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Jun 15, 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 42% 27% 6% 25%
Standing up to the big multinational corporations 32% 27% 13% 28%
Handling the economy in a way that best protects working people in Australia 36% 35% 4% 25%
Understanding the needs of the average Australian 29% 27% 9% 35%
Representing the interests of you and people like you 32% 34% 10% 24%
Having a vision for Australia’s future 29% 33% 9% 29%
Taking Australia forward, not backwards 29% 34% 9% 28%
Handling Australia’s relations with other countries 30% 38% 4% 27%
Handling Australia’s economy 30% 42% 3% 25%
Dealing with the issue of immigration 20% 41% 7% 32%
Being honest and ethical 19% 21% 15% 45%
Handling environmental and climate change issues 19% 19% 36% 27%

The Labor Party was thought to be better than the Liberal Party at “representing the interests of Australian working people” (42% to 27%) and “standing up to the big multinational corporations “ (32%/27%).

The Liberal Party was thought to be better than the Labor Party at “dealing with the issue of immigration “ (41% to 20%), “handling Australia’s economy” (42%/30%),  “handling Australia’s relations with other countries” (38%/30%),  “taking Australia forward, not backwards” (34%/29%) and “having a vision for Australia’s future” (33%/29%).

There was little difference between the Liberal and Labor Parties in terms of “handling the economy in a way that best protects working people in Australia”,  “understanding the needs of the average Australian” and “representing the interests of you and people like you”.

36% believed the Greens were best at “handling environmental and climate change issues” and 45% could not nominate a party best at “being honest and ethical”. (more…)

May 17, 2010
Essential Research

Party Best at

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

  Total Vote Labor Vote Liberal/ National
Labor Party 33% 81% 2%
Liberal Party 36% 2% 86%
No difference 20% 13% 9%
Don’t know 17% 4% 3%

 Respondents were split over party best to handle the economy (in the interests of you and people like you) – 33% nominated the Labor Party and 36% the Liberal Party. Opinion closely follows party preferences. 81% of Labor voters nominated Labor and 86% of Coalition voters nominated the Liberal party. 43% of Greens voters said there was no difference – 34% said Labor and 10% Liberal.

Respondents aged under 35 favoured Labor 31%/28% and those aged 55+ favoured the Liberals 44%/36%. (more…)

Mar 22, 2010
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Party best at looking after Australia’s interests

Q.  Which party – Labor or Liberal – would by best at the following –

  Labor Liberal No difference Don’t know
Being on the side of Australian working people when it comes to issues affecting them at the workplace 48% 18% 24% 10%
Handling the economy in a way that best protects ordinary working people in Australia 39% 30% 20% 11%
Creating jobs for Australian workers 36% 27% 26% 11%
Representing you and people like you 35% 30% 24% 11%
Handling the economy 30% 37% 23% 10%
Controlling inflation 24% 35% 31% 11%
Keeping interest rates low 23% 29% 35% 13%
Dealing with the budget and keeping government spending down in general 22% 42% 26% 10%

Just under half (48%) of those surveyed think that Labor is the best party at being on the side of Australian working people when it comes to issues affecting them at the workplace, 39% think Labor is best at handling the economy in a way that protects ordinary working people in Australia. 

The Liberal Party score highest in terms of dealing with the budget and keeping government spending down in general (42%) and handling the economy (37%). 

 In terms of being on the side of Australian working people when it comes to issues affecting them at the workplace, under half (46%) of Coalition voters surveyed think the Liberal Party is best at handling this, 33% of these voters think there is no difference and 16% of Coalition voters think Labor is best at being on the side of Australian working people when it comes to workplace issues.  (more…)

Jan 25, 2010
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Party best at

Q. Which party do you think is best at handling each of the following issues?

  Labor Liberal Labor margin No difference Don’t know Labor margin Oct 09
A fair industrial relations system 42% 23% +19% 19% 16% +27%
Addressing climate change 35% 16% +19% 29% 19% +18%
Protecting the environment 32% 15% +17% 34% 19% +21%
Australian jobs and protection of local industries 35% 22% +13% 26% 17% +17%
Ensuring a quality education for all children 32% 20% +12% 32% 17% +17%
Political leadership 36% 25% +11% 23% 16% +20%
Ensuring a quality water supply 24% 17% +7% 38% 20% +13%
Ensuring the quality of Australia’s health system  27% 21% +6% 34% 19% +10%
Ensuring a fair taxation system 30% 24% +6% 28% 18% +8%
Housing affordability 23% 19% +4% 38% 20% +9%
Management of the economy 28% 35% -7% 20% 16%
Security and the war on terrorism 18% 25% -7% 38% 19% +2%
Controlling interest rates 20% 28% -8% 34% 18%

 Labor has its strongest lead over the Liberal Party when it comes to a fair industrial relations system (+19%), addressing climate change (+19%) and protecting the environment (+17%).   Labor trails the Liberal Party in terms of controlling interest rates (-8%), security and the war on terrorism (-7%) and management of the economy (-7%).  

 Since October 2009, Labor has lost the margin it had over the Liberal Party in some areas, most significantly in the areas of political leadership (-9%), a fair industrial relations system (-8%), ensuring a quality water supply (-6%).  

 Results followed party lines with Labor voters tending to favour the Labor Party and Liberal voters favouring the Liberal Party. (more…)

Nov 9, 2009
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Party Best at Handling the Issue of Asylum Seekers

Q. Which party do you think would be best at handling the issue of asylum seekers?

%
Labor 23%
Liberal 27%
No difference 37%
Don’t know 13%

27% of people surveyed think Liberal is the best party at handling the issue of asylum seekers, 23% think Labor is and 37% think there is no difference in how the two major parties would handle the issue.

Attitudes followed party lines – Coalition voters were more likely to prefer Liberal (65%) and Labor voters more likely to prefer Labor (65%).

54% of Green, 38% of Labor voters and 24% of Coalition voters think there is no difference between how Liberal or Labor would handle the issue of asylum seekers.

People aged 55 years and over were more likely to think Liberal would be best (36% Liberal to 22% Labor), while people aged under 35 were more likely to think Labor would be best at handling the issue of asylum seekers (27% Labor to 20% Liberal).

Males were more likely to think Liberal would be the party best to handle the issue (31%), while females were more likely to think there is no difference (40%).

(more…)

Aug 27, 2018
Essential Research

Best leader of the Liberal Party

Q. Which of the following do you think would make the best leader of the Liberal Party?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other   Jun 2014 Aug 2015 Mar 2016 Aug 2017 Dec 2017 Apr 2018 Jul 2018
Julie Bishop 23% 24% 25% 28% 20% 4% 17% 12% 20% 19% 17% 16%
Malcolm Turnbull 15% 20% 18% 15% 5% 31% 24% 39% 25% 21% 24% 28%
Scott Morrison 10% 5% 22% 1% 7% 1% 3% 2% 2% 2% 2% 2%
Tony Abbott 9% 6% 12% 2% 17% 18% 18% 9% 10% 10% 11% 10%
Peter Dutton 4% 3% 3% 4% 8% 3% 4% 3% 5%
Christopher Pyne 1% 1% 1% 3% 1% <1% 1% 1% 3% 2% 2% 2%
Someone else 13% 17% 4% 21% 22% 19% 13% 15% 13% 15% 14% 14%
Don’t know 25% 22% 14% 26% 20% 21% 22% 21% 25% 27% 27% 24%

 

23% (up 7% since July) think Julie Bishop would make the best leader of the Liberal Party, 15% prefer Malcolm Turnbull (down 13%), 10% Scott Morrison (up 8%) and 9% prefer Tony Abbott (down 1%). 13% (down 1%) prefer someone else.

 

Among Liberal/National voters, 25% prefer Julie Bishop (up 11%), 22% Scott Morrison (up 20%), 18% Malcolm Turnbull (down 33%) and 12% Tony Abbott (up 1%).

Aug 1, 2018
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Best leader of the Liberal Party

Q. Which of the following do you think would make the best leader of the Liberal Party?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other   Jun 2014 Aug 2015 Mar 2016 Nov 2016 Mar 2017 Aug 2017 Dec 2017 Apr 2018
Malcolm Turnbull 28% 22% 51% 13% 9% 31% 24% 39% 21% 20% 25% 21% 24%
Tony Abbott 10% 9% 11% 5% 18% 18% 18% 9% 11% 10% 10% 10% 11%
Julie Bishop 16% 16% 14% 29% 17% 4% 17% 12% 20% 17% 20% 19% 17%
Christopher Pyne 2% 2% 1% 4% 3% <1% 1% 1% 2% 2% 3% 2% 2%
Scott Morrison 2% 3% 2% 2% 1% 3% 2% 3% 2% 2% 2% 2%
Peter Dutton 5% 2% 7% 10% 2% 3% 4% 3%
Someone else 14% 22% 3% 27% 24% 19% 13% 15% 18% 18% 13% 15% 14%
Don’t know 24% 24% 11% 23% 16% 21% 22% 21% 25% 28% 25% 27% 27%

 

28% (up 4% since April) think Malcolm Turnbull would make the best leader of the Liberal Party, 16% prefer Julie Bishop (down 1%) and 10% prefer Tony Abbott (down 1%). 14% (no change) prefer someone else.

Among Liberal/National voters, 51% (up 6%) prefer Malcolm Turnbull, 14% (up 1%) Julie Bishop and 11% (down 6%) prefer Tony Abbott.

Preferences of men were Malcolm Turnbull 30% (+2%), Julie Bishop 13% (-3%) and Tony Abbott 13% (-).

Preferences of women were Malcolm Turnbull 26% (+5%), Julie Bishop 18% (+1%) and Tony Abbott 6% (-3%).

Aug 1, 2018
Essential Research

Best leader of the Labor Party

Q. Which of the following do you think would make the best leader of the Labor Party? 

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other   Aug 2015 Dec 2015 Mar 2016 Jul 2016 Nov 2016 Mar 2017 Aug 2017
Bill Shorten 19%   37% 12% 18% 7%   16% 13% 15% 27% 17% 21% 20%
Anthony Albanese 19%   17% 27% 14% 20%   12% 14% 14% 11% 12% 11% 13%
Tanya Plibersek 12%   13% 10% 28% 9%   13% 14% 14% 12% 14% 13% 13%
Chris Bowen 3%   3% 3% 3% 3%   5% 3% 7% 3% 4% 3% 4%
Tony Burke 2%   3% 2% 1% 4%   2% 2% 3%
Someone else 13%   5% 17% 12% 28%   18% 17% 18% 17% 18% 16% 13%
Don’t know 31%   22% 29% 23% 27%   36% 38% 32% 30% 32% 35% 34%

 

19% (down 1% since August) think Bill Shorten would make the best leader of the Labor Party, 19% (up 6%) prefer Anthony Albanese and 12% (down 1%) Tanya Plibersek. 13% prefer someone else and 31% don’t know.

Among Labor voters, 37% (up 3%) prefer Bill Shorten, 17% (up 2%) Anthony Albanese and 13% (down 2%) Tanya Plibersek.

Preferences of men were Bill Shorten 21% (-2%), Anthony Albanese 24% (+7%) and Tanya Plibersek 12% (+1%).

Preferences of women were Bill Shorten 17% (-), Anthony Albanese 14% (+4%) and Tanya Plibersek 12% (-2%).

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