World Leaders

Jul 18, 2017

Q. Do you hold favourable or unfavourable views of the following world leaders?

  Favourable Unfavourable Don’t know   Favour-able Vote Labor Favour-able Vote Lib/Nat Favour-able Vote Greens Favour-able Vote other
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau 51% 11% 38%   55% 56% 61% 40%
German Chancellor Angela Merkel 43% 17% 40%   43% 55% 51% 33%
French President Emmanuel Macron 41% 14% 44%   44% 48% 49% 36%
UK Prime Minister Theresa May 33% 27% 40%   29% 46% 21% 38%
Russian President Vladimir Putin 16% 61% 23%   15% 17% 15% 27%
US President Donald Trump 16% 70% 14%   9% 23% 7% 29%
North Korean Chairman Kim Jong-Un 6% 80% 13%   7% 9% 4% 4%

Respondents were most likely to have a favourable view of Justin Trudeau (51%), Angela Merkel (43%) and Emmanuel Macron (41%).

Liberal/National voters were more likely than average to have a favourable view of Theresa May (46%) and Donald Trump (23%).

Labor voters did not differ much from the average – except for their low rating of Donald Trump (9% favourable).

Reason for Australia’s national debt

May 6, 2013

Q. What do you think is the main reason for Australia’s national debt?

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

The world economy

26%

44%

10%

49%

The high Australian dollar

17%

31%

9%

19%

Government are poor economic managers

46%

12%

76%

19%

Don’t know

11%

14%

5%

14%

46% think the main reason for Australia’s national debt is that the Government are poor economic managers. 26% think it is due to the world economy and 17% blame the high Australian dollar.

Labor (44%) and Greens (49%) voters are more likely to blame the world economy, while 76% of Liberal/National voters say it is because the Government are poor economic managers.

The Australian economy

Jan 29, 2013

Q. Thinking about the state of the world economy, how do you think the Australian economy has performed over the last few years compared to other countries?

 

15 Aug 11

7 May 12

Total 29 Jan 13

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Total better

70%

66%

70%

84%

64%

71%

Total worse

10%

15%

12%

5%

16%

10%

A lot better

31%

29%

29%

45%

18%

35%

A little better

39%

37%

41%

39%

46%

36%

About the same

16%

16%

16%

10%

19%

17%

A little worse

7%

9%

7%

3%

9%

6%

A lot worse

3%

6%

5%

2%

7%

4%

Don’t know

3%

3%

3%

2%

1%

2%

70% think that Australia’s economy has performed better than other countries over the last few years, 16% say about the same and 12% think it has been worse. This represents a shift from net +51 to net +58 since this question was previously asked in May last year.

There were no substantial differences across demographic groups although those on lower incomes were a little more likely to believe it has performed worse – for those on income under $600pw, 56% think Australia’s economy has performed better and 20% worse.

Slowdown: Warning Shot

Jul 13, 2012

If you want to know why we need a significant tax on the billions being pocket by Gina and the gang, look no further than China and the nervousness circling the globe on the stability of the economy. Eventually the party of the resource boom will be gone–and only Gina and her gang of robber barons will benefit.

The warning:

EXPECTATIONS that China will today release its weakest quarterly economic growth figures in three years have added to market pessimism on the mining sector.

Yesterday, Australia’s top mining stocks suffered another selloff as investment banks continued to trim forecasts for commodity prices and share prices, with Credit Suisse downgrading its target share price for both BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto.

And you have to connect this to the world economy:

Australian shares are set for a weak start after Wall Street slipped on earnings fears and European markets closed lower following another spike in Spanish bond yields.

This is not rocket science: everywhere in the world, austerity is the order of the day. People don’t have money to spend. People are afraid.

What we need to do here is see the mining boom as our seed corn: you sock it away for the harder times surely to follow. Not in Gina’s pocket. But, in the public’s pocket.

The Australian Economy

May 7, 2012

Q. Thinking about the state of the world economy, how do you think the Australian economy has performed over the last few years compared to other countries?

 

15 Aug 11

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Total better

70%

66%

80%

60%

73%

Total worse

10%

15%

8%

19%

10%

A lot better

31%

29%

49%

19%

38%

A little better

39%

37%

31%

41%

35%

About the same

16%

16%

12%

20%

17%

A little worse

7%

9%

6%

10%

8%

A lot worse

3%

6%

2%

9%

2%

Don’t know

3%

3%

1%

1%

1%

66% think that Australia’s economy has performed better than other countries over the last few years, 16% say about the same and 15% think it has been worse. This represents a shift from net +60 to net +51 since this question was previous asked in August last year.

There were no substantial differences across demographic groups although those on higher incomes are a little more likely to believe it has performed better – 71% of those on incomes over $1,600pw compared to 61% of those earning under $1,000pw.

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