Qantas Dispute – Most to Blame

Oct 24, 2011

Q. Qantas and its workers are currently in dispute over pay, conditions and jobs. Who do you think is most to blame for this dispute – Qantas management or the workers?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Qantas management 36% 54% 25% 47%
Qantas workers 13% 6% 22% 4%
Both equally 37% 30% 41% 34%
Don’t know 14% 10% 12% 15%

36% believe that Qantas management is most to blame for the current dispute and 13% think the workers are most to blame – 37% think both are equally to blame.

All demographic and voter groups are more likely to think management is to blame than workers.

54% of Labor voters and 47% of Greens voters think management is most to blame while Liberal/National voters are more likely to think both are equally to blame (41%).

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Better Prime Minister

Oct 17, 2011

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

5 Jul 2010 17 Jan 2011 14 Feb 14 Mar 11 Apr 9 May 14 June 11 July 15 Aug 12 Sept 17 Oct Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Julia Gillard 53% 47% 48% 44% 42% 43% 41% 37% 38% 36% 38% 82% 4% 85%
Tony Abbott 26% 32% 31% 33% 33% 35% 36% 39% 36% 40% 39% 2% 82% 4%
Don’t know 21% 21% 20% 23% 24% 22% 24% 24% 26% 24% 23% 16% 14% 11%

38% believe Julia Gillard would make the better Prime Minister and 39% prefer Tony Abbott – a net improvement for Julia Gillard of 3% on last month’s figures (from -4% to -1%).

Men prefer Tony Abbott 42%/38% and women favour Julia Gillard 38%/36%.

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Carbon Tax

Oct 17, 2011

Q. Do you support or oppose the Government’s proposal to introduce a carbon pricing scheme from 1 July 2012, which will require industries to pay a tax based on the amount of carbon pollution they emit?

7 March 18 April 23 May 14 June 18 July 1 Aug 19 Sep 17 Oct Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Total support 35% 39% 41% 38% 39% 39% 37% 39% 66% 15% 80%
Total oppose 48% 49% 44% 49% 49% 51% 52% 53% 24% 81% 16%
Strongly support 9% 13% 14% 13% 15% 15% 14% 14% 25% 2% 45%
Support 26% 26% 27% 25% 24% 24% 23% 25% 41% 13% 35%
Oppose 19% 15% 15% 19% 16% 19% 17% 17% 14% 19% 10%
Strongly oppose 29% 34% 29% 30% 33% 32% 35% 36% 10% 62% 6%
Don’t know 18% 12% 15% 13% 12% 10% 12% 9% 10% 4% 3%

Views on the carbon pricing scheme have changed very little since June. 39% support the scheme (up 2% since September) and 53% oppose (up 1%).

The only demographic group to support the scheme were aged under 35’s – 46% support/43% oppose. Among those aged 55+, 33% support and 63% oppose.

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Repeal Carbon Tax

Oct 17, 2011

Q. If the carbon tax is passed into legislation and Tony Abbott wins the next election, which of the following do you think should happen:

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
The carbon tax should remain legislation to provide certainty for individuals and business 21% 42% 5% 43%
The carbon tax should remain legislation only if it proves to be effective in reducing carbon pollution 33% 36% 29% 41%
Tony Abbott should call a further special election (called a ‘double dissolution’) to get the numbers in the Senate to repeal the carbon tax. 34% 10% 57% 12%
Don’t know 12% 12% 8% 4%

34% think that if the carbon tax is passed into legislation and Tony Abbott wins the next election, he should call a further election to get the numbers in the Senate to repeal the carbon tax. 21% think that carbon tax should remain legislation and 33% think it should remain only if it proves to be effective in reducing carbon pollution.

42% of Labor voters and 43% of Greens voters think it should remain legislation, while 57% of Coalition voters think Tony Abbott should call another election to get the numbers to repeal it.

38% of men and 39% of those aged 55+ think Tony Abbott should call another election, while 38% of women and 40% of those aged under 35 think it should remain only if it proves to be effective in reducing carbon pollution.

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Economic Prosperity

Oct 17, 2011

Q. Which one of the following do you believe will be the most important factor in Australia’s economic prosperity over the next 20 years?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
A strong resources sector 29% 29% 35% 18%
Continued growth in China and India 21% 23% 22% 24%
Investment in skills 20% 22% 16% 23%
Prioritising innovation and technology 18% 18% 13% 31%
A strong banking and finance sector 12% 9% 13% 5%

29% believe that a strong resources sector will be the most important factor in Australia’s economic prosperity over the next 20 years and 21% nominate the continued growth in China and India. Labor and Coalition voters were more likely to niominate “a strong resources sector” while 31% of Greens voters nominated “prioritising innovation and technology”.

Those on higher incomes were more likely to nominate “a strong resources sector “  – 36% of those on income $1,600+ pw.

There were no major differences by age group.

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Change in Interest in Federal Politics

May 2, 2011

Q. Over the last few years has your interest in following Federal politics increased or decreased?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Aged 18-34 Aged 35-54 Aged 55+
Total increased 29% 30% 35% 32% 37% 26% 25%
Total decreased 11% 11% 6% 15% 11% 12% 11%
Increased a lot 8% 10% 10% 7% 11% 7% 8%
Increased a little 21% 20% 25% 25% 26% 19% 17%
Stayed much the same 56% 56% 59% 54% 47% 60% 62%
Decreased a little 6% 7% 4% 7% 4% 6% 8%
Decreased a lot 5% 4% 2% 8% 7% 6% 3%
Can’t say 4% 3% * 7% 3% 1%

56% say their interest in following Federal politics has stayed much the same, 29% have more interest and 11% less interest.

Respondents aged 18-34 were more likely to have more interest in following Federal politics (37%) while older voters’ interest was more likely to have stayed much the same.

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Attributes of the Liberal Party

Apr 27, 2011

Q. And which statements do you feel fit the Liberal Party?

6 July 09 14 Mar 10

27 April 11 % change
Will promise to do anything to win votes 67% 72% 65% -7%
Too close to the big corporate and financial interests 60% n.a.
Moderate 50% 50% 55% +5%
Out of touch with ordinary people 62% 58% 54% -4%
Understands the problems facing Australia 44% 43% 51% +8%
Divided 74% 66% 49% -17%
Have a vision for the future 48% n.a.
Clear about what they stand for 44% n.a.
Has a good team of leaders 29% 31% 40% +9%
Looks after the interests of working people 38% n.a.
Extreme 36% 38% 36% -2%
Keeps its promises 28% 23% 33% +10%

The Liberal Party’s main attributes were – will promise anything to win votes (65%), too close to the big corporate and financial interest (60%), moderate (55%) and out of touch with ordinary people (54%).

Since these questions were last asked in March 2010, most of the Liberal Party’s positive attributes have increased and the negative attributes decreased. Main changes since last March were – divided (down 17% to 49%), keeps its promises (up 10% to 33%) and has a good team of leaders (up 9% to 40%).

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Approval of Tony Abbott

Jan 17, 2011

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

18 Jan 29 Mar 5 Jul 16 Aug 20 Sep 18 Oct 22 Nov 20 Dec 17 Jan 2011
Total approve 37% 33% 37% 41% 43% 39% 40% 39% 42%
Total disapprove 37% 50% 47% 44% 37% 45% 40% 39% 37%
Strongly approve 5% 8% 8% 9% 12% 8% 6% 9% 7%
Approve 32% 25% 29% 32% 31% 31% 34% 30% 35%
Disapprove 20% 28% 23% 22% 21% 22% 22% 21% 22%
Strongly disapprove 17% 22% 24% 22% 16% 23% 18% 18% 15%
Don’t know 26% 16% 16% 15% 19% 17% 19% 22% 20%

42% (up 3%) approve of the job Tony Abbott is doing as Opposition Leader and 37% (down 2%) disapprove – a net change from last month of +5%

74% of Coalition voters approve and 14% disapprove.

By gender – men 46% approve/40% disapprove, women 39% approve/35% disapprove.

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