Government support for industry

Feb 11, 2014

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of governments giving the following types of financial support to these industries?

 

Total approve

Total disapprove

 

Strongly approve

Approve

Disapprove

Strongly disapprove

Don’t know

Agriculture – drought relief

83%

8%

38%

45%

6%

2%

8%

Health care – private health rebate

72%

17%

28%

44%

11%

6%

11%

Tourism – development grants

61%

22%

10%

51%

16%

6%

17%

Food processing – production subsidies

55%

30%

9%

46%

21%

9%

16%

Film – production grants

46%

34%

8%

38%

23%

11%

20%

Banks – guaranteeing debt

36%

43%

6%

30%

25%

18%

20%

Real estate investment – negative gearing

35%

43%

9%

26%

27%

16%

22%

Motor vehicle manufacturing – production subsidies

36%

47%

6%

30%

33%

14%

17%

Mining industry – fuel rebate

26%

56%

4%

22%

31%

25%

17%

There was majority approval of the Government giving financial support to agriculture (83% approve), health care (72%), tourism (61%) and food processing (55%).

The only issue on which there was majority disapproval was the fuel rebate for the mining industry (56% disapprove).

Labor voters are more likely than Liberal/National voters to approve support for car manufacturing (45% to 32%), food manufacturing (64%/49%), and film production (52%/43%).

Liberal/National voters are more likely than Labor voters to approve support for mining (34% to 24%), health care (81%/71%) and real estate investment (42%/35%).

Australia and United States – How they compare

Oct 15, 2012

Q. How do you think Australia compares to the United States on the following: 

 

Total better in Australia

Total better in USA

A lot better in Australia

A little better in Australia

About the same

A little better in USA

A lot better in USA

Don’t know

Access to health care

82%

5%

61%

21%

8%

3%

2%

5%

Standard of living for ordinary working people

74%

7%

40%

34%

13%

5%

2%

6%

Access to jobs

70%

5%

34%

36%

17%

4%

1%

7%

Public safety

66%

4%

32%

34%

22%

3%

1%

7%

Wages

64%

9%

34%

30%

17%

7%

2%

10%

Work rights

63%

7%

34%

29%

18%

5%

2%

13%

Education standards

47%

16%

20%

27%

27%

12%

4%

10%

Rights of individuals

44%

14%

19%

25%

34%

10%

4%

8%

Opportunities to succeed in business

35%

22%

14%

21%

32%

16%

6%

12%

International influence

17%

56%

8%

9%

19%

21%

35%

9%

The vast majority of respondents think health care, standard of living, access to jobs, public safety, wages and work rights are better in Australia than in the US.

They are somewhat less certain about education standards, individual rights and opportunities to succeed in business – but still think these are better in Australia.

Only on international influence did respondents favour the US.