Essential Report

Party trust to handle issues

Nov 19, 2013

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

 

Labor

Liberal

Greens

Don’t know

 

Difference 19 Nov 13

Difference 2 Sep 13

Management of the economy

21%

47%

3%

29%

-25

-15

Ensuring a quality education for all children

34%

32%

5%

28%

+2

+10

Ensuring the quality of Australia’s health system

32%

33%

6%

30%

-1

+3

Protecting the environment

15%

21%

35%

28%

+14

+22

A fair industrial relations system

34%

32%

5%

29%

+2

+10

Political leadership

19%

42%

5%

34%

-23

-9

Addressing climate change

19%

23%

28%

31%

+5

+9

Controlling interest rates

21%

42%

4%

34%

-21

-12

Australian jobs and protection of local industries

29%

36%

4%

31%

-7

-2

Ensuring a quality water supply

17%

30%

19%

35%

-13

-8

Housing affordability

25%

31%

6%

38%

-6

-2

Ensuring a fair taxation system

26%

37%

5%

32%

-11

-5

Security and the war on terrorism

18%

40%

4%

38%

-22

-11

Treatment of asylum seekers

17%

35%

13%

34%

-18

-13

Managing population growth

16%

35%

8%

42%

-19

-9

Note – Differences are calculated by subtracting Liberal % from Labor % – except for the two issues on which the Greens lead in which case it is Greens minus Liberal.

The Liberal Party is trusted more to handle management of the economy (-25), political leadership (-23), security and the war on terrorism (-22) and controlling interest rates (-21). There are no issues on which the Labor Party is significantly more trusted than the Liberal Party.

Since this question was asked in September, the Liberal Party has improved its position on all issues – especially political leadership (up 14%), security and the war on terrorism (up 11%), managing the economy (up 10%) and managing population growth (up 10%).

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