Labor Party policies

Jul 8, 2013

Q. Under Kevin Rudd’s leadership, do you think the Labor Party should dump, change or keep their policies on the following issues?

 

Dump

Keep

Change

Don’t know

Handling of asylum seekers

21%

10%

51%

17%

Building the NBN

14%

50%

15%

15%

The mining tax

29%

30%

24%

18%

The carbon tax

39%

25%

23%

13%

The Gonski education reforms

15%

44%

16%

25%

The NDIS

7%

59%

9%

25%

Respondents were most likely to think the Labor Party under Kevin Rudd should keep the NDIS (59%), building the NBN (50%) and the Gonski reforms (44%).

51% think it should change the policies around handling asylum seekers and 39% think it should dump the carbon tax. Opinions were divided over the mining tax – 30% keep, 29% dump and 24% change.

Labor voters were most in favour of keeping the NBN (78%), the mining tax (47%), the carbon tax (39%), the Gonski reforms (67%) and the NDIS (74%) but favoured changing the policy on asylum seekers (56%).

Credit for Interest Rates

May 21, 2012

Q. How much credit do you give the policies of the Labor Government for this fall in interest rates?

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

A lot

7%

19%

2%

9%

A fair amount

19%

38%

9%

23%

A little

27%

28%

22%

38%

None

35%

7%

59%

15%

Don’t know

12%

9%

6%

15%

Only 26% give the policies of the Labor Government a lot or a fair amount of credit for the fall in interest rates. 35% give them no credit at all.

57% of Labor voters and 11% of Coalition voters give the Government a lot or a fair amount of credit.

Those most likely to give a lot or a fair amount of credit to Labor Government policies were men (30%), aged under 35 (31%), and incomes under $1,000pw (32%).

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Government Decisions and Policies

Aug 29, 2011

Q. Thinking about what the Labor Government has done over the last few years, do you approve or disapprove of the following Government actions?

Total approve Total disapprove Strongly approve Approve Disapprove Strongly disapprove Don’t know
Increased funding of health services 89% 5% 42% 47% 3% 2% 6%
Increasing the age pension 78% 14% 34% 44% 8% 6% 8%
Increasing superannuation to 12% 75% 13% 28% 47% 9% 4% 12%
Managing the economy to keep unemployment and interest rates low 70% 21% 21% 49% 12% 9% 10%
Spending on new school buildings 68% 24% 19% 49% 15% 9% 8%
Introducing a national disability insurance scheme 63% 13% 18% 45% 9% 4% 24%
Stimulus spending to tackle the GFC 61% 28% 21% 40% 15% 13% 11%
Paid parental leave 60% 30% 19% 41% 17% 13% 10%
Introducing a tax on large profits of mining companies 58% 29% 27% 31% 16% 13% 13%
Building the NBN (National Broadband Network) 54% 34% 19% 35% 17% 17% 12%
Stopping live cattle exports until welfare concerns were addressed 53% 34% 24% 29% 17% 17% 12%
Abolished WorkChoices 51% 33% 23% 28% 21% 12% 16%
Sending asylum seekers to Malaysia 39% 45% 17% 22% 20% 25% 16%
Introducing a carbon tax to tackle climate change 33% 53% 15% 18% 14% 39% 14%

Government decisions and policies with highest approval were increased funding of health services (89% approve), increasing the age pension (78%) and increasing superannuation to 12% (75%).

Only two of the actions listed received less than majority approval – sending asylum seekers to Malaysia was 39% approve/45% disapprove and introducing a carbon tax to tackle climate change was 33% approve/53% disapprove.

Labor voters showed majority approval of all decisions and policies, Greens voters showed majority approval for all except sending asylum seekers to Malaysia (21% approve/63% disapprove).

Liberal/National voters approved of half the items listed – increased funding of health services (89% approve), increasing the age pension (79%), increasing superannuation to 12% (71%), managing the economy to keep unemployment and interest rates low (54%), spending on new school buildings (54%), introducing a national disability insurance scheme (60%) and paid parental leave (52%).

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Difference Between Labor and Liberal Parties

Jul 25, 2011

Q. Thinking about the Federal Parliament, how much difference do you think there is between the policies of the Labor Party and the Liberal Party?

Total

8 Nov 10

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Very little difference 29% 21% 20% 13% 29%
Some difference 43% 39% 41% 40% 51%
A lot of difference 19% 31% 32% 44% 15%
Don’t know 9% 8% 6% 4% 4%

21% of respondents think that there is very little difference between the policies of the Labor and Liberal parties. This is less than in November 2010 (29%). 39% of respondents think that there is some difference and 31% think there is a lot of difference (up from 19% in November last year).

Green voters (29%) were more likely to think that there is little difference.

There is little difference between the responses by gender or state.

Those aged 65+ were the most likely to think that there is a lot of difference between the policies of Labor and the Liberal parties (55%).

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Change in Difference Between Labor and Liberal Parties

Jul 25, 2011

Q. Do you think that in the last few years, the policies of the Labor Party and the Liberal Party have become more similar or do you think their policies have been moving apart?

Total

8 Nov 10

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Become more similar 51% 40% 41% 36% 56%
Moving further apart 17% 31% 28% 41% 22%
No change 21% 17% 24% 15% 11%
Don’t know 12% 11% 7% 8% 11%

40% of respondents think that the Labor and Liberal parties are becoming more similar – a drop from the 51% who thought the same thing in November 2010.

31% think that they are moving further apart – a big increase from the 17% who thought the same thing in November 2010.

Green voters (56%) were the most likely to think that they were becoming more similar. However 41% of Labor voters and 36% of Lib/Nat voters also thought that they were becoming more similar.

Lib/Nat voters were the most likely to think that they were moving further apart (41%).

There was no substantial differences based on gender, state or age

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Attributes of the Labor Party

Apr 27, 2011

Q. Here is a list of things both favourable and unfavourable that have been said about various political parties. Which statements do you feel fit the Labor Party?

6 Jul 09 14 Mar 10

27 April 11

% change
Will promise to do anything to win votes 57% 63% 72% +9%
Divided 30% 36% 66% +30%
Out of touch with ordinary people 44% 48% 61% +13%
Moderate 65% 63% 51% -12%
Too close to the big corporate and financial interests 46% n.a.
Have a vision for the future 43% n.a.
Understands the problems facing Australia 62% 54% 40% -14%
Looks after the interests of working people 39% n.a.
Extreme 25% 26% 38% +12%
Has a good team of leaders 60% 52% 34% -18%
Clear about what they stand for 28% n.a.
Keeps its promises 44% 33% 20% -13%

The Labor Party’s main attributes were – will promise anything to win votes (63%), divided (66%) and out of touch with ordinary people (61%).
Since these questions were last asked in March 2010, all of Labor’s positive attributes have declined and the negative attributes increased. Main changes since last March were divided (up 30% to 66%), has a good team of leaders (down 18% to 34%) and understands the problems facing Australia (down 14% to 40%).

Note that the 2PP voting intention for 14 March 2010 was 56%-44% to Labor compared to the current 46%-54%.

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