Unemployment benefits – job applications

Aug 5, 2014

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the Government’s proposal to require people receiving unemployment benefits to apply for 40 jobs a month? 

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Total approve

44%

31%

63%

33%

38%

Total disapprove

48%

63%

30%

63%

57%

Strongly approve

21%

13%

32%

13%

21%

Approve

23%

18%

31%

20%

17%

Disapprove

25%

27%

21%

23%

31%

Strongly disapprove

23%

36%

9%

40%

26%

Don’t know

7%

6%

7%

4%

4%

44% approve of the Government’s proposal to require people receiving unemployment benefits to apply for 40 jobs a month and 48% disapprove.

Those most likely to approve were aged under 35 (52%), Liberal/National voters (63%) and full-time workers (49%).

Those most likely to disapprove were aged 45-64 (57%), Labor voters (63%) and incomes under $1,000pw (58%).

Unemployment benefits – community service

Aug 5, 2014

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the Government’s proposal to require people receiving unemployment benefits to carry out up to 25 hours a week of community service? 

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Total approve

68%

53%

85%

53%

67%

Total disapprove

25%

40%

8%

38%

27%

Strongly approve

31%

22%

44%

21%

24%

Approve

37%

31%

41%

32%

43%

Disapprove

14%

20%

7%

17%

18%

Strongly disapprove

11%

20%

1%

21%

9%

Don’t know

8%

8%

6%

8%

6%

68% approve of the Government’s proposal to require people receiving unemployment benefits to carry out up to 25 hours a week of community service and 25% disapprove

Those most likely to approve were aged 55+ (81%) and Liberal/National voters (85%).

Those most likely to disapprove were aged under 25 (35%), Labor voters (40%) and incomes under $600pw (39%).

Unemployment benefits

Jan 21, 2013

Q. Do you think unemployment benefits are …

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Income less than $31,200

Income $31,200

$51,999

Income $52,000

$83,199

Income $83,200
+

Too generous

25%

18%

32%

21%

13%

18%

24%

35%

About right

30%

30%

34%

26%

30%

31%

31%

32%

Not high enough

33%

43%

24%

41%

51%

43%

32%

22%

Don’t know

11%

9%

10%

12%

6%

9%

12%

11%

33% think that unemployment benefits are not high enough, 30% think they are about right and 25% think they are too generous.

Those most likely to think unemployment benefits were not high enough were Labor voters (43%), Greens voters (41%), those on lower incomes (51% of those earning less than $600pw and 43% of those earning $600-1,000pw), not working (40%) and respondents aged 45-64 (47%).

Those most likely to think unemployment benefits were too generous were Liberal/National voters (32%), aged under 45 (31%), in full-time employment (33%) and income over $1,600pw (35%).

Tony Abbott’s Welfare Proposal

Apr 11, 2011

Q. Tony Abbott has proposed changes to Australia’s welfare system – including cutting back the pension for people whose disabilities can be treated, suspending the dole for young people in areas where job vacancies have not been filled and making work-for-the-dole mandatory for those under 50 receiving unemployment benefits for more than six months.

Do you think Tony Abbott’s proposal will significantly reduce unemployment in Australia or will it just make things more difficult for the unemployed and people on disability benefits?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Will reduce unemployment 36% 18% 61% 20%
Will just make things difficult for the unemployed and people on disability benefits 47% 67% 24% 74%
Don’t know 17% 15% 16% 6%

36% believe that Tony Abbott’s changes to the welfare system will reduce unemployment and 47% think they will just make things difficult for the unemployed and people on disability benefits.

The only groups more likely to think it would reduce unemployment were Liberal/National voters (61%/21%), full-time workers (43%/39%)and those on income over $1,600 pw (48%/36%). 59% of those on incomes under $1,000 pw agreed that it will just make things difficult for the unemployed and people on disability benefits.

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Party Trust to Handle Benefits/pensions

Apr 11, 2011

Q. Which party would you trust more to handle welfare issues like unemployment benefits and disability pensions?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Labor Party 34% 75% 6% 53%
Liberal Party 31% 4% 66% 8%
No difference 25% 16% 21% 26%
Don’t know 10% 55 6% 13%

34% trust the Labor Party more to handle welfare issues and 31% trust the Liberal Party more. 25% think there is no difference.

The Liberal Party is trusted more by people earning $1,600+ pw (40% to 29%) while those on incomes under $1,000 pw favor the Labor Party 39% to 22%.

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