Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the job Peter Garrett is doing as Environment Minister?
Just over half (56%) of those surveyed disapprove of the job Peter Garrett is doing as Environment Minister, 28% approve and 16% don’t know.
This gives Peter Garrett an approval rating of -28%.
Results followed party lines – Labor voters were more likely to approve (47%), while Coalition voters were more likely to disapprove (84%). 37% of Labor voters disapprove of the job Garrett is doing as Environment Minister.
Green voters were reasonably split in terms of their level of approval of the Environment Minister – 42% approve and 46% disapprove of the job Garrett is doing.
People aged 65 years and over were more likely to disapprove (82%) while those aged 35 – 44 were more likely to approve (35%).
We asked a similar question in June 2008 asking people to rate the performance of Peter Garrett – 32% rated his performance as very good/good and 47% rated it as very poor/poor. Comments »
Q. Which are the three most important issues in deciding how you would vote at a Federal election? (Number from 1 to 3 where 1 is the most important, 2 the second most important, etc)
|Management of the economy||36%||17%||10%||63%|
|Ensuring the quality of Australia’s health system||14%||17%||17%||48%|
|Australian jobs and protection of local industries||8%||13%||12%||33%|
|Ensuring a quality education for all children||5%||8%||10%||23%|
|Ensuring a fair taxation system||4%||5%||9%||18%|
|Protecting the environment||4%||7%||5%||16%|
|Addressing climate change||6%||5%||5%||16%|
|Controlling interest rates||3%||6%||6%||15%|
|Ensuring a quality water supply||3%||4%||5%||12%|
|A fair industrial relations system||3%||4%||3%||10%|
|Security and the war on terrorism||2%||4%||3%||9%|
63% of people surveyed rate management of the economy as one of their three most important issues, followed by 48% that rate ensuring the quality of Australia’s health system and 33% that rate Australian jobs and protection of local industries as one of their three most important issues.
10% rate a fair industrial relations system as one of their three most important issues that would decide how they vote in a Federal election and 9% rate security and the war on terrorism. Comments »
Q. Which party do you think is best at handling each of the following issues?
|Labor||Liberal||Labor margin||No difference||Don’t know||Labor margin Oct 09|
|A fair industrial relations system||42%||23%||+19%||19%||16%||+27%|
|Addressing climate change||35%||16%||+19%||29%||19%||+18%|
|Protecting the environment||32%||15%||+17%||34%||19%||+21%|
|Australian jobs and protection of local industries||35%||22%||+13%||26%||17%||+17%|
|Ensuring a quality education for all children||32%||20%||+12%||32%||17%||+17%|
|Ensuring a quality water supply||24%||17%||+7%||38%||20%||+13%|
|Ensuring the quality of Australia’s health system||27%||21%||+6%||34%||19%||+10%|
|Ensuring a fair taxation system||30%||24%||+6%||28%||18%||+8%|
|Management of the economy||28%||35%||-7%||20%||16%||–|
|Security and the war on terrorism||18%||25%||-7%||38%||19%||+2%|
|Controlling interest rates||20%||28%||-8%||34%||18%||–|
Labor has its strongest lead over the Liberal Party when it comes to a fair industrial relations system (+19%), addressing climate change (+19%) and protecting the environment (+17%). Labor trails the Liberal Party in terms of controlling interest rates (-8%), security and the war on terrorism (-7%) and management of the economy (-7%).
Since October 2009, Labor has lost the margin it had over the Liberal Party in some areas, most significantly in the areas of political leadership (-9%), a fair industrial relations system (-8%), ensuring a quality water supply (-6%).
Results followed party lines with Labor voters tending to favour the Labor Party and Liberal voters favouring the Liberal Party. Comments »
Q. The Opposition Leader Tony Abbott recently announced a plan to employ 15,000 people at an annual cost of up to $750 million to work on large scale environmental projects. Do you support or oppose this plan?
Over half (59%) support Tony Abbott’s recently announced plan to employ 15,000 people at an annual cost of up to $750 million to work on large scale environmental projects, 15% oppose such a plan and 26% have no opinion.
Coalition voters were more likely to support the plan (80%), while Labor voters were more likely to oppose the plan (25%). 52% of Labor voters and 70% of Green voters support the plan.
People aged 55 years and over were more likely to support the plan (62%), as were males (61%). Comments »
Read Essential's ongoing research on the public response to Covid-19.
In this week's report:
- Federal government response to Covid-19
- State government response to Covid-19
- Views towards reopening international borders
- Views towards state border closures
- Comprehension and confidence in PM’s plan to ‘safely reopen’ Australia
- Uptake of a Covid-19 vaccine
- Necessity of mandatory vaccinations in specific situations
- Views towards easing restrictions for fully vaccinated people