Australia Day

Jan 28, 2015

Q. Monday 26th January is Australia Day. Will you personally be doing anything to celebrate Australia Day or do you treat it as just a public holiday?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other/

indep-endent

 

Jan 2010

Jan 2013

Jan 2014

Doing something to celebrate Australia Day

40%

37%

45%

25%

47%

40%

41%

37%

Just a public holiday

41%

44%

35%

61%

34%

40%

43%

44%

Working – don’t get the Australia Day holiday

7%

7%

8%

6%

6%

6%

7%

7%

Don’t know

12%

12%

12%

8%

13%

14%

9%

11%

40% said they will be doing something to celebrate Australia Day, 41% treat Australia Day as just a public holiday and 7% are working because they don’t get the Australia Day holiday. This represents a small rise in the percentage of those celebrating Australia Day since last year.

Those aged 55+ were more likely than those in other age groups to be doing something to celebrate Australia Day (45%). 50% of those with university education and 47% of those aged 25-44 treat it as just another public holiday.

Australia Day

Jan 14, 2014

Q. Sunday 26th January is Australia Day with the public holiday on the Monday. Will you personally be doing anything to celebrate Australia Day or do you treat it as just a public holiday?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other/

indep-endent

 

18 Jan 10

29 Jan 13

Doing something to celebrate Australia Day

37%

34%

42%

25%

37%

40%

41%

Just a public holiday

44%

46%

43%

54%

41%

40%

43%

Working – don’t get the Australia Day holiday

7%

9%

6%

14%

8%

6%

7%

Don’t know

11%

12%

9%

7%

14%

14%

9%

37% said they will be doing something to celebrate Australia Day, 44% treat Australia Day as just a public holiday and 7% are working because they don’t get the Australia Day holiday. This represents a small fall in the percentage of those celebrating Australia Day since last year.

18-34 year olds were more likely than those in other age groups to be doing something to celebrate Australia Day (45%). 53% of those with university education treat it as just another public holiday.

Date of Australia Day

Jan 14, 2014

Q. Australia Day is celebrated annually on 26th January, which is the anniversary of the 1788 arrival of the First Fleet of British ships at Sydney Cove, New South Wales.  Do you approve or disapprove of holding Australia’s national day on the 26th January?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other/

indep-endent

Total approve

66%

63%

78%

37%

61%

Total disapprove

7%

6%

4%

27%

8%

Strongly approve

37%

34%

44%

18%

39%

Approve

29%

29%

34%

19%

22%

Neither approve nor disapprove

24%

28%

16%

27%

30%

Disapprove

5%

5%

3%

16%

4%

Strongly disapprove

2%

1%

1%

11%

4%

Don’t know

3%

2%

2%

8%

1%

66% approve of celebrating Australia day on 26th January and only 7% disapprove. 24% neither approve nor disapprove.

Those most likely to disapprove were Greens voters (27%) and those with incomes under $600 pw (13%).

Australia Day

Jan 29, 2013

Q. Saturday 26th January is Australia Day with the public holiday on the Monday. Will you personally be doing anything to celebrate Australia Day or do you treat it as just a public holiday?

 

18 Jan 10

Total

29 Jan 13

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Aged 18-34

Aged 35-54

Aged 55+

Doing something to celebrate Australia Day

40%

41%

43%

44%

27%

45%

38%

39%

Just a public holiday

40%

43%

41%

41%

61%

38%

46%

44%

Working – don’t get the Australia Day holiday

6%

7%

7%

8%

2%

8%

8%

6%

Don’t know

14%

9%

9%

7%

10%

8%

8%

12%

41% of people surveyed said they will be doing something to celebrate Australia Day, 43% treat Australia Day as just a public holiday and 7% are working because they don’t get the Australia Day holiday. These are similar results to the last time this question was asked three years ago.

Females were more likely to indicate they will be doing something to celebrate Australia Day (45%) while males were more likely to think it is just a public holiday (45%).

18-34 year olds were more likely than those in other age groups to be doing something to celebrate Australia Day (45%).

Trust in People and Organisations

Jun 18, 2012

Q. How much trust do you have that the following people or organisations can be relied on to act in the community’s interest?

 

Total a lot/some trust

Total little/no trust

A lot of trust

Some trust

A little trust

No trust

Don’t know

Net trust
Kevin Rudd

37%

56%

14%

23%

26%

30%

7%

-19

Malcolm Turnbull

33%

54%

8%

25%

29%

25%

14%

-21

Tony Abbott

29%

63%

10%

19%

20%

43%

7%

-34

Julia Gillard

26%

67%

8%

18%

22%

45%

6%

-41

Mining magnates like Clive Palmer and Gina Rinehart

14%

73%

3%

11%

23%

50%

13%

-59

Australian companies

46%

47%

8%

38%

35%

12%

7%

-1

Banks

17%

66%

2%

15%

32%

44%

7%

-49

Foreign companies

8%

81%

1%

7%

24%

57%

10%

-73

There was a substantial lack of trust in all people and organisations tested with the exception of Australian companies – which split 46% a lot/some trust and 47% little/no trust.

For both the Labor Party and the Liberal Party, the current leaders were less trusted than the previous leaders. However, all political leaders were more trusted than mining magnates like Clive Palmer and Gina Rinehart.

Among Labor voters, 58% had a lot/some trust in Julia Gillard and 58% had a lot/some trust in Kevin Rudd. Among Liberal/National voters, 58% had a lot/some trust in Tony Abbott and 44% had a lot/some trust in Malcolm Turnbull.

Celebrating Australia Day

Jan 18, 2010

Q. Tuesday 26th January is Australia Day. Will you personally be doing anything to celebrate Australia Day or do you treat it as just a public holiday?

 

 

%

Doing something to celebrate Australia Day

40%

Just a public holiday

40%

Working – don’t get the Australia Day holiday

6%

Don’t know

14%

 

 

40% of people surveyed will be doing something to celebrate Australia Day, a further 40% treat Australia Day as just a public holiday and 6% are working because they don’t get the Australia Day holiday. 

 

Females were more likely to indicate they will be doing something to celebrate Australia Day (43%) while males were more likely to think it is just a public holiday (43%). 

 

18 – 24 year olds were more likely than those in other age groups to be doing something to celebrate Australia Day (44%).  Comments »

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