Importance of car manufacturing

Oct 1, 2013

Q. How important is it that Australia has a car manufacturing industry, even if it costs hundreds of millions of dollars each year in Government support and subsidies?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

 

Jun 2013

Total important

58%

63%

59%

45%

52%

Total not important

30%

26%

33%

33%

35%

Very important

24%

31%

22%

12%

19%

Somewhat important

34%

32%

37%

33%

33%

Not very important

18%

16%

19%

21%

24%

Not at all important

12%

10%

14%

11%

11%

Don’t know

12%

12%

8%

24%

12%

58% think that it is very or somewhat important that Australia has a car manufacturing industry, even if it costs hundreds of millions of dollars each year in Government support and subsidies. 30% think it is not very or not at all important. This represents a significant increase in “importance” since this question was previously asked in June.

Those most likely to think it was important were Labor voters (63%) and people on incomes under $1,000pw (65%).

33% of Liberal/National voters, 33% of Greens voters and 38% of people with university degrees thought it not important.

Importance of car manufacturing

Jun 3, 2013

Q. How important is it that Australia has a car manufacturing industry, even if it costs hundreds of millions of dollars each year in Government support and subsidies?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Total important

52%

58%

51%

36%

Total not important

35%

31%

40%

46%

Very important

19%

23%

17%

6%

Somewhat important

33%

35%

34%

30%

Not very important

24%

20%

29%

30%

Not at all important

11%

11%

11%

16%

Don’t know

12%

11%

9%

17%

52% think that it is very or somewhat important that Australia has a car manufacturing industry, even if it costs hundreds of millions of dollars each year in Government support and subsidies. 35% think it is not very or not at all important.

Those most likely to think it was important were Labor voters (58%) and people on incomes under $600pw (59%).

40% of Liberal/National voters, 46% of Greens voters and 42% of people on incomes over $1,600pw thought it not important.

Government Support for Industries

Nov 8, 2010

Q. Thinking about Australian industries and the ways in which the Government can give them assistance and support – which forms of assistance and support do you think the Government should give to the following industries? (multi-response)

  Lower tax rates Direct subsidies and grants Protection from overseas competition Total should give assistance Should not give any assistance Don’t know
Agriculture 34% 44% 45% 79% 7% 14%
Renewable energy e.g. solar panels, wind farms 34% 56% 19% 79% 7% 14%
Other manufacturing e.g. clothing, whitegoods 24% 16% 43% 69% 14% 17%
Car manufacturing 22% 18% 39% 66% 16% 18%
Mining 13% 9% 19% 37% 42% 21%
Banking and finance 13% 3% 12% 25% 57% 18%
Media e.g. newspapers, TV stations 5% 5% 12% 21% 58% 21%

More than three-quarters of respondents are in favour of Government assistance and support for agriculture and renewable energy industries. 45% believe that agriculture should receive protection from overseas competition and 56% support direct grants and subsidies for renewable energy.

About two-thirds are in favour of Government support for car and other manufacturing industries – especially protection from overseas competition.

Media (21%) and banking and finance (25%) are thought to be least deserving of Government support.

By voting intention Liberal/National voters were a little more likely to favour Government support for agriculture (87%) and mining (44%). Comments »