Reason for War Against Iraq

Jun 24, 2014

Q. What do you think was the main reason John Howard’s Government joined the war in Iraq? 

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

 

April 2013

They believed Iraq had weapons of mass destruction

18%

17%

24%

11%

13%

18%

To ensure access to Iraq’s oil

11%

14%

8%

13%

14%

9%

To support the USA

53%

54%

48%

59%

65%

56%

To remove Saddam Hussein

7%

6%

11%

3%

3%

7%

Don’t know

11%

10%

9%

13%

5%

10%

A majority (53%) thought that the main reason Australia joined the war in Iraq was to support the USA. Only 18% thought the main reason was that they believed Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. These results are not significantly different from those when this question was asked in April last year.

Reason for war against Iraq

Apr 22, 2013

Q. What do you think was the main reason John Howard’ s Government joined the war in Iraq?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

They believed Iraq had weapons of mass destruction

18%

15%

26%

5%

To ensure access to Iraq’s oil

9%

12%

6%

8%

To support the USA

56%

62%

49%

76%

To remove Saddam Hussein

7%

6%

8%

2%

Don’t know

10%

5%

11%

8%

A majority (56%) thought that the main reason Australia joined the war in Iraq was to support the USA. Only 18% thought the main reason was that they believed Iraq had weapons of mass destruction.

Those most likely to think that the main reason was they believed  Iraq had weapons of mass destruction were Liberal/National voters (26%) and people aged 65+ (30%).

John Howard’s reason for war against Iraq

Apr 22, 2013

Q.  John Howard has said that regardless of whether Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction or not, the decision was right because it was in Australia’s national interests, and the removal of Saddam Hussein’s regime provided the Iraqi people with opportunities for freedom. Do you agree or disagree?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Total agree

44%

35%

58%

16%

Total disagree

37%

50%

23%

58%

Strongly agree

10%

7%

15%

1%

Agree

34%

28%

43%

15%

Disagree

20%

24%

15%

21%

Strongly Disagree

17%

26%

8%

37%

Don’t know

19%

15%

19%

26%

44% agreed and 37% disagreed with John Howard’s argument that regardless of whether Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction or not, the decision was right because it was in Australia’s national interests, and the removal of Saddam Hussein’s regime provided the Iraqi people with opportunities for freedom.

58% of Liberal/National voters agreed while 58% of Greens voters and 50% of Labor voters disagreed.

Australia’s Best Prime Minister

Jan 30, 2012

Q. Choosing from the following list, who do you think has been Australia’s best Prime Minister?

Term of office Total

19 Jan 2009

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Aged 18-34 Aged 35-54 Aged 55+
John Curtin 7 Oct 1941 – 5 Jul 1945 4% 2% 4% 1% 3% 1% 2% 3%
Ben Chifley 13 Jul 1945 – 19 Dec 1949 2% 1% 2% 1% 1% 1% 1% 3%
Robert Menzies 19 Dec 1949 – 26 Jan 1966 11% 11% 4% 18% 4% 4% 8% 21%
Harold Holt 26 Jan 1966 – 19 Dec 1967 1% 1% 1% 1% 1% 1%
John Gorton 10 Jan 1968 – 10 Mar1971 1%
William McMahon 10 Mar 1971 – 5 Dec 1972 1%
Gough Whitlam 5 Dec 1972 – 11 Nov 1975 9% 9% 15% 1% 18% 8% 9% 10%
Malcolm Fraser 11 Nov 1975 – 11 Mar 1983 3% 3% 1% 3% 6% 3% 6%
Bob Hawke 11 Mar 1983 – 20 Dec 1991 12% 15% 23% 5% 22% 12% 21% 10%
Paul Keating 20 Dec 1991 – 11 Mar 1996 8% 6% 12% 2% 10% 7% 6% 4%
John Howard 11 Mar 1996 – 3 Dec 2007 28% 33% 8% 61% 5% 33% 31% 35%
Kevin Rudd 3 Dec 2007 – 24 Jun 2010 20% 15% 21% 6% 27% 25% 15% 6%
Julia Gillard 24 Jun 2010 – present na 3% 8% 4% 6% 2% 2%

Note: Percentages based on those who gave an answer.

33% thought that John Howard has been Australia’s best Prime Minister, 15% chose Kevin Rudd and 15% Bob Hawke.

Among Liberal/National voters, 61% chose John Howard and 18% Robert Menzies. With 23%, Bob Hawke received the highest rating from Labor voters, just ahead of Kevin Rudd on 21% with Gough Whitlam on 15%. Greens voters favoured Kevin Rudd (27%) and Bob Hawke (22%).

While John Howard received similar scores across age groups, the 18-34 group were more likely to favour Kevin Rudd (25%), the 35-54’s Bob Hawke (21%) and the 55+ group Robert Menzies (21%). Compared to the results when this question was asked 3 years ago (when Kevin Rudd was Prime Minister), John Howard (+5%) and Bob Hawke (+3%) have improved their ratings while Kevin Rudd’s has dropped 5%.

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Opinion of John Howard

Nov 1, 2010

Q. Since the 2007 election, has your opinion of the former Prime Minister, John Howard, become more favourable or less favourable?

  Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
More favourable 15% 6% 27% 6%
Less favourable 24% 41% 12% 26%
Stayed the same 57% 52% 60% 67%
Don’t know 4% 1% 1% 1%

 15% say their opinion of John Howard has become more favourable since the 2007 election and 24% less favourable – 57% have stayed the same. 41% of Labor voters have become less favourable while 27% of Coalition voters are more favourable and 12% less favourable. Comments »

Opinion of Leaders

Jun 15, 2010

Q. From the following list of current and recent leaders of the Liberal/Labor Party – rate each in terms of whether you think they were a good or poor leader of their party.

Total good Total poor Very good Good Average Poor Very poor Don’t know
Tony Abbott 30% 34% 7% 23% 29% 14% 20% 7%
Malcolm Turnbull 28% 33% 6% 22% 32% 20% 13% 8%
Brendan Nelson 13% 44% 2% 11% 33% 28% 16% 11%
John Howard 51% 26% 27% 24% 18% 11% 15% 5%
Kevin Rudd 38% 34% 10% 28% 23% 15% 19% 4%
Kim Beazley 29% 29% 7% 22% 36% 17% 12% 6%
Mark Latham 7% 62% 2% 5% 23% 26% 36% 8%
Simon Crean 9% 47% 2% 7% 32% 29% 18% 12%
Paul Keating 40% 26% 14% 26% 27% 12% 14% 8%

Overall, John Howard (51% good/26% poor) was considered the best Liberal Party leader of recent times and Paul Keating (40%/26%) the best Labor leader.

However the current leaders – Kevin Rudd (38% good/34% poor) and Tony Abbott (30%/34%) – were both considered better than the leaders they succeeded.

Among Liberal/National voters Tony Abbott was rated good by 63%, compared to John Howard at 86% and Malcolm Turnbull at 37%.

Among Labor voters Kevin Rudd was rated good by 78%, compared to Paul Keating at 58% and Kim Beazley at 40%. Comments »

John Howard as Head of ICC

Jun 5, 2010

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the former Prime Minister John Howard becoming head of the International Cricket Council?

  Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat
Total approve 32% 18% 56%
Total disapprove 18% 31% 6%
Strongly approve 8% 4% 15%
Approve 24% 14% 41%
Disapprove 10% 19% 4%
Strongly disapprove 8% 12% 2%
No opinion 50% 51% 38%

 Exactly half the respondents have no opinion about John Howard becoming head of the International Cricket Council – 32% approve and 18% disapprove.

56% of Liberal/National voters approve but 31% of Labor voters disapprove and 18% approve.

 57% of women and 60% of people aged under 35 have no opinion. Men approve 35% to 22%.

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