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Dec 20, 2016
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Whether Malcolm Turnbull understands issues

Q. For each of the following groups of people – do you think the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull understands their issues and is likely to act in their interests?

  Understands their issues and is likely to act in their interests Understands their issues but is unlikely to act in their interests Does not understand their issues Don’t know
Students 11% 31% 38% 20%
Working mothers 14% 27% 40% 18%
Unemployed 14% 25% 45% 16%
Casual and part time workers 14% 29% 40% 17%
Full time workers 20% 37% 25% 17%
People on low incomes 11% 26% 48% 15%
People on high incomes 56% 17% 10% 17%
Pensioners 13% 28% 45% 15%
Self-funded retirees 18% 33% 30% 19%
Small business owners 20% 36% 25% 18%
People who work for small businesses 13% 37% 32% 18%
People who run large corporations 57% 17% 8% 18%
People who work for large corporations 34% 30% 15% 20%

57% think Malcolm Turnbull understands the issues of people who run large corporations and will act in their interests and 56% think he will act in the interests of people on high incomes.

37% think Malcolm Turnbull understands the issues for full time workers and people who work for small businesses but is unlikely to act in their interests. 36% think he understands the issues for small business owners but is unlikely to act in their interests.

People whose issues he does not understand included people on low incomes (48%), pensioners (45%) and the unemployed (45%).

Oct 16, 2019
Essential Vision

Attributes of the Liberal Party

Q. Here is a list of things both favourable and unfavourable that have been said about Federal political parties. Which statements do you feel fit the Liberal Party?

  Total Change

(Aug’18)

Aug’18

(Turnbull)

Nov’17

(Turnbull)

Will promise to do anything to win votes 64% -4 68% 67%
Too close to the big corporate and financial interests 63% -4 67% 65%
Out of touch with ordinary people 60% -9 69% 66%
Moderate 54% +6 48% 53%
Have a vision for the future 51% +8 43% 48%
Divided 50% -29 79% 68%
Understands the problems facing Australia 49% +9 40% 41%
Clear about what they stand for 48% +15 33% 40%
Have good policies 48% +8 40% 45%
Has a good team of leaders 46% +15 31% 37%
Looks after the interests of working people 40% +8 32% 36%
Keeps its promises 40% +12 28% 32%
Trustworthy 39% +9 30% 34%
Extreme 35% -5 40% 37%
Base (n) 1,088 1,035 1,025
  • The Liberal party is perceived as promising to do anything to win votes (64%), too close to the big corporate and financial interests (63%) and out of touch with ordinary people (60%).
  • Since August 2018, there have been improved perceptions that the Liberal Party has a good team of leaders (up 15pts, from 31%), are clear about what they stand for (up 15pts, from 33%) and keeps its promises (up 12pts, from 28%).
  • Over the same time they are also perceived less as divided (down 29pts, from 79%) and being out of touch with ordinary people (down 9pts, from 69%).
Oct 16, 2019
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Attributes of the Labor Party

Q. Here is a list of things both favourable and unfavourable that have been said about Federal political parties. Which statements do you feel fit the Labor Party?

  Total Change

(Aug’18)

Aug’18

(Shorten)

Nov’17

(Shorten)

Will promise to do anything to win votes 65% -5 70% 69%
Looks after the interests of working people 59% +4 55% 58%
Divided 55% +9 46% 51%
Moderate 53% +3 50% 52%
Understands the problems facing Australia 51% +3 48% 48%
Out of touch with ordinary people 51% 51% 52%
Have a vision for the future 50% +2 48% 49%
Clear about what they stand for 46% -1 47% 45%
Have good policies 44% +1 43% 44%
Has a good team of leaders 42% +3 39% 39%
Too close to the big corporate and financial interests 41% +5 36% 42%
Extreme 36% 36% 41%
Trustworthy 36% +2 34% 32%
Keeps its promises 35% +5 30% 31%
Base (n) 1,088 1,035 1,025
  • The Labor party is similarly perceived as promising to do anything to win votes (65%) but also looking after the interests of working people (59%) and divided (55%).
  • The perception that Labor is divided has increased since August 2018 by 9pts.
Oct 16, 2019
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Party Attributes Comparison – Labor vs Liberal

Q. Here is a list of things both favourable and unfavourable that have been said about Federal political parties. Which statements do you feel fit the Liberal Party / Labor Party?

  Liberal Labor Difference
Will promise to do anything to win votes 64% 65% -1
Too close to the big corporate and financial interests 63% 41% +22
Out of touch with ordinary people 60% 51% +9
Moderate 54% 53% +1
Have a vision for the future 51% 50% +1
Divided 50% 55% -5
Understands the problems facing Australia 49% 51% -2
Clear about what they stand for 48% 46% +2
Have good policies 48% 44% +4
Has a good team of leaders 46% 42% +4
Looks after the interests of working people 40% 59% -19
Keeps its promises 40% 35% +5
Trustworthy 39% 36% +2
Extreme 35% 36% -1
  • Though Liberal and Labour are similarly seen to promise to do anything to win votes (-1pt difference), the Liberal party has a stronger image as being too close to the big corporate and financial interests (22pt difference) and out of touch with ordinary people (9pt difference), whereas more people think the Labor party looks after the interests of working people (19pt difference)
Oct 16, 2019
Essential Vision

Leader attributes – Scott Morrison

Q. Which of the following describe your opinion of the Prime Minister, Scott Morrison?

  Total Change (Dec’18) Dec’18

(Morrison)

Sep’18

(Morrison)

Intelligent 64% +3 61% 66%
Hard-working 63% +3 60% 60%
Out of touch with ordinary people 56% +2 54% 51%
A capable leader 54% +5 49% 54%
Good in a crisis 51% +10 41% 44%
Understands the problems facing Australia 50% +4 46% 51%
Superficial 48% +3 45% 43%
Narrow-minded 47% +1 46% 41%
Arrogant 44% +1 43% 38%
More honest than most politicians 44% +5 39% 38%
Trustworthy 43% +4 39% 41%
Visionary 42% +4 38% 39%
Intolerant 41% +4 37% 36%
Aggressive 37% +3 34% 34%
Erratic 34% -2 36% 29%
Base (n) 1,088 1,026 1,050
  • The attributes mainly associated with Scott Morrison are intelligent (64%) and hard-working (63%) – the same as in December 2018.
  • Since last year, Scott Morrison is more likely to be seen to be good in a crisis (increase 10pts from 41% to 51%).
Oct 16, 2019
Essential Vision

Leader attributes – Anthony Albanese

Q. Which of the following describe your opinion of the Opposition Leader, Anthony Albanese?

  Total Change (Dec’18) Dec’18

(Shorten)

Sep’18

(Shorten)

Intelligent 66% +10 56% 55%
Hard-working 64% +7 57% 58%
Understands the problems facing Australia 53% +8 45% 48%
A capable leader 51% +8 43% 43%
Out of touch with ordinary people 44% -6 50% 50%
More honest than most politicians 42% +11 31% 29%
Visionary 41% +9 32% 34%
Trustworthy 41% +7 34% 33%
Good in a crisis 40% +4 36% 39%
Superficial 39% -8 47% 50%
Narrow-minded 37% -7 44% 44%
Arrogant 33% -13 46% 50%
Erratic 30% -10 40% 41%
Intolerant 30% -9 39% 39%
Aggressive 27% -10 37% 38%
Base (n) 1,088 1,026 1,050
  • Anthony Albanese is also perceived as intelligent (66%) and hard-working (64%), but this perception is greater than Bill Shorten in December 2018 (56% and 57% respectively). Albanese also is more likely than Bill Shorten to be seen as more honest than most (42% to 32%).
  • Albanese is seen as less arrogant than Shorten (33% to 46%), less erratic (30% to 40%) and less aggressive (27% to 37%).
Oct 16, 2019
Essential Vision

Leader attributes – Comparisons

Q. Which of the following describe your opinion of the Prime Minister, Scott Morrison / Opposition Leader, Anthony Albanese?

  Scott Morrison Anthony Albanese Difference
Intelligent 64% 66% +2
Hard-working 63% 64% -1
Out of touch with ordinary people 56% 44% +8
A capable leader 54% 51% +3
Good in a crisis 51% 40% +11
Understands the problems facing Australia 50% 53% -3
Superficial 48% 39% +9
Narrow-minded 47% 37% +10
Arrogant 44% 33% +11
More honest than most politicians 44% 42% +2
Trustworthy 43% 41% +2
Visionary 42% 41% +1
Intolerant 41% 30% +9
Aggressive 37% 27% +10
Erratic 34% 30% +4
  • For all opinions, more people felt it described Scott Morrison than Anthony Albanese.
Dec 18, 2018
Essential Vision

Leader attributes – Scott Morrison

Q. Which of the following describe your opinion of the Prime Minister, Scott Morrison?

  Total Sep 2018   Change
Intelligent 61% 66% -5
Hard-working 60% 60%
Out of touch with ordinary people 54% 51% +3
A capable leader 49% 54% -5
Understands the problems facing Australia 46% 51% -5
Narrow-minded 46% 41% +5
Superficial 45% 43% +2
Arrogant 43% 38% +5
Good in a crisis 41% 44% -3
Trustworthy 39% 41% -2
More honest than most politicians 39% 38%   +1
Visionary 38% 39% -1
Intolerant 37% 36% +1
Erratic 36% 29%   +7
Aggressive 34% 34%  

Scott Morrison’s key attributes were intelligent (61%, down 5% since September), hard working (60%, no change), out of touch with ordinary people (54%, up 3%) and a capable leader (49%, down 5%).

Main changes since September are for erratic (up 7%), intelligent, a capable leader, understands the problems facing Australia (all down 5%) and narrow-minded and arrogant (both up 5%).

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