Work and automation

Jul 18, 2017

Q. Which statement best represents your current situation? (In these statements, “automation” means the use of machines and technology to replace human processes). 

  Total   Men Women Aged 18-34 Aged 35-54 Aged 55+
My job has already been replaced by automation 3%   5% 2% 5% 3% 2%
My job has been significantly changed my automation 9%   11% 7% 12% 8% 5%
I expect my job to be replaced by automation in the next five years 11%   12% 10% 17% 9% 4%
I don’t think my job will be replaced by automation in the foreseeable future 59%   56% 61% 53% 64% 58%
Don’t know 18%   16% 20% 14% 16% 30%

(Based on those working)

59% of working respondents don’t think their job will be replaced by automation in the foreseeable future. 3% say that have already been replaced by automation, 9% say their job has significantly changed and 11% expect their job to be replaced by automation. 53% of those aged 18-34 don’t think their job will be replaced by automation compared to 64% of those aged 35-54.

 

Party with better policies

Feb 11, 2013

Q. Which party do you think has the better policies for the following groups of people?

 

Labor Party

Liberal Party

No difference

Don’t know

Net

11 Feb 13

Net

6 Aug 12

Pensioners

32%

23%

31%

15%

+9

+11

Unemployed people

34%

21%

30%

15%

+13

+18

People with disabilities

35%

20%

29%

17%

+15

+16

Carers

30%

22%

30%

19%

+8

+12

People on low incomes

37%

21%

26%

16%

+16

+22

All working people

32%

31%

23%

14%

+1

-1

The Labor Party was thought to have better policies than the Liberal Party on all issues except “all working people” where both parties had similar ratings. In particular the Labor Party was thought to have better policies for people on low incomes (37% Labor/21% Liberal), unemployed people (34%/21%) and people with disabilities (35%/20%).

Of those aged 55+, 31% thought Labor had better policies for pensioners and 30% thought the Liberals had better policies.

32% think Labor has better policies for all working people and 31% think the Liberals have better policies. Employed people are more likely to think the Liberals have the better policies (35% Liberal/31% Labor).