Codebook

Saulwick Poll, 17, May 1988

1. Recently, there has been a lot of talk about graduate fees for higher 
   education. As you may know, the Wran committee on Tertiary Education has
   proposed tuition fees to be paid when students start their course, or
   afterwards when their incomes reach the level of average weekly earnings.
   Do you:
   Approve or Disapprove of the proposal to charge students an income tax
   surcharge of two per cent as a tuition fee when their incomes reach 
   average weekly earnings?

Category label                            Code      Count   Percent

APPROVE                                      1        259     46.1
DISAPPROVE                                   2        272     48.5
DONT KNOW                                    3         30      5.3
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                                 Total responses      561    100.0


2. Some people say tertiary education should be free. Others say students 
   should contribute to the cost, or should pay the full cost. Which of the
   following comes closest to your view:
   Tertiary education should be free, Students should pay some of the cost
   of their education or Students should pay the full cost of their education.

Category label                            Code      Count   Percent

TERTIARY EDUCATION SHOULD BE FREE            1        166     29.5
STUDENTS SHOULD PAY SOME COSTS               2        358     63.7
STUDENTS SHOULD PAY FULL COSTS               3         30      5.4
DONT KNOW                                    4          8      1.4
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                                 Total responses      561    100.0


3. The Government says that if more tertiary places could be provided, there 
   would be more opportunities for students to go on to higher education.
   Others say that charging tuition fees would discourage students from 
   enrolling. Do you think the proposed fees scheme would result in:
   A reduction in student numbers, An increase in student numbers or Have
   no effect on student numbers.

Category label                            Code      Count   Percent

REDUCTION IN STUDENTS                        1        241     43.0
INCREASE IN STUDENTS                         2         60     10.6
NO EFFECT ON STUDENT NUMBERS                 3        229     40.7
DONT KNOW                                    4         32      5.7
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                                 Total responses      561    100.0


4. If the scheme DID provide more places for students, do you think this would:
   Favour students from middle or higher-income families or Favour students
   from lower-income families.

Category label                            Code      Count   Percent

MIDDLE AND HIGHER INCOME FAMILIES            1        300     53.5
LOWER INCOME FAMILIES                        2        140     25.0
DONT KNOW                                    3        120     21.4
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                                 Total responses      561    100.0


5. Did you personally have a tertiary education?

Category label                            Code      Count   Percent

YES                                          1        208     37.0
NO                                           2        349     62.2
NO ANSWER                                    3          4       .8
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                                 Total responses      561    100.0


6. At secondary school did you attend:
   A state school, A private school or  A Catholic school.

Category label                            Code      Count   Percent

STATE SCHOOL                                 1        363     64.7
PRIVATE SCHOOL                               2        105     18.6
CATHOLIC SCHOOL                              3         85     15.1
NO ANSWER                                    4          3      1.6
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                                 Total responses      561    100.0


 7. Do you at present have a child or children in:
    a. Primary school

 Category label                            Code      Count   Percent

 YES                                          1        118     21.0
 NO                                           2        402     71.7
 NO ANSWER                                    3         41      7.3
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				  Total responses      561    100.0


 7. Do you at present have a child or children in:
    Secondary school

 Category label                            Code      Count   Percent

 YES                                          1         92     16.5
 NO                                           2        399     71.2
 NO ANSWER                                    3         70      12.4
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				  Total responses      561    100.0

 7. Do you at present have a child or children in:
    Tertiary institution (university, technical college, college of advanced
    education, teachers' college, etc.)

 Category label                            Code      Count   Percent

YES                                          1         26      4.6
NO                                           2        423     75.4
NO ANSWER                                    3        112     19.9
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                                 Total responses      561    100.0


 8. If a federal election for the House of Representatives were held tomorrow,
    for which political party would you probably vote:
    Labor, Liberal, National, Democrat or Some other party.

 Category label                            Code      Count   Percent

LABOUR                                       1        179     31.8     31.8
LIBERAL                                      2        204     36.4     36.4
NATIONAL                                     3          6      1.0      1.0
DEMOCRAT                                     4         39      7.0      7.0
SOME OTHER PARTY                             5         33      6.0      6.0
DONT KNOW  NO ANSWER                         6        100     17.9     17.9
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                                 Total responses      561    100.0    100.0