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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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Oct 5, 2010
Essential Research

The Bride (and Bridesmaid) stripped bare

First Published on The Drum 05/10/2010

New paradigms notwithstanding, the first week of the 43rd Parliament of Australia has confirmed a continuation of the gladiatorial contests that have characterised Australia’s model of presidential politics.

And that means a confronting truth for both Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott: the public’s perceptions of their personal strengths and weakness are central to the success of their respective political projects.

There was a time when character research was a dark art, the province of party focus groups, only dusted of at election time when attacks would be constructed around a candidate’s lack of ticker (read weight) or stubbornness (read age). The modern opinion polling means today it’s all out in the open.

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Oct 4, 2010
Essential Research

Attributes to describe the Prime Minister

Q.  Which of the following describe your opinion of the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard?

  5 Jul 10 4 Oct 10 Difference
Intelligent 87% 81% -6%
Hard-working 89% 82% -7%
A capable leader 72% 59% -13%
Demanding 58% 58% 0%
Arrogant 37% 39% 2%
Out of touch with ordinary people 35% 44% 9%
Understands the problems facing Australia 68% 55% -13%
Visionary 48% 38% -10%
Good in a crisis 61% 46% -15%
Narrow-minded 28% 35% 7%
Down to earth 68% 62% -6%
Too inflexible 26% 36% 10%
Complacent 27% 31% 4%
More honest than most politicians 45% 37% -8%
Trustworthy 49% 42% -7%

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Oct 4, 2010
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Attributes to describe the Prime Minister – Gender difference

Q.  Which of the following describe your opinion of the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard?

  Total Male Female
Intelligent 81% 79% 84%
Hard-working 82% 80% 83%
A capable leader 59% 57% 61%
Demanding 58% 62% 54%
Arrogant 39% 38% 39%
Out of touch with ordinary people 44% 47% 41%
Understands the problems facing Australia 55% 53% 56%
Visionary 38% 38% 38%
Good in a crisis 46% 46% 46%
Narrow-minded 35% 38% 31%
Down to earth 62% 60% 65%
Too inflexible 36% 40% 33%
Complacent 31% 34% 28%
More honest than most politicians 37% 39% 35%
Trustworthy 42% 45% 39%

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Oct 4, 2010
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Attributes to describe the Opposition Leader

Q.  Which of the following describe your opinion of the Opposition Leader, Tony Abbott?

  5 Jul 10 4 Oct 10 Change
Intelligent 70% 71% 1%
Hard-working 76% 78% 2%
A capable leader 47% 52% 5%
Demanding 53% 61% 8%
Arrogant 59% 60% 1%
Out of touch with ordinary people 57% 53% -4%
Understands the problems facing Australia 50% 53% 3%
Visionary 32% 31% -1%
Good in a crisis 40% 42% 2%
Narrow-minded 56% 53% -3%
Down to earth 47% 47% 0%
Too inflexible 45% 43% -2%
Complacent 34% 32% -2%
More honest than most politicians 33% 32% -1%
Trustworthy 33% 35% 2%

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Oct 4, 2010
Essential Research

Attributes to describe the Opposition Leader – Gender differences

Q.  Which of the following describe your opinion of the Opposition Leader, Tony Abbott?

  Total Male Female
Intelligent 71% 70% 71%
Hard-working 78% 79% 77%
A capable leader 52% 54% 50%
Demanding 61% 66% 56%
Arrogant 60% 63% 56%
Out of touch with ordinary people 53% 57% 49%
Understands the problems facing Australia 53% 52% 54%
Visionary 31% 32% 30%
Good in a crisis 42% 44% 40%
Narrow-minded 53% 56% 51%
Down to earth 47% 47% 47%
Too inflexible 43% 47% 40%
Complacent 32% 34% 29%
More honest than most politicians 32% 32% 31%
Trustworthy 35% 36% 34%

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Oct 4, 2010
Essential Research

Comparison of Leader Attributes

 

  Julia Gillard Tony Abbott Difference
Intelligent 81% 71% 10%
Hard-working 82% 78% 4%
A capable leader 59% 52% 7%
Demanding 58% 61% -3%
Arrogant 39% 60% -21%
Out of touch with ordinary people 44% 53% -9%
Understands the problems facing Australia 55% 53% 2%
Visionary 38% 31% 7%
Good in a crisis 46% 42% 4%
Narrow-minded 35% 53% -18%
Down to earth 62% 47% 15%
Too inflexible 36% 43% -7%
Complacent 31% 32% -1%
More honest than most politicians 37% 32% 5%
Trustworthy 42% 35% 7%

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Sep 27, 2010
Essential Research

Welcome to the #politicotragicmedia wankersphere. How can we help?

US Ambassador Jeffrey Bleich was first up, and with him his security detail – two clean-cut, serious, suited dudes scanning the room during Bleich’s presentation on the Obama presidential campaign’s pioneering use of social media.

The dudes didn’t have much to worry about with this crowd, the only real and present dangers being excessively snarky tweets or a tussle over an ipad charger.

The Media 140 ‘Oz Politics’ conference at Old Parliament House last week brought together Twitter commentators, activists, journalists, academics and politicians, collectively known as the #politicotragicmediawankersphere.

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