Essential Report

Party best at looking after the economy

Mar 30, 2016

Q. Which party – Labor or Liberal – do you think is best when it comes to:

  Labor Liberal No Diff-erence Don’t Know May 2014 diff-erence
Representing the interests of the large corporate and financial interests 13% 50% 23% 14% +41
Handling the economy in a way that best helps small business 23% 36% 27% 15% +5
Handling the economy overall 22% 35% 28% 14% +14
Handling the economy in a way that best helps the middle class 28% 31% 28% 14% -1
Handling the economy in a way that helps you and people like you the most. 32% 28% 26% 14% -8
Representing the interests of you and people like you 33% 27% 26% 13% -10
Standing up for the middle class in Australia 32% 25% 29% 13% -14
Handling the economy in a way that tries to take the interests of working families into consideration as much as it takes the interests of the large corporate and financial groups 31% 24% 29% 16% -10
Representing the interests of Australian working families 41% 20% 26% 13% -27
Being more concerned about the interests of working families in Australia than the rich and large business and financial interests 41% 19% 26% 13% -29

 Labor was more likely to be selected as the party best at all of the items, except for ‘Representing the interests of the large corporate and financial interests’ (50% Liberal, 13% Labor), ‘Handling the economy overall’ (35% Liberal, 22% Labor), ‘Handling the economy in a way that best helps small business’ (36% Liberal, 23% Labor) and ‘Handling the economy in a way that best helps the middle class’ (31% Liberal, 28% Labor).

Since this question was asked nearly 2 years ago, the main shifts have been for ‘Handling the economy in a way that best helps small business’ (8% to the Liberals), ‘Standing up for the middle class in Australia’ (7% to the Liberals) and ‘Being more concerned about the interests of working families in Australia than the rich and large business and financial interests’ (7% to the Liberals).

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