Essential Report

Party trust to handle issues

Nov 9, 2021

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

  Liberal Labor Unsure Difference   Difference Sep’21
National Security 38% 32% 29% +6 +13
Management of the economy 41% 33% 26% +8 +10
Maintaining international relations 33% 36% 30% -3 +5
Ensuring the quality of Australia’s health system 33% 40% 27% -7 -3
Ensuring a quality education for all children 32% 40% 27% -8 -4
Housing affordability 27% 39% 34% -12 -9
Protecting Australian jobs and protection of local industries 32% 41% 26% -9 -9
Addressing climate change 26% 39% 35% -13 -13
Fair wages and workplace conditions 29% 45% 26% -16 -18
Base (n) 1,089 1,089 1,089   1,094
  • In the time since the fall-out from the government’s AUKUS submarine announcement and Scott Morrison’s COP26 performance, fewer people trust the Liberal party to maintain international relations and handle national security.
  • In September, more people trusted the Liberal government to maintain international relations than the Labor party (37% trusted the Liberals, 32% Labor). Now 36% trust Labor and 33% trust the Liberals.
  • 38% of people now trust the Liberals to handle national security (41% in September) while trust in the Labor party has increased from 28% to 32%.

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