Essential Report

Party trust to handle issues

Sep 28, 2021

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

  Liberal Labor Unsure Difference   Difference Oct’19
National Security 41% 28% 32% +13 +17
Management of the economy 41% 31% 29% +10 +15
Maintaining international relations 37% 32% 31% +5 N/A
Ensuring the quality of Australia’s health system 35% 38% 27% -3 -9
Ensuring a quality education for all children 34% 38% 28% -4 -7
Housing affordability 29% 38% 33% -9 -7
Protecting Australian jobs and protection of local industries 32% 41% 26% -9 -9
Addressing climate change 26% 39% 35% -13 -15
Fair wages and workplace conditions 28% 46% 27% -18 -19
Base (n) 1,094 1,094 1,094   1,033
  • The Liberal party is most trusted to handle national security (41%, 13pts higher than Labor), manage the economy (41%, 10pts higher than Labor) and maintain international relations (37%, 5pts ahead of Labor).
  • Labor are most trusted to handle fair wages and workplace conditions (46%, 18pt ahead of Liberals), address climate change (39%, 13pts ahead of Liberals), protect Australian jobs and local industries (41%, 9pts over Liberals) and increase housing affordability (38%, 9pts over Liberals).
  • There is little difference in trust between the two major parties to ensure the quality of healthcare or education systems.
  • The difference in trust between the parties is mostly similar to last time this was tested in October 2019.

Politicians Lying

Oct 10, 2011

Q. Which statement best reflects your view:

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
When a politician makes a statement or commitment they should stick to it no matter what 17% 12% 21% 16%
As situations change, it is reasonable that politicians change their positions 47% 65% 36% 61%
Politicians almost always lie – it’s naive to think otherwise 36% 23% 43% 23%

The most common position taken by respondents is that ‘as situations change, it is reasonable that politicians change their positions’ (47%).   Labor voters are the most likely to adopt this position.

Thirty six (36%) of respondents took the view that ‘politicians almost always like – it’s naïve to think otherwise’, and Coalition voters are the most likely to take this view.

Only 17% of respondents felt that ‘when a politician make a statement or commitment they should stick to it not matter what’, with Coalition voters the most likely to adopt this view.

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