Whether Malcolm Turnbull understands issues

Dec 20, 2016

Q. For each of the following groups of people – do you think the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull understands their issues and is likely to act in their interests?

  Understands their issues and is likely to act in their interests Understands their issues but is unlikely to act in their interests Does not understand their issues Don’t know
Students 11% 31% 38% 20%
Working mothers 14% 27% 40% 18%
Unemployed 14% 25% 45% 16%
Casual and part time workers 14% 29% 40% 17%
Full time workers 20% 37% 25% 17%
People on low incomes 11% 26% 48% 15%
People on high incomes 56% 17% 10% 17%
Pensioners 13% 28% 45% 15%
Self-funded retirees 18% 33% 30% 19%
Small business owners 20% 36% 25% 18%
People who work for small businesses 13% 37% 32% 18%
People who run large corporations 57% 17% 8% 18%
People who work for large corporations 34% 30% 15% 20%

57% think Malcolm Turnbull understands the issues of people who run large corporations and will act in their interests and 56% think he will act in the interests of people on high incomes.

37% think Malcolm Turnbull understands the issues for full time workers and people who work for small businesses but is unlikely to act in their interests. 36% think he understands the issues for small business owners but is unlikely to act in their interests.

People whose issues he does not understand included people on low incomes (48%), pensioners (45%) and the unemployed (45%).

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