Essential Report

Leader trust to handle issues

Sep 27, 2016

Q. Which leader – Malcolm Turnbull or Bill Shorten – would you trust most to handle the following issues?

  Malcolm Turnbull Bill Shorten Don’t know   Difference   Difference May 2016
Regulating the banking and finance sector 33% 29% 38%   +4   +6
Supporting Australia’s manufacturing industries 30% 32% 37%   -2   -1
Addressing climate change 26% 30% 44%   -4   -8
Protecting the Great Barrier Reef 23% 29% 48%   -6   -6
Funding hospitals 29% 36% 35%   -7   -8
Making housing more affordable for first home buyers 23% 33% 44%   -10   -9
Ensuring big companies pay their share of tax 27% 37% 36%   -10   -6
Looking after the needs of pensioners 22% 38% 40%   -16   -14
Funding public schools 24% 40% 36%   -16   -16
Maintaining workers’ wages and conditions 23% 44% 34%   -21   -22

Bill Shorten is trusted more for maintaining workers’ wages and conditions (+21), funding public schools (+16) and looking after the needs of pensioners (+16). Since May, the main changes have been a 4% shift to Malcolm Turnbull on addressing climate change and a 4% shift to Bill Shorten on ensuring big companies pay their share of tax.

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