Party Trust to Handle Issues

Dec 1, 2015

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

Liberal

Labor

Greens

Don’t know

Difference

Difference Oct 2015

Management of the economy

42%

21%

5%

31%

+21

+18

Ensuring a quality education for all children

30%

31%

8%

31%

-1

-7

Ensuring the quality of Australia’s health system

30%

30%

8%

32%

-5

Protecting the environment

19%

16%

37%

29%

-21

-21

A fair industrial relations system

28%

34%

6%

32%

-6

-11

Political leadership

40%

18%

7%

35%

+22

+18

Addressing climate change

21%

18%

30%

32%

-12

-12

Controlling interest rates

36%

18%

5%

40%

+18

+14

Australian jobs and protection of local industries

28%

33%

6%

32%

-5

-7

Ensuring a quality water supply

24%

19%

23%

34%

+5

+5

Housing affordability

26%

28%

8%

39%

-2

-7

Ensuring a fair taxation system

30%

25%

7%

37%

+5

Security and the war on terrorism

41%

18%

5%

36%

+23

+22

Treatment of asylum seekers

31%

16%

17%

36%

+15

+7

Managing population growth

31%

18%

9%

42%

+13

+13

Note – Differences are calculated by subtracting Labor % from Liberal % – except for the two issues on which the Greens lead in which case it is Liberal minus Greens.

The Liberal Party is trusted more to handle security and the war on terrorism (+23), political leadership (+22), management of the economy (+21) and controlling interest rates (+18). The Labor Party is trusted more to handle a fair industrial relations system (-6) and Australian jobs and protection of local industries (-5).

Main changes since this question was asked in October have been an improvements for the Liberal Party on treatment of asylum seekers (up 8), ensuring a quality education (up 6), the health system (up 5), the industrial relations system (up 5) and the tax system (up 5).

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