Party Trust to Handle Issues

Feb 17, 2015

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

 

Liberal

Labor

Greens

Don’t know

 

Difference

 

Difference

June 2014

Management of the economy

42%

25%

5%

28%

+17

+13

Ensuring a quality education for all children

28%

38%

8%

26%

-10

-15

Ensuring the quality of Australia’s health system

28%

38%

7%

27%

-10

-13

Protecting the environment

17%

16%

42%

25%

-25

-22

A fair industrial relations system

28%

38%

6%

28%

-10

-11

Political leadership

32%

25%

5%

37%

+7

+6

Addressing climate change

18%

19%

36%

28%

-17

-12

Controlling interest rates

36%

23%

5%

37%

+13

+12

Australian jobs and protection of local industries

28%

37%

6%

29%

-9

-12

Ensuring a quality water supply

25%

19%

26%

31%

+6

+5

Housing affordability

25%

31%

7%

37%

-6

-4

Ensuring a fair taxation system

31%

33%

6%

31%

-2

+1

Security and the war on terrorism

41%

22%

4%

33%

+19

+16

Treatment of asylum seekers

33%

20%

18%

29%

+13

+17

Managing population growth

32%

20%

9%

39%

+12

+10

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 (+19), management of the economy (+17), controlling interest rates (+13) and treatment of asylum seekers (+13). The Labor Party is trusted more to handle a quality education for all children (-10), ensuring the quality of Australia’s health system  (-10), a fair industrial relations system (-10) and Australian jobs and protection of local industries (-9).

There have been no substantial movements since this question was asked in June. Main changes have been an improvement for the Liberal Party on education (up net 5 points), the economy (up 4) and treatment of asylum seekers (down 4).

Party Best At…

Apr 10, 2012

Q. Which party – Labor or Liberal – do you think is best when it comes to:

 

Labor

Liberal

No difference

Don’t know

Difference

Representing the interests of Australian working families

37%

25%

29%

9%

+12

Representing the interests of you and people like you

29%

35%

26%

10%

-6

Standing up for the middle class in Australia

26%

33%

30%

11%

-7

Representing the interests of the large corporate and financial interests

10%

54%

25%

11%

-44

Being more concerned about the interests of working families in Australia than the rich and large business and financial interests

37%

22%

30%

11%

+15

Handling the economy overall

22%

41%

26%

10%

-19

Handling the economy in a way that tries to take the interests of working families into consideration as much as it takes the interests of the large corporate and financial groups

29%

34%

25%

12%

-5

Handling the economy in a way that best helps small business

22%

40%

25%

13%

-18

Handling the economy in a way that best helps the middle class

23%

38%

27%

12%

-15

Handling the economy in a way that helps you and people like you the most.

26%

36%

27%

11%

-10

Labor was considered best at representing the interests of Australian working families (37%) and being more concerned about the interests of working families in Australia than the rich and large business and financial interests (37%). The Liberals were considered best on all the other measures.

In particular, the Liberal Party was considered much better on representing the interests of the large corporate and financial interests (54%), handling the economy overall (41%) and handling the economy in a way that best helps small business (40%).

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