Federal politics – voting intention

Oct 22, 2012

Q. If a Federal Election was held today to which party will you probably give your first preference vote? If not sure, which party are you currently leaning toward?

Q. If don’t know -Well which party are you currently leaning to?

Sample size = 1,888 respondents

First preference/leaning to

Election

21 Aug 10

4 weeks ago

24/9/12

2 weeks ago

8/10/12

Last week

15/10/12

This week

22/10/12

Liberal

45%

44%

44%

44%

National

3%

3%

3%

3%

Total Lib/Nat

43.6%

48%

47%

47%

47%

Labor

38.0%

35%

37%

36%

36%

Greens

11.8%

9%

9%

9%

9%

Other/Independent

6.6%

9%

7%

8%

7%

 

2PP

Election

21 Aug 10

4 weeks ago

2 weeks ago

Last week

This week

Total Lib/Nat

49.9%

55%

53%

53%

53%

Labor

50.1%

45%

47%

47%

47%

NB.  The data in the above tables comprise 2-week averages derived from the first preference/leaning to voting questions.  Respondents who select ‘don’t know’ are not included in the results.  The two-party preferred estimate is calculated by distributing the votes of the other parties according to their preferences at the 2010 election. These estimates have a confidence interval of approx. plus or minus 2-3%.

Trust in organisations and institutions

Oct 22, 2012

Q. How much trust do you have in the following institutions and organisations?

 

Total

trust

26 Sep 11

Total

trust

12 Jun 12

Total trust

22 Oct 12

A lot of trust

Some trust

A little trust

No trust

Don’t know

% change

The High Court

72%

60%

63%

26%

37%

21%

10%

6%

+3

The ABC

46%

54%

59%

20%

39%

26%

8%

6%

+5

The Reserve Bank

67%

49%

53%

16%

37%

28%

12%

8%

+4

Charitable organisations

61%

50%

53%

9%

44%

33%

10%

5%

+3

Environment groups

45%

32%

36%

8%

28%

35%

24%

6%

+4

The Commonwealth Public Service

  49%*

30%

33%

6%

27%

41%

16%

10%

+3

Your local council

na

na

32%

4%

28%

39%

22%

6%

na

Religious organisations

29%

27%

31%

7%

24%

28%

35%

6%

+4

Newspapers

na

26%

31%

4%

27%

45%

20%

4%

+5

Online news media

na

23%

28%

4%

24%

45%

20%

6%

+5

TV news media

na

21%

26%

5%

21%

44%

26%

4%

+5

Federal Parliament

55%

22%

26%

4%

22%

37%

32%

5%

+4

State Parliament

na

na

25%

4%

21%

37%

33%

5%

na

Business groups

38%

22%

25%

3%

22%

45%

21%

9%

+3

Trade unions

39%

22%

23%

5%

18%

32%

36%

9%

+1

Political parties

na

12%

16%

2%

14%

36%

42%

6%

+4

Note: ‘Total Trust’ is an aggregate figure achieved by adding ‘A lot of trust’ and ‘Some trust’.
* This Commonwealth Public Service figure is from a question asked in 6 Feb 12.

Overall, there have been small increases in trust across all organisations since this question was last asked in June. However, there has been no significant change in the rankings.

Respondents had most trust in the High Court (63%), the ABC (59%), charitable organisations (53%) and the Reserve Bank (53%). They had least trust in political parties (16%), trade unions (23%), business groups (25%) State Parliaments (25%), Federal Parliament (26%) and TV news media (26%).

Compared to the average, Labor voters had more trust in Federal Parliament (40%), the High Court (67%), the ABC (68%), the Reserve Bank (61%), the Commonwealth Public Service (42%), trade unions (41%), environment groups (48%) and local councils (39%).

Liberal/National voters, compared to the average, had more trust in religious organisations (37%) and business groups (32%) but less trust in Federal Parliament (21%), Commonwealth Public Service (28%), trade unions (14%) and environment groups (27%).

Pressure on women over behaviour and appearance

Oct 22, 2012

Q. Do you think women face more or less pressure over their behavior and appearance than they did 20 years ago?

 

Total

Men

Women

Aged 18-34

Aged 35-54

Aged 55+

Total more

49%

39%

58%

56%

44%

48%

Total less

30%

37%

25%

27%

33%

30%

A lot more

24%

14%

34%

24%

23%

27%

A little more

25%

25%

24%

32%

21%

21%

A little less

15%

16%

14%

17%

15%

13%

A lot less

15%

20%

11%

10%

18%

17%

About the same

16%

17%

14%

9%

19%

19%

Don’t know

5%

7%

3%

8%

4%

3%

49% of respondents believe that women face more pressure over their behavior and appearance than they did 20 years ago and 30% think they face less pressure.

58% of women and 56% of people aged under 35 think there is more pressure on women.

By voting intention, 56% of Labor voters think there is more pressure compared to 52% of Greens voters and 45% of Liberal/National voters.

Personally experienced/witness sexism/discrimination

Oct 22, 2012

Q. Over the last 12 months, have you been subjected to or witnessed sexism or discrimination against women in your workplace?

 

Total

Men

Women

Aged 18-34

Aged 35-54

Aged 55+

Yes – have been subjected to sexism/discrimination

7%

3%

11%

11%

7%

2%

Yes – have witnessed sexism/discrimination

13%

13%

13%

19%

14%

3%

Total subjected to or witnessed

17%

15%

18%

25%

18%

5%

No

61%

67%

55%

61%

68%

49%

Don’t work

19%

14%

25%

9%

11%

45%

Not sure

3%

4%

2%

5%

3%

1%

17% of respondents say they have been subjected to or witnessed sexism/discrimination in the workplace.

11% of women say they have personally been subjected to sexism/discrimination in the workplace. Excluding those who don’t work, 15% of female workers say they have been subjected to sexism/discrimination in their workplace.

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