Better at managing the economy

Mar 10, 2020

Q Which party do you think is better at managing:

  Coalition Labor Neither Difference (Coalition minus Labor)
The economy to benefit big business 53% 22% 26% +31
The economy generally 40% 31% 29% +9
The economy to benefit small business 36% 35% 29% +1
The economy to benefit older Australians 32% 35% 33% -3
The economy to benefit people living in regional communities 29% 35% 37% -6
The economy to benefit workers 26% 46% 28% -20
  • The Coalition is perceived to be better at managing the economy to benefit big business (53%) and managing the economy generally (40%) than Labor (22% and 31% respectively).
  • Labor is seen as better at managing the economy for workers (46%) than the Coalition (26%).
  • Between a quarter (26%) and a third (37%) of participants believe that neither Coalition nor Labor is better at managing any economic elements.

State of the economy

May 8, 2018

 Q. Overall, how would you describe the current state of the Australian economy?

 

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other   Dec 2016 May 2017 Nov 2017
Total Good 39% 36% 58% 29% 22%   23% 30% 33%
Total Poor 24% 28% 13% 25% 44%   36% 29% 24%
Very good 8% 6% 14% 3% 4% 2% 3% 3%
Good 31% 30% 44% 26% 18% 21% 27% 30%
Neither good nor poor 32% 35% 27% 37% 34% 37% 36% 38%
Poor 18% 21% 11% 21% 28% 28% 23% 17%
Very poor 6% 7% 2% 4% 16% 8% 6% 7%
Don’t know 5% 2% 25 8%   4% 5% 5%

Overall, 39% thought that the state of the economy was good (up 6% from November). 24% thought it was bad (no change).

58% of Liberal/National voters thought the state of the economy was good, compared to 36% of Labor voters, 29% of Greens voters and 22% of other/independent voters.

Trust most to handle the economy

Mar 24, 2015

Q. Who would you trust most to handle Australia’s economy – The Treasurer Joe Hockey or the Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen? 

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other/ Indep-endent

 

Aug 2014

Joe Hockey

26%

5%

62%

6%

14%

34%

Chris Bowen

25%

49%

6%

42%

10%

23%

Don’t know

49%

46%

31%

52%

76%

43%

26% have more trust in Joe Hockey to handle Australia’s economy and 25% have more trust in Chris Bowen. 49% don’t know who they would trust more.

This represents a 10-point shift in favour of Chris Bowen since this question was asked in August.

Managing the economy

Aug 26, 2014

Q. Which party – Labor or Liberal – do you think is best when it comes to:

 

Labor

Liberal

No Difference

Don’t Know

Difference (Labor v. Liberal)

 

Difference May 2014

Representing the interests of Australian working families

48%

17%

25%

11%

+31%

+27%

Representing the interests of you and people like you

35%

27%

27%

11%

+8%

+10%

Standing up for the middle class in Australia

30%

28%

27%

15%

+2%

+14%

Representing the interests of the large corporate and financial interests

9%

59%

19%

13%

-50%

-41%

Being more concerned about the interests of working families in Australia than the rich and large business and financial interests

47%

15%

24%

14%

+32%

+29%

Handling the economy overall

23%

37%

27%

14%

-14%

-14%

Handling the economy in a way that tries to take the interests of working families into consideration as much as it takes the interests of the large corporate and financial groups

34%

23%

27%

15%

+11%

+10%

Handling the economy in a way that best helps small business

24%

32%

27%

17%

-8%

-5%

Handling the economy in a way that best helps the middle class

25%

32%

28%

14%

-7%

+1%

Handling the economy in a way that helps you and people like you the most.

32%

27%

27%

14%

+5%

+8%

Labor was more likely to be selected as the party best at all of the items, except for ‘Representing the interests of the large corporate and financial interests’ (59% Liberal, 9% Labor), ‘Handling the economy overall’ (37% Liberal, 23% Labor), ‘Handling the economy in a way that best helps small business’ (32% Liberal, 24% Labor) and ‘Handling the economy in a way that best helps the middle class’ (32% Liberal, 25% Labor).

Since this question was asked in May, the main shifts have been for “Standing up for the middle class in Australia “ (Labor down 12%), “Handling the economy in a way that best helps the middle class” (Labor down 8%) and “Representing the interests of the large corporate and financial interests” (Liberals up 9%).

Trust most to handle the economy

Aug 5, 2014

Q. Who would you trust most to handle Australia’s economy – The Treasurer Joe Hockey or the Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other/ Indep-endent

Joe Hockey

34%

7%

73%

10%

19%

Chris Bowen

23%

44%

4%

43%

22%

Don’t know

43%

49%

23%

47%

59%

34% have more trust in Joe Hockey to handle Australia’s economy and 23% have more trust in Chris Bowen. 43% don’t know who they would trust more.

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