Funding for car industry

Mar 17, 2015

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the Government re-instating about $100 million in funding to the car industry to ensure that car manufacturing continues until the planned closure in 2017?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote Other

Total approve

38%

45%

34%

32%

39%

Total disapprove

39%

30%

47%

40%

47%

Strongly approve

9%

12%

7%

5%

11%

Approve

29%

33%

27%

27%

28%

Disapprove

24%

19%

31%

20%

25%

Strongly disapprove

15%

11%

16%

20%

22%

Don’t know

24%

24%

19%

29%

13%

38% approve of the Government re-instating about $100 million in funding to the car industry and 39% disapprove.

Those most likely to approve were Labor voters (45%).

Those most likely to disapprove were Liberal/National voters (47%) and aged 55+ (46%).

Manufacturing industry

Jun 3, 2013

Q. Thinking about the Australian manufacturing industry, which of the following statements is closest to your view?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

 

Aug 2012

With Government support, Australia can have a successful manufacturing industry

61%

70%

56%

60%

63%

There is no future for manufacturing in Australia and Government support would be a waste of money

22%

13%

31%

23%

17%

Don’t know

17%

17%

13%

18%

21%

61% agree that “With Government support, Australia can have a successful manufacturing industry” and 22% agree “There is no future for manufacturing in Australia and Government support would be a waste of money”. Those who think that “Australia can have a successful manufacturing industry” has dropped 2% and those thinking “There is no future for manufacturing in Australia” has increased 5% since this question was last asked in August.

Those most likely to agree that “Australia can have a successful manufacturing industry” were aged 35+ (65%), Labor voters (70%) and people on income of $600-$1,000pw (67%).

Those most likely to agree that “There is no future for manufacturing in Australia” were men (28%), Liberal/National voters (31%) and people on incomes over $1,600pw (29%).

Support for Additional Assistance to Car Industry

Jan 23, 2012

Q. Do you support or oppose the provision of additional assistance by Federal and State governments to ensure US motor companies continue to manufacture cars in Australia?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Total support 58% 67% 63% 45%
Total oppose 18% 16% 20% 22%
Strongly support 14% 20% 14% 5%
Support 44% 47% 49% 40%
Oppose 12% 12% 14% 13%
Strongly oppose 6% 4% 6% 9%
Don’t know 23% 17% 17% 33%

58% said they supported the provision of additional assistance to the Australian car industry and 18% were opposed.

Support was highest among Labor voters (67%), aged 55+ (67%) and Victorians (68%).

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Estimate of Jobs in Car Industry

Jan 23, 2012

Q. Do you know how many jobs are in the car industry in Australia?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
500,000 5% 8% 4% 3%
200,000 9% 8% 10% 12%
100,000 9% 9% 9% 11%
50,000 9% 8% 11% 6%
20,000 3% 4% 3% 5%
Don’t know 66% 63% 64% 63%

Only 9% correctly nominated 50,000 as the number of jobs in the car industry in Australia. 66% said they didn’t know and the rest of the responses were spread across all options – suggesting that most who gave an answer were probably guessing.

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Support for Car Industry Jobs

Jan 23, 2012

Q. In fact, the car industry in Australia directly supports about 50,000 jobs. Do you support or oppose the current levels of assistance to support these jobs?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Total support 68% 75% 72% 56%
Total oppose 12% 9% 13% 17%
Strongly support 14% 20% 13% 5%
Support 54% 55% 59% 51%
Oppose 9% 7% 9% 15%
Strongly oppose 3% 2% 4% 2%
Don’t know 20% 15% 15% 27%

When provided with the information that there are about 50,000 jobs in the Australian car industry, 68% said the supported the current levels of assistance and 12% were opposed. More than 70% of both Labor and Liberal/National voters were in support and more than 60% of all demographic groups also supported the current level of assistance.

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Support for Other Manufacturing Sectors

Jan 23, 2012

Q. Do you think other manufacturing sectors that are under pressure from the high Australian dollar should receive similar assistance from Governments, or do you think the car industry needs special assistance?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Other manufacturing industries should receive similar assistance 62% 61% 66% 68%
The car industry needs special assistance 12% 15% 15% 9%
Don’t know 26% 24% 19% 23%

62% thought that other manufacturing industries should receive similar assistance and only 12% thought the car industry needs special assistance. There were no major differences across demographic and voter groups – although strongest support for similar assistance for other industries came from Greens voters (68%), aged 45+ (69%) and Victorian residents (68%).

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