Essential Report

Party trust to handle issues

Oct 29, 2019

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

  Liberal Labor Unsure Difference Difference Mar’19
Border Protection 52% 31% 17% +21 +19
Management of the economy 49% 34% 17% +15 +15
Security and the war on terrorism 48% 31% 21% +17 +16
Political leadership 42% 38% 20% +4 +5
Controlling interest rates 41% 32% 27% +9 +12
Managing population growth 40% 34% 26% +6 +10
Ensuring a fair taxation system 39% 43% 18% -4 -1
Treatment of asylum seekers 39% 38% 23% +1 -1
Protecting Australian jobs and protection of local industries 37% 46% 17% -9 -3
Ensuring a quality education for all children 37% 44% 19% -7 -8
Standing up to big business 36% 43% 21% -7 -5
Ensuring a quality water supply 36% 38% 26% -2 -2
Ensuring the quality of Australia’s health system 36% 45% 19% -9 -6
Housing affordability 35% 42% 23% -7 -7
Fair wages and workplace conditions 33% 52% 15% -19 -18
Protecting the environment 30% 44% 26% -14 -8
Addressing climate change 29% 44% 27% -15 -10
Base (n) 1,033 1,033 1,033 1,089
  • The Liberal party is most trusted to handle border protection (52%, 21pt higher than Labor), manage the economy (49%, 15pt higher than Labor) and manage security and the war on terrorism (48%, 17pt ahead of Labor).
  • Labor are most trusted to handle fair wages and workplace conditions (52%, 19pt ahead of Liberal), protect Australian jobs and protection of local industries (46%, 9pt over Liberal) and ensure the quality of Australia’s health system (45%, 9pt over Liberal).
  • Labor have increased the trust gap between themselves and the Liberals in addressing climate change since March of this year – Labour now has a 15pt lead over Liberal on this issue up from 10pt earlier this year.
  • Labour have also closed the gap in managing population growth, with a 6pt lag behind Liberals compared to 10pt in Mar’19.

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