Essential Research: 52-48 to Labor

A slight shift in the weekly Essential Research result gives the Coalition its best set of voting intention numbers in some time.

The Essential Research fortnight rolling average records a one-point shift to the Coalition on two-party preferred for the second week in a row, which reflects an unusually strong result for them in last week’s sample. Labor’s lead is now at 52-48, with both parties up a point on the primary vote, the Coalition to 39% and Labor to 37%, the Greens down one to 10%, and One Nation up one to 6%.

Presumably in response to the Margaret Court episode, there are a number of questions on same-sex marriage, which records 60% support and 26% opposition compared with a 62-27 split in August last year. Sixty-one per cent support of the matter being determined by a plebiscite, with 27% favouring a vote by parliament. This compares with 59-25 in August, although Kevin Bonham notes Newspoll had it at 48-39 for a vote in parliament last September. Thirty-four per cent say they would be more likely to vote for a party or candidate who supported same-sex marriage, compared with 19% for less likely.

The poll finds 41% saying jobs on the Great Barrier Reef should be prioritised in a trade-off with jobs in the coal industry, compared with 12% for vice-versa and 21% denying such a trade-off was real. Apropos the Uluru statement, the poll records solid pluralities in favour even of of the more radical of its proposals. The poll also records 41% saying too much is spent on foreign aid compared with 16% for too little, although it also found the median respondent believed foreign aid accounted for around 2% of the budget, compared with a true figure of less than 1%.

We’re also now getting weekly attitudinal polling from YouGov for Fifty Acres, which will in due course expand to voting intention results. Its findings published on Friday recorded 45% support for a new verse for the national anthem recognising the indigenous as the first peoples, with 30% opposed; 53% opposed to a proposed increase in the refugee settlement program to 10,000 a year (no result for in favour was provided); and 52% support for same-sex marriage (no result for opposed was provided).

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. Good Morning.

    Given the different results of Essential compared to Newspoll and that private Galaxy polls on SSM it makes me wonder how socially conservative the sample is.

    I cant see the other polls wording questions in a different way to be getting the opposite result. Its certainly an interesting difference between the different polling methods.

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  4. I forgot to sdd. Maybe the Essential method shows the difference in how resistant the samp
    E is to telling pollsters they have changed their position once having told pollsters their view on the issue before.

    Its of course speculation on my part as I have no explanation for the difference.

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  8. Lizzie

    Yes. When the UK election is about throwing human rights out as election headlines are the same measures Dutton is doing its not going to go well for him

  9. Tony Windsor‏ @TonyHWindsor · 11h11 hours ago

    If our parliamentary leadership jumps to attention every time @4corners exposes the facts what could happen if we had Federal ICAC to help

  10. Lizzie

    The LNP have at minimum to bring in the foreign donations ban. James Clapper was just on ABC news saying they are a sovereign risk to Australia’s Sovereignty.

    Yes the same James Clapper that has just testified as the person in charge of the CIA as the Russian hack of the US election happened.

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  13. Malcolm Turnbull is Prime Minister now. Only he can bring legislation to parliament to ban foreign donations. Thus far he has refused to do it and has said he has no plans to do so in the future. Yet the media want to concentrate on Labor for some reason. It is just getting so ridiculous that the next thing you know they will accuse former PM Kevin Rudd of being a Chinese plant!

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  16. Good morning Dawn Patrollers. Forgive some of my comments this morning. The Australian is in full right wing dudgeon today and Trump has got the better of me!

    The 28-year-old Australian nurse was running to help victims of the stabbing and van attack when she was fatally injured. Yet this dangerous fool of a US president carries on like a child. towards London. It makes my blood boil. Could you just imagine the response in a US city if a similar attack occurred?
    Not satisfied with his efforts on the UK attack he turns his fat little tweeting fingers on the Middle East, probably further inflaming the situation.
    Trump’s Twitter attacks on the Mayor of London reveal how pitiful he really is.
    And now the Trump administration warned Tuesday that it could pull out of the UN Human Rights Council unless the body ends what Washington calls the whitewashing of dictators’ abuses and unfair attacks on Israel. Right after Trump sucking up to Saudi Arabia and Duterte, both champions of human rights.
    Meanwhile Trump surrogate Rex Tillerson got what was described as a “warm” welcome in New Zealand.
    Michael Pascoe with some soothing words about the Aussie economy.–watch-the-game-instead-20170606-gwldsu.html
    Is Aldi engaging in wage theft? If so I hope the authorities come down on them like a ton of bricks!
    Up to half of all Australian teachers are leaving the profession in the first five years, and new research conducted by the Hunter Institute of Mental Health suggests the problem could be in the way the school day is structured.
    Was the Melbourne siege the act of a terrorist? No, he ‘s just a dead crook, says John Silvester.

  17. Section 3 . . .

    Of course The Australian gets right behind Turnbull’s demands to the states to “fix the parole system”. Google.
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    To understand Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Accord we only need to follow the money behind climate change denial.,10369
    The SMH editorial says that crook politicians like Eddie Obied should not get near a parliamentary pension.
    Government lawyers trying to defend President Donald Trump’s travel ban in court might be excused if they decide they are stuck with the world’s worst client.
    Andrew Leigh will warn in a speech today that competition in Australia is getting worse, with too many industries dominated by three or four firms and fewer new businesses starting up as a consequence.
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  18. Section 4 . . .

    Peter Hartcher on the ideals of terrorism.
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    John Quiggin describes asset recycling as the last gasp of a failed model.
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    Elizabeth Knight opines that despite all the fanfare the Adani coal project is no closer to lift-off.
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    Alan Moir reckons Morrison is on the improve.

    A great job from Broelman here.

    Oh dear!

    Cathy Wilcox and the future for the next generations.

  20. Section 6 . . . Cartoon Corner Part 2

    David Rowe has a good understanding of Adani.

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    More from Ron Tandberg with poor Tony Abbott.
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  21. Let’s try again.

    Section 2a . . .

    Here’s Massola on Shorten’s defence of Sam Dastyari if you feel inclined to read it.
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  22. Section 2b . . .

    Pontificating Paul Kelly writes that the world can’t afford Theresa May to fail. Google.
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    Meanwhile Theresa May goes tough tough tough. She is threatening to rip up human rights laws.

  23. William, FYI, even your newest posts aren’t appearing for me if I’m not logged in. Not a complaint, just an observation. Cheers.

  24. Catmomma
    I agree Turnbull is PM now and he can bring legislation to ban foreign donations and/or have a federal ICAC. Gillard and Rudd could have done so too. But Shorten could bring a private members bill to the same effect, offering Labor support. On the evidence available, neither seems likely. For every Driscol or Sinodinos in the Liberal party, there is a Thomson or Dastyari in Labor, not to mention Obeid.

    Not that the minor parties are any better. Consider Day and Culleton. Hanson has also worked the system with flying colours. Really at this point, you have to conclude that a significant % of state and federal MPs are self serving and at best unethical, at worst personally corrupt.

  25. Has Marine Le Pen rejoined her party yet?

    My understanding is she never resigned from the Party, just as the leader.

    If so, what was that supposed to prove then when she was running to be LEADER of France!?!

  26. Thanks BK. I have mostly given up reading news on Trump, which will only inflame. Of course the Comey evidence will be interesting, but I cannot see the Republicans letting Trump face the music unless the political damage is so bad it would cost them the mid term elections.

  27. From what I heard on ABC radio about the Four Corners story last night —

    1. Sam Dastyari made a number (I’ve heard two and four) approaches to the Department of Immigration on behalf of the donor.

    Sorry, can’t see anything wrong with this. Even if Dastyari knew he was a donor.

    When I worked in an electorate officer, we made numerous approaches to the State Attorney General and Police Minister on behalf of a known murderer (uncharged). Unsavoury characters have civil rights, too.

    2. Apparently the same donor said he was going to donate 4oo,000 to the ALP and then didn’t because a stance Conroy took on China upset him.

    As for Dastyari, Conroy might not have known about the potential donation.

    If he didn’t, that clearly shows that Labor was not influenced at all in its policy making by the donor.

    If he did, then that should be a huge plus for Labor, and emphasise how little donations impact on Labor party decisions.

    Either way, the incident is a plus for Labor, but you won’t hear that from the CPG.

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