Essential Report

Government’s handling of issues

Jul 7, 2015

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

Net

Feb 2014

Net Sept 2014

Net

Jan 2015

Supporting Australian businesses

36%

21%

+15

8%

28%

34%

12%

9%

8%

-7

-5

-5

Relations with other countries

31%

33%

-2

7%

24%

29%

18%

15%

8%

-3

+15

+5

Managing the economy

29%

34%

-5

8%

21%

30%

18%

16%

6%

+3

-6

-14

Treatment of asylum seekers

32%

39%

-7

15%

17%

21%

13%

26%

8%

+1

-3

-6

Industrial relations

24%

32%

-8

5%

19%

32%

17%

15%

12%

-12

-16

-15

Education and schools

24%

37%

-13

5%

19%

32%

20%

17%

7%

-7

-22

-24

Supporting Australian jobs

23%

40%

-17

5%

18%

29%

21%

19%

7%

-19

-21

-24

Health services

22%

41%

-19

4%

18%

30%

21%

20%

6%

-13

-27

-31

Social welfare

21%

42%

-21

5%

16%

29%

20%

22%

8%

-12

-26

-28

Protecting the environment

20%

41%

-21

4%

16%

31%

16%

25%

9%

-10

-18

-23

Climate change

19%

43%

-24

5%

14%

29%

15%

28%

9%

-15

-27

-27

The Government received negative ratings for all issues except supporting Australian businesses (net +15).

Highest negative ratings were given for climate change (19% good/43% poor), protecting the environment (20%/41%) and social welfare (21%/42%).

Since this question was asked in January there have been a significant increases for supporting Australian businesses (+20), health services (+12), education and schools (+11) and managing the economy (+9). The only significant decrease was for “relations with other countries” (down 7 points to -2).

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