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May 16, 2011
Essential Research

Party Best at Handling Economy

Q. Which party do you think would be best at handling the Australian economy in the interests of you and people like you?

Post budget 2010 Post budget 2011 Vote Labor Vote Liberal/ National Vote Greens
Labor Party 33% 30% 75% 3% 36%
Liberal Party 36% 40% 4% 84% 11%
No difference 20% 22% 17% 10% 46%
Don’t know 11% 9% 4% 3% 7%

30% think Labor the party best to handle the economy (in the interests of you and people like you) and 40% nominated the Liberal Party. This represents a shift of 7% in favour of the Liberal Party since the 2010 budget.

75% of Labor voters nominated Labor and 84% of Coalition voters nominated the Liberal Party. 46% of Greens voters said there was no difference – 36% said Labor and 11% Liberal.

Those with incomes under $600 pw favour Labor 32% to 30% while those on $1,600+ pw favour the Liberals 49% to 29%.

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Jan 24, 2011
Essential Research

Party best handling important election issues

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

Labor Liberal Greens Don’t know
Management of the economy 33% 43% 2% 22%
Ensuring a quality education for all children 39% 33% 4% 24%
Ensuring the quality of Australia’s health system 33% 33% 7% 27%
Protecting the environment 16% 19% 40% 24%
A fair industrial relations system 40% 30% 5% 25%
Political leadership 28% 37% 4% 31%
Addressing climate change 18% 20% 34% 28%
Controlling interest rates 22% 40% 2% 35%
Protecting Australian jobs and protection of local industries 36% 33% 4% 27%
Ensuring a quality water supply 21% 28% 20% 31%
Housing affordability 26% 30% 7% 37%
Ensuring a fair taxation system 28% 35% 4% 32%
Security and the war on terrorism 23% 37% 4% 36%
Treatment of asylum seekers 20% 33% 12% 35%
Standing up for regular Australian working families 41% 27% 6% 25%
Managing population growth 21% 36% 7% 37%
Making sure Australian working people got fair treatment at their workplace 41% 29% 6% 25%

Labor is trusted most to handle a fair industrial relations system (40%), ensuring a quality education for all children (39%) and standing up for regular Australian working families (41%).

The Liberals are trusted most to handle management of the economy (43%), controlling interest rates (40%), political leadership (37%) and security and the war on terrorism (37%).

In October, Labor was considered substantially better to handle 5 of the issues surveyed and Liberals 5 issues – compared to this survey where Labor leads on 4 issues and Liberals on 8 issues. The Liberals have now established a lead on political leadership (+9%), water supply (+7%), and taxation (+7%).

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Dec 6, 2010
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Party Best at Dealing with Climate Change Issue

Q. Which leader and party would you trust most to understand and deal with the climate change issue?

Dec 10 Dec 09 *
Julia Gillard and Labor 23% 24%
Tony Abbott and the Coalition 29% 27%
Bob Brown and Greens 19% 17%
Don’t know 29% 32%

* Note : Similar but not identical question asked in 2009.

29% trust Tony Abbott and the Coalition most to understand and deal with the climate change issue, 23% trust Julia Gillard and Labor and 19% trust Bob Brown and the Greens.

These figures are little changed since this question was previously asked in December 2009.

58% of Labor voters trust Labor most, 65% of Coalition voters trust the Liberals and 83% of Greens voters trust the Greens.

Of those who believe that climate change is happening and is caused by human activity, 31% trust the Greens, 27% Labor and 15% the Liberals.

Of those who believe that climate change is a very important issue, 38% trust the Greens, 31% Labor and 10% the Liberals.

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Nov 8, 2010
Essential Research

Party Best at Handling Issues

Q. Between Liberal and Labor, which party do you think would be best at managing each of the following issues?

  Labor Liberal No difference Don’t know Labor-Liberal difference
Improving wages for low income earners 34% 20% 34% 13% +14
The age pension 27% 23% 37% 13% +4
Executive salaries 22% 20% 44% 14% +2
Unemployment 24% 25% 38% 13% -1
Regulation of large corporations 21% 24% 41% 14% -3
Affordability of housing 19% 24% 44% 13% -5
Jobs going overseas 18% 24% 44% 14% -6
Superannuation 18% 27% 40% 15% -9
Petrol and energy prices 16% 26% 45% 13% -10
Regulation of banks 19% 29% 39% 14% -10
Interest rates 17% 30% 41% 13% -13
Food prices and inflation generally 18% 31% 38% 13% -13
Taxation 18% 32% 37% 13% -14
Government debt 15% 42% 31% 12% -27

The only substantial lead for the Labor Party is on improving wages for low income earners (34% to 20%).

 Liberal Party strengths are in managing Government debt (42%/15%), taxation (32%/18%), food prices and inflation (31%/18%) and interest rates (30%/17%).

Although overall opinions are closely related to voting intention, the Liberal Party generally performs better among its voters than the Labor Party does with its voters. On Government debt Labor voters split 35% Labor/14% Liberal/42% no difference and on petrol and energy prices 37%/2%/50%. (more…)

Oct 11, 2010
Essential Research

Party best handling important election issues

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

Labor Liberal Greens Don’t know
Management of the economy 37% 42% 2% 19%
Ensuring a quality education for all children 42% 31% 4% 23%
Ensuring the quality of Australia’s health system 36% 35% 5% 25%
Protecting the environment 19% 20% 40% 21%
A fair industrial relations system 44% 30% 4% 22%
Political leadership 34% 36% 5% 25%
Addressing climate change 21% 22% 31% 26%
Controlling interest rates 28% 42% 2% 29%
Protecting Australian jobs and protection of local industries 41% 33% 3% 23%
Ensuring a quality water supply 24% 27% 21% 29%
Housing affordability 31% 31% 4% 34%
Ensuring a fair taxation system 35% 35% 3% 28%
Security and the war on terrorism 27% 35% 4% 34%
Treatment of asylum seekers 26% 33% 9% 33%
Standing up for regular Australian working families 44% 28% 4% 23%
Managing population growth 28% 33% 7% 33%
Making sure Australian working people got fair treatment at their workplace 45% 29% 3% 23%

Labor is trusted most to handle a fair industrial relations system (44%), ensuring a quality education for all children (42%) and protecting Australian jobs and protection of local industries (41%).

The Liberals are trusted most to handle management of the economy (42%), controlling interest rates (42%) and security and the war on terrorism (35%).

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Aug 9, 2010
Essential Research

Party Best at

Q. Which of the major parties – Labor or Liberal – do you think is the best party when it comes to –

  Labor Liberal Don’t know Labor margin
Making sure large companies pay their fair share of taxation 47% 25% 28% +22
Looking after the needs of low income earners and pensioners 42% 23% 34% +19
Understanding the needs of the average Australian 43% 28% 29% +15
Ensuring a quality education for all children 42% 27% 31% +15
Handling environmental and climate change issues 38% 24% 38% +14
Handling the economy in a way that helps working people in Australia 44% 35% 21% +9
Ensuring the quality of Australia’s health system  38% 29% 33% +9
Representing the interests of you and people like you 43% 35% 22% +8
Having a vision for Australia’s future 36% 33% 31% +3
Providing strong leadership 33% 33% 34%
Handling Australia’s relations with other countries 33% 38% 29% -5
Handling Australia’s economy 38% 44% 18% -6
Being a stable and reliable Government 30% 38% 31% -8
Dealing with the issue of immigration 25% 43% 32% -18

 Main strengths for Labor are making sure large companies pay their fair share of taxation, looking after the needs of low income earners and pensioners, understanding the needs of the average Australian, ensuring a quality education for all children and handling environmental and climate change issues.

 The Liberal Party is considered to be best at dealing with the issue of immigration, being a stable and reliable Government and handling Australia’s economy. (more…)

Jul 19, 2010
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Party best at Handling Issues

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

  Labor Liberal Greens Don’t know
A fair industrial relations system 45% 24% 5% 26%
Ensuring a quality education for all children 41% 25% 4% 29%
Australian jobs and protection of local industries 42% 28% 3% 27%
Ensuring the quality of Australia’s health system  38% 27% 4% 31%
Ensuring a fair taxation system 36% 28% 4% 32%
Housing affordability 30% 24% 4% 41%
Political leadership 33% 30% 5% 33%
Ensuring a quality water supply 23% 23% 22% 32%
Managing population growth 24% 27% 9% 40%
Security and the war on terrorism 25% 30% 3% 42%
Management of the economy 32% 38% 3% 27%
Treatment of asylum seekers 23% 29% 11% 37%
Controlling interest rates 28% 35% 2% 35%
Addressing climate change 18% 16% 36% 29%
Protecting the environment 17% 13% 47% 23%

 Labor have a substantial lead over the Liberal Party as the best party to handle a fair industrial relations system (+21%), quality education for all (+16%), Australian jobs and protection of industries (+14%) and ensuring the quality of Australia’s health system (+11%).

 The Liberal Party’s main strengths were controlling interest rates (+7%), treatment of asylum seekers (+6%) and management of the economy  (+6%).

The Greens were thought to be the best party for protecting the environment (47%) and addressing climate change (36%). (more…)

Jul 5, 2010
Essential Research

Party best at

Q. Which of the following parties – Labor, Liberal or Greens – do you think is the best party when it comes to –

Labor Liberal Greens Don’t know
Representing the interests of Australian working people 52% (+10) 24% (-3) 5% 20%
Handling the economy in a way that best protects working people in Australia 44% (+8) 33% (-2) 3% 20%
Understanding the needs of the average Australian 36% (+7) 24% (-3) 9% 31%
Representing the interests of you and people like you 39% (+7) 31% (-1) 12% 18%
Handling Australia’s economy 37% (+7) 41% (-1) 3% 19%
Standing up to the big multinational corporations 32% (-) 28% (+1) 15% 26%
Having a vision for Australia’s future 32% (+3) 31% (-2) 12% 25%
Taking Australia forward, not backwards 34% (+5) 32% (-2) 9% 25%
Handling Australia’s relations with other countries 34% (+4) 39% (+1) 3% 24%
Dealing with the issue of immigration 23% (+3) 40% (-1) 8% 28%
Being honest and ethical 18% (-1) 22% (+1) 17% 44%
Handling environmental and climate change issues 18% (-1) 18% (-1) 42% 23%

(figures in brackets indicate change since this question was asked 3 weeks ago)

Labor key strengths are representing the interests of Australian working people (52%/24%), handling the economy in a way that best protects working people (44%/33%) and understanding the needs of the average Australian (36%/24%). The Liberal Party’s strengths are dealing with the issue of immigration (40%) and handling Australia’s relations with other countries (39%).

Perceptions of the Labor Party have improved considerably over the last 3 weeks mainly in terms of economic issues and representing the interests and needs of the community. However, there has been little change in Labor’s figures for standing up to the big multinational corporations, being honest and ethical and handling environmental and climate change issues. (more…)

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