Trust in the Government’s handling of international relations

Oct 28, 2014

Q. How much trust do you have in Tony Abbott and the Liberal Government to handle Australia’s international relations? 

 

 Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

 

Nov 2013

Jun 2014

Total a lot/some

40%

16%

82%

19%

26%

41%

35%

Total little/no trust

53%

81%

15%

80%

71%

53%

59%

A lot of trust

17%

1%

44%

2%

8%

20%

17%

Some trust

23%

15%

38%

17%

18%

21%

18%

A little trust

18%

24%

13%

10%

20%

18%

16%

No trust

35%

57%

2%

70%

51%

35%

43%

Don’t know

6%

3%

3%

1%

2%

7%

5%

17% of people have “a lot of trust” in Tony Abbott and the Liberal Government to handle Australia’s international relations.

35% have no trust.

Labor (57%) and Greens (70%) voters were far more likely to have ‘no trust’. Liberal/National voters were far less likely (2%) to have no trust. 44% of Liberal/National voters have “a lot of trust”.

Since this question was asked in June, those saying they have a lot or some trust has increased by 5% and those saying they have no trust decreased by 6% – a similar position to the poll in November last year.

Better or worse under Liberal/National Government

Jan 21, 2014

Q. Under the new Liberal/National Government, do you expect the following will get better or worse?

Total
better

Total worse

Net

A
lot better

A little better

Stay much the same

A little wor-
se

A
lot wor-
se

Don’t know

Better
Sept 13

Wor
-se
Sept 13

Political leadership

33%

38%

-5

15%

18%

25%

12%

26%

3%

42%

31%

Trust in Government

30%

43%

-13

12%

18%

26%

13%

30%

3%

36%

36%

Unemployment

22%

45%

-23

6%

16%

30%

21%

24%

3%

27%

37%

The economy overall

30%

38%

-8

10%

20%

29%

21%

17%

3%

38%

30%

The cost of living

17%

52%

-35

5%

12%

29%

25%

27%

3%

27%

40%

Interest rates

16%

33%

-17

5%

11%

47%

18%

15%

4%

17%

31%

Health services

18%

45%

-27

5%

13%

35%

18%

27%

3%

23%

42%

Job security

17%

49%

-32

5%

12%

32%

21%

28%

3%

22%

43%

Workers rights and conditions

14%

45%

-31

5%

9%

36%

14%

31%

4%

18%

47%

Company profits

40%

18%

+22

13%

27%

38%

8%

10%

4%

47%

14%

The environment

16%

41%

-25

5%

11%

39%

14%

27%

4%

18%

39%

Education and schools

20%

43%

-23

6%

14%

33%

19%

24%

3%

25%

41%

Public services

17%

46%

-29

6%

11%

35%

20%

26%

3%

20%

45%

Benefits for people on Government support – such as pensioners and the unemployed

13%

49%

-36

4%

9%

35%

21%

28%

3%

19%

44%

Your personal financial situation

18%

37%

-19

5%

13%

42%

20%

17%

2%

22%

35%

Except for company profits, respondents believed all issues measured would get worse under the new Liberal/National Government. Expectations on each issue have declined since this question was asked immediately after the election. The largest declines have been for cost of living (net score down 22), the economy overall (-16), political leadership (-16), unemployment (-13) and trust in Government (-13).

Government’s handling of education issues

Dec 10, 2013

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Liberal Government is handling education issues?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other/

indep-endent

Total approve

35%

8%

70%

6%

25%

Total disapprove

50%

82%

15%

90%

52%

Strongly approve

8%

3%

16%

2%

Approve

27%

5%

54%

6%

23%

Disapprove

21%

27%

12%

24%

27%

Strongly disapprove

29%

55%

3%

66%

25%

Don’t know

15%

10%

15%

4%

23%

35% approve and 50% disapprove of the way the Liberal Government is handling education issues.

Men split 43% approve/45% disapprove compared to women 28% approve/53% disapprove.

Schools under the Liberal Government

Dec 10, 2013

Q. Which schools do you think will be better off under the Liberal Government’s education plan? 

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other/

indep-endent

All schools will be better off

26%

7%

51%

7%

17%

Only private schools will be better off

26%

43%

11%

30%

28%

Only public schools will be better off

2%

1%

3%

2%

1%

No schools will be better off

22%

33%

6%

49%

26%

Don’t know

25%

16%

28%

12%

28%

26% think that, under a Liberal Government, all schools will be better off. 26% think only private schools will be better off and 22% think no schools will be better off, while only 2% think that only public schools will be better off.

51% of Liberal/National voters think all schools will be better off, 43% of Labor voters think only private schools will be better off and 49% of Greens voters think no schools will be better off.

Trust in the Government’s handling of international relations

Oct 9, 2013

Q. How much trust do you have in Tony Abbott and the Liberal Government to handle Australia’s international relations?

 

 

A lot of trust

18%

Some trust

23%

A little trust

16%

No trust

37%

Don’t know

7%

Just 18% of people have ‘a lot of trust’ in Tony Abbott and the Liberal Government to handle Australia’s international relations.

37% have no trust.

Females (41%) were more likely than males (32%) to have no trust.

Labor (67%) and Green (63%) voters were far more likely to have ‘no trust’. Liberal/National voters were far less likely (2%) to have no trust.

Better or worse under Liberal/National Government

Sep 16, 2013

Q. Under the new Liberal/National Government, do you expect the following will get better or worse?

 

Total

better

Total worse

 

A lot better

A little better

Stay much the same

A little worse

A lot worse

Don’t know

Political leadership

42%

31%

23%

19%

26%

13%

18%

2%

Trust in Government

36%

36%

16%

20%

27%

14%

22%

2%

Unemployment

27%

37%

8%

19%

34%

19%

18%

2%

The economy overall

38%

30%

17%

21%

30%

16%

14%

2%

The cost of living

27%

40%

9%

18%

32%

20%

20%

1%

Interest rates

17%

31%

6%

11%

49%

18%

13%

3%

Health services

23%

42%

8%

15%

34%

20%

22%

2%

Job security

22%

43%

7%

15%

32%

21%

22%

3%

Workers rights and conditions

18%

47%

7%

11%

33%

20%

27%

2%

Company profits

47%

14%

15%

32%

34%

7%

7%

4%

The environment

18%

39%

7%

11%

40%

16%

23%

2%

Education and schools

25%

41%

7%

18%

32%

19%

22%

2%

Public services

20%

45%

7%

13%

34%

21%

24%

2%

Benefits for people on Government support – such as pensioners and the unemployed

19%

44%

7%

12%

35%

21%

23%

2%

Your personal financial situation

22%

35%

7%

15%

42%

18%

17%

1%

Respondents were more likely to expect political leadership, the economy overall and company profits will get better under the new Liberal/National Government. Trust in Government was just as likely to get better as get worse. All other issues tested were thought to be more likely to get worse – especially workers rights and conditions, public services, benefits for people on Government support, job security and health services.

Likelihood of more spending cuts – Liberal Government

Aug 26, 2013

Q. If the Liberal Party win Government, how likely do you think it is that they will be able to pay for their policies and election commitments without making more cuts in spending after the election?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Very likely

9%

1%

19%

5%

Somewhat likely

16%

11%

27%

6%

Somewhat unlikely

20%

19%

24%

14%

Very unlikely

41%

61%

16%

66%

Don’t know

14%

8%

14%

10%

61% think it is unlikely that a Liberal Government will be able to pay for their policies and election commitments without making more cuts in spending after the election – only 25% think it is likely.

40% of Liberal/National voters think it is unlikely.

Groups better off under Labor or Liberal Government

Sep 3, 2012

Q. Do you think the following groups of people would be better off under a Labor Government or a Liberal Government?

 

Better off under a Labor Government

Better off under a Liberal Government

Makes no difference

Don’t know

Difference

(Labor minus Liberal)

Pensioners

36%

20%

29%

15%

+16

Unemployed people

41%

14%

29%

15%

+27

People with disabilities

36%

16%

30%

17%

+20

People and families on low incomes

44%

17%

25%

13%

+27

People and families on middle incomes

26%

33%

28%

13%

-7

People and families on high incomes

11%

54%

21%

13%

-43

Single parents

39%

16%

29%

16%

+23

Average working people

32%

27%

28%

13%

+5

Large corporations

9%

57%

20%

14%

-48

Banks and other financial institutions

9%

47%

27%

16%

-38

Small businesses

21%

37%

26%

16%

-16

Families with children at public school

38%

19%

28%

15%

+19

Families with children at private school

14%

44%

27%

16%

-30

Recent immigrants to Australia

35%

17%

30%

17%

+18

Farmers and other agricultural producers

19%

32%

31%

19%

-13

Respondents were substantially more likely to think the following groups would be better off under a Labor Government – unemployed, low income families, single parents and people with disabilities.

They were substantially more likely to think the following groups would be better off under a Liberal Government – large corporations, high income families, banks and financial institutions, families with children at private schools.

Groups better off under by Respondent Category 

Respondent category (respondent or family member is in this category) Groups better or worse off

Better off under a Labor Government

Better off under a Liberal Government

Makes no difference

Don’t know

Difference

(Labor minus Liberal)

Pensioners Pensioners

41%

25%

26%

8%

+16

Unemployed Unemployed people

42%

13%

30%

15%

+29

Have a disability People with disabilities

44%

18%

31%

8%

+26

On low income People and families on low incomes

44%

17%

26%

13%

+27

On middle income People and families on middle incomes

25%

37%

27%

11%

-12

On high income People and families on high incomes

16%

58%

15%

11%

-42

Single parent Single parents

38%

19%

27%

16%

+19

Working Average working people

30%

29%

29%

12%

+1

Work for a large corporation Large corporations

11%

57%

18%

14%

-46

Work for a bank or other financial institution Banks and other financial institutions

23%

45%

16%

16%

-22

Work for a small business Small businesses

24%

37%

25%

14%

-13

Self-employed or own a small business Small businesses

24%

40%

20%

17%

-16

Have children at public school Families with children at public school

39%

17%

27%

16%

+22

Have children at private school Families with children at private school

21%

42%

22%

15%

-21

Recent immigrants to Australia * Recent immigrants to Australia

63%

9%

20%

9%

+54

Farmers and other agricultural producers Farmers and other agricultural producers

27%

38%

19%

17%

-11

* small sample – less than 100

This table shows groups affected mainly held views similar to the total sample. The main exceptions were that people with disabilities were more likely to think they would be better off under Labor, people working in banks/finance were more likely to think banks/financial institutions would be better off under Labor and people with children at primary school were more likely to think they would be better off under a Labor Government.

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