Essential Report

Party trust to handle issues

Aug 23, 2016

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

  Liberal Labor Don’t know   NET NET

Jun 2016

Security and the war on terrorism 39% 21% 40%   +18 +18
Management of the economy 41% 26% 34%   +15 +12
Controlling interest rates 35% 23% 42%   +12 +12
Managing population growth 33% 23% 44%   +10 +8
Political leadership 35% 26% 39%   +9 +8
Treatment of asylum seekers 32% 26% 41%   +6 +4
Ensuring a quality water supply 28% 28% 43%   -1
Ensuring a fair taxation system 30% 34% 36%   -4 -5
A fair industrial relations system 30% 38% 32%   -8 -11
Protecting Australian jobs and protection of local industries 29% 37% 34%   -8 -12
Ensuring the quality of Australia’s health system 30% 38% 32%   -8 -13
Ensuring a quality education for all children 29% 37% 34%   -8 -14
Housing affordability 25% 35% 40%   -10 -8
Addressing climate change 25% 35% 40%   -10 -10
Protecting the environment 24% 35% 40%   -11 -12

The Liberal Party is trusted more to handle security and the war on terrorism (+18), management of the economy (+15) and controlling interest rates (+12).

The Labor Party is trusted more to handle protecting the environment (-11), addressing climate change (-10) and housing affordability (-10).

Since this question was asked in June, The Liberal Party has improved its position against Labor on ensuring the quality of the health system (up 5) and ensuring a quality education for all children (up 6).

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