Performance of Coalition since May’19 election

Oct 16, 2019

Q. In the six months since winning the election, how would you rate the performance of the Coalition Government as a whole?

  Total Voting Intention
Labor Coalition Greens NET: Other
Excellent 7% 3% 14% 3% 3%
Good 26% 13% 48% 13% 20%
Fair 30% 32% 31% 30% 30%
Poor 28% 45% 5% 46% 38%
Unsure 9% 6% 2% 8% 9%
Base (n) 1,088 343 380 107 130
  • Although just 7% rated the performance of the Coalition as ‘Excellent’ in the 6 months since the election victory, 26% rated it ‘Good’ and a further 30% as ‘Fair’.
  • Men (10% to 4% of women) and Coalition voters (14% to 3% or all other voters) were more likely to rate the Coalition Government’s performance as ‘Excellent’.

Performance of Labor since May’19 election

Oct 16, 2019

Q. In the six months since winning the election, how would you rate the performance of the Labor opposition in the six months since the election?

  Total Voting Intention
Labor Coalition Greens NET: Other
Excellent 5% 8% 5% 7% 2%
Good 19% 30% 13% 22% 7%
Fair 38% 45% 38% 30% 36%
Poor 26% 10% 37% 30% 41%
Unsure 13% 8% 7% 11% 14%
Base (n) 1,088 343 380 107 130
  • Ratings for the performance of the Labor Opposition were broadly in line with the Government, with just 5% rating it as excellent and most rating it as ‘Fair’ (38%).
  • Those aged 18-34 were most likely to rate the performance of Labor as ‘Excellent’ (9% to 3% of over 35 year olds).

Attributes of the Liberal Party

Oct 16, 2019

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

  Total Change

(Aug’18)

Aug’18

(Turnbull)

Nov’17

(Turnbull)

Will promise to do anything to win votes 64% -4 68% 67%
Too close to the big corporate and financial interests 63% -4 67% 65%
Out of touch with ordinary people 60% -9 69% 66%
Moderate 54% +6 48% 53%
Have a vision for the future 51% +8 43% 48%
Divided 50% -29 79% 68%
Understands the problems facing Australia 49% +9 40% 41%
Clear about what they stand for 48% +15 33% 40%
Have good policies 48% +8 40% 45%
Has a good team of leaders 46% +15 31% 37%
Looks after the interests of working people 40% +8 32% 36%
Keeps its promises 40% +12 28% 32%
Trustworthy 39% +9 30% 34%
Extreme 35% -5 40% 37%
Base (n) 1,088 1,035 1,025
  • The Liberal party is perceived as promising to do anything to win votes (64%), too close to the big corporate and financial interests (63%) and out of touch with ordinary people (60%).
  • Since August 2018, there have been improved perceptions that the Liberal Party has a good team of leaders (up 15pts, from 31%), are clear about what they stand for (up 15pts, from 33%) and keeps its promises (up 12pts, from 28%).
  • Over the same time they are also perceived less as divided (down 29pts, from 79%) and being out of touch with ordinary people (down 9pts, from 69%).

Attributes of the Labor Party

Oct 16, 2019

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

  Total Change

(Aug’18)

Aug’18

(Shorten)

Nov’17

(Shorten)

Will promise to do anything to win votes 65% -5 70% 69%
Looks after the interests of working people 59% +4 55% 58%
Divided 55% +9 46% 51%
Moderate 53% +3 50% 52%
Understands the problems facing Australia 51% +3 48% 48%
Out of touch with ordinary people 51% 51% 52%
Have a vision for the future 50% +2 48% 49%
Clear about what they stand for 46% -1 47% 45%
Have good policies 44% +1 43% 44%
Has a good team of leaders 42% +3 39% 39%
Too close to the big corporate and financial interests 41% +5 36% 42%
Extreme 36% 36% 41%
Trustworthy 36% +2 34% 32%
Keeps its promises 35% +5 30% 31%
Base (n) 1,088 1,035 1,025
  • The Labor party is similarly perceived as promising to do anything to win votes (65%) but also looking after the interests of working people (59%) and divided (55%).
  • The perception that Labor is divided has increased since August 2018 by 9pts.

Party Attributes Comparison – Labor vs Liberal

Oct 16, 2019

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

  Liberal Labor Difference
Will promise to do anything to win votes 64% 65% -1
Too close to the big corporate and financial interests 63% 41% +22
Out of touch with ordinary people 60% 51% +9
Moderate 54% 53% +1
Have a vision for the future 51% 50% +1
Divided 50% 55% -5
Understands the problems facing Australia 49% 51% -2
Clear about what they stand for 48% 46% +2
Have good policies 48% 44% +4
Has a good team of leaders 46% 42% +4
Looks after the interests of working people 40% 59% -19
Keeps its promises 40% 35% +5
Trustworthy 39% 36% +2
Extreme 35% 36% -1
  • Though Liberal and Labour are similarly seen to promise to do anything to win votes (-1pt difference), the Liberal party has a stronger image as being too close to the big corporate and financial interests (22pt difference) and out of touch with ordinary people (9pt difference), whereas more people think the Labor party looks after the interests of working people (19pt difference)

Leader attributes – Scott Morrison

Oct 16, 2019

Q. Which of the following describe your opinion of the Prime Minister, Scott Morrison?

  Total Change (Dec’18) Dec’18

(Morrison)

Sep’18

(Morrison)

Intelligent 64% +3 61% 66%
Hard-working 63% +3 60% 60%
Out of touch with ordinary people 56% +2 54% 51%
A capable leader 54% +5 49% 54%
Good in a crisis 51% +10 41% 44%
Understands the problems facing Australia 50% +4 46% 51%
Superficial 48% +3 45% 43%
Narrow-minded 47% +1 46% 41%
Arrogant 44% +1 43% 38%
More honest than most politicians 44% +5 39% 38%
Trustworthy 43% +4 39% 41%
Visionary 42% +4 38% 39%
Intolerant 41% +4 37% 36%
Aggressive 37% +3 34% 34%
Erratic 34% -2 36% 29%
Base (n) 1,088 1,026 1,050
  • The attributes mainly associated with Scott Morrison are intelligent (64%) and hard-working (63%) – the same as in December 2018.
  • Since last year, Scott Morrison is more likely to be seen to be good in a crisis (increase 10pts from 41% to 51%).

Leader attributes – Anthony Albanese

Oct 16, 2019

Q. Which of the following describe your opinion of the Opposition Leader, Anthony Albanese?

  Total Change (Dec’18) Dec’18

(Shorten)

Sep’18

(Shorten)

Intelligent 66% +10 56% 55%
Hard-working 64% +7 57% 58%
Understands the problems facing Australia 53% +8 45% 48%
A capable leader 51% +8 43% 43%
Out of touch with ordinary people 44% -6 50% 50%
More honest than most politicians 42% +11 31% 29%
Visionary 41% +9 32% 34%
Trustworthy 41% +7 34% 33%
Good in a crisis 40% +4 36% 39%
Superficial 39% -8 47% 50%
Narrow-minded 37% -7 44% 44%
Arrogant 33% -13 46% 50%
Erratic 30% -10 40% 41%
Intolerant 30% -9 39% 39%
Aggressive 27% -10 37% 38%
Base (n) 1,088 1,026 1,050
  • Anthony Albanese is also perceived as intelligent (66%) and hard-working (64%), but this perception is greater than Bill Shorten in December 2018 (56% and 57% respectively). Albanese also is more likely than Bill Shorten to be seen as more honest than most (42% to 32%).
  • Albanese is seen as less arrogant than Shorten (33% to 46%), less erratic (30% to 40%) and less aggressive (27% to 37%).

Leader attributes – Comparisons

Oct 16, 2019

Q. Which of the following describe your opinion of the Prime Minister, Scott Morrison / Opposition Leader, Anthony Albanese?

  Scott Morrison Anthony Albanese Difference
Intelligent 64% 66% +2
Hard-working 63% 64% -1
Out of touch with ordinary people 56% 44% +8
A capable leader 54% 51% +3
Good in a crisis 51% 40% +11
Understands the problems facing Australia 50% 53% -3
Superficial 48% 39% +9
Narrow-minded 47% 37% +10
Arrogant 44% 33% +11
More honest than most politicians 44% 42% +2
Trustworthy 43% 41% +2
Visionary 42% 41% +1
Intolerant 41% 30% +9
Aggressive 37% 27% +10
Erratic 34% 30% +4
  • For all opinions, more people felt it described Scott Morrison than Anthony Albanese.
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