Q. Which party would you trust most to handle the following issues?
|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|
|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|
- 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.
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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In this week's report:
- Performance of Scott Morrison
- Performance of Anthony Albanese
- Preferred Prime Minister
- Views towards re-electing the federal Coalition government
- Party trust to handle issues
- Importance of Australia’s international reputation
- Scott Morrison’s impact on Australia’s international reputation
- Views towards Australia’s international reputation