Government action on car industry

Feb 18, 2014

Q. Do you think the Federal Government did enough or did not do enough to keep the car manufacturing industry in Australia?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Did enough

36%

19%

63%

22%

36%

Did not do enough

46%

68%

22%

55%

54%

Don’t know

17%

13%

15%

23%

10%

46% think that the Government did not do enough to keep the car manufacturing industry in Australia and 36% think they did enough. 63% of Liberal/National voters think they did enough and 68% of Labor voters think they did not do enough.

Those most likely to think the Government did enough were men (41%), aged 55+ (50%) and those with university education (41%).

Those most likely to think the Government did not do enough were aged 18-34 (52%).

Manufacturing industry

Oct 1, 2013

Q. Thinking about the Australian manufacturing industry, which of the following statements is closest to your view?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

 

Aug 2012

Jun 2013

With Government support, Australia can have a successful manufacturing industry

65%

70%

64%

60%

63%

61%

There is no future for manufacturing in Australia and Government support would be a waste of money

19%

17%

23%

17%

17%

22%

Don’t know

16%

13%

14%

23%

21%

17%

65% agree that “With Government support, Australia can have a successful manufacturing industry” and 19% agree “There is no future for manufacturing in Australia and Government support would be a waste of money”. Those who think that “Australia can have a successful manufacturing industry” has increased 4% and those thinking “There is no future for manufacturing in Australia” has dropped 3% since this question was last asked in June.

Those most likely to agree that “Australia can have a successful manufacturing industry” were aged 45+ (69%), Labor voters (70%) and people on income of less than $1,000pw (75%).

Those most likely to agree that “There is no future for manufacturing in Australia” were men (25%), Liberal/National voters (23%) and people on incomes over $1,600pw (28%).

Spending by a Liberal Government

Apr 22, 2013

Q. If the Liberal Party won Government at the next election, do you think they would increase or decrease spending on the following areas or spend about the same as the Labor Government?

 

Increase spending

Decrease spending

Spend about the same

Don’t know

Public schools

22%

30%

33%

15%

Private schools

28%

27%

28%

16%

Universities

18%

29%

36%

16%

Support for manufacturing industries

26%

23%

32%

19%

Pensions

19%

32%

36%

14%

Welfare support

12%

45%

28%

14%

Health and hospitals

33%

27%

25%

14%

The environment

11%

39%

34%

16%

Defence

31%

19%

34%

16%

Foreign aid

8%

41%

33%

18%

Public transport

23%

26%

35%

16%

Roads

26%

22%

36%

16%

Border security

44%

14%

28%

14%

The arts

7%

40%

32%

21%

Subsidies for business

34%

20%

28%

18%

Overall, respondents were more likely to think a Liberal Government would reduce spending on welfare support, the arts, the environment, foreign aid, pensions, public schools and universities. They were more likely to think they would increase spending on  border security, defence and subsidies for business.

Liberal voters thought a Liberal Government would be more likely to increase than decrease spending on public schools, manufacturing industries, pensions, public transport, health and hospitals, defence, roads, border security and subsidies for business.

View of Manufacturing Industry

Aug 28, 2012

Q. Thinking about the Australian manufacturing industry, which of the following statements is closest to your view?

 

Total

Vote

Labor

Vote

Lib/Nat

Vote

Greens

With Government support, Australia can have a successful manufacturing industry

63%

67%

63%

68%

There is no future for manufacturing in Australia and Government support would be a waste of money

17%

15%

21%

14%

Don’t know

21%

18%

16%

18%

63% agreed that “with Government support, Australia can have a successful manufacturing industry” and 17% agreed that “there is no future for manufacturing in Australia and Government support would be a waste of money”.

There was little difference by voting intention. Older respondents were more supportive of manufacturing than younger respondents – 68% of those aged 55+ agreed that “with Government support, Australia can have a successful manufacturing industry” compared to 55% of those aged 18-34.

Support for Manufacturing Industry

Aug 28, 2012

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the following types of Government support and assistance for Australia’s manufacturing industry?

 

Total approve

Total disapprove

Strongly approve

Approve

Disapprove

Strongly disapprove

Don’t know

Lower tax rates for Australian manufacturers, even though it would reduce tax revenue.

55%

23%

10%

45%

18%

5%

22%

More direct subsidies and grants to manufacturers from taxpayers.

35%

41%

4%

31%

30%

11%

24%

Take action to force down the Australian dollar

25%

46%

6%

19%

32%

14%

28%

Protection from overseas competition

66%

20%

25%

41%

15%

5%

13%

Joint ventures and partnerships between Government and manufacturing companies

67%

17%

13%

54%

12%

5%

17%

Giving preference to Australian companies when purchasing manufactured products – even if they cost a little more

78%

11%

29%

49%

9%

2%

12%

Governments bringing forward major infrastructure projects with greater preference for Australian materials and products

82%

7%

33%

49%

6%

1%

11%

Require major project builders to give preference to Australian companies

77%

11%

32%

45%

9%

2%

13%

Building more of our major defence requirements here in Australia

77%

8%

33%

44%

6%

2%

15%

There was very strong support for bringing forward major infrastructure projects with greater preference for Australian materials and products (82%), giving preference to Australian companies when purchasing manufactured products (78%), building more of our major defence requirements in Australia (77%) and requiring major project builders to give preference to Australian companies  (77%).

Respondents were more likely to disapprove of forcing down the Australian dollar (46%) and more direct subsidies and grants to manufacturers from taxpayers (41%).

Support for Other Manufacturing Sectors

Jan 23, 2012

Q. Do you think other manufacturing sectors that are under pressure from the high Australian dollar should receive similar assistance from Governments, or do you think the car industry needs special assistance?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Other manufacturing industries should receive similar assistance 62% 61% 66% 68%
The car industry needs special assistance 12% 15% 15% 9%
Don’t know 26% 24% 19% 23%

62% thought that other manufacturing industries should receive similar assistance and only 12% thought the car industry needs special assistance. There were no major differences across demographic and voter groups – although strongest support for similar assistance for other industries came from Greens voters (68%), aged 45+ (69%) and Victorian residents (68%).

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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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Manufacturing Industry Inquiry

Sep 5, 2011

Q. Do you think the Government needs to hold an inquiry into the future of Australia’s manufacturing industry?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Yes 49% 45% 55% 48%
No 19% 22% 17% 27%
Don’t know 32% 33% 28% 25%

49% agree that the Government needs to hold an inquiry into the future of Australia’s manufacturing industry. Support for an inquiry is highest among Liberal/National voters (55%) and people aged 55+ (57%).

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