Essential Report

Party Trust to Handle Issues

Sep 1, 2015

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

Liberal

Labor

Greens

Don’t know

Difference

Difference Feb 2015

Management of the economy

40%

24%

5%

31%

+16

+17

Ensuring a quality education for all children

29%

33%

8%

31%

-4

-10

Ensuring the quality of Australia’s health system

29%

31%

8%

31%

-2

-10

Protecting the environment

20%

15%

40%

25%

-20

-25

A fair industrial relations system

27%

35%

7%

31%

-8

-10

Political leadership

32%

23%

8%

36%

+9

+7

Addressing climate change

21%

19%

33%

27%

-12

-17

Controlling interest rates

37%

21%

5%

37%

+16

+13

Australian jobs and protection of local industries

29%

34%

6%

31%

-5

-9

Ensuring a quality water supply

27%

20%

21%

32%

+7

+6

Housing affordability

27%

27%

7%

38%

-6

Ensuring a fair taxation system

32%

28%

7%

33%

+4

-2

Security and the war on terrorism

40%

20%

5%

34%

+20

+19

Treatment of asylum seekers

31%

19%

19%

31%

+12

+13

Managing population growth

31%

20%

8%

41%

+11

+12

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

The Liberal Party is trusted more to handle security and the war on terrorism (+20), management of the economy (+16), controlling interest rates (+16) and treatment of asylum seekers (+12). The Labor Party is trusted more to handle a fair industrial relations system (-8) and Australian jobs and protection of local industries (-5).

Main changes since this question was asked in February have been an improvement for the Liberal Party on the health system (up net 8 points), education (up 6), housing affordability (up 6) and taxation (up 6).

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