Essential Research: 52-48 to Labor

Essential Research is back at 52-48 after a one week interruption at 53-47, and finds 42% of Coalition voters taking the view that the ABC is biased to the left.

The latest weekly reading of Essential Research’s fortnightly rolling average on federal voting intention has Labor’s two-party lead at 52-48, reverting to type after a blip to 53-47 last week. However, the only change on the primary vote is a one-point drop for the Greens to 10%, with the Coalition steady on 41% and Labor on 39%. Further questions find 22% perceiving the ABC as biased to the left (42% among Coalition voters, and 10% to 13% for the rest), 3% as biased to the right, 36% as biased in neither direction, and fully 40% responding with “don’t know”. Sixty-one per cent of respondents were opposed to Trans Pacific Partnership provisions allowing the government to be sued for policies that cost foreign companies money, with only 10% in support; and 69% thought it likely that same-sex marriage would be allowed in the next few years, compared with only 20% for unlikely. A series of responses on the government’s handling of issues finds it rating positively only on “supporting Australian businesses”, but its stocks have improved markedly since January on all measures except treatment of asylum seekers and environmental issues, with double-digit improvements on health, education and supporting Australian businesses.

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.

1,455 comments on “Essential Research: 52-48 to Labor”

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  1. “When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross.”

    Yeah that’s happening here, now. How far it goes is another thing tho.

    [Anyone who would have the will and the courage to change Australia for the better would likely be assassinated within a year of coming to office, assuming they would even make it to Parliament in the first place.]

    First thing they’ll do is drag you through the gutter, then they’ll come for your family, then maybe you. I know someone who went thru something like that and frankly we’re better off standing our ground and being killed if its gonna come to down to it. But its hard to ignore a threat to your family, or not back down when it happens, it might be harder to live with yourself if something does happen to them. I honestly don’t know which would be worse – backing down or losing someone.

    But every freedom we have is here because people made that choice and took that chance. Some were exiled, some died horribly along with their children, some lived to make it into freer parliaments.

    [Unfortunately, it seem the majority of Australians support locking people up in detention for the crime of wanting to invade Australia and impose their sharia law and Halal taxes on us, while somehow taking our jobs AND lazing around on welfare at the same time.

    Oh and a majority supports tossing out on their ass as stateless persons sole-Australian-citizens on the say-so of the Government’s minister-of-the-day.

    Doesn’t give you much hope for their ability to see a reasoned argument on why Australia is daily descending into fascism.]

    It can’t just be a reasoned argument. It has to appeal to emotions as well, cos this is where the bad stuff is coming from. Emotions like fear, loathing and anger. Emotions are powerful. They make the framework we use to build our rational arguments. Abbott gets this, that is why he is successful when logic suggests he shouldn’t be.

  2. @ jules, 1451

    The most powerful argument that appeals on that sort of level that I can conceive of is the argument of self-interest. That refugees are good for the economy and hence, for us all.

  3. Its not a bad one argument. But I have to get up in a few hours so I have to leave it at that. Good on you for speaking up about it tonight.

  4. Arrnea Stormbringer@1403

    @ Jolyon Wagg, 1395

    Maybe if the self-serving, class-traitor Labor Right hadn’t had the nuts of the ALP National Conference in a vise since the late 70s, the Labor Party would still be a party that the likes of Curtin, Chifley and Whitlam could be proud of.

    That has been undone this year, but I can’t help but wonder if it’s too little, too late. Especially discouraging is the failure of the Left faction to come up with a concrete policy on boat arrivals ahead of the Conference later.

    This comment alone shows the depths of your delusion.

    Chifley took on left wing unions and put troops into the coal mines.

    Whitlam was from the Labor Right and was attacked ferociously at times by the Labor left. He has become a hero of the left only since his period in office.

    I am no friend of the Labor right, particularly the NSW version, but you just mythologise history.

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