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).

Important election issues

Jun 6, 2011

Q. Which are the three most important issues in deciding how you would vote at a Federal election?

Total Labor Liberal/ National Green
Management of the economy 61% 60% 76% 28%
Ensuring a quality education for all children 26% 29% 24% 27%
Ensuring the quality of Australia’s health system 49% 50% 50% 51%
Protecting the environment 15% 17% 10% 52%
A fair industrial relations system 8% 12% 4% 4%
Political leadership 17% 16% 20% 16%
Addressing climate change 15% 23% 6% 45%
Controlling interest rates 13% 15% 13% 6%
Australian jobs and protection of local industries 32% 28% 36% 12%
Ensuring a quality water supply 5% 5% 3% 7%
Housing affordability 16% 16% 13% 16%
Ensuring a fair taxation system 17% 14% 19% 16%
Security and the war on terrorism 8% 4% 13% 1%
Treatment of asylum seekers 5% 3% 5% 12%
Managing population growth 12% 12% 12% 9%

There were few substantial differences between voters on issues they considered important. Compared to the average, Labor voters are more likely to rate addressing climate change (23%) as important.

Liberal/National voters attach more importance to management of the economy (76%) and security and the war on terrorism (13%) while Greens voters are more likely to nominate protecting the environment (52%), addressing climate change (45%) and treatment of asylum seekers (12%).

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Party trusted to handle important election issues

Jun 6, 2011

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

Labor Liberal Greens Don’t know
Management of the economy 29% 47% 3% 22%
Ensuring a quality education for all children 38% 35% 5% 23%
Ensuring the quality of Australia’s health system 33% 35% 6% 25%
Protecting the environment 18% 21% 39% 23%
A fair industrial relations system 40% 31% 4% 24%
Political leadership 26% 38% 5% 31%
Addressing climate change 21% 24% 29% 26%
Controlling interest rates 26% 44% 3% 28%
Protecting Australian jobs and protection of local industries 35% 35% 4% 26%
Ensuring a quality water supply 21% 28% 22% 29%
Housing affordability 26% 34% 4% 35%
Ensuring a fair taxation system 29% 37% 4% 30%
Security and the war on terrorism 25% 40% 3% 32%
Treatment of asylum seekers 19% 39% 11% 31%
Managing population growth 21% 36% 7% 36%

Labor is the most trusted party on only one issue – a fair industrial relations system. There is little difference between Labor and the Liberals for ensuring a quality education for all children, ensuring the quality of Australia’s health system and protecting Australian jobs and protection of local industries.

This represents a weakening in Labor’s position over the last few months. In January Labor was trusted most to handle ensuring a quality education for all children and in October Labor also had a significant lead on protecting Australian jobs and protection of local industries.

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Important election issues

Oct 11, 2010

Q. Which are the three most important issues in deciding how you would vote at a Federal election? (Number from 1 to 3 where 1 is the most important, 2 the second most important, etc)

One Two Three Total Total 10th May 10 Total 25th Jan 10
Management of the economy 38% 15% 9% 62% 62% 63%
Ensuring a quality education for all children 6% 12% 14% 32% 19% 23%
Ensuring the quality of Australia’s health system 14% 21% 13% 48% 50% 48%
Protecting the environment 3% 4% 5% 12% 13% 16%
A fair industrial relations system 3% 5% 3% 11% 10% *
Political leadership 6% 5% 5% 16% 12% 23%
Addressing climate change 4% 3% 4% 11% 12% 16%
Controlling interest rates 4% 6% 7% 17% 16% 15%
Australian jobs and protection of local industries 8% 10% 12% 30% 29% 33%
Ensuring a quality water supply 1% 3% 2% 6% 7% 12%
Housing affordability 5% 4% 8% 17% 17% 14%
Ensuring a fair taxation system 4% 5% 7% 16% 17% 14%
Security and the war on terrorism 1% 2% 3% 6% 7% 9%
Treatment of asylum seekers 1% 2% 2% 5% * *
Managing population growth 2% 3% 5% 10% 14% *

*Not asked

62% of people surveyed rate management of the economy as one of their three most important issues, followed by 48% ensuring the quality of Australia’s health system, 32% ensuring a quality education for all children and 30% Australian jobs and protection of local industries.

Only 11% rate addressing climate change as one of their three most important issues and 6% rate ensuring a quality water supply.   The major change since the previous survey in May, was an increase in the importance of ensuring a quality education for all children from 19% to 32%.

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Important election issues

Oct 11, 2010

Q. Which are the three most important issues in deciding how you would vote at a Federal election? (Number from 1 to 3 where 1 is the most important, 2 the second most important, etc)

Total Labor Liberal Green
Management of the economy 62% 59% 74% 46%
Ensuring a quality education for all children 32% 37% 26% 23%
Ensuring the quality of Australia’s health system 48% 53% 47% 43%
Protecting the environment 12% 12% 8% 27%
A fair industrial relations system 11% 18% 6% 14%
Political leadership 16% 16% 17% 10%
Addressing climate change 11% 15% 4% 35%
Controlling interest rates 17% 11% 22% 12%
Australian jobs and protection of local industries 30% 34% 27% 15%
Ensuring a quality water supply 6% 4% 8% 13%
Housing affordability 17% 12% 16% 20%
Ensuring a fair taxation system 16% 12% 20% 16%
Security and the war on terrorism 6% 3% 8% 2%
Treatment of asylum seekers 5% 3% 5% 10%
Managing population growth 10% 7% 13% 9%

Labor voters are more likely to rate ensuring the quality of Australia’s health system (53%), ensuring a quality education for all children (37%) and a fair industrial relations system (18%) as important.

Liberal/National voters attach more importance to management of the economy (74%) and controlling interest rates (22%) while Greens voters are more likely to nominate addressing climate change (35%) and protecting the environment (27%).

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Party best handling important election issues

Oct 11, 2010

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

Labor Liberal Greens Don’t know
Management of the economy 37% 42% 2% 19%
Ensuring a quality education for all children 42% 31% 4% 23%
Ensuring the quality of Australia’s health system 36% 35% 5% 25%
Protecting the environment 19% 20% 40% 21%
A fair industrial relations system 44% 30% 4% 22%
Political leadership 34% 36% 5% 25%
Addressing climate change 21% 22% 31% 26%
Controlling interest rates 28% 42% 2% 29%
Protecting Australian jobs and protection of local industries 41% 33% 3% 23%
Ensuring a quality water supply 24% 27% 21% 29%
Housing affordability 31% 31% 4% 34%
Ensuring a fair taxation system 35% 35% 3% 28%
Security and the war on terrorism 27% 35% 4% 34%
Treatment of asylum seekers 26% 33% 9% 33%
Standing up for regular Australian working families 44% 28% 4% 23%
Managing population growth 28% 33% 7% 33%
Making sure Australian working people got fair treatment at their workplace 45% 29% 3% 23%

Labor is trusted most to handle a fair industrial relations system (44%), ensuring a quality education for all children (42%) and protecting Australian jobs and protection of local industries (41%).

The Liberals are trusted most to handle management of the economy (42%), controlling interest rates (42%) and security and the war on terrorism (35%).

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