Essential Report

Party best at looking after the economy

Dec 6, 2016

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

  Liberal Labor No Diff-erence Don’t Know   Diff-erence Liberal – Labor Mar 2016 diff-erence
Representing the interests of the large corporate and financial interests 48% 15% 22% 15%   +33 +37
Handling the economy overall 35% 24% 25% 16%   +11 +13
Handling the economy in a way that best helps small business 33% 24% 25% 18%   +9 +13
Handling the economy in a way that best helps the middle class 30% 30% 24% 15%   +3
Handling the economy in a way that helps you and people like you the most. 28% 30% 25% 17%   -2 -4
Representing the interests of you and people like you 27% 35% 23% 15%   -8 -6
Standing up for the middle class in Australia 26% 34% 24% 15%   -8 -7
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 24% 33% 25% 17%   -9 -7
Representing the interests of Australian working families 20% 42% 23% 14%   -22 -21
Being more concerned about the interests of working families in Australia than the rich and large business and financial interests 18% 43% 24% 14%   -25 -22

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’ (48% Liberal, 15% Labor), ‘Handling the economy overall’ (35% Liberal, 24% Labor), ‘Handling the economy in a way that best helps small business’ (33% Liberal, 24% Labor) and ‘Handling the economy in a way that best helps the middle class’ (30% Liberal, 30% Labor).

Since this question was asked in March, the main shifts have been for ‘Handling the economy in a way that best helps small business’ (4% to Labor) and “Representing the interests of the large corporate and financial interests” (4% to Labor).

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