Government support for Qantas

Feb 25, 2014

Q. Would you approve or disapprove of the Federal Government taking any of the following actions on Qantas?

 

Total approve

Total  disapprove

 

Strongly approve

Approve

Disapprove

Strongly disapprove

Don’t know

Buy a share of Qantas

49%

30%

12%

37%

19%

11%

21%

Guarantee Qantas loans

45%

32%

8%

37%

21%

11%

22%

Nationalise Qantas, i.e. the Government has full ownership and control

36%

42%

11%

25%

24%

18%

22%

Provide direct funding and subsidies

35%

42%

7%

28%

27%

15%

23%

Allow increased foreign ownership of Qantas

31%

52%

6%

25%

25%

27%

16%

Overall, respondents approved the Government buying a share of Qantas (49% approve/30% disapprove) and guaranteeing Qantas loans (45%/32%).

They tended to disapprove of allowing increased foreign ownership (31% approve/52% disapprove), providing direct funding (35%/42%) and nationalising Qantas (36%/42%).

Liberal/National voters were more likely to disapprove of all forms of assistance except allowing increased foreign ownership (40% approve/48% disapprove).

Qantas

Dec 17, 2013

Q. Which of the following actions should the Federal Government take to help Qantas remain a competitive airline?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Nationalise Qantas, i.e. the Government has full ownership and control

26%

27%

24%

24%

37%

Buy shares in Qantas

24%

26%

22%

17%

35%

Allow increased foreign ownership of Qantas

20%

19%

26%

12%

14%

Provide direct funding and subsidies

20%

29%

14%

10%

23%

None of them

13%

8%

16%

23%

10%

Don’t know

22%

21%

19%

36%

12%

The most preferred options for the Government to help Qantas remain a competitive airline involve some form of Government ownership. 26% support nationalising Qantas and 24% think the Government should buy shares in Qantas. 20% support allowing increased foreign ownership and 20% providing direct funding and subsidies.

Labor voters are a little more likely to support direct funding and subsidies (29%) while Liberal/National voters are more likely to support increased foreign ownership (26%).

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