Awareness of Centrelink ‘Robodebt’ program

Aug 6, 2019

Q. Centrelink is currently conducting a debt recovery program in which welfare recipients are being automatically sent notifications regarding possible over payments. This has been widely referred to as ‘Robodebt’ in the media

How much have you read or heard about this program and the concerns about it?

  Total Gender Age
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+
I have heard a lot about this 22% 24% 19% 14% 26% 24%
I have heard a little about this 30% 33% 28% 29% 30% 32%
I am aware of this, but don’t know any details 18% 19% 17% 22% 15% 18%
I haven’t heard of this 30% 24% 36% 35% 30% 27%
Base (n) 1,102 543 559 348 374 380

 

Support or oppose calls to shut down ‘Robodebt’ program

Aug 6, 2019

Q. From what you have read or heard, to what extent do you support or oppose calls to shut down the Centrelink debt recovery program?

Only asked to participants who have heard of program Total Gender Age
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+
Strongly support 30% 32% 29% 27% 33% 31%
Somewhat support 28% 28% 28% 35% 26% 24%
Somewhat oppose 17% 18% 15% 15% 14% 19%
Strongly oppose 15% 14% 16% 12% 16% 16%
No opinion 11% 9% 12% 11% 10% 10%
Base (n) 763 408 355 223 258 282
  • 30% of participants who were aware of the Robodebt program strongly supported it being shut down; a further 28% somewhat supported this.

Attitudes towards social media conduct

Aug 6, 2019

Q. To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statements about the use of platforms like Facebook and Google?

  NET: Agree Strongly agree Somewhat agree Somewhat disagree Strongly disagree Unsure
I am concerned how Facebook and Google collect and use my personal information 80% 49% 31% 8% 5% 8%
There should be tighter regulation of online platforms like Facebook and Google 80% 48% 32% 6% 6% 9%
Platforms like Facebook and Google are responsible if deliberately misleading and harmful news stories are distributed on their platforms 75% 41% 34% 10% 4% 11%
A specialist body is needed to oversee the operations of Facebook and Google 75% 39% 36% 7% 5% 13%
I am not interested how companies like Facebook and Google use my personal data to target ads to me when I’m using their platforms 31% 12% 19% 24% 37% 8%
  • Four-fifths of participants agreed that there should be tighter regulation of online platforms like Facebook and Google, and are concerned with how Facebook and Google collect and use their personal information (both 80%).
  • A further three-quarters of participants agreed that platforms like Facebook and Google are responsible if deliberately misleading and harmful news stories are distributed on their platforms, and a specialist body is needed to oversee the operations of Facebook and Google (both 75%).
NET: Agree Total Gender Age
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+
There should be tighter regulation of online platforms like Facebook and Google 80% 78% 81% 69% 81% 87%
I am not interested how companies like Facebook and Google use my personal data to target ads to me when I’m using their platforms 31% 33% 30% 39% 32% 24%
I am concerned how Facebook and Google collect and use my personal information 80% 78% 81% 74% 82% 83%
Platforms like Facebook and Google are responsible if deliberately misleading and harmful news stories are distributed on their platforms 75% 73% 76% 68% 74% 81%
A specialist body is needed to oversee the operations of Facebook and Google 75% 77% 74% 69% 74% 81%
Base (n) 1,102 543 559 348 374 380
  • Participants over 55 years old were more likely to agree that there should be tighter regulation of online platforms like Facebook and Google (87% compared to 76% of 18-54 year olds), these platforms are responsible if deliberately misleading and harmful news stories are distributed on them (81% compared to 71%), and a specialist body is needed to oversee the operations of Facebook and Google (81% compared to 72% of 18-54 year olds).

Performance of Scott Morrison

Jul 24, 2019

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

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

 

TOTAL Labor Coalition Greens NET: Other
Strongly approve 16% 5% 35% 3% 6%
Approve 33% 23% 51% 19% 24%
Disapprove 19% 30% 3% 32% 29%
Strong disapprove 15% 26% 1% 26% 22%
Don’t know 18% 16% 9% 19% 19%
NET: Approve 48% 28% 86% 22% 31%
NET: Disapprove 34% 56% 5% 59% 50%
Base (n) 1,091 331 391 92 144
  • Just under half of Australians (48%) approve of the job Scott Morrison is doing as PM. This is consistent with results last month (also 48%) and 5%pts higher than before the start of the election campaign in March (43%).
  • Morrison has particularly high approval among Coalition voters (86%). Approval was also high among retirees (58%) and those with a high annual household income (Over $104k) (59%).

Performance of Anthony Albanese

Jul 24, 2019

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

Jul’19 Jun’19 Mar’19

(Shorten)

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

 

TOTAL Labor Coalition Greens NET: Other
Strongly approve 7% 14% 5% 5% 4%
Approve 32% 43% 32% 33% 18%
Disapprove 15% 9% 21% 9% 24%
Strong disapprove 8% 2% 12% 9% 20%
Don’t know 37% 33% 30% 44% 34%
NET: Approve 39% 57% 37% 38% 22%
NET: Disapprove 24% 11% 33% 18% 44%
Base (n) 1,091 331 391 92 144
  • Approval for Anthony Albanese has increased 4%pts in the past month from 35% in May to 39%. After two months in the job, approval for the Labor leader is equivalent to that of Bill Shorten prior to the election (38%).
  • A high proportion of the population remain unsure on the performance of Albanese, with 37% saying Don’t know (down 2%pts from June). This uncertainty is even evident among Labor supporters, with 33% selecting Don’t know.

Preferred Prime Minister

Jul 24, 2019

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

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

(Shorten)

31%

(Shorten)

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

 

  Total Gender Age
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+
Scott Morrison 44% 47% 40% 36% 42% 52%
Anthony Albanese 26% 29% 23% 27% 27% 24%
Don’t know 31% 24% 36% 38% 31% 24%
Base (n) 1,091 538 553 348 358 385
  • 44% of the public believe Scott Morrison is the better PM out of the two major party leaders. This is consistent with June, when 43% selected the current PM.
  • 26% believe Albanese would make the better PM, just a 1% increase from last month (25% in June).

Awareness of that Uluru will be closed for climbing

Jul 24, 2019

Q. Before today, were you aware that that from October, tourists will be prevented from climbing Uluru due the spiritual significance of the site to the Aboriginal traditional owners?

  Total Gender Age
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+
Yes 69% 70% 68% 56% 67% 83%
No 31% 30% 32% 44% 33% 17%
Base (n) 1,091 538 553 348 358 385
  • Over two thirds (69%) of Australians are aware of the prevention of climbing Uluru from October.
  • Awareness of the ban is highest among those aged over 55 (83%).

Support for closing Uluru to climbing

Jul 24, 2019

Q. To what extent do you support or oppose the decision to close the Uluru climb to tourists?

  Total Gender Age
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+
Strongly support 27% 25% 29% 27% 28% 26%
Somewhat support 17% 17% 16% 23% 15% 13%
Neither support, nor oppose 21% 20% 23% 19% 22% 22%
Somewhat oppose 14% 14% 14% 14% 12% 16%
Strongly oppose 16% 20% 13% 8% 17% 22%
Unsure 5% 4% 6% 9% 5% 1%
NET: Support 44% 43% 45% 50% 43% 39%
NET: Oppose 30% 34% 26% 22% 29% 38%
Base (n) 1,091 538 553 348 358 385
  • 27% strongly support the decision to prevent climbing Uluru, with a further 17% somewhat supporting the decision.
  • Support for the closure was highest among those aged 18-34 (50%) and Greens voters (56%).

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