Party Trust to Handle Issues

Jun 3, 2014

Q.  Which party would you trust most to handle the following issues?

 

Labor

Liberal

Greens

Don’t know

 

Difference

3 June 14

Difference 11 Feb 14

Management of the economy

28%

41%

4%

28%

-13

-19

Ensuring a quality education for all children

43%

28%

6%

23%

+15

+7

Ensuring the quality of Australia’s health system

41%

28%

7%

24%

+13

+2

Protecting the environment

20%

18%

40%

22%

+22

+15

A fair industrial relations system

40%

29%

6%

26%

+11

+5

Political leadership

28%

34%

5%

33%

-6

-13

Addressing climate change

22%

20%

32%

26%

+12

+3

Controlling interest rates

28%

40%

3%

29%

-12

-17

Australian jobs and protection of local industries

40%

28%

5%

27%

+12

+2

Ensuring a quality water supply

21%

26%

25%

28%

-5

-10

Housing affordability

31%

27%

6%

35%

+4

-2

Ensuring a fair taxation system

32%

33%

6%

29%

-1

-6

Security and the war on terrorism

23%

39%

5%

33%

-16

-16

Treatment of asylum seekers

20%

37%

14%

29%

-17

-16

Managing population growth

21%

31%

9%

38%

-10

-11

Note – Differences are calculated by subtracting Liberal % from Labor % – except for the two issues on which the Greens lead in which case it is Greens minus Liberal.

The Liberal Party is trusted more to handle management of the economy (-13), controlling interest rates (-12), security and the war on terrorism (-16) and treatment of asylum seekers (-17). The Labor Party is trusted more to handle a quality education for all children (+15), ensuring the quality of Australia’s health system  (+13), Australian jobs and protection of local industries (+12) and a fair industrial relations system (+11).

Since this question was asked in February, the Labor Party has improved its position on most issues – especially the quality of the health system (up 11), Australian jobs and protection of local industries (up 10) and education (up 8).

Most important election issues

Apr 22, 2014

Q.  Which are the three most important issues in deciding how you would vote at a Federal election?

 

Total

22 Apr 14

 

Vote ALP

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Grn

Vote other

 

23 Jul 13

30 Jul 12

6 June 11

25 Jan 10

Management of the economy

54%

43%

75%

22%

44%

45%

64%

61%

63%

Ensuring a quality education for all children

27%

35%

18%

38%

20%

25%

26%

26%

23%

Ensuring the quality of Australia’s health system

50%

54%

43%

62%

52%

42%

47%

49%

48%

Protecting the environment

13%

12%

7%

42%

14%

12%

11%

15%

16%

A fair industrial relations system

12%

17%

11%

8%

12%

10%

12%

8%

na

Political leadership

15%

11%

24%

6%

13%

21%

25%

17%

23%

Addressing climate change

10%

13%

4%

28%

9%

11%

9%

15%

16%

Controlling interest rates

9%

9%

11%

2%

7%

13%

9%

13%

15%

Australian jobs and protection of local industries

37%

39%

37%

18%

37%

39%

41%

32%

33%

Ensuring a quality water supply

4%

5%

3%

3%

5%

3%

3%

5%

12%

Housing affordability

17%

18%

16%

13%

19%

17%

13%

16%

14%

Ensuring a fair taxation system

20%

19%

20%

9%

23%

20%

18%

17%

14%

Security and the war on terrorism

5%

3%

8%

3%

5%

8%

5%

8%

9%

Treatment of asylum seekers

8%

5%

5%

32%

9%

14%

10%

5%

na

Managing population growth

9%

6%

10%

8%

16%

9%

8%

12%

na

54% of people surveyed rated management of the economy as one of their three most important issues, followed by 50% ensuring the quality of Australia’s health system, 37% Australian jobs and protection of local industries and 27% ensuring a quality education for all children.

Main changes since this question was asked last July – management of the economy up 9%, ensuring the quality of Australia’s health system up 8%, political leadership down 6% and treatment of asylum seekers down 6%.

Government Responsibilities

Mar 18, 2014

Q. Which of the following should be mainly the responsibility of the Federal Government and which should be mainly the responsibility of the State Governments – or should they have equal responsibility?

 

Mainly Federal

Mainly State

Both

equally

Don’t know

Improving the health system

43%

11%

41%

6%

Addressing climate change

41%

4%

45%

9%

Improving the education system

40%

14%

40%

6%

Industrial relations issues

39%

13%

40%

8%

Managing mining projects and mining profits

39%

20%

32%

9%

Managing the environment

32%

11%

50%

7%

Managing our water resources

25%

23%

46%

6%

Constructing new roads and highways

21%

33%

41%

6%

Investing in regional areas

16%

40%

37%

7%

Investing in public transport

11%

52%

32%

6%

Issues which were considered mainly Federal responsibilities were the health system, climate change and education.

Public transport and regional investment were considered to be more the responsibilities of the State Governments.

The environment, managing water resources and constructing new roads and highways were more likely to be considered a shared responsibility.

Government handling of issues

Feb 25, 2014

Q. How would you rate the Federal Liberal-National Government for the way they have handled the following issues?

 

Total good

Total poor

Net score

Very good

Good

Average

Poor

Very poor

Don’t know

Managing the economy

34%

31%

+3

12%

22%

29%

16%

15%

6%

Treatment of asylum seekers

37%

36%

+1

18%

19%

18%

11%

25%

9%

Relations with other countries

29%

32%

-3

8%

21%

30%

13%

19%

8%

Education and schools

28%

35%

-7

6%

22%

28%

19%

16%

8%

Supporting Australian businesses

27%

34%

-7

8%

19%

31%

18%

16%

8%

Protecting the environment

26%

36%

-10

7%

19%

28%

14%

22%

9%

Social welfare

27%

39%

-12

8%

19%

26%

17%

22%

8%

Industrial relations

26%

38%

-12

9%

17%

27%

18%

20%

9%

Health services

25%

38%

-13

6%

19%

29%

20%

18%

7%

Climate change

24%

39%

-15

10%

14%

28%

13%

26%

9%

Supporting Australian jobs

25%

44%

-19

8%

17%

26%

20%

24%

6%

The Government received negative rating for all issues except managing the economy (34% good/31% poor) and treatment of asylum seekers (37%/36%).

Highest negative ratings were given for supporting Australian jobs (25% good/44% poor), climate change (24%/39%), health services (25%/38%), industrial relations (26%/38%) and social welfare (27%/39%).

Schools under the Liberal Government

Dec 10, 2013

Q. Which schools do you think will be better off under the Liberal Government’s education plan? 

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other/

indep-endent

All schools will be better off

26%

7%

51%

7%

17%

Only private schools will be better off

26%

43%

11%

30%

28%

Only public schools will be better off

2%

1%

3%

2%

1%

No schools will be better off

22%

33%

6%

49%

26%

Don’t know

25%

16%

28%

12%

28%

26% think that, under a Liberal Government, all schools will be better off. 26% think only private schools will be better off and 22% think no schools will be better off, while only 2% think that only public schools will be better off.

51% of Liberal/National voters think all schools will be better off, 43% of Labor voters think only private schools will be better off and 49% of Greens voters think no schools will be better off.

Party trust to handle education

Dec 10, 2013

Q.  Which party would you trust most to ensure a quality education for all children?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other/

indep-endent

Labor

36%

84%

5%

24%

28%

Liberal

33%

2%

72%

3%

25%

Greens

7%

3%

1%

61%

6%

Don’t know

23%

11%

23%

12%

41%

36% trust the Labor Party most to ensure a quality education for all children and 33% trust the Liberal Party most. When this issue was last measured in November, 34% favoured the Labor Party and 32% the Liberal Party.

Those more likely to trust the Labor Party most were aged 35-54 (42%) and people on low incomes (44% of those earning less than $600 pw).

Those more likely to trust the Liberal Party most were aged 55+ (44%) and people earning more than $1,000 pw (38%).

Party trust to handle issues

Jul 23, 2013

Q.  Which party would you trust most to handle the following issues?

 

Labor

Liberal

Greens

Don’t know

 

Difference 23 Jul 13

Difference 17 Jun 13

Management of the economy

29%

44%

3%

25%

-15

-18

Ensuring a quality education for all children

40%

31%

4%

25%

+9

+1

Ensuring the quality of Australia’s health system

34%

33%

7%

27%

+1

-5

Protecting the environment

19%

21%

39%

21%

+18

+10

A fair industrial relations system

41%

30%

4%

24%

+11

+3

Political leadership

28%

35%

5%

31%

-7

-19

Addressing climate change

20%

23%

30%

27%

+7

-

Controlling interest rates

26%

40%

2%

32%

-14

-17

Australian jobs and protection of local industries

34%

35%

4%

26%

-1

-7

Ensuring a quality water supply

19%

26%

22%

32%

-7

-14

Housing affordability

26%

28%

6%

39%

-2

-12

Ensuring a fair taxation system

31%

33%

5%

31%

-2

-11

Security and the war on terrorism

23%

38%

4%

36%

-15

-18

Treatment of asylum seekers

22%

33%

13%

31%

-11

-22

Managing population growth

20%

33%

8%

39%

-13

-19

Note – Differences are calculated by subtracting Liberal % from Labor % – except for the two issues on which the Greens lead in which case it is Greens minus Liberal.

On most issues, the Labor Party has gained ground on the Liberals since last month just before Kevin Rudd took over the leadership. However, the Liberal Party has maintained strong leads on management of the economy, controlling interest rates, security and the war on terrorism, treatment of asylum seekers and managing population growth.

Labor has now established a significant lead on a fair industrial relations system and ensuring quality education. The largest shifts to Labor were for quality education (+8), industrial relations (+8), political leadership (+12), housing affordability (+10) and treatment of asylum seekers (+11).

Party trust to handle issues

Jun 17, 2013

Q.  Which party would you trust most to handle the following issues?

 

Labor

Liberal

Greens

Don’t know

Difference 17 Jun 13

Difference 11 Feb 13

Difference

19 Nov 12

Difference

18 Jun 12

Management of the economy

28%

46%

2%

24%

-18

-15

-14

-18

Ensuring a quality education for all children

37%

36%

4%

23%

+1

+2

+5

-2

Ensuring the quality of Australia’s health system

32%

37%

6%

26%

-5

-3

-3

-6

Protecting the environment

19%

24%

34%

22%

+10

+18

+16

+17

A fair industrial relations system

37%

34%

5%

24%

+3

+6

+9

+6

Political leadership

23%

42%

5%

30%

-19

-8

-12

-16

Addressing climate change

19%

26%

26%

28%

-

+5

+9

+7

Controlling interest rates

25%

42%

2%

31%

-17

-14

-11

-18

Australian jobs and protection of local industries

30%

37%

4%

29%

-7

-3

-2

-6

Ensuring a quality water supply

19%

33%

18%

31%

-14

-6

-7

-12

Housing affordability

24%

36%

5%

35%

-12

-6

-5

-11

Ensuring a fair taxation system

28%

39%

4%

29%

-11

-6

-9

-10

Security and the war on terrorism

23%

41%

3%

34%

-18

-13

-15

-22

Treatment of asylum seekers

17%

39%

12%

32%

-22

-17

-18

-20

Managing population growth

18%

37%

8%

38%

-19

-12

-15

-19

Note – Differences are calculated by subtracting Liberal % from Labor % – except for the two issues on which the Greens lead in which case it is Greens minus Liberal.

The Liberal Party has maintained strong leads on management of the economy, controlling interest rates, political leadership, security and the war on terrorism, treatment of asylum seekers and managing population growth.

There is little difference between Labor and the Liberals on ensuring a quality education for all children and a fair industrial relations system. Since February, there have been significant shifts to the Liberals on protecting the environment, political leadership, ensuring a quality water supply and managing population growth.

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