Next election

Apr 2, 2013

Q. Do you think the Labor Government should run its full term up to the Federal election announced for September 14 or should a new election be held now?

 

5
Sept 11

5
Dec
11

30
Jan
12

5
Mar 12

30
Apr
12

29
Jan
13

Total
2
Apr
13

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Should run to September (later in 2013*)

40%

47%

48%

46%

48%

51%

47%

82%

24%

67%

Should hold election now

48%

41%

41%

44%

42%

35%

43%

11%

69%

19%

Don’t know

12%

12%

10%

10%

10%

14%

11%

7%

6%

15%

47% think the Labor Government should run its full term until September and 43% think an election should be held now. 11% don’t know.

Opinions have shifted toward having an early election since this question was polled in January – up 6% to 43%.

 

* Note: previously asked question used slightly different wording – Do you think the Labor Government should run its full term until later in 2013 when the next Federal election is due or should a new election be held now?

Leader attributes – Tony Abbott

Apr 2, 2013

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

5
Jul
10

4
Oct
10

7
Feb
11

27
Jun
11

2
Apr
12

17
Sept
12

14
Jan
13

2
Apr
13

Change

Hard-working

76%

78%

72%

75%

68%

67%

70%

70%

Intelligent

70%

71%

64%

61%

56%

62%

64%

63%

-1%

Arrogant

59%

60%

58%

60%

61%

63%

61%

56%

-5%

Narrow-minded

56%

53%

51%

54%

54%

59%

56%

53%

-3%

Out of touch with ordinary people

57%

53%

54%

57%

54%

57%

54%

52%

-2%

Understands the problems facing Australia

50%

53%

50%

48%

49%

43%

47%

49%

+2%

Superficial

45%

49%

49%

51%

48%

49%

+1%

Aggressive

59%

55%

49%

-6%

Intolerant

53%

49%

48%

-1%

A capable leader

47%

52%

48%

45%

41%

37%

43%

47%

+4%

Erratic

51%

51%

45%

-6%

Good in a crisis

40%

42%

41%

40%

36%

35%

39%

44%

+5%

Visionary

32%

31%

27%

27%

26%

29%

28%

37%

+9%

More honest than most politicians

33%

32%

31%

32%

30%

27%

29%

36%

+7%

Trustworthy

33%

35%

34%

32%

32%

30%

33%

36%

+3%

Tony Abbott’s key attributes were hard-working (70%), intelligent (63%), arrogant (56%), narrow-minded (53%) and out of touch with ordinary people (52%).

Since January the major shifts have been for visionary (+9%), more honest than most politicians (+7%), erratic (-6%), aggressive (-6%), arrogant (-5%) and good in a crisis (+5%).

Social class identification

Apr 2, 2013

Q. Do you consider yourself –

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Income under $600pw

Income $600 – $1,000pw

Income $1,000 – $1,600pw

Income $1,600+

Working class

33%

40%

25%

34%

38%

39%

38%

26%

Middle class

53%

46%

63%

47%

33%

42%

52%

66%

Upper class

2%

1%

2%

3%

1%

2%

3%

None of them

10%

10%

7%

14%

21%

15%

6%

4%

Don’t know

3%

3%

2%

3%

8%

3%

2%

1%

53% of respondents described themselves as “middle class” and 33% as “working class” – only 2% claimed to be “upper class”.

Those on higher incomes were more likely to identify as “middle class” while those on lower incomes were less likely to identify with any of these descriptions.

Parties and social class

Apr 2, 2013

Q. Whose interests do you think the Labor Party mainly represent?

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Working class

Middle class

Working class

30%

43%

28%

25%

27%

34%

Middle class

16%

24%

8%

36%

18%

17%

Upper class

13%

4%

17%

10%

17%

10%

All of them

8%

19%

3%

12%

5%

10%

None of them

22%

3%

35%

7%

19%

22%

Don’t know

11%

7%

10%

9%

13%

7%

30% believe that the Labor Party mainly represents working class people and 22% don’t think they represent any class. 43% of Labor voters think the Labor Party mainly represents the working class and 36% of Greens voters think they mainly represent the middle class. 35% of Liberal/National voters don’t think they represent any class.

27% of respondents who describe themselves as working class and 34% of those who say they are middle class think the Labor Party mainly represents the working class. 35% of those who say they are working class think the Labor Party mainly represents the middle or upper classes.

Parties and social class

Apr 2, 2013

Q. Whose interests do you think the Liberal Party mainly represent?

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Working class

Middle class

Working class

5%

6%

7%

2%

10%

4%

Middle class

20%

9%

33%

13%

16%

25%

Upper class

40%

68%

17%

64%

42%

39%

All of them

17%

4%

33%

4%

11%

21%

None of them

8%

7%

4%

7%

9%

6%

Don’t know

9%

6%

7%

10%

12%

5%

40% believe that the Liberal Party mainly represents upper class people and 20% think they represent the middle class. 68% of Labor voters think the Labor Party mainly and 64% of Greens voters think they mainly represent the upper class. 33% of Liberal/National voters think they represent the middle class and 33% think they represent all classes.

42% of respondents who describe themselves as working class and 39% of those who say they are middle class think the Liberal Party mainly represents the upper class.