Should Australia be a Country that “Makes things”

Jan 23, 2012

Q. A number of politicians have said about the manufacturing industry that Australia should be an economy that “makes things.” Do you agree or disagree?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Total agree 79% 84% 84% 76%
Total disagree 6% 6% 7% 6%
Strongly agree 25% 27% 27% 16%
Agree 54% 57% 57% 60%
Disagree 6% 5% 7% 5%
Strongly disagree * * 1%
Don’t know 14% 10% 9% 18%

There was strong agreement with the idea that Australia should be an economy that “makes things”. 79% agreed and only 6% of respondents disagreed.

84% of both Labor and Liberal/National voters agreed – but generally results were similar across demographic groups.

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Federal politics – voting intention

Jan 16, 2012

Q. If a Federal Election was held today to which party will you probably give your first preference vote? If not sure, which party are you currently leaning toward?

Q. If don’t know -Well which party are you currently leaning to?

Sample size = 1,899 respondents

First preference/leaning to Election

21 Aug 10

Last poll

(19.12.11)

This week
Liberal 45% 45%
National 3% 3%
Total Lib/Nat 43.6% 47% 48%
Labor 38.0% 35% 35%
Greens 11.8% 9% 9%
Other/Independent 6.6% 8% 8%
2PP Election

21 Aug 10

Last poll This week
Total Lib/Nat 49.9% 54% 54%
Labor 50.1% 46% 46%

NB.  The data in the above tables comprise 2-week averages derived from the first preference/leaning to voting questions.  Respondents who select ‘don’t know’ are not included in the results.  The two-party preferred estimate is calculated by distributing the votes of the other parties according to their preferences at the 2010 election.

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Approval of Tony Abbott

Jan 16, 2012

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the job Tony Abbott is doing as Opposition Leader?

18 Jan

2010

5 Jul

2010

20 Dec 2010 14 Mar

2011

14 June 12 Sept 17 Oct 14 Nov 12 Dec 16 Jan 2012
Total approve 37% 37% 39% 38% 38% 39% 40% 36% 32% 35%
Total disapprove 37% 47% 39% 47% 48% 50% 51% 52% 53% 51%
Strongly approve 5% 8% 9% 7% 6% 8% 8% 6% 6% 7%
Approve 32% 29% 30% 31% 32% 31% 32% 30% 26% 28%
Disapprove 20% 23% 21% 24% 25% 23% 23% 26% 25% 25%
Strongly disapprove 17% 24% 18% 23% 23% 27% 28% 26% 28% 26%
Don’t know 26% 16% 22% 16% 15% 11% 9% 12% 14% 13%

Tony Abbott’s approval rating has also improved a little over the last month. 35% (up 3%) approve of the job Tony Abbott is doing as Opposition Leader and 51% (down 2%) disapprove – a change in net rating from -21 to -16 over the last 5 weeks.

68% (up 3%) of Coalition voters approve and 21% (down 1%) disapprove.

By gender – men 41% approve/49% disapprove, women 29% approve/53% disapprove.

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Better Prime Minister

Jan 16, 2012

Q. Who do you think would make the better Prime Minister out of Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott?

5 Jul 2010 14 Mar 14 June 12 Sept 17 Oct 14 Nov 12 Dec 16 Jan 2012 Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Julia Gillard 53% 44% 41% 36% 38% 41% 39% 39% 83% 5% 69%
Tony Abbott 26% 33% 36% 40% 39% 36% 35% 36% 5% 76% 4%
Don’t know 21% 23% 24% 24% 23% 24% 26% 25% 12% 20% 27%

39% believe Julia Gillard would make the better Prime Minister and 36% prefer Tony Abbott – no significant change from last month’s result.

Men prefer Tony Abbott 41%/37% and women favour Julia Gillard 41%/31%.

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Federal politics – voting intention

Dec 19, 2011

Q. If a Federal Election was held today to which party will you probably give your first preference vote? If not sure, which party are you currently leaning toward?

Q. If don’t know -Well which party are you currently leaning to?

Sample size = 1,896 respondents

First preference/leaning to Election

21 Aug 10

4 weeks ago 2 weeks ago Last week This week
Liberal 46% 44% 44% 45%
National 3% 3% 3% 3%
Total Lib/Nat 43.6% 48% 47% 48% 47%
Labor 38.0% 34% 34% 34% 35%
Greens 11.8% 10% 10% 10% 9%
Other/Independent 6.6% 7% 9% 9% 8%
2PP Election

21 Aug 10

4 weeks ago 2 weeks ago Last week This week
Total Lib/Nat 49.9% 55% 54% 55% 54%
Labor 50.1% 45% 46% 45% 46%

NB.  The data in the above tables comprise 2-week averages derived from the first preference/leaning to voting questions.  Respondents who select ‘don’t know’ are not included in the results.  The two-party preferred estimate is calculated by distributing the votes of the other parties according to their preferences at the 2010 election.

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Performance of Australian Economy

Dec 19, 2011

Q. How do you think the Australian economy is performing in comparison to other developed countries?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Total better 73% 84% 72% 80%
Total worse 7% 3% 8% 1%
A lot better 27% 44% 19% 32%
A little better 46% 40% 53% 48%
About the same 16% 13% 16% 12%
A little worse 5% 2% 5% 1%
A lot worse 2% 1% 3%
Don’t know 4% 1% 3% 6%

If ‘a lot better’ or ‘a little better’ –

Q. How much credit do the following deserve for the current performance of Australia’s economy?

A lot Some A little None Don’t know
The Federal Labor Government 18% 31% 23% 21% 6%
The previous Coalition Government 21% 31% 26% 15% 6%
The booming resources sector 47% 31% 12% 3% 7%
The Reserve Bank 6% 42% 29% 13% 9%

73% think that the Australian economy is performing better than other developed countries and only 7% think it is performing worse.

Respondents give most credit for the performance of the economy to the booming resources sector (78% a lot or some credit). They give similar credit to the Labor Government (49%) and the previous Coalition Government (52%).

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Federal Election

Dec 19, 2011

Q. Do you expect that an early Federal election will be held in 2012?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Yes 32% 24% 42% 26%
No 42% 55% 37% 50%
Don’t know 26% 21% 21% 23%

Respondents were more likely to think there will not be a Federal election next year – 32% expect there will be an election and 42% think there will not.

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Federal politics – voting intention

Dec 12, 2011

Q. If a Federal Election was held today to which party will you probably give your first preference vote? If not sure, which party are you currently leaning toward?

Q. If don’t know -Well which party are you currently leaning to?

Sample size = 1,921 respondents

First preference/leaning to Election

21 Aug 10

4 weeks ago 2 weeks ago Last week This week
Liberal 44% 45% 44% 44%
National 3% 3% 3% 3%
Total Lib/Nat 43.6% 47% 48% 47% 48%
Labor 38.0% 35% 34% 34% 34%
Greens 11.8% 10% 11% 10% 10%
Other/Independent 6.6% 8% 8% 9% 9%
2PP Election

21 Aug 10

4 weeks ago 2 weeks ago Last week This week
Total Lib/Nat 49.9% 54% 54% 54% 55%
Labor 50.1% 46% 46% 46% 45%

NB.  The data in the above tables comprise 2-week averages derived from the first preference/leaning to voting questions.  Respondents who select ‘don’t know’ are not included in the results.  The two-party preferred estimate is calculated by distributing the votes of the other parties according to their preferences at the 2010 election.

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