Awareness of Craig Thomson Issue

Jun 4, 2012

Q. There have recently been allegations of corrupt behaviour by Craig Thomson, a Federal Labor politician. How much have you read or heard about this issue?

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

A lot

29%

23%

39%

16%

Some

30%

35%

31%

32%

A little

28%

26%

24%

43%

Nothing

9%

13%

5%

8%

Don’t know

4%

3%

2%

1%

29% said they have heard or read a lot about the Craig Thomson issue and 30% have heard or read some.

Those who had read or heard most were men (66% a lot/some) and aged 45+ (71%).

Importance of Craig Thomson Issue

Jun 4, 2012

Q. In your opinion, how important is this issue concerning the behaviour of Craig Thomson?

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Very important

30%

17%

49%

7%

Quite important

36%

38%

33%

43%

Not very important

18%

25%

10%

30%

Not at all important

7%

11%

2%

11%

Don’t know

10%

9%

6%

9%

30% think the Craig Thomson issue is very important and 36% quite important – only 25% think it is not very or not at all important.

Those most likely to think it is very important were aged 55+ (40%), Liberal/National voters (49%) and full-time workers (34%).

58% of those who had read/heard a lot about it thought it was very important.

Only 17% of union members thought it was very important.

Media Coverage of Craig Thomson Issue

Jun 4, 2012

Q. Do you think there has been too much or too little media coverage of the allegations concerning Craig Thomson or has media coverage been about right?

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Too much

43%

58%

28%

64%

Too little

8%

6%

12%

5%

About right

35%

23%

49%

21%

Don’t know

14%

13%

10%

10%

43% think there has been too much media coverage of the allegations concerning Craig Thomson, 8% too little and 35% think the coverage has been about right.

Those most likely to think there has been too much coverage were women (46%), aged 55+ (52%), respondents on incomes under $600pw (53%) and union members (51%).

Handling of Craig Thomson Issue

Jun 4, 2012

Q. How would you rate the way each of the following have handled this issue concerning Craig Thomson?

 

Total good

Total poor

Very good

Good

Neither good nor poor

Poor

Very poor

Don’t know

Julia Gillard and the Labor Party

15%

49%

5%

10%

20%

18%

31%

16%

Tony Abbott and the Liberal Party

19%

40%

5%

14%

24%

16%

24%

17%

Craig Thomson

6%

56%

1%

5%

21%

19%

37%

16%

The media

20%

37%

3%

17%

29%

16%

21%

14%

Overall, respondents believed that all parties have handled the Craig Thomson issue poorly.

37% thought the media has handled it poorly, 40% Tony Abbott and the Liberal Party, 49% Julia Gillard and the Labor Party and 56% Craig Thomson himself. Only 6% thought Craig Thomson’s handling of the issue was good.

42% of Labor voters thought Julia Gillard and the Labor Party’s handling of the issue was good compared to 37% of Coalition voters who thought Tony Abbott and the Liberal Party’s handling was good.

In terms of the media, 52% of Labor voters, 57% of Greens voters and 49% of those aged 55+ thought their handling was poor.

For union members, 29% thought Julia Gillard and the Labor Party’s handling was good, 21% Tony Abbott and the Liberal Party, 14% Craig Thomson himself and 28% the media.

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.