Government’s handling of issues

Jan 28, 2015

Q. How would you rate the Federal Liberal-National Government for the way they have handled the following issues?

 

Total good

Total poor

Net score

 

Very good

Good

Average

Poor

Very poor

Don’t know

 

Net

Feb 2014

Net Sept 2014

Relations with other countries

33%

28%

+5

9%

24%

32%

14%

14%

7%

-3

+15

Supporting Australian businesses

26%

31%

-5

5%

21%

34%

16%

15%

10%

-7

-5

Treatment of asylum seekers

33%

39%

-6

13%

20%

20%

13%

26%

8%

+1

-3

Managing the economy

26%

40%

-14

6%

20%

28%

20%

20%

6%

+3

-6

Industrial relations

21%

36%

-15

4%

17%

32%

16%

20%

11%

-12

-16

Protecting the environment

19%

42%

-23

4%

15%

31%

15%

27%

9%

-10

-18

Supporting Australian jobs

19%

43%

-24

4%

15%

30%

20%

23%

7%

-19

-21

Education and schools

21%

45%

-24

4%

17%

27%

21%

24%

7%

-7

-22

Climate change

19%

46%

-27

5%

14%

25%

14%

32%

9%

-15

-27

Social welfare

19%

47%

-28

4%

15%

26%

22%

25%

8%

-12

-26

Health services

18%

49%

-31

3%

15%

26%

21%

28%

7%

-13

-27

The Government received negative ratings for all issues except relations with other countries (net +5).

Highest negative ratings were given for health services (18% good/49% poor), social welfare (19%/47%), climate change (19%/46%), education and schools (21%/45%), supporting Australian jobs (19%/43%) and protecting the environment (19%/42%).

Since this question was asked in September there has been a significant decrease for relations with other countries (net score down 10), managing the economy (down 8) and protecting the environment (down 5).

Same party in Government at State and Federal levels

Mar 18, 2014

Q. Do you think it is better to have the same party in Government at both State and Federal levels or do you think it is better to have different parties in Government at State and Federal levels?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

 

Total

Nov 13

Same party in Government

26%

26%

38%

10%

11%

26%

Different parties in Government

24%

27%

17%

41%

37%

22%

Makes no difference

36%

36%

34%

33%

40%

40%

Don’t know

13%

11%

11%

15%

12%

12%

36% think it doesn’t make any difference whether the parties in Government at State and Federal levels are different or the same. 26% think it is better if they are the same and 24% think it would be better if they were different. These figures have changed little since this question was asked in November.

Labor voters were a little more likely to favour different parties while Liberal/National voters were more likely to favour having the same party in power at both levels.

Trust in groups to protect privacy

Oct 9, 2013

Q. How much trust do you have in the following groups to protect your privacy?

 

 A lot of trust

Some trust

A little trust

No trust

Don’t know

Your internet service provider

13%

37%

29%

18%

3%

Google

7%

27%

31%

32%

4%

Facebook

4%

11%

23%

57%

5%

Twitter

3%

9%

18%

55%

15%

The Australian government

9%

32%

33%

22%

4%

The US government

4%

19%

28%

43%

7%

Over half of people have no trust in Facebook (57%) or Twitter (55%) to protect their privacy. Just under half have no trust in the US government to protect their privacy (43%).

Very few people (13% or less) have a ‘lot of trust’ in the organisations listed to protect their privacy.

Just 41% of people have a lot/some trust in the Australian government to protect their privacy.

Those aged 18-24 (42%) and 25-34 (44%) were less likely to have no trust in Facebook. While those aged 35-44 (60%), 45-54 (66%), 55-64 (62%) and 65+ (63%) were more likely to have ‘no trust’.

The same theme was repeated for Twitter, with those aged 18-24 (31%) and 25-34 (45%) being less likely than those aged 35-44 (58%), 45-54 (63%), 55-64 (64%) and 65+ (63%) to have ‘no trust’.

Liberal/National voters were more likely to have a lot/some trust in the Australian government to protect their privacy (54%). Labor (33%) voters were less likely to have a lot/some trust in the Australian Government to protect their privacy.

 

Trust in use of personal information

Sep 24, 2013

Q. How much trust do you have in the following organisations to responsibly use any personal information they may have about you?

 

Total trust

 

A lot of trust

Some trust

A little trust

No trust

Don’t know

Not applicable to me

The medical profession

73%

35%

38%

19%

4%

3%

*

Law enforcement agencies

56%

20%

36%

27%

12%

4%

1%

Your employer

46%

19%

27%

21%

7%

3%

22%

Banks

45%

13%

32%

32%

19%

3%

*

Companies you buy things from in person

44%

7%

37%

37%

14%

4%

*

The Government

31%

6%

25%

35%

30%

3%

*

Mobile phone and internet providers

29%

4%

25%

40%

27%

4%

*

Companies you buy things from online

27%

3%

24%

43%

24%

4%

3%

Insurance companies

26%

4%

22%

36%

33%

3%

1%

TV networks

20%

3%

17%

37%

36%

6%

1%

Social media sites

12%

1%

11%

24%

54%

4%

5%

The most trusted people/organisations to use personal information were the medical profession (73% trust), law enforcement agencies (56%), employers (46%), banks (45%) and companies you buy things from in person (44%). The least trusted were social media sites (12%) and TV networks (20%).

Reason for Australia’s national debt

May 6, 2013

Q. What do you think is the main reason for Australia’s national debt?

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

The world economy

26%

44%

10%

49%

The high Australian dollar

17%

31%

9%

19%

Government are poor economic managers

46%

12%

76%

19%

Don’t know

11%

14%

5%

14%

46% think the main reason for Australia’s national debt is that the Government are poor economic managers. 26% think it is due to the world economy and 17% blame the high Australian dollar.

Labor (44%) and Greens (49%) voters are more likely to blame the world economy, while 76% of Liberal/National voters say it is because the Government are poor economic managers.

Reasons economy is poor

Apr 8, 2013

Q. What is the main reason you don’t think the state of the economy is good? *

 

28 May 12

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Poor economic management by Government

27%

40%

17%

52%

Increasing cost of living

34%

27%

41%

22%

Businesses are struggling

13%

11%

7%

13%

Increasing gap between rich and poor

9%

7%

15%

3%

Incomes aren’t increasing fast enough to keep up

7%

6%

7%

5%

Global financial problems

7%

5%

7%

4%

Other reason

2%

3%

6%

2%

Don’t know

1%

1%

* Based on those who disagree that economy is good.

Those who disagreed that the economy was good said the main reasons were poor economic management by Government (40%) and the increasing cost of living (27%). Those who blame poor economic management by the Government has increased 13% and cost of living has decreased 7% since May last year.

62% of respondents aged 55+ blamed poor economic management by Government while the increasing cost of living was the major factor for 41% of respondents aged 25-44.

Services better run by Government or Private Sector

Mar 11, 2013

Q. Which of the following are better run by the private sector and which are better run by Government?

 

11 Mar 2013

31 Jan 2011

 

Better run by private sector

Better run by Government

Don’t know

Better run by private sector

Better run by Government

Don’t know

Electricity

25%

62%

13%

22%

61%

17%

Water

19%

69%

12%

15%

70%

16%

Trains, buses and ferries

25%

64%

11%

19%

68%

13%

Motorways

23%

66%

11%

17%

70%

13%

Community services such as child protection

14%

75%

11%

14%

71%

15%

Telecommunications (including broadband services)

45%

44%

11%

na

na

na

Hospitals and health services

19%

71%

10%

na

na

na

Schools

21%

69%

10%

na

na

na

Prisons

17%

73%

11%

10%

76%

15%

Universities

27%

61%

12%

20%

64%

16%

Ports

22%

60%

19%

na

na

na

Most services listed were clearly thought to be better run by Government than the private sector.

The only exception was telecommunications where respondents were split 45% private sector, 44% Government.

The areas most preferred to be run by Government were – community services (75%), prisons (73%), hospitals and health services (71%), schools (69%) and water (69%).

Compared to the results when this question was asked in January 2011, preference for the private sector running services has increased a little – +6% for trains, buses and ferries and motorways and +7% for prisons and universities.

Government Response if Julian Assange is Charged by US

Jul 16, 2012

Q. Recently US government figures have indicated they want Julian Assange to be prosecuted. If he is charged by the US, what do you think the Australian Government should do?

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Support US attempts to prosecute him

9%

8%

10%

4%

Call for the US to observe due process and offer consular support

34%

40%

33%

30%

Offer him protection from extradition and prosecution.

24%

26%

19%

41%

Do nothing

13%

12%

17%

7%

Don’t know

20%

13%

21%

19%

34% think that if Julian Assange is charged by the US, the Australian Government should call for the US to observe due process and offer consular support and 24% think the Government should offer him protection from extradition and prosecution. Only 9% think the Government should support US attempts to prosecute him and 13% think they should do nothing.

Support for offering Assange protection was highest among older respondents – 31% of respondents aged 55+ compared to 22% of those aged under 35.

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