Essential Research: 54-46 to Labor

Labor bounces back in the Essential poll after a brief lull, as respondents mark the government down on the National Broadband Network.

Courtesy of The Guardian, this week’s Essential Research poll has Labor’s two-party lead bouncing back to 54-46, after two weeks at 52-48. Primary votes will have to wait for later. The poll also has particularly interesting supplementary questions this week in relation to the National Broadband Network. Only 24% of respondents expressed support for the Coalition government’s fibre-to-the-node downgrade, compared with 43% who preferred Labor’s abandoned fibre-to-the-premises plan. The network’s failures are attributed to the government by 39%, compared with only 19% for Labor. Fifty-four per cent rated that the NBN would “fail to adequately meet Australia’s future internet requirements”, with 23% saying otherwise. However, 52% thought the NBN had improved their service (presumably where applicable), compared with only 17% who thought it worse and 28% about the same.

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. No wonder some of us old-fashioned types are distrustful of internet records.

    [Employees of the Department of Finance, the Australian Electoral Commission and National Disability Insurance Agency have been caught up in the massive leak caused by a private contractor, along with more than 40,000 private sector workers from insurer AMP, utility UGL and Dutch multinational Rabobank.

    The leaked information included names, passwords, ID data, phone numbers, as well as credit card numbers and corporate information including salaries and expenses, IT News reported on Thursday.

    About 3000 employee records from the Finance Department were exposed, along with 1470 from the Australian Electoral Commission and 300 at the National Disability Insurance Agency.]

  2. [Urban Wronski‏ @UrbanWronski · 1h1 hour ago
    It seems Turnbull hasn’t even got his own Point Piper shack hooked up to the NBN. Hilarious vote of no confidence in his signature project.]

  3. [The ABC understands Mr Parry saw similarities in his own situation and spoke to a Cabinet minister.

    This minister is believed to have suggested he not go public because advice from the Solicitor-General was that other Coalition members like Barnaby Joyce and Matt Canavan would be cleared of citizenship problems. (Brandis?)

    …The ABC understands Mr Parry is upset his integrity has been called into question and angry he is now facing criticism when he was advised not to say anything.

    It is understood he feels betrayed and that his reputation is damaged.]

  4. No, not Brandis. It was Fifield.

    [Andrew Probyn‏Verified account @andrewprobyn · 16m16 minutes ago

    #BREAKING Cabinet Minister Mitch Fifield has told @abcnews Stephen Parry told him a few weeks ago about his dual citizenship concerns ]

  5. Well Rex, I can’t speak for the ALP, but I am watching all the squirming and twisting and turning by the LNP, Greens and ON. Why would I want the fun to stop?

  6. bemused says:
    Thursday, November 2, 2017 at 7:10 pm
    “Well Rex, I can’t speak for the ALP, but I am watching all the squirming and twisting and turning by the LNP, Greens and ON. Why would I want the fun to stop?”

    Well, the obvious inference is that the LNP have ineligible mp’s hidden away, so why doesn’t the ALP simply support an audit and force an election to win Govt ?

  7. William, thank you. Suddenly the blog is working well.

    It looks professional, and is easy to use and understand.

    And it works on pretty much any browser, including Chrome, which I prefer to Firefox and Safari, which I was forced into on the old system.

    Thank you. It must have cost you a huge amount of time and effort, and I salute you.

  8. I have sent out a couple of emails to PB regulars who seem to have got lost.
    Can I suggest everyone else does the same if thy have any contact details?

    My transfer to here was seamless, but apparently not so for others.

  9. Malcolm Turnbull’s straw man defence of Fryberg’s eligibility smacks of desperation to save his position as PM.

    Histrionics regarding Frybergs mother & treatment of Jews by the Facist’s has nothing to do with it.
    Fryberg is either a dual citizen or he isn’t , its easily solved by seeking clarification from the appropriate sources.

  10. A few changes going on here at bludgers I see as I return to Oz but still so much the same. The ABC news “UN calls on Australia to end ‘unfolding humanitarian emergency’ on Manus Island”

    I have an idea maybe the UN could use their new goodwill ambassador Robert Mugabe to become involved to help in this situation.

    I wonder if the UN had not made themselves so irrelevant over the years with their ceaseless political correctness that they may have been taken seriously.

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