5% 17% 13%
Make a large negative difference to Australia 10% 14% 2% 21% 21%
Unsure 11% 11% 5% 9% 13%
NET: Positive difference to Australia 41% 27% 69% 25% 21%
NET: Negative difference to Australia 23% 33% 8% 38% 34%
Base (n) 1,075 336 381 100 137
  • Overall, 41% of people believe the policies of the current Government will make a positive difference to Australia. Of these, 12% expect there to be a large positive difference, and 28% expect a moderate positive difference.
  • Just under a quarter (23%) expect the policies to make a negative difference to Australia.
  • Coalition voters (69%) and men (45%) were most likely to expect the Government’s policies to make a positive difference to Australia.
  • Those intending to vote Labor (33%), Green (38%) and Other (34%) were all more likely to say the policies of the next three years would make a negative difference to Australia.

Following Federal politics

Sep 3, 2019

Q. Which of the following statements best describes your following of Federal politics?

  Total Gender Age
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+
I follow it closely 15% 22% 9% 14% 14% 17%
I follow it enough to know what’s happening 38% 41% 35% 27% 34% 51%
I follow it when something big is happening 23% 21% 25% 26% 27% 18%
I only pay attention when there’s an election 8% 6% 11% 11% 10% 5%
I have no interest in politics 15% 11% 20% 22% 16% 9%
Base (n) 1,075 527 548 328 373 374

 

  Total Federal Voting Intention (Lower House)
Labor NET: Coalition Greens Independent / Other
I follow it closely 15% 17% 18% 14% 12%
I follow it enough to know what’s happening 38% 35% 50% 37% 37%
I follow it when something big is happening 23% 26% 21% 28% 18%
I only pay attention when there’s an election 8% 12% 5% 10% 9%
I have no interest in politics 15% 20% 6% 11% 23%
Base (n) 1,075 336 381 100 137
  • Just 15% of people say they closely follow Federal politics, and the same proportion say they have no interest in politics.
  • Those most likely to say they closely follow Federal politics are men (22%), those aged over 55 (17%) and Coalition voters (18%).
  • Those most likely to say they have no interest in politics are women (20%), younger people aged 18-34 (22%), Labor voters (20%) and those who intend to vote for an independent candidate or other party (23%).

Interest in Politics and other topics

Sep 3, 2019

Q. How much interest do you have in each of the following?

  A lot of interest Some interest A little interest Not much interest No interest at all
Federal politics 19% 30% 22% 14% 14%
International relations 16% 33% 28% 12% 12%
State politics 15% 32% 27% 13% 14%
Local politics 12% 32% 27% 13% 15%
The football finals (AFL or NRL) 26% 18% 15% 12% 29%
The Ashes 18% 17% 16% 12% 36%
The Block 9% 13% 14% 15% 49%
The Bachelor 7% 10% 12% 13% 59%
  • Almost one fifth of participants (19%) say they have a lot of interest in Federal politics. This is lower than the 26% of people who have a lot of interest in the upcoming football finals.
  • Sporting events are polarising, as they generate both a high amount of interest (26% for football and 18% for The Ashes) or no interest at all (29% and 36%).
  • TV shows do not generate much interest, with just 9% having a lot of interest in The Block, and 7% in the Bachelor.

A lot of interest

  Total Gender Age
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+
Federal politics 19% 24% 14% 13% 15% 29%
International relations 16% 21% 11% 13% 16% 18%
State politics 15% 21% 10% 10% 13% 22%
Local politics 12% 15% 9% 11% 11% 14%
The football finals

(AFL or NRL)

26% 32% 20% 22% 25% 30%
The Ashes 18% 27% 10% 17% 16% 21%
The Block 9% 8% 10% 11% 11% 6%
The Bachelor 7% 6% 7% 12% 8% 1%

 

  Total Federal Voting Intention (Lower House)
Labor NET: Coalition Greens Independent / Other
Federal politics 19% 20% 26% 16% 15%
International relations 16% 15% 19% 16% 17%
State politics 15% 18% 19% 12% 11%
Local politics 12% 13% 14% 12% 11%
The football finals

(AFL or NRL)

26% 31% 28% 16% 27%
The Ashes 18% 19% 24% 13% 15%
The Block 9% 11% 9% 10% 8%
The Bachelor 7% 8% 7% 6% 2%
  •  Men are more likely than women to say they have a lot of interest in all levels of politics and sporting events.
  • Older respondents (aged over 55) are more likely than those aged 18-34 to say they have a lot of interest in Federal and State politics (29% to 13%, and 22% to 10% respectively), but less likely to have interest in TV shows.

No interest at all

  Total Gender Age
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+
Federal politics 14% 10% 18% 21% 16% 7%
International relations 12% 7% 16% 15% 14% 7%
State politics 14% 11% 17% 21% 15% 8%
Local politics 15% 12% 18% 22% 15% 9%
The football finals

(AFL or NRL)

29% 21% 35% 27% 28% 31%
The Ashes 36% 25% 47% 37% 38% 34%
The Block 49% 53% 45% 34% 48% 63%
The Bachelor 59% 61% 57% 37% 58% 79%

  

  Total Federal Voting Intention (Lower House)
Labor NET: Coalition Greens Independent / Other
Federal politics 14% 11% 8% 14% 23%
International relations 12% 10% 6% 8% 19%
State politics 14% 10% 8% 11% 22%
Local politics 15% 13% 8% 12% 21%
The football finals

(AFL or NRL)

29% 25% 21% 41% 38%
The Ashes 36% 34% 26% 44% 47%
The Block 49% 47% 47% 49% 59%
The Bachelor 59% 58% 57% 56% 72%

Migrant status

Sep 3, 2019

Q. Which of the following best describes you?

  Total Gender Age
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+
I am a migrant to Australia 24% 23% 26% 26% 22% 25%
My parents migrated to Australia 15% 14% 15% 15% 16% 13%
My grandparents migrated to Australia 11% 12% 10% 14% 11% 9%
My family has been in Australian more than three generations 46% 46% 46% 41% 46% 51%
I am an Indigenous Australian 4% 4% 3% 5% 4% 2%
Base (n) 1,075 527 548 328 373 374
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