Essential Report

Party trust to handle issues

Jan 30, 2018

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

  Liberal Labor Don’t know   Differ-ence Differ-ence

Jun2017

Security and the war on terrorism 42% 24% 35%   +18 +20
Management of the economy 40% 30% 29%   +10 +15
Controlling interest rates 34% 30% 36%   +4 +10
Managing population growth 30% 27% 43%   +3 +6
Treatment of asylum seekers 32% 31% 37%   +1 +1
Ensuring a quality water supply 31% 30% 39%   +1 -5
Political leadership 31% 33% 37%   -2 +8
Protecting Australian jobs and protection of local industries 28% 38% 34%   -10 -13
Ensuring a fair taxation system 28% 39% 34%   -11 -10
Ensuring a quality education for all children 29% 40% 32%   -11 -11
Ensuring the quality of Australia’s health system 28% 39% 33%   -11 -11
Housing affordability 24% 36% 40%   -12 -12
Protecting the environment 24% 36% 41%   -12 -14
A fair industrial relations system 27% 40% 34%   -13 -14
Addressing climate change 22% 36% 43%   -14 -16

The Liberal Party is trusted more to handle security and the war on terrorism (+18, down 2 since June) and management of the economy (+10, down 5).

 

The Labor Party is trusted more to handle addressing climate change (+14, down 2), a fair industrial relations system (+13, down 1), protecting the environment (+12, down 2) and housing affordability (+12, no change).

 

Since this question was asked in June, the Labor Party has improved its position against the Liberal Party on political leadership (up 10), controlling interest rates (up 6) and management of the economy (up 5).

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