Q. If the Liberals won the election and reintroduced WorkChoices or similar laws, how concerned would you be?
|31 May 10||12 July 10||Total||Vote Labor||Vote Lib/Nat||Vote Greens|
|A little concerned||20%||16%||20%||12%||24%||21%|
Respondents were also less concerned about the re-introduction of WorkChoices than last year. 41% (down 7%) would be quite or very concerned if WorkChoices or similar laws were re-introduced and 47% (up 6%) were only a little or not concerned.
75% of Labor voters and 69% of Greens voters would be concerned. 76% of Liberal/National voters would be a little/not concerned and 15% concerned. Those most concerned were aged 25-34 (47%) and aged 45-54 (48%).
Q. Do you think the Independents in Federal Parliament that are supporting the Government should continue to support the Labor Government or should they switch their support to the Liberal/National coalition? (Question commissioned by Network Ten)
|Total||Vote Labor||Vote Lib/Nat||Vote Greens||Aged 18-34||Aged
|Continue to support Labor||43%||87%||6%||73%||43%||45%||39%|
|Switch support to the Liberals and Nationals||30%||1%||71%||6%||23%||29%||42%|
43% of respondents believed that the Independent MPs should continue to support the Labor Government and 30% thought they should switch their support to the coalition. 27% had no opinion either way.
Opinions closely followed voting intentions – and Greens voters overwhelmingly favoured continued support for the Government.
By age, younger voters tended to favour the independents continuing to support the Government while older voters were more likely to think they should switch.
The Essential Report has been drawing a bit of comment in recent days, notably for failing to chart a perceived collapse in Labor support in week two of the campaign.
We were in the firing line on the Insiders on Saturday, where George Megalogenis noted that ,as an online poll, we have a different methodology to the major poll, so should not be treated with the same level of credence.
It is true that the Essential Poll uses a different model to the established pollsters – unlike phone-polling, we draw on a community panel of about 100,00 votes established by Your Source.
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