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57% of Australians approve of the Federal Government’s agreement to purchase nuclear submarines from the USA

This special Roy Morgan Snap SMS survey was conducted with an Australia-wide cross-section of 1,714 Australians aged 18+ on Thursday September 16, 2021.

A majority of 57% of Australians approve of the Federal Government’s agreement to buy nuclear-powered submarines from the United States, 43% disapprove according to a special Roy Morgan Snap SMS survey conducted today, Thursday September 16, 2021.

There are large differences based on voting intention on this question with 89% of L-NP supporters approving of the agreement to buy nuclear-powered submarines from the United States compared to 47% of ALP supporters and only 14% of Greens supporters. Supporters of One Nation (79%) and the United Australia Party (71%) are also clearly in approval of the agreement.

There is also a clear gender gap with over two-thirds of men (68%) approving of the agreement to buy nuclear-powered submarines compared to only 46% of women.

There is also a clear ‘age gap’ on views of the agreement. There is strong approval for the agreement to buy nuclear-powered submarines among people aged 50-64 (60%) and those aged 65+ (72%).

In contrast people aged 35-49 are evenly split (50% 50%) on the agreement and a small majority of younger people, (53% aged 18-24, and 51% aged 25-34) disapprove of the agreement.

Analysis by States shows there is clear majority approval across all States led by South Australia (61%). South Australia is set to be the location of where the submarines will be built. Just behind are Queensland (60%), Tasmania (60%), Western Australia (56%), New South Wales (55%) and Victoria (55%).


Michele Levine CEO Roy Morgan, says the Federal Government’s announcement today that Australia will be buying nuclear-powered submarines from the United States has won the approval of a clear majority of 57% of Australians in a special Roy Morgan Snap SMS survey:

“Australians woke up this morning to a special three-way joint press conference between Prime Minister Scott Morrison, US President Joe Biden and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to announce Australia had made an agreement to purchase nuclear-powered submarines from the United States.

“The announcement has created a clear political divide with the vast majority of L-NP supporters (89%) approving of the agreement. There is also strong support from One Nation supporters (79%) and supporters of the United Australia Party (71%).

“However, the issue does create a clear split amongst ALP supporters with a slim majority of 53% disapproving of the agreement compared to 47% approving. The almost 50:50 split amongst ALP supporters provides the Government with a potential ‘wedge’ issue to divide ALP supporters on national security grounds in the upcoming Federal Election. ALP Leader Anthony Albanese will have to be very careful with how he explains the ALP’s position on the agreement.

“In contrast, Greens supporters are almost uniformly opposed to the agreement with 86% of Greens supporters disapproving and only 14% approving. Greens Leader Adam Bandt has already made their position clear today by asserting that ‘this dangerous nuclear submarines move puts floating Chernobyls in the heart of Australian cities

“As well as the political split there are also clear divides based on gender and age. Over two-thirds of men (68%) approve of the agreement compared to only 46% of women. And while there is strong support amongst Australians aged 50-64 (60%) and 65+ (72%), in contrast among Australians aged under 35 a slim majority disapprove.


For further comment or more information contact:
Michele Levine 0411 129 093 or Gary Morgan 0411 129 094 or email
askroymorgan@roymorgan.com.


Australians surveyed were each asked the following question:

●        Question 1: “Today the Federal Government announced an agreement to buy nuclear-powered submarines from the United States, do you approve or disapprove?” Approve 57% cf. Disapprove 43%.

This special Roy Morgan Snap SMS survey was conducted with an Australia-wide cross-section of 1,714 Australians aged 18+ on Thursday September 16, 2021.


Nuclear submarines for Australia.

Today the Federal Government announced an agreement to buy nuclear-powered submarines from the United States, do you approve or disapprove? By Gender & Age

Australians
18+

Gender

Age

Men

Women

18-24

25-34

35-49

50-64

65+

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

Approve

57

68

46

47

49

50

60

72

Disapprove

43

32

54

53

51

50

40

28

TOTAL

100

100

100

100

100

100

100

100


Today the Federal Government announced an agreement to buy nuclear-powered submarines from the United States, do you approve or disapprove? By States & City/Country

Areas

States

Australians
18+

Capital
Cities

Country
Regions

NSW

VIC

QLD

WA

SA

TAS

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

Approve

57

56

57

55

55

60

56

61

60

Disapprove

43

44

43

45

45

40

44

39

40

TOTAL

100

100

100

100

100

100

100

100

100


Today the Federal Government announced an agreement to buy nuclear-powered submarines from the United States, do you approve or disapprove? By Party Vote

Electors

Party Vote

L-NP

ALP

Greens

One Nation

United Australia Party (UAP)

Ind/Others

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

Approve

56

89

47

14

79

71

62

Disapprove

44

11

53

86

21

29

38

TOTAL

100

100

100

100

100

100

100