Attributes of the Liberal Party

Oct 16, 2019

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%).

Attributes of the Labor Party

Oct 16, 2019

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.

Party Attributes Comparison – Labor vs Liberal

Oct 16, 2019

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)

Leader attributes – Scott Morrison

Oct 16, 2019

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%).

Leader attributes – Anthony Albanese

Oct 16, 2019

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%).

Leader attributes – Comparisons

Oct 16, 2019

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.

Most Important Issues

Oct 16, 2019

Q. Which of the following issues are the most important for the Federal Government to address over the next 12 months?

  Total Change (Feb’19) Feb’19
Create jobs and reduce unemployment 36% +8 28%
Improve the health system 32% +1 31%
Reduce utilities bills 27% -4 31%
Protection of the environment 27% +11 16%
Improve wages and working conditions 24% +2 22%
Increase housing affordability 19% -6 25%
Limit the amount of migration to Australia 19% -5 24%
Promote renewable energy 19% +4 15%
Crack-down on tax avoidance by big companies 16% -6 22%
Provide tax cuts 15% +3 12%
Ensure the security of energy supply 13% +2 11%
Maintain strong border protection 12% -2 14%
Provide more money for education 11% -3 14%
Combat domestic crime 10% -1 11%
Combat international crime and terrorism 8% +2 6%
Increase the budget surplus 6%
Improve conditions for refugees and asylum seekers 6% 6%
Base (n) 1,088 1,085
  • The most important issues for the Federal Government to address over the next 12 months are seen to be creating jobs and reducing unemployment (36%), improving the health system (32%), reducing utility bills and protecting the environment (both 27%).
  • Protecting the environment saw an 11pt increase as an important issue for the Federal Government to address from February 2019 (from 16% to 27%).

Syrian brides

Oct 16, 2019

Q. In Syria, 20 Australian women and 46 children are being held by the Syrian Democratic Forces alongside their husbands who were captured while fighting for the Islamic State. These women and children are not considered prisoners of war but are unable to leave the camp and return to Australia.

It’s a complex situation where national security issues, human rights violations and the law all intersect.

Broadly, to what extent do you support or oppose these women and children returning to Australia?

    Gender Age
  Total Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+
Strongly support 17% 15% 19% 29% 13% 10%
Somewhat support 22% 22% 22% 23% 26% 17%
Somewhat oppose 24% 30% 19% 10% 23% 37%
Strongly oppose 23% 21% 25% 23% 21% 26%
Don’t know 14% 12% 15% 15% 16% 10%
NET: Support 39% 37% 41% 52% 40% 27%
NET: Oppose 47% 51% 44% 34% 44% 62%
Base (n) 1,088 539 549 342 373 373

 

  Total Voting Intention
Labor Coalition Greens NET: Other
Strongly support 17% 18% 15% 29% 10%
Somewhat support 22% 26% 19% 28% 19%
Somewhat oppose 24% 20% 31% 10% 41%
Strongly oppose 23% 23% 28% 17% 20%
Don’t know 14% 13% 8% 16% 10%
NET: Support 39% 45% 33% 57% 29%
NET: Oppose 47% 42% 59% 27% 61%
Base (n) 1,088 343 380 107 130
  • Almost half (47%) of participants are opposed to the Syrian brides and children being returned to Australia – this is driven by those over 55 (62% opposed), those with professional qualifications (53%), non-capital residents (53%), Liberal voters (59%) and independent/other voters (61%).
  • Greens voters (57%), 18-34 year olds (52%) and university educated participants (49%) are most supportive of the families returning home.

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