Q6. How would you rate the Federal Government’s performance in handling the following issues?
|Total good||Total poor||Very good||Good||Poor||Very poor||Not sure|
|Stimulating the economy to address the economic crisis||63%||29%||21%||42%||19%||10%||8%|
|Handling the economy in such a way as to minimize job losses during the recent economic crisis||59%||29%||15%||44%||18%||11%||12%|
|Trying to find ways to improve the health care system||50%||39%||10%||39%||24%||15%||12%|
|Replacing the Workchoices industrial laws||44%||36%||13%||31%||22%||14%||20%|
|Standing up for Australian working families||43%||45%||9%||34%||24%||21%||13%|
|Balancing the interests of business and Australian workers||39%||43%||5%||34%||25%||18%||18%|
|The school buildings program||31%||56%||5%||25%||29%||27%||14%|
|Introducing an emissions trading scheme||28%||57%||3%||25%||28%||29%||15%|
|Handling the issue of asylum seekers||18%||72%||3%||15%||28%||43%||10%|
A majority of respondents rated the Government’s performance good or very good for “Stimulating the economy to address the economic crisis” (63%), “Handling the economy in such a way as to minimize job losses during the recent economic crisis” (59%) and “Trying to find ways to improve the health care system” (50%).
A majority rated the Government’s performance poor or very poor for “Handling the issue of asylum seekers” (72%), “Introducing an emissions trading scheme” (57%) and “The school buildings program” (56%).
The only issue on which less than half Labor voters rated the Government performance as good/very good was “Handling the issue of asylum seekers” (34% good/58% poor). Comments »
Q. Which party – Labor or Liberal – would by best at the following –
|Labor||Liberal||No difference||Don’t know|
|Being on the side of Australian working people when it comes to issues affecting them at the workplace||48%||18%||24%||10%|
|Handling the economy in a way that best protects ordinary working people in Australia||39%||30%||20%||11%|
|Creating jobs for Australian workers||36%||27%||26%||11%|
|Representing you and people like you||35%||30%||24%||11%|
|Handling the economy||30%||37%||23%||10%|
|Keeping interest rates low||23%||29%||35%||13%|
|Dealing with the budget and keeping government spending down in general||22%||42%||26%||10%|
Just under half (48%) of those surveyed think that Labor is the best party at being on the side of Australian working people when it comes to issues affecting them at the workplace, 39% think Labor is best at handling the economy in a way that protects ordinary working people in Australia.
The Liberal Party score highest in terms of dealing with the budget and keeping government spending down in general (42%) and handling the economy (37%).
In terms of being on the side of Australian working people when it comes to issues affecting them at the workplace, under half (46%) of Coalition voters surveyed think the Liberal Party is best at handling this, 33% of these voters think there is no difference and 16% of Coalition voters think Labor is best at being on the side of Australian working people when it comes to workplace issues. Comments »
Q. How likely do you think it is that Tony Abbott and the Liberals will reintroduce at least some parts of WorkChoices if they win the next election?
|Not very likely||18%||8%||29%||15%|
|Not at all likely||5%||4%||7%||4%|
|Total not likely||23%||12%||36%||19%|
Over half (57%) of Australians surveyed think that if Tony Abbott and the Liberals win the next election it is likely that they will introduce at least some parts of WorkChoices, 23% think it is unlikely and 20% don’t know.
77% of Labor voters, 65% of Green voters and 50% of Coalition voters think that it is likely that at least some parts of WorkChoices will be introduced if Abbott and the Liberals win the next election.
People aged 45 – 55 were more likely to think that if the Liberal party wins the next election, at least some parts of WorkChoices will be introduced (68%), while people aged 65 years and over were more inclined to think it is unlikely some parts of WorkChoices will be introduced if the Liberals win the next election (32%). Comments »
Q. Do you believe Tony Abbott when he says that WorkChoices is dead and would not be reintroduced by a future Liberal Government?
Half (50%) of those surveyed do not believe Tony Abbott when he says that WorkChoices is dead and would not be reintroduced by a future Liberal Government, 22% believe Abbott and 28% don’t know.
Results followed party lines – Labor (75%) and Green (80%) voters were more likely to not believe Abbott, while Coalition voters were more likely to believe Abbott when he says WorkChoices is dead and won’t be reintroduced (50%).
People aged 65 years and over were more likely to believe Abbott (39%) while those aged 18 – 24 were more likely to indicate they don’t know (36%). 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 new Liberal leader Tony Abbott says that the Rudd Government went too far with their industrial relations laws when they got rid of the Howard Government’s WorkChoices laws. Do you agree or disagree?
45% of people disagree with Tony Abbott’s statement that the Rudd Government went too far with their industrial relations laws when they got rid of the Howard Government’s WorkChoices. 37% agree with Abbott’s statement that the Rudd Government has gone too far with industrial relations reform and 18% don’t know.
Results followed party lines – 76% of Coalition voters agree and 74% of Labor voters disagree with Abbott’s statements regarding the Rudd Government’s industrial relations reforms. Green voters were more likely to disagree with Abbott (62%).
Males were more likely than females to agree with Abbott’s statement (41% v 33%). People aged 55 years and over were also more likely to agree with Abbott (47%).
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