Government decisions

Oct 7, 2014

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the following decisions the Federal Government has made over the last 12 months?

 

Total approve

Total dis-approve

Net

 

Strongly approve

Approve

Dis-approve

Strongly dis-approve

No opinion

Turning back asylum seeker boats

61%

30%

+31

37%

24%

15%

15%

10%

Freezing foreign aid at current levels

58%

27%

+31

25%

33%

14%

13%

15%

Dumping the carbon tax

53%

34%

+19

24%

29%

14%

20%

12%

Sending military aid to Iraq

44%

43%

+1

12%

32%

20%

23%

13%

Dumping the mining tax

41%

42%

-1

15%

26%

19%

23%

18%

A six-month wait for under-30’s before they can receive unemployment benefits

38%

52%

-14

16%

22%

21%

31%

10%

Cutting public sector jobs

34%

52%

-18

10%

24%

28%

24%

14%

Cutting $120 million in future funding to the ABC

25%

58%

-33

11%

14%

28%

30%

17%

Increasing the pension age

28%

63%

-35

9%

19%

28%

35%

9%

$7 co-payment for visits to the doctor

27%

66%

-39

7%

20%

22%

44%

8%

Deregulating university fees

22%

63%

-41

6%

16%

23%

40%

14%

Cutting $20 billion from future hospital funding to the states

12%

81%

-69

4%

8%

27%

54%

8%

The most approved Government decisions were turning back asylum seeker boats (61% approve), freezing foreign aid (58%) and dumping the carbon tax (53%). The most disapproved decisions were cutting $20 billion from hospital funding (81% disapprove), $7 co-payment for doctor visits (66%), deregulating university fees (63%) and increasing the pension age (63%).

Sending military aid to Iraq was approved by men (51% approve/39% disapprove) but disapproved by women (37% approve/47% disapprove).

The $7 co-payment was disapproved by 72% of those aged 45-64 and 71% of those earning less than $1,000 pw.

Deregulating university fees was disapproved by 77% of those aged 18-24.

Support for major Government decisions

Mar 18, 2013

Q. Do you support or oppose the following Government decisions?

 

26 Nov 12

18 Mar 13

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Support

Total Oppose

Total Support

Total Oppose

Strongly support

Support

Oppose

Strongly oppose

Don’t know

NBN (National Broadband Network) – high speed broadband access across Australia

69%

20%

73%

19%

35%

38%

10%

9%

8%

The Minerals Resource Rent Tax (MRRT) – a tax on large profits of mining companies

63%

22%

57%

29%

24%

33%

15%

14%

14%

The carbon pricing scheme – a tax on industries based on the amount of carbon pollution they emit

46%

44%

44%

46%

17%

27%

20%

26%

10%

The decision which has the most support amongst respondents is the NBN, with 73% in favour and only 19% opposed – an increase in support since this question was last asked in November (from net +49 to net +54).

There is majority support from respondents for the MRRT, with 57% in favour of the tax and 29% opposed. However, this represents a significant drop in support since November – from net +41 to net +28.

Support for the carbon pricing scheme has declined a little since the last time the question was polled in November. Support has decreased from 46% to 44% and opposition increased from 44% to 46% – a change from net +2 to net -2.

Support for major Government decisions

Nov 26, 2012

Q. Do you support or oppose the following Government decisions?

 

Total Support

Total Oppose

 

Strongly support

Support

Oppose

Strongly oppose

Don’t know

NBN (National Broadband Network) – high speed broadband access across Australia

69%

20%

30%

39%

11%

9%

11%

The Minerals Resource Rent Tax (MRRT) – a tax on large profits of mining companies

63%

22%

25%

38%

12%

10%

15%

The carbon pricing scheme – a tax on industries based on the amount of carbon pollution they emit

46%

44%

17%

29%

19%

25%

10%

The decision which has the most support amongst respondents is the NBN, with 69% in favour and only 20% opposed.

There is also a similar level of support from respondents for the MRRT, with 63% in favour of the tax and about a third of that amount of respondents (22%) opposed.

Support for the carbon pricing scheme has increased since the last time the question was polled on 2 October 2012.  On that occasion, 38% of respondents supported the carbon tax, whilst 48% were opposed.  The question this week, asked slightly differently in so far as being asked in the context of three Government decisions, nonetheless shows an increase in support for the carbon pricing scheme from 38% to 46% and a drop in opposition from 48% to 44%.

Respondents aged 65+ were the most likely to oppose the carbon tax (57%), the NBN (41%) and the MRRT (36%).

Respondents aged 18-24 were more likely to support the NBN (77%), as were those aged between 25-34 (79%).

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