Impact of removing regulations

Apr 1, 2014

Q. Do you think removing regulations on businesses would have a positive or negative impact on the following –

 

 

Total positive

Total
negative

 

Very positive

Positive

Make no difference

Negative

Very negative

Don’t know

Company profits

57%

8%

13%

44%

17%

6%

2%

18%

Growth and jobs

41%

17%

10%

31%

20%

12%

5%

21%

Prices

29%

28%

5%

24%

25%

20%

8%

18%

Quality of products and services

23%

30%

6%

17%

28%

22%

8%

19%

Workers pay and conditions

23%

39%

5%

18%

20%

24%

15%

17%

Consumer rights

20%

37%

6%

14%

26%

26%

11%

18%

Personal privacy

17%

33%

5%

12%

30%

22%

11%

20%

The natural environment

17%

36%

5%

12%

28%

21%

15%

19%

Ethical behaviour

17%

40%

5%

12%

25%

25%

15%

18%

Respondents were more likely to believe that removing regulations on businesses would have a positive effect on company profits (57%) and growth and jobs (41%).

However, they were more likely to think it would have a negative effect on ethical behaviour (40%), workers pay and conditions (39%), consumer rights (37%) and the natural environment (36%).

Better or worse under Liberal/National Government

Jan 21, 2014

Q. Under the new Liberal/National Government, do you expect the following will get better or worse?

Total
better

Total worse

Net

A
lot better

A little better

Stay much the same

A little wor-
se

A
lot wor-
se

Don’t know

Better
Sept 13

Wor
-se
Sept 13

Political leadership

33%

38%

-5

15%

18%

25%

12%

26%

3%

42%

31%

Trust in Government

30%

43%

-13

12%

18%

26%

13%

30%

3%

36%

36%

Unemployment

22%

45%

-23

6%

16%

30%

21%

24%

3%

27%

37%

The economy overall

30%

38%

-8

10%

20%

29%

21%

17%

3%

38%

30%

The cost of living

17%

52%

-35

5%

12%

29%

25%

27%

3%

27%

40%

Interest rates

16%

33%

-17

5%

11%

47%

18%

15%

4%

17%

31%

Health services

18%

45%

-27

5%

13%

35%

18%

27%

3%

23%

42%

Job security

17%

49%

-32

5%

12%

32%

21%

28%

3%

22%

43%

Workers rights and conditions

14%

45%

-31

5%

9%

36%

14%

31%

4%

18%

47%

Company profits

40%

18%

+22

13%

27%

38%

8%

10%

4%

47%

14%

The environment

16%

41%

-25

5%

11%

39%

14%

27%

4%

18%

39%

Education and schools

20%

43%

-23

6%

14%

33%

19%

24%

3%

25%

41%

Public services

17%

46%

-29

6%

11%

35%

20%

26%

3%

20%

45%

Benefits for people on Government support – such as pensioners and the unemployed

13%

49%

-36

4%

9%

35%

21%

28%

3%

19%

44%

Your personal financial situation

18%

37%

-19

5%

13%

42%

20%

17%

2%

22%

35%

Except for company profits, respondents believed all issues measured would get worse under the new Liberal/National Government. Expectations on each issue have declined since this question was asked immediately after the election. The largest declines have been for cost of living (net score down 22), the economy overall (-16), political leadership (-16), unemployment (-13) and trust in Government (-13).