Importance of industries

Feb 18, 2014

Q. How important are the following industries for providing jobs for Australians into the future?

 

Very important

Quite important

Somewhat important

Not very important

Don’t know

 

Very important Feb 2012

Construction

58%

30%

9%

1%

3%

58%

Agriculture

57%

27%

12%

2%

3%

Manufacturing

55%

26%

12%

4%

3%

55%

Tourism

53%

31%

11%

3%

2%

53%

Mining

52%

29%

13%

4%

2%

64%

Retail

46%

35%

14%

2%

2%

47%

Hospitality

45%

37%

14%

2%

2%

46%

Finance

40%

34%

19%

3%

4%

39%

Telecommunications

37%

37%

19%

4%

3%

39%

Respondents regard the construction (58%), agriculture (57%) and manufacturing (55%) industries to be the most important for providing jobs for Australians in the future. These were followed closely by the tourism (53%) and mining (52%) industries.

Since this question was last asked in February 2012, those think mining is very important for future jobs has dropped from 64% to 52%.

Government support for industry

Feb 11, 2014

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of governments giving the following types of financial support to these industries?

 

Total approve

Total disapprove

 

Strongly approve

Approve

Disapprove

Strongly disapprove

Don’t know

Agriculture – drought relief

83%

8%

38%

45%

6%

2%

8%

Health care – private health rebate

72%

17%

28%

44%

11%

6%

11%

Tourism – development grants

61%

22%

10%

51%

16%

6%

17%

Food processing – production subsidies

55%

30%

9%

46%

21%

9%

16%

Film – production grants

46%

34%

8%

38%

23%

11%

20%

Banks – guaranteeing debt

36%

43%

6%

30%

25%

18%

20%

Real estate investment – negative gearing

35%

43%

9%

26%

27%

16%

22%

Motor vehicle manufacturing – production subsidies

36%

47%

6%

30%

33%

14%

17%

Mining industry – fuel rebate

26%

56%

4%

22%

31%

25%

17%

There was majority approval of the Government giving financial support to agriculture (83% approve), health care (72%), tourism (61%) and food processing (55%).

The only issue on which there was majority disapproval was the fuel rebate for the mining industry (56% disapprove).

Labor voters are more likely than Liberal/National voters to approve support for car manufacturing (45% to 32%), food manufacturing (64%/49%), and film production (52%/43%).

Liberal/National voters are more likely than Labor voters to approve support for mining (34% to 24%), health care (81%/71%) and real estate investment (42%/35%).

Foreign investment

Sep 24, 2013

Q. Do you agree or disagree that foreign investment in Australian agriculture – including buying farmland – is good for Australia’s economy?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Total agree

22%

23%

25%

14%

Total disagree

55%

49%

59%

54%

Strongly agree

4%

5%

3%

4%

Agree

18%

18%

22%

10%

Disagree

25%

20%

25%

40%

Strongly disagree

30%

29%

34%

14%

Don’t know

24%

27%

16%

33%

22% agree that foreign investment in Australian agriculture – including buying farmland – is good for Australia’s economy and 55% disagree.

Disagreement is higher among Liberal/National voters (59%), respondents aged 55+ (73%) and those on income less than $1,000pw (63%).

Trust in industries

Jan 21, 2013

Q. How much trust do you have in the following industries to act in the public interest

 

Total a lot/some trust

A lot of trust

Some trust

Not much trust

No trust at all

Don’t know

Agriculture

72%

20%

52%

18%

4%

5%

Tourism

68%

12%

56%

22%

6%

5%

Manufacturing

56%

8%

48%

30%

8%

7%

Construction and development

48%

5%

43%

33%

12%

6%

Retail

47%

3%

44%

38%

12%

3%

Telecommunications

37%

3%

34%

41%

18%

3%

Banking

33%

5%

28%

36%

29%

3%

Mining

32%

3%

29%

35%

25%

8%

Media

30%

2%

28%

40%

27%

2%

Power companies

18%

1%

17%

37%

41%

4%

The industries most trusted to act in the public interest were agriculture (72% some/a lot of trust), tourism (68%) and manufacturing (56%).

The industries least trusted to act in the public interest were power companies (18%), the media (30%), mining (32%) and banking (33%).

The only industry on which there were major differences was mining where 43% of Liberal/National voters had a lot/some trust compared to only 25% of Labor voters and 17% of Greens voters.

Australian Industries

May 21, 2012

Q. How much do average Australians benefit from having strong industries in each of the following sectors?

Benefit a lot

Some benefit

A little benefit

No benefit

Don’t know

Tourism

45%

30%

11%

4%

10%

Agriculture

45%

29%

12%

4%

11%

Construction

44%

32%

11%

3%

10%

Mining

44%

31%

10%

4%

11%

Manufacturing

44%

30%

11%

4%

10%

Retail

40%

34%

11%

5%

10%

Hospitality

36%

36%

13%

4%

10%

Finance

34%

34%

15%

5%

11%

Telecommunications

31%

36%

17%

5%

11%

 Over 40% of respondents think the average Australian benefits a lot from having strong industries in tourism (45%), agriculture (45%), construction (44%), mining (44%) and manufacturing (44%).

Major demographic differences were –

60% of aged 55+ think there is a lot of benefit from manufacturing

62% of aged 55+ and 50% of Labor voters think there is a lot of benefit from construction

53% of aged 45-64 think there is a lot of benefit from retail

60% of aged 55+ and 52% of Labor voters think there is a lot of benefit from tourism

58% of aged 55+ and 48% of Coalition voters think there is a lot of benefit from mining

57% of aged 55+ think there is a lot of benefit from agriculture

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Australian Industries

Sep 5, 2011

Q. Thinking about Australian industries, how would you rate the current state of the following industries?

Total good Total poor Very good Good Poor Very poor
Mining 85% 15% 76% 9% 2% 13%
Construction 77% 23% 47% 30% 7% 16%
Hospitality 81% 19% 46% 35% 7% 12%
Tourism 81% 19% 45% 36% 7% 12%
Finance 76% 24% 44% 32% 8% 16%
Telecommunications 78% 22% 43% 35% 11% 11%
Media 72% 28% 38% 34% 12% 16%
Agriculture 75% 25% 36% 39% 9% 16%
Retail 75% 25% 26% 49% 16% 9%
Manufacturing 62% 38% 19% 43% 22% 16%

76% rate the state of the mining industry as very good – the only industry to score above 50%. However at least 75% think all other industries except manufacturing are in a very good or good state.

Only 19% rate manufacturing as very good – and 38% rate it poor or very poor.

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Most Important Industries

Sep 5, 2011

Q. And which of these industries are the three most important for Australia’s economic future?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Mining 67% 77% 67% 61%
Agriculture 58% 57% 59% 58%
Tourism 46% 47% 43% 56%
Manufacturing 37% 30% 40% 36%
Construction 25% 26% 26% 31%
Finance 21% 18% 23% 17%
Retail 17% 18% 17% 12%
Telecommunications 14% 16% 11% 20%
Hospitality 10% 10% 9% 6%
Media 1% 1% 1% 1%
Don’t know 4% * 4% 3%

Australia’s most important industries are thought to be mining (67%), agriculture (58%), tourism (46%) and manufacturing (37%). Opinions are consistent across voter groups in terms of order of importance.

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The Past Year – The Economy and Industries

Dec 13, 2010

  Q. Thinking about the last 12 months, has it been a good or bad year for each of the following?

  Total good Total bad Very good Good Neither good nor bad Bad Very bad Don’t know
The banks 69% 13% 42% 27% 14% 9% 4% 4%
The mining industry 57% 14% 27% 30% 24% 11% 3% 6%
Large companies and corporations 44% 15% 10% 34% 35% 13% 2% 7%
The Australian economy 41% 20% 5% 36% 36% 17% 3% 4%
The media 30% 14% 8% 22% 45% 10% 4% 10%
The environment 14% 37% 2% 12% 43% 28% 9% 5%
Small business 14% 45% 2% 12% 35% 34% 11% 6%
Farming and agriculture 14% 50% 2% 12% 31% 35% 15% 5%

 A majority of respondents think it has been a good year for the banks (69%) and the mining industry (57%). They are also more likely to think it has been a good year for large companies and corporations (44% good/15% bad), the economy (41%/20%), and the media (30%/14%).

 However, they are more likely to think the year has been bad for farming and agriculture (50%), small business (45%) and the environment (37%).

In terms of the economy, all voter groups were more likely to think it has been a good year – Labor 55% good/11% bad, Liberal/National 33%/29% and Greens 53%/12%. Comments »

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