This week’s Essential Research poll finds Labor retaining its 53-47 lead after gaining a point last week, with both major parties on 39% of the primary vote the Coalition down a point, Labor steady the Greens down one to 9%, and Palmer United up one to 4%. Further questions relate to the international big picture:
For some reason, there has been a turn to indecision on republican sentiment: for and against are tied on 31%, respectively down two and down 11 since the question was last asked in April, with no opinion up 13 to 38%.
Respondents were asked to evaluate the importance of our various international relationships, with the results little changed since the last time the question was asked in June. The United States, United Kingdom and China headed the pack Saudi Arabia and Russia were included in the list for the first time, but both ranked bottom out of the 10.
Perceptions of the government’s handling of international relations have improved, with 40% saying they had a lot of or some trust (up five) and 53% little or none (down six). Forty-nine per cent professed confidence in Tony Abbott representing Australia abroad, up four, with 47% not at all confident, down three. The government’s handling of the Indonesia relationship was rated good by 32%, up seven, and poor by 39%, down four.
Seventy-three per cent rated the G20 meeting important to Australia’s economy, against only 17% for not important.
On a different note, respondents were asked to identify the three most important achievements of the Whitlam government (without allowing naysayers an outlet for indicating that there weren’t any). Establishing Medibank was first on 68%, with daylight second.