Australia’s assistance in fighting Ebola

Oct 21, 2014

Q. The Australian Government has committed $18 million to efforts to fight Ebola in West Africa, but has said the risks are too high to send medical or other personnel at this time. Do you think Australia is doing enough or not doing enough to assist the international efforts to fight Ebola?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Doing enough

58%

54%

74%

36%

56%

Not doing enough

21%

32%

10%

42%

17%

Don’t know

21%

14%

17%

22%

26%

58% of respondents think Australia is doing enough to assist the international efforts to fight Ebola and 21% think we are not doing enough.

74% of Liberal/National voters and 54% of Labor voters think we are doing enough but 42% of Greens voters think we are not doing enough.

62% of women think we are doing enough compared to 54% of men.

Government financial actions

Oct 14, 2014

Q. The government is considering savings and taxing options to pay for the war in Iraq, lower commodity prices and its inability to pass savings from its May budget this year. Would you approve or disapprove of the following actions it might take?

 

Total approve

Total dis-approve

 

Strongly approve

Approve

Dis-approve

Strongly dis-approve

Don’t know

Higher corporate tax

68%

22%

26%

42%

15%

7%

10%

Abandon its paid parental leave scheme

56%

31%

31%

25%

17%

14%

12%

Cuts to tax concessions in areas like superannuation

21%

67%

4%

17%

33%

34%

13%

Higher income taxes

21%

69%

5%

16%

31%

38%

10%

Cuts to social services, health or education

12%

81%

2%

10%

26%

55%

7%

A majority approve of higher corporate tax (68%) and abandoning the paid parental leave scheme (56%) to pay for the war in Iraq, lower commodity prices and the Government’s inability to pass savings from its May budget this year.

A majority would disapprove of cuts to social services, health or education (81%), higher income taxes (69%) and cuts to tax concessions in areas like superannuation (67%).

Main reason for sending military forces to Iraq

Sep 23, 2014

Q. What do you think is the main reason the Australian Government is sending military forces to Iraq?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

To fight against terrorism

36%

31%

52%

15%

31%

To support the USA

29%

30%

26%

36%

29%

To protect the people of Iraq

9%

6%

13%

7%

9%

To distract attention from the government’s problems

9%

16%

1%

15%

14%

To make Australia look important

8%

10%

4%

15%

10%

Don’t know

8%

7%

4%

13%

8%

36% think the main reason the Australian Government is sending military forces to Iraq is to fight against terrorism and 29% think the main reason is to support the USA. Only 9% think it is to protect the people of Iraq.

A majority (52%) of Liberal/National voters think the main reason is to fight against terrorism. 41% of respondents aged 55+ think it is to fight against terrorism compared to 30% of those aged under 35.

Government’s handling of issues

Sep 16, 2014

Q. How would you rate the Federal Liberal-National Government for the way they have handled the following issues? 

 

Total good

Total poor

Net score

 

Very good

Good

Average

Poor

Very poor

Don’t know

 

Net

Feb 2014

Relations with other countries

39%

24%

+15

12%

27%

28%

12%

12%

9%

-3

Treatment of asylum seekers

33%

36%

-3

15%

18%

20%

12%

24%

11%

+1

Supporting Australian businesses

26%

31%

-5

6%

20%

32%

14%

17%

10%

-7

Managing the economy

30%

36%

-6

9%

21%

25%

16%

20%

9%

+3

Industrial relations

20%

36%

-16

3%

17%

31%

15%

21%

13%

-12

Protecting the environment

21%

39%

-18

4%

17%

30%

16%

23%

10%

-10

Supporting Australian jobs

21%

42%

-21

4%

17%

28%

17%

25%

9%

-19

Education and schools

20%

42%

-22

4%

16%

29%

20%

22%

9%

-7

Social welfare

19%

45%

-26

4%

15%

27%

17%

28%

9%

-12

Health services

19%

46%

-27

4%

15%

27%

22%

24%

8%

-13

Climate change

17%

44%

-27

4%

13%

27%

16%

28%

12%

-15

The Government received negative ratings for all issues except relations with other countries (net +15).

Highest negative ratings were given for climate change (17% good/44% poor), health services (19%/46%), social welfare (19%/45%) and education and schools (20%/42%).

Since this question was asked in February there has been a significant increase for relations with other countries (net score up 18) and decreases for education and schools (down 15), health (down 14), social welfare (down 14) and climate change (down 12).

Supplying arms to Iraq

Sep 9, 2014

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the Australian Government’s decision to supply arms and weapons to Kurdish forces fighting in Iraq?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote Other

Total approve

38%

27%

55%

32%

38%

Total disapprove

39%

52%

23%

51%

47%

Strongly approve

13%

8%

23%

4%

7%

Approve

25%

19%

32%

28%

31%

Disapprove

20%

23%

16%

27%

23%

Strongly disapprove

19%

29%

7%

24%

24%

Don’t know

24%

21%

22%

17%

15%

38% approve of the Australian Government’s decision to supply arms and weapons to Kurdish forces fighting in Iraq and 39% disapprove.

Those most likely to approve were Liberal/National voters (55%), men (50%) and aged 65+ (62%).

Those most likely to disapprove were Labor voters (52%), Greens voters (51%) and women (45%).

Trust in the Government’s handling of international relations

Sep 9, 2014

Q. How much trust do you have in Tony Abbott and the Liberal Government to handle Australia’s international relations?

 

 Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

 

9 Oct 13

26 Nov 13

Total a lot/some trust

36%

12%

75%

13%

25%

41%

41%

Total little/no trust

55%

83%

21%

81%

66%

53%

53%

A lot of trust

14%

2%

38%

3%

4%

18%

20%

Some trust

22%

10%

37%

10%

21%

23%

21%

A little trust

21%

26%

17%

19%

25%

16%

18%

No trust

34%

57%

4%

62%

41%

37%

35%

Don’t know

9%

5%

3%

6%

9%

7%

7%

14% of people have “a lot of trust” in Tony Abbott and the Liberal Government to handle Australia’s international relations – down 6% since November.

34% have no trust.

Labor (57%) and Greens (62%) voters were far more likely to have ‘no trust’. Liberal/National voters were far less likely (4%) to have no trust. 38% of Liberal/National voters have “a lot of trust”.

Since this question was asked in November, “total trust” has dropped from 41% to 36%.

Reasons Economy is Poor

May 28, 2012

Q. What is the main reason you don’t think the state of the economy is good? *

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Increasing cost of living

34%

34%

32%

40%

Poor economic management by Government

27%

8%

36%

7%

Businesses are struggling

13%

14%

12%

19%

Increasing gap between rich and poor

9%

22%

6%

15%

Global financial problems

7%

11%

5%

11%

Incomes aren’t increasing fast enough to keep up

7%

11%

7%

Other reason

2%

1%

8%

Don’t know

1%

1%

* Based on those who disagree that economy is good.

Those who disagreed that the economy was good said the main reasons were the increasing cost of living (34%) and poor economic management by Government (27%).

36% of respondents aged 55+ blamed poor economic management by Government while the increasing cost of living was the major factor for 43% of respondents aged 25-44.

There were no significant differences across income groups in relation to the increasing cost of living.

Reasons Government is Unpopular

May 28, 2012

Q. Although Australia’s economy is doing very well, according to opinion polls the Government is very unpopular. What do you think is the main reason for this? *

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Voters don’t trust the Prime Minister

28%

21%

35%

44%

The carbon tax will increase the cost of living

17%

17%

19%

8%

The economy is doing well for other reasons, like China and the mining boom, not because of the government

15%

13%

19%

5%

Voters are still angry about the treatment of Kevin Rudd.

12%

18%

6%

14%

Voters aren’t benefiting from the strong economy.

12%

10%

14%

8%

The government looks sleazy because of Craig Thomson and Peter Slipper.

4%

5%

3%

8%

Some other reason

8%

12%

3%

11%

Don’t know

3%

5%

1%

3

* Based on those who agree the economy is good.

Respondents who thought the economy was doing well, thought the main reasons for the Government’s unpopularity were that voters don’t trust the Prime Minister (28%), that the carbon tax will increase the cost of living (17%) and that the economy is doing well for other reasons, not because of the Government (15%).

Both Liberal/National and Greens voters said trust in the Prime Minister was the key issue, while Labor voters were somewhat more likely to nominate anger over the treatment of Kevin Rudd.

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