Burson-Marsteller: minds made up

Not entirely sure what to make of this, but I have received a media release giving results from a Burson-Marsteller survey of 1156 voters conducted on Friday. Respondents were asked if they had firmly decided who they will vote for, to which 77 per cent answered yes. Of that 77 per cent, 56 per cent said they would vote Labor and only 34 per cent would vote Coalition. For the purposes of tying up loose ends, I also note reports on the weekend that an IPSOS Mackay poll indicated that Labor had taken a lead on the question of who would better manage the economy, by 39 per cent to 36 per cent.

Author: William Bowe

William Bowe is a Perth-based election analyst and occasional teacher of political science. His blog, The Poll Bludger, has existed in one form or another since 2004, and is one of the most heavily trafficked websites on Australian politics.

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  1. Does anyone gives a rats what Milne says. If Howard looses then Milne’s career will be over because the only interview he’ll be able to get in Canberra will be with the new shadow minister for Fisheries.

  2. There is a new thread up.

    Quite frankly everything I read tells me that the longer Howard leaves the election the deeper in trouble he will get. The Adelaide Advertiser started talking about baseball bats.

    “STRUGGLING families are ready to take a baseball bat to John Howard over rising interest rates and believe the Coalition has “lost touch” with the public.”

  3. Do you think there are any Coalition parliamentarians who think of Howard nowadays as “a lying c*nt with a limited future”? Now that’s an insult!”

    LOL… that’s probably the most anti-climatic insult ever.

  4. “WTF?? Explain your slander Just Me???”

    Fear and Loathing, Glen. Fear and Loathing. Surely you haven’t forgotten Hanson, One Nation, racism, xenophobia etc culminating in the Tampa siege and the Pacific Solution. And, of course, the continued internment of Boat People.

    No PM apart from Hughes has seriously ignited such xenophobic fears.

  5. Glen:

    I read “Underground” last November and quite enjoyed it too. The notion of nobody wanting to play the Aussies at cricket except the US Forces was inspired satire – pity Aussie authors don’t excel at this type of writing more often.

    People “nostalgic” for the Joh years in Queensland ought to track down a copy of “Last Drinks” too.

  6. Member of Parliament making speech: ” Blah blah blah….. I know because I am a country member.”
    Response [allegedly Gough]: “Yes, I remember.”

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    Adam Says:
    August 28th, 2007 at 12:08 am
    Can someone tell me in one sentence and words of one syllable what a hedge fund is?

    A pool in which the rich put their cash to work.

    That’s the best I can do (thanks to the miracle of Wikipedia) using only monosyllables.

  8. “Mr Luntz obviously knows little of Australian political culture.”

    He just doesn’t understand the Westminster system as practiced in Australia. It is, by its nature, adversarial.

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    Adam Says:
    August 28th, 2007 at 12:08 am
    Can someone tell me in one sentence and words of one syllable what a hedge fund is?

    Adam, a hedge fund is a managed fund of money that is moved around into different markets (mining companies, gold, currencies, real-estate, investment banking, retail outlets, etc etc) by money managers trying to maximize the profit over short periods of time. It is never designed with the view of cashing in on dividends (a managed return), but to buy an asset (whatever the asset is, share/gold/currency) and sell that asset at a higher price.

  10. Adam

    It’s not just an adversarial system, it’s an Australian adversarial system. QT in the House of Commons is astonishingly civilised compared to the Reps. No-one would dream of saying the stuff that gets said in Australian parliaments.

    Could that be because Australian Parliament has more “Questions without notice” ? Possibly it leads to a culture of more adversarial debate?

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