Services better run by Government or Private Sector

Mar 11, 2013

Q. Which of the following are better run by the private sector and which are better run by Government?

 

11 Mar 2013

31 Jan 2011

 

Better run by private sector

Better run by Government

Don’t know

Better run by private sector

Better run by Government

Don’t know

Electricity

25%

62%

13%

22%

61%

17%

Water

19%

69%

12%

15%

70%

16%

Trains, buses and ferries

25%

64%

11%

19%

68%

13%

Motorways

23%

66%

11%

17%

70%

13%

Community services such as child protection

14%

75%

11%

14%

71%

15%

Telecommunications (including broadband services)

45%

44%

11%

na

na

na

Hospitals and health services

19%

71%

10%

na

na

na

Schools

21%

69%

10%

na

na

na

Prisons

17%

73%

11%

10%

76%

15%

Universities

27%

61%

12%

20%

64%

16%

Ports

22%

60%

19%

na

na

na

Most services listed were clearly thought to be better run by Government than the private sector.

The only exception was telecommunications where respondents were split 45% private sector, 44% Government.

The areas most preferred to be run by Government were – community services (75%), prisons (73%), hospitals and health services (71%), schools (69%) and water (69%).

Compared to the results when this question was asked in January 2011, preference for the private sector running services has increased a little – +6% for trains, buses and ferries and motorways and +7% for prisons and universities.

Government vs Private Sector

Jan 31, 2011

Q. Which of the following are better run by the private sector and which are better run by Government?

Better run by private sector Better run by Government Don’t know
Electricity 22% 61% 17%
Water 15% 70% 16%
Trains, buses and ferries 19% 68% 13%
Motorways 17% 70% 13%
Community services such as child protection 14% 71% 15%
Broadband services 53% 29% 19%
Health insurance services 48% 37% 15%
Property insurance 55% 27% 19%
Prisons 10% 76% 15%
Universities 20% 64% 16%

A substantial majority believed that the Government is better at running prisons (76%), community services (71%), water (70%) and motorways (70%). However, they are more likely to think that the private sector is better at running property insurance (55%), broadband services (53%) and health insurance (48%).

Although Liberal/National voters were a little more likely to favour the private sector on most issues, they also supported the Government running most services except for broadband services (63% private/24% Government), health insurance (59%/32%) and property insurance (65%/23%). Labor voters favoured the private sector to run broadband (44%/38%) and property insurance (50%/31%) but were split on health insurance (41% private/43% Government).

Support for Government run services was a little higher in NSW than in Victoria – e.g. electricity (64% NSW/59% Vic), water (73%/65%).

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