Leader attributes – comparisons

Sep 11, 2018
  Scott Morrison Bill Shorten   Difference
Intelligent 66% 55%   +11
A capable leader 54% 43%   +11
More honest than most politicians 38% 29%   +9
Trustworthy 41% 33%   +8
Good in a crisis 44% 39%   +5
Visionary 39% 34%   +5
Understands the problems facing Australia 51% 48%   +3
Hard-working 60% 58%   +2
Out of touch with ordinary people 51% 50%   +1
Narrow-minded 41% 44%   -3
Intolerant 36% 39%   -3
Aggressive 34% 38%   -4
Superficial 43% 50%   -7
Arrogant 38% 50%   -12
Erratic 29% 41%   -12

 

Compared to Bill Shorten, Scott Morrison is more likely to be considered intelligent (+11), a capable leader (+11), more honest than most politicians (+9) and trustworthy (+8).

 

Bill Shorten is more likely to be considered erratic (+12), arrogant (+12) and superficial (+7).

Reducing carbon emissions

Sep 11, 2018

Q. How important is it for the Federal Government to agree to a policy for reducing carbon emissions to address climate change?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote Other
Total important 69%   80% 62% 95% 57%
Total not important 23%   14% 32% 1% 36%
Very important 33%   43% 21% 63% 28%
Quite important 36%   37% 41% 32% 29%
Not very important 15%   11% 21% 1% 20%
Not at all important 8%   3% 11% 16%
Don’t know 9%   6% 6% 4% 8%

 

69% think it is important for the Federal Government to agree to a policy for reducing carbon emissions to address climate change ands 23% think it is not important.

A majority of all voter groups think it is important – including 80% of Labor voters and 62% of LNP voters.

 

 

Statements about the Government

Sep 11, 2018

Q. Do you agree or disagree with the following statements?

  Total agree Total disagree   Strongly agree Agree Disagree Strongly disagree Don’t know
I have lost trust in this government to function effectively and govern the country. Australia needs a new government. 63% 24%   34% 29% 16% 8% 13%
The new Prime Minister was not elected by the people and has no legitimacy. He needs to go to an election as soon as possible. 60% 27%   31% 29% 17% 10% 13%
Under Scott Morrison the Government will continue to put the interests of big business ahead of the interests of the broader community. 57% 23%   24% 33% 16% 7% 20%
The Government has no long-term plan for Australia’s future 59% 27%   27% 32% 20% 7% 14%
Tony Abbott and his conservative supporters are really running the country now 34% 41%   10% 24% 27% 14% 25%
I’m sick of the major parties changing their leaders. I would consider voting for a third party to send a message to them both. 67% 20%   35% 32% 14% 6% 13%
Labor is the alternative government and I want to hear from them what their policies are – not what is wrong with the Liberal Party 68% 20%   29% 39% 10% 10% 12%

 

 

 

 

A majority agreed with all statements except for “Tony Abbott and his conservative supporters are really running the country now” (34% agree).

There was highest agreement with the statements “Labor is the alternative government and I want to hear from them what their policies are – not what is wrong with the Liberal Party” (68% agree) and “I’m sick of the major parties changing their leaders. I would consider voting for a third party to send a message to them both” (67% agree).

Federal voting intention

Aug 27, 2018

Q. If a Federal Election was held today to which party will you probably give your first preference vote? If not sure, which party are you currently leaning toward? If don’t know – Well which party are you currently leaning to?

  Total   2 weeks ago

14/8/18

4 weeks ago 31/7/18   Election  2 Jul 16
Liberal 32% 36% 36%
National 3% 3% 4%
Total Liberal/National 35%   39% 41%   42.0%
Labor 39%   37% 36%   34.7%
Greens 10% 10% 10% 10.2%
Nick Xenophon Team 2% 1% 1%
Pauline Hanson’s One Nation 7% 6% 6%
Other/Independent 7% 7% 6% 13.1%
2 party preferred
Liberal National 45%   48% 49%   50.4%
Labor 55%   52% 51%   49.6%

 

  1. Respondents who select ‘don’t know’ are not included in the results. The two-party preferred estimate is calculated by distributing the votes of the other parties according to their preferences at the 2016 election.

Attributes of the Liberal Party

Aug 27, 2018

Q. Here is a list of things both favourable and unfavourable that have been said about various political parties. Which statements do you feel fit the Liberal Party?

  Total Change   Jul 2018
Divided 79% +23   56%
Out of touch with ordinary people 69% +5   64%
Will promise to do anything to win votes 68% +4   64%
Too close to the big corporate and financial interests 67%   67%
Moderate 48% -8   56%
Have a vision for the future 43% -9   52%
Have good policies 40% -6   46%
Understands the problems facing Australia 40% -2   42%
Extreme 40% +6   34%
Clear about what they stand for 33% -12   45%
Looks after the interests of working people 32% -5   37%
Has a good team of leaders 31% -14   45%
Trustworthy 30% -4   34%
Keeps its promises 28% -5   33%

 

The Liberal Party’s main attributes were – divided (79%), out of touch with ordinary people (69%), will promise anything to win votes (68%) and too close to the big corporate and financial interest (67%).

 

Main changes since last month were – divided (up 23%), has a good team of leaders (down 14%) and clear about what they stand for (down 12%).

Attributes of the Labor Party

Aug 27, 2018

Q. And which statements do you feel fit the Labor Party?

  Total Change   Jul 2018
Will promise to do anything to win votes 70% +2   68%
Looks after the interests of working people 55% -2   57%
Out of touch with ordinary people 51% +3   48%
Moderate 50% -3   53%
Have a vision for the future 48% -2   50%
Understands the problems facing Australia 48% -2   50%
Clear about what they stand for 47% +1   46%
Divided 46% -10   56%
Have good policies 43% -2   45%
Has a good team of leaders 39% +1   38%
Too close to the big corporate and financial interests 36% -1   37%
Extreme 36% +2   34%
Trustworthy 34% +1   33%
Keeps its promises 30% -4   34%

 

The Labor Party’s main attributes were – will promise anything to win votes (70%), looks after the interests of working people (55%), out of touch with ordinary people (51%) and moderate (50%).

Since this question was asked last month, the only substantial change has been for divided (down 10%).

Party Attributes Comparison – Labor vs Liberal

Aug 27, 2018
  Liberal Labor   Difference
Divided 79% 46% +33
Too close to the big corporate and financial interests 67% 36% +31
Out of touch with ordinary people 69% 51% +18
Extreme 40% 36% +4
Will promise to do anything to win votes 68% 70% -2
Moderate 48% 50% -2
Keeps its promises 28% 30%   -2
Have good policies 40% 43% -3
Trustworthy 30% 34% -4
Have a vision for the future 43% 48% -5
Understands the problems facing Australia 40% 48% -8
Has a good team of leaders 31% 39% -8
Clear about what they stand for 33% 47% -14
Looks after the interests of working people 32% 55%   -23

 

The Labor Party is viewed more favourably in terms of looking after the interests of working people (-23), clear about what they stand for (-14), and not being divided (+33), too close to the big corporate and financial interests (+31) or out of touch with ordinary people (+18).

Approval of leadership change

Aug 27, 2018

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of Scott Morrison replacing Malcolm Turnbull as leader of the Liberal Party?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other  
Total approve 35%   29% 56% 20% 35%  
Total disapprove 40%   50% 28% 56% 40%  
Strongly approve 10%   9% 16% 4% 11%  
Approve 25%   20% 40% 16% 24%  
Disapprove 22%   24% 23% 26% 20%  
Strongly disapprove 18%   26% 5% 30% 20%  
Don’t know 25%   20% 16% 24% 26%  

 

35% approved of Scott Morrison replacing Malcolm Turnbull as leader of the Liberal Party and 40% disapproved.

56% of Liberal National voters approved and 28% disapproved. 50% of Labor voters and 56% of Greens voters disapproved.

Pages:«1234567...451»

Sign up for updates

Receive our weekly Essential Report in your inbox.
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.