Approval of Environment Minister, Peter Garrett

Feb 22, 2010

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the job Peter Garrett is doing as Environment Minister?

  %
Strongly approve 4%
Approve 24%
Disapprove 26%
Strongly disapprove 30%
Don’t know 16%
Total approve 28%
Total disapprove 56%

 Just over half (56%) of those surveyed disapprove of the job Peter Garrett is doing as Environment Minister, 28% approve and 16% don’t know.

This gives Peter Garrett an approval rating of -28%.  

 Results followed party lines – Labor voters were more likely to approve (47%), while Coalition voters were more likely to disapprove (84%).  37% of Labor voters disapprove of the job Garrett is doing as Environment Minister. 

 Green voters were reasonably split in terms of their level of approval of the Environment Minister – 42% approve and 46% disapprove of the job Garrett is doing. 

 People aged 65 years and over were more likely to disapprove (82%) while those aged 35 – 44 were more likely to approve (35%). 

 We asked a similar question in June 2008 asking people to rate the performance of Peter Garrett – 32% rated his performance as very good/good and 47% rated it as very poor/poor. Comments »

Issues of importance

Jan 25, 2010

Q. Which are the three most important issues in deciding how you would vote at a Federal election? (Number from 1 to 3 where 1 is the most important, 2 the second most important, etc)

  One Two Three Total
Management of the economy 36% 17% 10% 63%
Ensuring the quality of Australia’s health system  14% 17% 17% 48%
Australian jobs and protection of local industries 8% 13% 12% 33%
Political leadership 10% 7% 6% 23%
Ensuring a quality education for all children 5% 8% 10% 23%
Ensuring a fair taxation system 4% 5% 9% 18%
Protecting the environment 4% 7% 5% 16%
Addressing climate change 6% 5% 5% 16%
Controlling interest rates 3% 6% 6% 15%
Housing affordability 3% 4% 7% 14%
Ensuring a quality water supply 3% 4% 5% 12%
A fair industrial relations system 3% 4% 3% 10%
Security and the war on terrorism 2% 4% 3% 9%

 63% of people surveyed rate management of the economy as one of their three most important issues, followed by 48% that rate ensuring the quality of Australia’s health system and 33% that rate Australian jobs and protection of local industries as one of their three most important issues.

 10% rate a fair industrial relations system as one of their three most important issues that would decide how they vote in a Federal election and 9% rate security and the war on terrorism.  Comments »

Party best at

Jan 25, 2010

Q. Which party do you think is best at handling each of the following issues?

  Labor Liberal Labor margin No difference Don’t know Labor margin Oct 09
A fair industrial relations system 42% 23% +19% 19% 16% +27%
Addressing climate change 35% 16% +19% 29% 19% +18%
Protecting the environment 32% 15% +17% 34% 19% +21%
Australian jobs and protection of local industries 35% 22% +13% 26% 17% +17%
Ensuring a quality education for all children 32% 20% +12% 32% 17% +17%
Political leadership 36% 25% +11% 23% 16% +20%
Ensuring a quality water supply 24% 17% +7% 38% 20% +13%
Ensuring the quality of Australia’s health system  27% 21% +6% 34% 19% +10%
Ensuring a fair taxation system 30% 24% +6% 28% 18% +8%
Housing affordability 23% 19% +4% 38% 20% +9%
Management of the economy 28% 35% -7% 20% 16%
Security and the war on terrorism 18% 25% -7% 38% 19% +2%
Controlling interest rates 20% 28% -8% 34% 18%

 Labor has its strongest lead over the Liberal Party when it comes to a fair industrial relations system (+19%), addressing climate change (+19%) and protecting the environment (+17%).   Labor trails the Liberal Party in terms of controlling interest rates (-8%), security and the war on terrorism (-7%) and management of the economy (-7%).  

 Since October 2009, Labor has lost the margin it had over the Liberal Party in some areas, most significantly in the areas of political leadership (-9%), a fair industrial relations system (-8%), ensuring a quality water supply (-6%).  

 Results followed party lines with Labor voters tending to favour the Labor Party and Liberal voters favouring the Liberal Party. Comments »

Liberal Party’s environmental/employment plan

Jan 25, 2010

Q. The Opposition Leader Tony Abbott recently announced a plan to employ 15,000 people at an annual cost of up to $750 million to work on large scale environmental projects. Do you support or oppose this plan?

  %
Total support 59%
Total oppose 15%
Strongly support 14%
Support 45%
Oppose 10%
Strongly oppose 5%
No opinion 26%

 Over half (59%) support Tony Abbott’s recently announced plan to employ 15,000 people at an annual cost of up to $750 million to work on large scale environmental projects, 15% oppose such a plan and 26% have no opinion.  

Coalition voters were more likely to support the plan (80%), while Labor voters were more likely to oppose the plan (25%).  52% of Labor voters and 70% of Green voters support the plan. 

People aged 55 years and over were more likely to support the plan (62%), as were males (61%). Comments »

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