Schools under the Liberal Government

Dec 10, 2013

Q. Which schools do you think will be better off under the Liberal Government’s education plan? 

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other/

indep-endent

All schools will be better off

26%

7%

51%

7%

17%

Only private schools will be better off

26%

43%

11%

30%

28%

Only public schools will be better off

2%

1%

3%

2%

1%

No schools will be better off

22%

33%

6%

49%

26%

Don’t know

25%

16%

28%

12%

28%

26% think that, under a Liberal Government, all schools will be better off. 26% think only private schools will be better off and 22% think no schools will be better off, while only 2% think that only public schools will be better off.

51% of Liberal/National voters think all schools will be better off, 43% of Labor voters think only private schools will be better off and 49% of Greens voters think no schools will be better off.

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.

Sexism and discrimination against women

Oct 22, 2012

Q. How much sexism and discrimination against women do you think currently occurs in the following?

 

A lot

Some

A little

None at all

Don’t know

A lot/some TOTAL

A lot/some MEN

A lot/some WOMEN

In workplaces

17%

38%

32%

6%

7%

55%

49%

62%

In the media

19%

37%

29%

9%

7%

56%

49%

62%

In politics

25%

36%

25%

8%

7%

61%

55%

67%

In advertising

31%

28%

26%

8%

7%

59%

50%

67%

In sport

24%

34%

25%

10%

7%

58%

50%

66%

In schools

12%

31%

33%

14%

10%

43%

39%

48%

A majority of respondents think there is a lot or some sexism in politics (61%), advertising (59%), sport (58%), the media (56%) and workplaces (55%).

Women were more likely to think there is a lot or some sexism in all areas – but especially advertising (men 50%/women 67%) and sport (50%/66%).

37% of women think there is a lot of sexism/discrimination in advertising, 31% in sport and 29% in politics.

Opinion of Gonski Report Recommendations

Feb 27, 2012

Q. The Gonski report on funding education has recommended a new model for school funding that would mean all students are entitled to a set level of funding regardless of where they go to school, disadvantaged schools receive more funding and taxpayer funding for private schools is adjusted down based on parents’ capacity to pay.

Do you support or oppose these recommendations?

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Total support

68%

79%

64%

76%

Total oppose

13%

7%

17%

14%

Strongly support

25%

37%

17%

35%

Support

43%

42%

47%

41%

Oppose

9%

5%

12%

9%

Strongly oppose

4%

2%

5%

5%

Don’t know

19%

14%

19%

10

68% say they support the recommendations of the Gonski report on funding education and 13% were opposed.
Strongest support was shown by Labor voters (79%), Greens voters (76%) and people aged 55+ (75%).

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Education Funding or Budget Surplus

Feb 27, 2012

Q. The Gonski report also recommends a $5 billion increase in education funding with $1.5 billion of this additional funding coming from the Federal Government and the rest from the State Governments. If the Federal Government provides this additional funding it may mean they will not be able to return the budget to surplus next year.

Do you think it is more important to provide this additional funding for schools or more important to return a budget surplus?

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

More important to provide additional funding to schools

61%

63%

58%

83%

More important to return a budget surplus

24%

25%

29%

11%

Don’t know

15%

12%

12%

6%

61% think it is more important to provide additional funding to schools and 24% say it is more important to return a budget surplus.

Those who think it is more important to provide additional funding were women (65%), aged 45+ (67%), and Greens voters (83%).

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Funding for Elite private Schools

Feb 27, 2012

Q. Do you think all schools should get an increase in funding or should some of the wealthy elite private schools not get an increase in funding?

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

All schools should receive an increase in funding

23%

17%

31%

11%

Some wealthy elite private schools should not get an increase in funding

73%

78%

68%

83%

Don’t know

4%

5%

2%

5%

Only 23% think that all schools should receive an increase in funding and 73% think that some wealthy elite private schools should not get an increase.

Highest support for all schools to receive an increase in funding came from Liberal/National voters (31%) and those on incomes over $1,600pw (28%).

Highest support for wealthy elite private schools not receiving additional funding came from Greens voters (83%), Labor voters (78%) and people aged 45-64 (78%).

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Opinion of School Building Program

Jan 30, 2012

Q. Overall, how would you rate the Federal Government’s BER program to fund new school buildings which was introduced during the GFC?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Total with children at school Children at primary school Children at secondary school
Total good 30% 49% 17% 39% 43% 49% 38%
Total poor 31% 10% 50% 18% 27% 27% 26%
Very good 7% 15% 3% 5% 11% 12% 11%
Good 23% 34% 14% 34% 32% 37% 27%
Neither good nor poor 15% 21% 22% 27% 21% 17% 24%
Poor 15% 8% 20% 13% 12% 12% 11%
Very poor 16% 2% 30% 5% 15% 15% 15%
Don’t know 17% 19% 11% 16% 10% 6% 12%

Respondents were divided over the Federal Government’s BER program to fund new school buildings – 30% thought it was good and 31% poor. Opinions were closely related to voting intention- 49% of Labor voters thought the program was good and 50% of Liberal/National voters thought it was poor.

Households with children at primary or secondary schools were more positive – especially those with children at primary school.  43% of all those with school children in their household and 49% of those with primary students thought it was good.

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Benefit to Schools of Building program

Jan 30, 2012

If children at school –

Q. How much did the schools those children attend benefit from the Government’s school building program?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Children at primary school Children at secondary school
A lot 19% 25% 16% 26% 15%
Moderately 30% 37% 31% 32% 29%
A little 23% 15% 33% 24% 22%
Not at all 12% 10% 11% 7% 17%
Don’t know 15% 13% 9% 11% 17%

Of the respondents with children at school, 49% thought their schools had benefited a lot of moderately, 23% thought they had benefited a little and 12% not at all. 58% of those with children at primary school thought their schools had benefited a lot/moderately compared to 44% of those with children at secondary schools.

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