Racism statements

Sep 3, 2019

Q. To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statements about racism in Australia? NET: Agree (Strongly/Somewhat Agree)

  Total I am a migrant to Australia My parents migrated to Australia My grandparents migrated to Australia My family has been in Australian more than three generations I am an Indigenous Australian
People are scared to say what they really think because they don’t want to be labelled as racist 62% 58% 63% 59% 64% 70%
I think Australia is less racist than it has been in the past 50% 48% 48% 43% 54% 41%
Australia is a racist country 36% 33% 40% 38% 35% 43%
A member of my family has experience racism or racial discrimination 29% 37% 42% 28% 20% 37%
I have personally experienced racism or racial discrimination 27% 36% 38% 23% 19% 44%
I feel torn between my identity with Australia and another culture 18% 30% 19% 15% 11% 30%
Base (n) 1,075 260 155 120 499 41
  • Over a third of Australians who are first or second generation immigrants agree that they have personally experienced racism or racial discrimination in Australia (36% and 38%).
  • Almost two-thirds of Australians (62%) agree with the statement ‘ People are scared to say what they really think because they don’t want to be labelled as racist’.

Performance of Scott Morrison

Aug 19, 2019

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

Aug’19 Jul’19 Jun’19 Mar’19
NET: Approve 48% 48% 48% 43%
NET: Disapprove 37% 34% 36% 39%
Don’t know 16% 18% 18% 18%
Base (n) 1,096 1,091 1,099 1,090

By voting intention

TOTAL Labor Coalition Greens NET: Other
Strongly approve 12% 3% 27% 5% 8%
Approve 36% 28% 57% 16% 23%
Disapprove 22% 31% 9% 27% 37%
Strong disapprove 15% 26% 2% 34% 17%
Don’t know 16% 13% 5% 18% 15%
NET: Approve 48% 30% 84% 22% 32%
NET: Disapprove 37% 57% 11% 60% 54%
Base (n) 1,096 369 377 110 143
  • Just under half of Australians (48%) approve of the job Scott Morrison is doing as PM. This is consistent with the results last month and in Jun’19 (both 48%) and 5pts higher than before the start of the election campaign in March (43%).
  • Morrison retains his high approval among Coalition voters (84%). Approval was also high among participants over 55 years old (53%) and those in marriages or de facto relationships (54%).

Performance of Anthony Albanese

Aug 19, 2019

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

Aug’19 Jul’19 Jun’19 Mar’19

(Shorten)

NET: Approve 38% 39% 35% 38%
NET: Disapprove 29% 24% 25% 44%
Don’t know 33% 37% 39% 18%
Base (n) 1,096 1,091 1,099 1,090

By voting intention

TOTAL Labor Coalition Greens NET: Other
Strongly approve 6% 13% 3% 4% 2%
Approve 32% 48% 29% 28% 18%
Disapprove 20% 10% 27% 20% 35%
Strong disapprove 9% 3% 13% 6% 18%
Don’t know 33% 26% 28% 42% 27%
NET: Approve 38% 61% 32% 32% 20%
NET: Disapprove 29% 13% 40% 26% 53%
Base (n) 1,096 369 377 110 143
  • Approval for Anthony Albanese remains steady in August at 38% but a high proportion of participants continue to be unsure about Albanese’s performance with 33% saying don’t know (down 4pts from June). This uncertainty is also evident among Labor supporters, with 26% still selecting Don’t know.
  • Those in the high-income band (46%), in paid employment (43%) or with a university education (44%) had the highest approval levels.

Preferred Prime Minister

Aug 19, 2019

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

Aug’19 Jul’19 Jun’19 May’19 Mar’19
Scott Morrison 44% 44% 43% 39% 44%
Anthony Albanese 28% 26% 25% 32%

(Shorten)

31%

(Shorten)

Don’t know 28% 31% 32% 28% 26%
Base (n) 1,096 1,091 1,099 1,210 1,090

By gender

  Total Gender Age
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+
Scott Morrison 44% 49% 39% 37% 41% 53%
Anthony Albanese 28% 30% 26% 30% 29% 24%
Don’t know 28% 22% 35% 32% 30% 24%
Base (n) 1,096 536 560 347 364 385
  • 44% of the public believe Scott Morrison is the better PM out of the two major party leaders. This is consistent with July and June, when 44% and 43% respectively considered the current PM to be the better choice.
  • 28% believe Albanese would make the better PM, just a 2% increase from last month (26% in July).

Influence of the United States of America

Aug 19, 2019

Q. Thinking about Australia’s relationship with the United States of America, how do you rate the influence of the United States of America on each of the following aspects?

  Very positive Somewhat positive Somewhat negative Very negative Unsure
Australia’s defence, military, and national security 23% 42% 14% 7% 14%
Australia’s international trade 16% 40% 20% 8% 16%
Australia’s culture 13% 38% 24% 10% 14%
Australia’s politics 12% 30% 26% 14% 18%
American corporations and businesses operating in Australia 14% 43% 19% 7% 16%
  • Almost a quarter of participants (23%) believe that the United States of America has a very positive influence on Australia’s defence, military and national security, with another 42% providing a somewhat positive rating.
  • Overall, participants were most negative about the influence of American politics on Australia (net 39% negative).
  • Broadly those who intend to vote for the Liberal/National Coalition or other political party were more likely to believe that the United States of America had a more positive influence on Australia across all metrics than Labour or Green voters.

Australia’s defence, military, and national security

  Total Gender Age
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+
Very positive 23% 27% 20% 25% 20% 26%
Somewhat positive 42% 44% 40% 37% 40% 49%
Somewhat negative 14% 13% 14% 18% 14% 10%
Very negative 7% 7% 7% 6% 8% 8%
Unsure 14% 8% 19% 15% 18% 8%
Base (n) 1,096 536 560 347 364 385
  • Males were more positive about the influence of the United States of America on our defence, military, and national security (27%) than females (20%).
  • Those who intend to vote for the Liberal/National Coalition (30%) or other political party (26%, independent/One Nation/United Australia Party) were more likely to select very positive than Labour (21%) and Green (10%) voters.
  • Participants over 55 years old (75%) were more likely to provide a net positive response than those 18-54 years old (60%).

Australia’s international trade

  Total Gender Age
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+
Very positive 16% 17% 14% 23% 13% 12%
Somewhat positive 40% 43% 38% 38% 39% 44%
Somewhat negative 20% 20% 20% 20% 18% 22%
Very negative 8% 9% 7% 6% 9% 9%
Unsure 16% 11% 21% 15% 21% 13%
Base (n) 1,096 536 560 347 364 385
  • Those who intend to vote for the Liberal/National Coalition (20%) or other political party (16%) were more likely to believe that the United States of America had a very positive influence on Australia’s international trade than Labour (21%) and Green (10%) voters.
  • Participants aged 18-34 were more likely to believe that the United States of America had a very positive influence (23%) on Australia’s international trade than those over 35 years old (13%).

Australia’s culture

  Total Gender Age
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+
Very positive 13% 15% 12% 20% 12% 8%
Somewhat positive 38% 42% 34% 34% 41% 39%
Somewhat negative 24% 24% 25% 25% 20% 27%
Very negative 10% 12% 9% 7% 10% 13%
Unsure 14% 7% 21% 13% 17% 12%
Base (n) 1,096 536 560 347 364 385
  • Participants aged 18-34 were more likely to believe that the United States of America had a very positive influence (20%) on Australia’s culture than those over 35 years old (10%).

Australia’s politics

  Total Gender Age
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+
Very positive 12% 15% 10% 17% 12% 9%
Somewhat positive 30% 33% 28% 27% 30% 34%
Somewhat negative 26% 26% 25% 27% 22% 28%
Very negative 14% 15% 12% 13% 14% 14%
Unsure 18% 11% 24% 16% 22% 15%
Base (n) 1,096 536 560 347 364 385
  • Liberal/National and other voters (17% and 14% respectively) believed that the United States of America had a very positive impact on Australia’s politics, compared to 11% of Labour and 8% of Greens voters.
  • Those aged between 18-34 were more likely to believe that the United States of America had a very positive impact on Australia’s politics (17% compared to 10%) than those over 35 years old.

American corporations and businesses operating in Australia

  Total Gender Age
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+
Very positive 14% 16% 12% 20% 13% 9%
Somewhat positive 43% 47% 40% 41% 40% 48%
Somewhat negative 19% 21% 18% 18% 21% 19%
Very negative 7% 9% 6% 6% 6% 10%
Unsure 16% 8% 23% 15% 20% 13%
Base (n) 1,096 536 560 347 364 385
  • Participants aged between 18-34 were more likely to believe that the United States of America had a very positive influence on American corporations and businesses operating in Australia (20%) than those over 35 years old (11%).
  • Residents in state or territory capitals were more likely to be very positive about United States of America’s influence on American corporations and businesses operating in Australia (16%) than non-capital residents (10%).
  • Those with high incomes were more likely to be very positive about United States of America’s influence on American corporations and businesses operating in Australia (21%) than other income levels (13%).
  • Similarly, those in paid employment were very positive about United States of America’s influence on American corporations and businesses operating in Australia (17%) than other participants (11%).

Influence of China

Aug 19, 2019

Q. Thinking about Australia’s relationship with China, how do you rate the influence of China on each of the following aspects?

  Very positive Somewhat positive Somewhat negative Very negative Unsure
Australia’s defence, military, and national security 10% 23% 27% 17% 22%
Australia’s international trade 19% 40% 18% 9% 15%
Australia’s culture 11% 32% 27% 12% 18%
Australia’s politics 8% 22% 32% 16% 21%
Chinese corporations and businesses operating in Australia 10% 31% 25% 19% 16%
  • Almost one fifth of participants (19%) believe that China has a very positive influence on Australia’s defence, military and national security, with another 23% providing a somewhat positive rating.
  • Nearly one in five participants thought that China’s influence on Chinese corporations and businesses operating in Australia was very negative (19%).
  • Another one-fifth were unsure about China’s influence on Australian politics (21%).
  • Broadly, those aged 18-34 years old, on high household incomes, in paid employment or with university education were more positive about China’s influence on Australia.

Australia’s defence, military, and national security

  Total Gender Age
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+
Very positive 10% 11% 8% 18% 8% 5%
Somewhat positive 23% 25% 22% 32% 24% 15%
Somewhat negative 27% 30% 25% 22% 26% 32%
Very negative 17% 19% 15% 7% 15% 28%
Unsure 22% 15% 30% 22% 26% 20%
Base (n) 1,096 536 560 347 364 385
  • Those aged between 18-34 years old (18%) or in paid employment (14%) were more likely to believe that China had a very positive impact on Australia’s defence, military, and national security than those over 35 years old (7%) or in other employment groups (6%).
  • Participants without dependent children were more likely to think that believe that China had a very negative impact on Australia’s defence, military, and national security (20%) than those with dependent children (12%).

Australia’s international trade

  Total Gender Age
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+
Very positive 19% 23% 15% 26% 17% 14%
Somewhat positive 40% 44% 36% 40% 38% 42%
Somewhat negative 18% 17% 19% 15% 18% 21%
Very negative 9% 7% 10% 6% 9% 10%
Unsure 15% 8% 21% 14% 18% 12%
Base (n) 1,096 536 560 347 364 385
  • Male participants were more likely to say that China had a very positive impact on Australia’s international trade (23%) than females (15%).
  • Participants aged between 18-34 years old were more likely to think that China had a very positive impact on Australia’s international trade (26%) than those over 35 (15%).
  • Similarly, those in paid employment or a high household income (23% and 25% respectively) more likely to think that China had a very positive impact on Australia’s international trade than those in other employment states (14%) or with lower or mid-household incomes (17%).
  • Participants with university education were also more likely to say that China had a very positive impact on Australia’s international trade (24%) than those with only a secondary school education (11%).

Australia’s culture

  Total Gender Age
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+
Very positive 11% 13% 9% 19% 10% 6%
Somewhat positive 32% 32% 32% 38% 30% 29%
Somewhat negative 27% 29% 24% 22% 26% 32%
Very negative 12% 14% 10% 4% 12% 20%
Unsure 18% 11% 24% 17% 23% 13%
Base (n) 1,096 536 560 347 364 385
  • Younger participants (aged 18-34 years old, 19%) were more likely to say China had a very positive influence on Australia’s culture than those over 35 (8%).
  • Those in paid employment (15%) or university education (16%) were more likely to say China had a very positive influence on Australia’s culture than those in other employment groups (7%) or with less education (9%).

Australia’s politics

  Total Gender Age
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+
Very positive 8% 11% 6% 15% 8% 3%
Somewhat positive 22% 22% 22% 28% 25% 14%
Somewhat negative 32% 36% 29% 28% 29% 38%
Very negative 16% 19% 14% 9% 16% 23%
Unsure 21% 13% 29% 20% 22% 21%
Base (n) 1,096 536 560 347 364 385
  • Younger participants (aged 18-34 years old, 15%) were more likely to say China had a very positive influence on Australia’s politics than those over 35 (6%).
  • Similarly, those in paid employment (12%) were more likely to say China had a very positive influence on Australia’s politics than those in other employment groups (4%).

Chinese corporations and businesses operating in Australia

  Total Gender Age
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+
Very positive 10% 11% 8% 17% 9% 4%
Somewhat positive 31% 33% 29% 33% 33% 26%
Somewhat negative 25% 25% 24% 22% 22% 30%
Very negative 19% 20% 17% 13% 16% 26%
Unsure 16% 10% 22% 15% 20% 14%
Base (n) 1,096 536 560 347 364 385
  • Participants aged 18-34 were more likely to say that China had a very positive influence over Chinese corporations and businesses operating in Australia (17%) than those over 35 years old (7%).
  • Those in paid employment were also more likely to say China had a very positive influence over Chinese corporations and businesses operating in Australia (13%) than those in other employment groups (7%).

Most beneficial country to strengthen our relationship with

Aug 19, 2019

Q. Given the choice between the United States of America and China, which country do you think it would be most beneficial for Australia strengthen our relationship with?

  Total Gender Age
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+
United States of America 38% 44% 33% 41% 31% 43%
China 28% 31% 25% 31% 30% 24%
Neither 18% 15% 21% 13% 24% 18%
Unsure 15% 10% 21% 16% 15% 15%
Base (n) 1,096 536 560 347 364 385
  • Male participants tended to favour the United States of America (44%) more than females (33%).
  • Liberal/National voters (50%) tended to favour the United States of America more than Labour (34%) and Greens (24%) voters – Labour voters were more likely than any other voters to say they were unsure (17%) which country would be most beneficial for Australia (compared to all other voters 10%).
  • Participants aged 35-54 years old were least likely to Australian would benefit more from strengthening their relationship with the United States of America (31%), compared to 42% of those between 18-34 or over 55 years old.
  • A third of those with university educations (34%) suggested that Australian would benefit more from strengthening their relationship with China, more so than those in other education bands (26%).

Support proposed changes to remove abortion from NSW Criminal Code (NSW only)

Aug 19, 2019

Q. To what extent do you support or oppose the proposed changes to the law to remove abortion from the Criminal Code and re-define it as a medical procedure?

  Total Gender Age
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+
Strongly support 44% 37% 51% 44% 42% 47%
Somewhat support 27% 31% 24% 28% 31% 23%
Somewhat oppose 8% 12% 5% 8% 7% 9%
Strongly oppose 9% 10% 8% 9% 6% 12%
Unsure 12% 10% 13% 11% 14% 9%
NET: Support 71% 68% 75% 72% 71% 73%
NET: Oppose 17% 22% 13% 17% 17% 13%
Base (n) 351 170 181 110 123 118
  • 44% of New South Welshmen strongly support the proposed changes to the Criminal Code and another 27% somewhat support this measure.

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