Best Treasurer

Aug 26, 2014

Q. Which of the following do you think has been Australia’s best Treasurer?

  

Total

 

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Paul Keating

23%

36%

12%

21%

29%

Peter Costello

30%

16%

54%

18%

24%

Wayne Swan

8%

16%

3%

8%

6%

Joe Hockey

5%

10%

1%

4%

Don’t know

35%

33%

21%

52%

38%

Of the four options given, 30% think Peter Costello has been Australia’s best Treasurer and 23% think Paul Keating had been the best Treasurer.

36% of Labor voters favour Paul Keating and 54% of Liberal/National voters favour Peter Costello.

Approval of Joe Hockey

Aug 5, 2014

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the job Joe Hockey is doing as Treasurer?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other/ Indep-endent

 

Nov 13

Total approve

35%

 

11%

71%

7%

25%

45%

Total disapprove

44%

 

72%

13%

67%

52%

28%

Strongly approve

11%

2%

24%

1%

7%

13%

Approve

24%

9%

47%

6%

18%

32%

Disapprove

20%

30%

9%

26%

23%

15%

Strongly disapprove

24%

42%

4%

41%

29%

13%

Don’t know

21%

17%

16%

27%

22%

27%

35% approve of the job Joe Hockey is doing as Treasury and 44% disapprove. 21% could not give an opinion.

This represents a change in net rating from +17 to -9 since this question was asked in November.

By gender – 40% (-12) of men approve and 46% (+15) disapprove; 30% (-8) of women approve and 43% (+18) disapprove.

Trust Most to Handle Economy

May 14, 2012

Q. Who would you trust most to handle Australia’s economy – the Treasurer Wayne Swan or the Shadow Treasurer Joe Hockey?

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Wayne Swan

34%

77%

6%

51%

Joe Hockey

33%

5%

65%

6%

Don’t know

33%

18%

29%

43%

34% would trust Wayne Swan most to handle the economy and 33% would trust Joe Hockey most. 33% could not give an opinion.

Those aged under 35 trust Wayne Swan more (32%/21%) and those aged 55+ trust Joe Hockey more (47%/31%).

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Using Wealth to Influence Opinion and Policy

Mar 12, 2012

QA. The Treasurer Wayne Swan has said some of Australia’s wealthiest individuals are using their wealth to try to influence public opinion and government policy to further their own commercial interests. Do you agree or disagree with the Treasurer’s statement? *

QB. Do you agree or disagree that some of Australia’s wealthiest individuals are using their wealth to try to influence public opinion and government policy to further their own commercial interests. *

 

A. Wayne Swan statement

B. Unattributed statement

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Total agree

58%

78%

36%

89%

60%

67%

55%

75%

Total disagree

26%

6%

51%

2%

24%

18%

30%

14%

Strongly agree

24%

38%

9%

54%

27%

36%

15%

50%

Agree

34%

40%

27%

35%

33%

31%

40%

25%

Disagree

15%

4%

29%

2%

12%

5%

15%

3%

Strongly disagree

11%

2%

22%

12%

13%

15%

11%

Don’t know

16%

16%

14%

9%

15%

15%

16%

11%

* each question was asked of half the total sample.

There was similar majority agreement with this statement – that some of Australia’s wealthiest individuals are using their wealth to try to influence public opinion and government policy to further their own commercial interests – whether or not it was attributed to Wayne Swan. When attributed to Wayne Swan 58% agreed and 26% disagreed. When unattributed, 60% agreed and 24% disagreed.

When attributed to Wayne Swan, 78% of Labor voters and 89% of Greens voters agreed but 51% of Liberal/National voters disagreed.

When unattributed, a majority of voters of all parties agreed – although Labor and Greens voters not as strongly.

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