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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