Royal Commissioner

Sep 8, 2015

Q. Dyson Heydon, the head of the Royal Commission into trade unions has ruled that he will continue as the head of the Royal Commission after being accused of bias for agreeing to appear at a Liberal Party fund-raiser. Do you think Dyson Heydon should continue as Royal Commissioner or should he stand down?

Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other
Should continue 32% 14% 62% 17% 23%
Should stand down 42% 64% 16% 66% 50%
Don’t know 27% 22% 22% 17% 27%

The largest proportion of Australian’s believes that Dyson Heydon should stand down (42%), however 32% think he should continue. 27% can give no opinion.

Amongst Liberal/National voters the majority (62%) think he should continue, while amongst Labor (64%), Greens (66%) and Other voters (50%) the majority think he should stand down.

Note: by way of comparison the question below was published in the Essential Report on the 25th August 2015. 

Q. Reports that the Trade Union Royal Commissioner, Dyson Heydon, had accepted an invitation to speak at Liberal Party event has led to allegations of conflict of interest. Which of the following statements is closest to your view?

Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other
There is a conflict of interest and he should step down as Royal Commissioner 38% 56% 18% 55% 45%
There is no conflict of interest and he should continue as Royal Commissioner 25% 9% 50% 6% 21%
Don’t know 37% 35% 32% 39% 34%

Is Royal Commission biased?

Sep 8, 2015

Q. Do you believe the Royal Commission into Trade Unions is biased against unions and the Labor Party?

Total     Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other
Yes – biased against unions 5% 6% 4% 2% 7%
Yes – biased against Labor Party 7% 9% 7% 16% 6%
Yes – based against both unions and Labor 24% 43% 4% 43% 26%
No – not biased at all 29% 11% 60% 6% 21%
Don’t know 35% 31% 26% 33% 40%

29% of Australians – the largest proportion who gave an answer – believe that the Royal Commission into Trade Unions is not biased.

However, 35% could not give an opinion.

24% believe the Royal Commission is biased against both unions and the Labor Party, while a further 5% believe it to be biased against just unions and 7% biased just against the Labor party.

Royal Commission into trade unions

Aug 25, 2015

Q. Do you think the Royal Commission into Trade Unions is a legitimate investigation into union practices or is it a political attack on unions and the Labor Party?

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

A political attack on Labor and the unions

27%

52%

6%

42%

25%

A legitimate investigation of union practices

39%

17%

70%

14%

41%

Don’t know

34%

31%

24%

44%

34%

39% think the that the Trade Union Royal Commission is a legitimate investigation of union practices and 27% think that it is a political attack on Labor and the unions. 34% did not know.

Views were related to voting intention – 70% of Liberal/National voters think it is a legitimate investigation of union practices while 52% of Labor voters think it is a political attack on Labor and the unions.

40% of full-time workers and 35% of part-time workers think it is a legitimate investigation of union practices.

Royal Commission

Jul 15, 2014

Q. Following reports of fraud, forgery and a cover-up in the financial planning division of the Commonwealth Bank, there have been calls for a Royal Commission. Would you agree or disagree that there needs to be a Royal Commission into banks and financial planning?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote Other

 

Received financial advice

Total agree

73%

76%

70%

75%

71%

80%

Total disagree

11%

6%

16%

4%

14%

12%

Strongly agree

34%

35%

29%

37%

42%

33%

Agree

39%

41%

41%

38%

29%

47%

Disagree

8%

5%

11%

4%

9%

10%

Strongly disagree

3%

1%

5%

5%

2%

Don’t know

17%

17%

15%

20%

14%

8%

73% agree and only 11% disagree that there needs to be a Royal Commission into banks and financial planning.

At least 70% of all voter groups agree and 80% of people who have used a planner or received a financial advice also agree.

Approval of Royal Commission

Nov 19, 2012

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the Government’s decision to hold a Royal Commission into child sexual abuse in institutions?

 

Total

Vote ALP

Vote Libs

Vote Greens

Cath-
olic

Ang-
lican

Other Protest-
ant

Other religion

No religion

Total approve

88%

92%

87%

95%

83%

88%

93%

86%

91%

Total disapprove

4%

2%

6%

3%

6%

6%

2%

3%

3%

Strongly approve

60%

66%

55%

72%

48%

61%

68%

56%

65%

Approve

28%

26%

32%

23%

35%

27%

25%

30%

26%

Disapprove

3%

2%

5%

2%

4%

5%

2%

3%

2%

Strongly disapprove

1%

*

1%

1%

2%

1%

1%

Don’t know

8%

5%

8%

1%

11%

6%

5%

11%

6%

88% approve of the Government’s decision to hold a Royal Commission into child sexual abuse in institutions and 4% disapprove.

The groups most likely to “strongly approve” were aged 65+ (71%), Greens voters (72%), Labor voters (66%), other protestants (68%) and those on incomes less than $1,000 pw (70%).

Important outcomes from Royal Commission

Nov 19, 2012

Q. What are the most important things that should come out of the Royal Commission? (select up to 3)

 

Total

Vote ALP

Vote Libs

Vote Greens

Cath-
olic

Ang-
lican

Other Protest-
ant

Other relig-
ion

No relig-
ion

Preventing future child sexual abuse

63%

63%

63%

74%

65%

59%

62%

57%

65%

Prosecution of offenders

60%

55%

67%

48%

58%

67%

68%

53%

59%

Removing those in positions of authority who allowed the abuse to occur

39%

39%

35%

58%

27%

42%

33%

37%

48%

Giving victims the opportunity to tell their story

27%

31%

24%

28%

28%

28%

30%

27%

25%

Exposing previously unreported or unresolved allegations

27%

26%

30%

24%

28%

23%

27%

26%

29%

Exposing institutional cover-ups

24%

23%

23%

32%

22%

23%

27%

18%

26%

Compensation for victims

16%

18%

12%

15%

19%

19%

13%

18%

13%

Restoring public confidence in institutions

11%

13%

13%

4%

16%

13%

15%

11%

6%

Establishing a public record of fact regarding child sexual abuse in institutions

9%

10%

7%

8%

8%

9%

7%

10%

9%

Don’t know

4%

3%

4%

1%

5%

2%

3%

7%

4%

Prefer not to answer

1%

*

*

1%

1%

1%

Respondents think that the most important things that should come out of the Royal Commission are preventing future child abuse (63%) and prosecution of offenders (60%). 39% think that removing those in positions of authority who allowed the abuse to occur is also important.

These were clearly the top three issues for all groups except Catholics who placed somewhat less importance on removing those in positions of authority who allowed the abuse to occur (27%). Greens voters considered removing those in positions of authority who allowed the abuse to occur (58%) to be more important than prosecution of offenders (48%). Liberal/National voters thought the most important outcome should be prosecution of offenders (67%). Women were a little more likely to nominate preventing future child abuse (69%) and removing those in positions of authority who allowed the abuse to occur (43%).