University Funding

May 9, 2017

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the following changes to university funding proposed by the Federal Government?

  Total approve Total disapprove   Strongly Approve Approve Disapprove Strongly disapprove Don’t know
Reducing funding to universities by $2.8 billion 28% 56%   7% 21% 33% 23% 15%
Increasing student fees by $2,000 – $3,600 for a 4-year degree 30% 60%   7% 23% 32% 28% 11%
Requiring students to begin repaying loans once their salary reaches $42,000 instead of $55,000 47% 44%   14% 33% 24% 20% 10%

56% disapproved of the proposal to reduce university funding by $2.8 billion, and only 28% approved. Those most likely to disapprove were Greens voters (80% disapprove), ALP voters (69%) and those with a university degree (65%). Those most likely to approve were Liberal/National voters (45% approve) those aged 65+ (40%) and males (34%).

60% disapproved of the proposal to increase student fees, and only 30% approved. Those most likely to disapprove were Greens voters (84% disapprove), ALP voters (73%) and those aged 18-24 (71%). Those most likely to approve were Liberal/National voters (51% approve) and those aged 65+ (46%).

47% approved of the proposal to require students to repay their loan earlier, and 44% disapproved. Those most likely to approve were those aged 65+ (68% approve), Liberal/National voters (67%) and other party/independent voters (57%). Those most likely to disapprove were Greens voters (68% disapprove) and those aged 18-24 (59%).

Deregulation of university fees

Nov 4, 2014

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the Federal Government’s proposal to deregulate university fees? 

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Total approve

22%

12%

43%

7%

17%

Total disapprove

53%

73%

30%

81%

59%

Strongly approve

6%

6%

10%

2%

5%

Approve

16%

6%

33%

5%

12%

Disapprove

23%

27%

21%

22%

25%

Strongly disapprove

30%

46%

9%

59%

34%

Don’t know

24%

14%

27%

12%

24%

 

22% approve of the Federal Government’s proposal to deregulate university fees and 53% disapprove.

60% of those aged 18-24 and 59% of those with a university degree disapprove.

Access to university education

Nov 4, 2014

Q. It has been claimed that deregulation of university fees will enable universities to create more scholarships for financially disadvantaged students. Overall, do you think deregulating university fees will increase or decrease access to a university education?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Total increase

22%

21%

29%

9%

19%

Total decrease

44%

54%

29%

74%

43%

Increase a lot

9%

12%

8%

3%

11%

Increase a little

13%

9%

21%

6%

8%

Make no difference

18%

14%

27%

8%

18%

Decrease a little

15%

13%

18%

15%

13%

Decrease a lot

29%

41%

11%

59%

30%

Don’t know

16%

11%

15%

10%

19%

 

44% think that deregulating university fees will decrease access to a university education and 22% think it will increase access. 18% think it will make no difference.

Those most likely to think access will decrease were aged 18-24 (57%) and those with a university degree (53%).

Government’s plan for education funding

Apr 22, 2013

Q. The Government has announced a plan to implement the Gonski recommendations by providing substantially increased funding for public schools, some increased funding for private schools and some reduction in funding for universities. Do you approve or disapprove of the Government’s plan?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Total approve

40%

60%

28%

42%

Total disapprove

43%

25%

59%

42%

Strongly approve

12%

23%

5%

14%

Approve

28%

37%

23%

28%

Disapprove

25%

15%

33%

30%

Strongly disapprove

18%

10%

26%

12%

Don’t know

17%

16%

13%

15%

40% approved the Government’s plan for implementing the Gonski recommendations and 43% disapproved. 60% of Labor voters approved and 59% of Liberal/National voters disapproved. Greens voters were split.

By income, for those earning $600-$1,600pw, 47% approve and 37% disapprove while for those earning over $1,600 pw, 36% approve and 50% disapprove.

Funding Schools

Jul 30, 2012

Q. Do you think all schools should get a similar increase in funding, public schools should receive a larger increase or private schools should receive a larger increase?

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

All schools should receive a similar increase in funding

28%

23%

39%

7%

Public schools should receive a larger increase

63%

74%

51%

79%

Private schools should receive a larger increase

2%

1%

3%

Don’t know

7%

2%

6%

13%

63% think that public schools should receive a larger increase in funding, 2% think private schools should receive a larger increase and 28% think all schools should receive a similar increase.

Labor voters (74%) and Greens voters (79%) showed strongest support for increased funding for public schools – although a majority (51%) of Liberal/National voters also supported it.

Opinion of Gonski Report Recommendations

Feb 27, 2012

Q. The Gonski report on funding education has recommended a new model for school funding that would mean all students are entitled to a set level of funding regardless of where they go to school, disadvantaged schools receive more funding and taxpayer funding for private schools is adjusted down based on parents’ capacity to pay.

Do you support or oppose these recommendations?

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Total support

68%

79%

64%

76%

Total oppose

13%

7%

17%

14%

Strongly support

25%

37%

17%

35%

Support

43%

42%

47%

41%

Oppose

9%

5%

12%

9%

Strongly oppose

4%

2%

5%

5%

Don’t know

19%

14%

19%

10

68% say they support the recommendations of the Gonski report on funding education and 13% were opposed.
Strongest support was shown by Labor voters (79%), Greens voters (76%) and people aged 55+ (75%).

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Education Funding or Budget Surplus

Feb 27, 2012

Q. The Gonski report also recommends a $5 billion increase in education funding with $1.5 billion of this additional funding coming from the Federal Government and the rest from the State Governments. If the Federal Government provides this additional funding it may mean they will not be able to return the budget to surplus next year.

Do you think it is more important to provide this additional funding for schools or more important to return a budget surplus?

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

More important to provide additional funding to schools

61%

63%

58%

83%

More important to return a budget surplus

24%

25%

29%

11%

Don’t know

15%

12%

12%

6%

61% think it is more important to provide additional funding to schools and 24% say it is more important to return a budget surplus.

Those who think it is more important to provide additional funding were women (65%), aged 45+ (67%), and Greens voters (83%).

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Funding for Elite private Schools

Feb 27, 2012

Q. Do you think all schools should get an increase in funding or should some of the wealthy elite private schools not get an increase in funding?

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

All schools should receive an increase in funding

23%

17%

31%

11%

Some wealthy elite private schools should not get an increase in funding

73%

78%

68%

83%

Don’t know

4%

5%

2%

5%

Only 23% think that all schools should receive an increase in funding and 73% think that some wealthy elite private schools should not get an increase.

Highest support for all schools to receive an increase in funding came from Liberal/National voters (31%) and those on incomes over $1,600pw (28%).

Highest support for wealthy elite private schools not receiving additional funding came from Greens voters (83%), Labor voters (78%) and people aged 45-64 (78%).

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