Essential Research: 52-48 to Coalition

Australian politicians: overpaid, and more corrupt than New Zealand’s. On voting intention, steady as she goes.

Essential Research continues its regular Tuesday appearance, with Morgan having moved to fortnightly. Newspoll, one suspects, has been holding off for resolution of the Labor leadership. The latest Essential Research result records only the most negligible change on last week, with the Greens up a point to 10% and the balance subsumed by rounding: the Coalition, Labor and others are respectively unchanged at 43%, 35% and 12%, with the Coalition’s two-party lead steady at 52-48, compared with an election result of roughly 53.5-46.5.

In other findings, 71% of respondents considered the current $195,000 salary for backbenchers too high, against 27% for about right and just 2% for too low; 48% considered George Brandis unfit to review politicians’ entitlements given his recent form, against 26% who think otherwise and 27% who don’t know. Respondents were also asked whether politicians should or shouldn’t be reimbursed for various expenses.

Other questions asked whether respondents considered corruption a problem in various sectors, with government and the media coming off worst. Australian politicians were nonetheless considered less corrupt than those of the US and the UK (though not New Zealand), and especially those of Indonesia and China. A question on lobbying found general support for more regulation and disclosure.

On the question of best party to handle another global financial crisis, the Liberals were favoured over Labor 38% to 29% with 23% for no difference.

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.

3,418 comments on “Essential Research: 52-48 to Coalition”

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  1. Shorten’s challenge is to ‘do a Whitlam’ and recast Labor

    The leadership ballot within Labor Party ranks has recently dominated the party, and so it should. As a long-time party member, I am sure members like the notion of being part of the process of choosing a leader. They are interested and alive to the history-making initiative.

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  2. Will those safety vests on stations save Napthine?

    The fluoro vest and politics have become inextricably entwined. The be-seen, be-safe item of workplace wear has become de rigueur apparel for the politician on the shop floor/big project hustings. But will it also be an unexpected vote winner for the Napthine government?

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  3. On Bandt’s recent tweet, and Abbott, it all reminds me of the Archbishop of Brazil’s Helder Camara’s famous quote: “When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist.”

  4. [I should conclude by saying that the ALP should hold the line on an ETS and challenge Tone to a DD as a carbon price is needed and that debate needs to be won]

    The debates has already been had. You LOST the election.


  5. Hunt in trouble
    The Minister for the Environment says we MUST NOT link global warming to bushfires or harsh summers
    It not seemly7

    If he keeps to this line he and the Lins are in for a hiding

    In Victoria we have had a warm winter and the hottest Sept ever…the bush is ready to burn and there must be a reason for the warms winters here in recent years…and the steady fall in rains

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