Leader trust to handle issues

May 24, 2016

Q: Which leader – Malcolm Turnbull or Bill Shorten – would you trust most to handle the following issues? 

  Malcolm Turnbull Bill Shorten Don’t know   Difference
Regulating the banking and finance sector 33% 27% 39%   +6
Supporting Australia’s manufacturing industries 30% 31% 39%   -1
Ensuring big companies pay their share of tax 28% 34% 38%   -6
Protecting the Great Barrier Reef 21% 27% 52%   -6
Funding hospitals 27% 35% 38%   -8
Addressing climate change 21% 29% 50%   -8
Making housing more affordable for first home buyers 23% 32% 44%   -9
Looking after the needs of pensioners 21% 35% 44%   -14
Funding public schools 24% 40% 36%   -16
Maintaining workers’ wages and conditions 21% 43% 35%   -22

Bill Shorten is trusted more for maintaining workers’ wages and conditions (+22), funding public schools (+16) and looking after the needs of pensioners (+14).

Party leader trust most on issues

Aug 5, 2013

Q.  Which party leader – Kevin Rudd or Tony Abbott – would you trust most to handle the following issues?

 

Kevin Rudd

Tony Abbott

No difference

Don’t know

Net difference

Difference for parties

23 Jul 13

Management of the economy

32%

35%

21%

11%

-3

-15

Ensuring a quality education for all children

41%

25%

24%

10%

+16

+9

Ensuring the quality of Australia’s health system

37%

27%

25%

11%

+10

+1

Protecting the environment

33%

22%

31%

14%

+11

na

A fair industrial relations system

41%

28%

19%

12%

+13

+11

Political leadership

37%

32%

22%

9%

+5

-7

Addressing climate change

35%

21%

31%

13%

+14

na

Controlling interest rates

24%

32%

32%

12%

-8

-14

Australian jobs and protection of local industries

32%

30%

25%

13%

+2

-1

Ensuring a quality water supply

26%

23%

36%

15%

+3

-7

Housing affordability

26%

25%

34%

15%

+1

-2

Ensuring a fair taxation system

31%

32%

26%

11%

-1

-2

Security and the war on terrorism

25%

29%

33%

13%

-4

-15

Treatment of asylum seekers

26%

31%

32%

11%

-5

-11

Managing population growth

21%

28%

37%

15%

-7

-13

Substantially more respondents said they would trust Kevin Rudd more than Tony Abbott to handle a quality education for all children, a fair industrial relations system, addressing climate change, protecting the environment and ensuring the quality of Australia’s health system. Tony Abbott is more trusted to control interest rates and manage population growth.

When compared with a similar question about trust in the parties asked last month, Kevin Rudd rates considerably better that the Labor Party on management of the economy, political leadership and security and the war on terrorism.

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