Federal government better at

Aug 11, 2020

Q. Do you think a Federal Government led by Labor or the Coalition would be better at…?

  Coalition Labor Neither
Reducing national debt 45% 27% 28%
Managing the economy 45% 32% 24%
Stopping community transmission of Covid-19 as soon as possible 39% 31% 30%
Working with other countries’ leaders appropriately 38% 34% 28%
Creating jobs 37% 40% 23%
Supporting those in financial need 35% 43% 22%
Improving the education system 32% 41% 27%

 

  • A Coalition government is thought to be better than Labor at governance issues such as recovering the economy from Covid-19 (46% Coalition), reducing national debt (45%) and managing the economy (44%).
  • Elements where Labor is seen to do a better job than the Coalition is in improving the education system (41%), supporting those in financial need (43%) an creating jobs (40%).
  • Across all issues between one-fifth (22%) and almost a third (30%) of participants believe that neither party would be better at any of the listed elements.

Attitude to Bridget McKenzie’s resignation and grant allocation

Feb 11, 2020

Q. The Deputy Leader of the Nationals has resigned for having a conflict of interest in awarding a grant to a shooting club of which she was a member. Which of the following statements do you agree with?

  NET: Agree NET: Disagree Strongly agree Somewhat agree Somewhat disagree Strongly disagree Unsure
The investigation needs to continue to investigate any MP involved in the allocation of sports grants 70% 17% 70% 17% 11% 6% 13%
Giving grants to sports organisations in marginal seats was only done to influence the election result in the Governments favour 66% 16% 36% 30% 12% 5% 18%
The minister’s resignation should be the end of the matter 49% 38% 24% 26% 20% 18% 13%

 

 

NET: Agree   Federal Voting Intention
Total Labor Coalition Greens NET: Other
The investigation needs to continue to investigate any MP involved in the allocation of sports grants 70% 77% 65% 81% 71%
Giving grants to sports organisations in marginal seats was only done to influence the election result in the Governments favour 66% 76% 56% 70% 73%
The minister’s resignation should be the end of the matter 49% 44% 61% 44% 44%
Base (n) 1,056 354 320 113 155
  • 70% of participants agree that the investigation into the Deputy Nationals Leader needs to continue to investigate any MP involved in the allocation of sports grants. Half (49%) of participants agree that the minister’s resignation should be the end of the matter.
  • Coalition voters are more likely to agree that the minister’s resignation should be the end of the matter (61%) than all other voters (44%).
  • Additionally, Coalition voters are least likely to agree that the investigation needs to continue (65%) and giving grants to sports organisations in marginal seats was only done to influence the election result in the Governments favour (56%), than all other voters (76% and 74%).

International relations under a Coalition Government

Nov 26, 2013

Q. Do you think under the Coalition Government, relations with the following countries will improve or get worse?

 

Improve

Get worse

Stay much the same

Don’t know

United States

24%

12%

48%

16%

United Kingdom

20%

11%

52%

17%

New Zealand

19%

12%

53%

16%

Germany

11%

11%

57%

21%

Japan

15%

16%

50%

19%

China

19%

22%

40%

19%

South Africa

9%

12%

56%

23%

India

13%

19%

47%

21%

Indonesia

11%

49%

22%

18%

For most countries, about half think that relations will stay much the same. The exceptions were China (19% improve, 22% get worse) and Indonesia (11% improve, 49% get worse).

Respondents were more likely to think that relations with the United States, New Zealand and United Kingdom would improve.

The main differences by party preference were for China (Labor 7% improve/38% get worse compared to Lib/Nat 33% improve/6% get worse) and Indonesia (Labor 4% improve/68% get worse compared to Lib/Nat 21% improve/31% get worse).

Party trust to handle issues

Sep 2, 2013

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

 

Labor

Liberal

Greens

Don’t know

 

Difference 2 Sep 13

Difference 23 Jul 13

Management of the economy

32%

47%

4%

18%

-15

-15

Ensuring a quality education for all children

42%

32%

8%

19%

+10

+9

Ensuring the quality of Australia’s health system

37%

34%

8%

21%

+3

+1

Protecting the environment

19%

21%

43%

17%

+22

+18

A fair industrial relations system

41%

31%

7%

21%

+10

+11

Political leadership

31%

40%

6%

23%

-9

-7

Addressing climate change

24%

23%

32%

21%

+9

+7

Controlling interest rates

29%

41%

4%

26%

-12

-14

Australian jobs and protection of local industries

38%

36%

5%

21%

-2

-1

Ensuring a quality water supply

22%

30%

22%

26%

-8

-7

Housing affordability

30%

32%

7%

31%

-2

-2

Ensuring a fair taxation system

32%

37%

6%

26%

-5

-2

Security and the war on terrorism

27%

38%

5%

30%

-11

-15

Treatment of asylum seekers

23%

36%

16%

26%

-13

-11

Managing population growth

24%

33%

9%

34%

-9

-13

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 Labor Party is trusted more to handle a quality education for all children (+10) and a fair industrial relations system (+10).

The Liberal Party is trusted more to handle management of the economy (-15), treatment of asylum seekers (-13), controlling interest rates (-12) and security and the war on terrorism (-11).

There have been no major changes since this question was last asked in July.

Party attributes comparison – Labor vs Liberal

Aug 19, 2013
 

Labor

Liberal

Difference

Divided

66%

31%

+35

Looks after the interests of working people

53%

36%

+17

Have good policies

46%

38%

+8

Understands the problems facing Australia

50%

48%

+2

Will promise to do anything to win votes

65%

65%

Moderate

48%

48%

Has a good team of leaders

36%

36%

Trustworthy

30%

30%

Have a vision for the future

49%

51%

-2

Extreme

34%

39%

-5

Keeps its promises

27%

32%

-5

Out of touch with ordinary people

51%

58%

-7

Clear about what they stand for

38%

45%

-7

Too close to the big corporate and financial interests

31%

60%

-29

The Labor Party is viewed more favourably than the Liberal Party in terms of looking after the interest of working people, being too close to the big corporate and financial interests, having good policies and less out of touch with ordinary people.

The Liberal Party is seen more favourably in terms of being divided and clear about what they stand for.

NBN

Apr 15, 2013

Q. The Government’s NBN (National Broadband Network) is a fast, high capacity fibre network to the home reaching 93% of Australian homes and businesses.

The Coalition has proposed a broadband plan in which the NBN would be replaced with broadband fibre to local “nodes” (or exchanges) and the existing telephone copper network would connect the rest of the way to homes. This would mean slower broadband speeds than the NBN but cost less to build. Do you support the Government’s or the Coalition’s broadband policy?

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Support Government’s policy

54%

83%

31%

74%

Support the Coalition’s policy

23%

4%

46%

7%

Don’t know

23%

12%

23%

19%

54% support the Government’s broadband policy and 23% support the Coalition’s policy.

For those aged 18-34, 61% support the Government’s policy and 15% support the Coalition’s. 51% of those aged 35-54 and 49% of those aged 55+ support the Government’s policy.

Will the Coalition deliver a surplus

Feb 5, 2013

Q. Do you think that if Tony Abbott and Coalition win the next election, they will deliver a budget surplus in their first year of Government?

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Probably will deliver a surplus

19%

10%

31%

14%

Probably won’t deliver a surplus

60%

74%

52%

66%

Don’t know

20%

16%

18%

20%

60% think that if Tony Abbott and Coalition win the next election, they probably won’t deliver a budget surplus in their first year of Government and 19% think they probably will.

A majority of all demographic and voter groups (including Liberal/National voters) think the Coalition will probably not deliver a surplus in their first year if elected.

Better or Worse off under Liberal Government

Aug 28, 2012

Q. Do you think you personally would be better off or worse off financially if Tony Abbott and the Liberals were in Government?

 

Total

Vote

Labor

Vote

Lib/Nat

Vote

Greens

Total better off

30%

4%

64%

6%

Total worse off

32%

69%

3%

52%

A lot better off

10%

1%

22%

A little better off

20%

3%

42%

6%

Make no difference

24%

18%

27%

21%

A little worse off

10%

19%

2%

11%

A lot worse off

22%

50%

1%

41%

No opinion

14%

9%

6%

21%

30% of respondents think they would be personally better off financially if the Liberals were in Government and 32% think they would be financially worse off. 24% think it would make no difference to them financially.

Respondents aged 45-64 thought they would be more likely to be worse off (32% better/40% worse) while for those aged 65+, 47% thought they would be better off and 24% worse off.

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