Essential Research: 58-42

No Newspoll this week, but the always dependable Essential Research weekly survey shows Labor’s lead stuck at 58-42. Also featured are prime ministerial approval ratings (56 per cent for, 31 per cent against) and questions on the Productivity Commission’s maternity leave recommendations (trending negative), party leaders’ responses to the financial crisis and government plans to tackle climate change (don’t go far enough).

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. [TONY Abbott wants school students to study more British history because that’s “where we came from”.]
    If you go back far enough, all humans came from Africa. So why don’t we study African history?

  2. I thought something like 40% of Australians weren’t born in Australia. And a majority of them don’t come from England.

    Why do we want to be re-tying ourselves to Britain? I thought we were proud of the fact that we aren’t British or European but Australian.

  3. Nice one James, it’s not even on Newspoll’s site yet.

    Sigh @ The Australian.

    Labor still with an immense lead, approval ratings for Rudd are high and The Australian wastes half the article talking about how Turnbull is better than Nelson.

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