Essential Research: 51-49 to Labor

Essential finds Malcolm Turnbull increasing his lead as preferred Liberal leader, Anthony Albanese drawing level with Bill Shorten for Labor, and little change in voting intention.

The latest fortnightly result from Essential Research has Labor maintaining its 51-49 lead, with the Coalition up one on the primary vote to 41%, Labor steady on 36%, the Greens steady on 10% and One Nation steady on 6%. Also featured are questions on best Liberal and Labor leader: the former finds Malcolm Turnbull on 28%, up four since April, with Julie Bishop down one to 16% and Tony Abbott down one to 10%; the latter has Bill Shorten and Anthony Albanese tied on 19%, which is one point down since August 2017 in Shorten’s case and six points up in Albanese’s, while Tanya Plibersek is down one to 12%.

The poll also has Essential’s occasional question on attributes of the main parties, which are chiefly interesting in having the Liberals up eight points since November 2017 for having “a good team of leaders”, to 45%, and down eight on the obverse question of being “divided”, to 56%. The biggest movements for Labor are a seven point decrease for being “extreme”, to 34%; a five point decrease for being too close to corporate interests, to 37%; and a five point increase for being divided, to 56%.

The poll was conducted Thursday to Sunday from a sample of 1022; full results can be found here.

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.

2,484 comments on “Essential Research: 51-49 to Labor”

  1. Perhaps proof the press still have some influence. If the TPP increases over the next two weeks ( to labor), they can take some joy. They are no longer important players, but they are players.

  2. Emma Husar MP
    @emmahusarmp

    [I’m a survivor of DV with kids at home. Stalking my house and my family – by sitting in a car with dark windows out the front – is poor form, not in the public interest & dangerous @dailytelegraph. I shouldn’t have to call the police again.]

    Speaking of Murdoch scum.

  3. Peter Lewis of EssentialPoll explains why popularity of an Opposition Leader is a worthless statistic, why conviction outweighs transactions, and why it doesn’t matter for actual voting. He finishes with this…

    The irony is that the platform Labor is preparing for the election is among the most progressive in a generation with increased economic intervention, Indigenous treaty, a 50% renewable energy target, even a republic already announced policy. These may all be dismissed as transactions too, until the point that Shorten gets the chance to exercise power and turn his promises into a program.

    So here’s my positive take on Shorten for what it’s worth. The first Gen X leader of his generation, he will win government on traditional Labor values and govern as a progressive centrist with the interpersonal skills to manage a united and ambitious team with a long-term plan for a fairer Australia.

    Maybe at this point Shorten will win the personal approval of Australian voters. Or maybe not. Because, as results on the weekend proved yet again, it really doesn’t matter.

    • Peter Lewis is the executive director of Essential and a Guardian Australia columnist

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/commentisfree/2018/jul/31/bill-shorten-will-win-on-traditional-labor-values-his-popularity-is-secondary

  4. I hate to be a spoilsport, but the results in Braddon and Longman could well be consistent with a national 49-51 2pp. Especially if you were to adjust the results in the by-elections to take account of:
    1. voters taking advantage of the “free hit” they get against a Government in by-elections;
    2. the reluctance of voters to ditch a new member after one term (or less than one term);
    3. the poor candidates fielded by the Libs.

    The result for the Libs in Mayo was bad, but that’s not really indicative of all that much nationally: eg, any more say that the equally bad result for Labor against Wilkie in Denison (now Clark) in 2016.

    Labor supporters have got every reason to celebrate the fact that the dog didn’t bark in the night in Braddon or Longman. We can now assume that any talk of leadership instability will cease and the party faithful and workers have received a huge boost leading up to the start of the election campaign.

    But the results on Saturday didn’t suddenly make the task of removing an incumbent government in an election any easier. It’s a task that, by my count, Labor has only achieved 3 times out of its last 17 attempts (the Libs have managed 4 out of 11). With the polling relatively close, Labor still has a mountain to climb: even with the potential advantage they will get from the redistributions in Vic and the ACT. Australians are cautious voters, and don’t tend to vote out Federal governments unless they are demonstrably in complete chaos (eg, Labor in 1975 and 2013) or until they have become thoroughly sick of the incumbents: a process which typically takes 3 or more terms.

    Therefore, in my mind, the key question is the extent to which the public see the Turnbull Government as being chaotic. The fact that Turnbull remains relatively popular is possibly a bad sign for Labor in this regard. But a lot can happen before polling day and, as I predicted a few weeks ago, Abbott is now out and about strutting his stuff again.

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  6. Morning all

    Does anyone on PB listen to 2GB?

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  7. Looking forward to watch the trends in the polls over time during this period post-by-elections.
    Will the opinion polls results be totally insensitive to the obvious instability that is rapidly increasing within the Coalition parties as a result of the by-elections?
    … Stay tuned…. 🙂

  8. “So here’s my positive take on Shorten for what it’s worth. The first Gen X leader of his generation, he will win government on traditional Labor values and govern as a progressive centrist with the interpersonal skills to manage a united and ambitious team with a long-term plan for a fairer Australia.”

    That’s perfectly spot on!… Shorten has finally framed the Federal election as a clash of world views: the Coalition old, tired and failed Neoliberalism-Conservatism vs the new, forward-looking, progressive Social Democracy offered by the ALP.

    Funny enough, this massive ideological clash is not coming with the emotional excitement of an “It’s Time” campaign, not with the attractiveness of a prophet-like personality such as that of Gough Whitlam. The advance of the ALP Social Democratic offer for a better, fairer and more sustainable Australia is coming with the calm, strength, determination, hard work of a Professional team that is both united and also humble and sensitive to the voice of the People.

    Perhaps paradoxically Shorten, the listener, will be one of our greatest leaders!

  9. So, the Liberal talking point after the loss of 3 from 3 by-elections they contested is, they weren’t voting against us, they were voting for the S44 candidates. Yeah right, Trickle.

    Sky News Australia
    ‏@SkyNewsAust
    Georgina Downer: The feeling on the ground in Mayo was very much; this is a byelection caused by section 44, it wasn’t Ms Sharkie’s fault, we think she should see out her term and we don’t see the byelection as a question of leadership.

  10. Urban Wronski‏ @UrbanWronski · 51s51 seconds ago

    Hunt reassures ABC listeners that a warrant will be required to access a patient’s health record.
    Most comforting.
    Look how easily this govt got a warrant to have AFP search AWU offices for 10-Y-O records of legitimate donations, just because they wanted to ‘kill Bill” Shorten

  11. Space Kidette‏ @SpaceKidette

    Can someone explain to me what the difference is between Emma Husar going to the Bruno Mars concert and Julie Bishop and co. going to all the AFL games on the taxpayer dime?

  12. Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

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    Cartoon Corner

    David Rowe does it again.

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  13. It would have been nice if Essential had shown the 2PP if Albo was leader.

    My estimate is that it would be something close to 55%-45% to the ALP.

  14. Adrian,
    They won’t get Husar…. but we will get Cash! Michaelia has nowhere to hide, her anti-Democratic behaviour will not be tolerated…. and the court will so hold…. 🙂

  15. mb

    ‘I hate to be a spoilsport, but the results in Braddon and Longman could well be consistent with a national 49-51 2pp. ‘

    Or they could show that Labor’s vote is being consistently under read by pollsters, and is actually in the nature of 53/54.

    After all, we have had a number of by elections now where we were told it would go down to the wire – we were told with Batman, as we were with Longman, that the result wouldn’t be known for days – where it became quite quickly apparent Labor was going to win.

    Of course Labor shouldn’t rest on its laurels and assume the game is in the bag. And, of course, black swan events come along and upset everyone’s predictions.

    The only reason, however, that I was in any doubt about Batman, Longman or Braddon was because the media told me things were happening which clearly weren’t. The more the media does this, the less I’m going to listen to them. In the case of the ordinary punter, being told Bill is dead when he clearly isn’t might have the same effect.

    And, of course, nothing succeeds like success.

    So there’s another possibility – that the public start to regard Shorten as a winner and decide to back the winning team.

  16. lizzie @ #15 Wednesday, August 1st, 2018 – 7:57 am

    Space Kidette‏ @SpaceKidette

    Can someone explain to me what the difference is between Emma Husar going to the Bruno Mars concert and Julie Bishop and co. going to all the AFL games on the taxpayer dime?

    Oh that’s easy.One is a Minister of the crown the other is a Member of HM Loyal Opposition with special needs.

  17. The front page of.the DT is about Emma Husar going on taxpayer funded Bruno Mars concert in Brisbane, and not having any official duties. Although apparently it is being mentioned on twitter that she did have official duties.
    Anyhoo why haven’t the DT
    Got a front page spread on The actual PM giving 444 million to a foundation that supposedly didn’t even ask for?

  18. “this is a byelection caused by section 44, it wasn’t Ms Sharkie’s fault”

    Thanks for the quote C@tmomma. So, before the by-election Sharkie was “sloppy”, “unprofessional”…. perhaps even a “liar”…. Now, “it wasn’t Ms Sharkie’s fault”…. Ha, ha, ha….. what a bunch of ridiculous clowns…. and they wonder why the People have stopped listening to their mainstream media!

  19. “It would have been nice if Essential had shown the 2PP if Albo was leader.”…. Oh dear…
    Still running in circles?
    The “Albo for leader of the ALP” stupidity can only be supported by Liberal party voters or Marxists looking forward to a collapse of the ALP in the hope of getting hold of a little bit of the dust.
    The Liberals will keep talking about Albo…. because they are sinking and have no other option.

  20. Frankly this conduct alone should sink this fraud of a PM. Meanwhile the attempted to smear Shorten via the ROC regarding a donation made of 100,000, 10 years ago which was approved by the union at the time.
    Seriously twisted!

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    Yes it is. And the Senate inquiry will continue….
    Hugh Riminton
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    This is a staggering story:
    “PM personally approved $443m fund for tiny Barrier Reef foundation” (link: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/jul/30/malcolm-turnbull-present-when-443-million-dollars-offered-to-small-group-without-tender-inquiry-hears?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other) theguardian.com/australia

  21. meher baba @ #8 Wednesday, August 1st, 2018 – 7:31 am

    I hate to be a spoilsport, but the results in Braddon and Longman could well be consistent with a national 49-51 2pp. Especially if you were to adjust the results in the by-elections to take account of:
    1. voters taking advantage of the “free hit” they get against a Government in by-elections;
    2. the reluctance of voters to ditch a new member after one term (or less than one term);
    3. the poor candidates fielded by the Libs.

    The result for the Libs in Mayo was bad, but that’s not really indicative of all that much nationally: eg, any more say that the equally bad result for Labor against Wilkie in Denison (now Clark) in 2016.

    Labor supporters have got every reason to celebrate the fact that the dog didn’t bark in the night in Braddon or Longman. We can now assume that any talk of leadership instability will cease and the party faithful and workers have received a huge boost leading up to the start of the election campaign.

    But the results on Saturday didn’t suddenly make the task of removing an incumbent government in an election any easier. It’s a task that, by my count, Labor has only achieved 3 times out of its last 17 attempts (the Libs have managed 4 out of 11). With the polling relatively close, Labor still has a mountain to climb: even with the potential advantage they will get from the redistributions in Vic and the ACT. Australians are cautious voters, and don’t tend to vote out Federal governments unless they are demonstrably in complete chaos (eg, Labor in 1975 and 2013) or until they have become thoroughly sick of the incumbents: a process which typically takes 3 or more terms.

    Therefore, in my mind, the key question is the extent to which the public see the Turnbull Government as being chaotic. The fact that Turnbull remains relatively popular is possibly a bad sign for Labor in this regard. But a lot can happen before polling day and, as I predicted a few weeks ago, Abbott is now out and about strutting his stuff again.

    Meher

    I think that might have held water as an idea if it were not for the national character of these polls and the media attention.

    I cannot comment on Braddon because I know little about the seat but Longman is like a cross section of Australia. It is not a close or homogeneous community although it has lots of small pockets of such but they are so wildly different that you do not get that local person sort of deal.
    The significant feature was not Labor’s vote, although it held up well. Rather the total and embarrassing collapse of the LNP vote. Sure the candidate was a duffer but a vote below 30% is a very big problem.

    On the other hand Labor should not be complacent.

  22. Zoomster – another possibility is that a lot of voters are on autopilot right now. They want stability after RGRA. But when they are asked to wake from their slumber and vote they look at this govt and go “no thanks”. According to Labor insiders there was a constant drift towards Labor in Longman as the poll got closer. That should worry this govt.

  23. meher baba @ #8 Wednesday, August 1st, 2018 – 7:31 am

    I hate to be a spoilsport, but the results in Braddon and Longman could well be consistent with a national 49-51 2pp. Especially if you were to adjust the results in the by-elections to take account of:
    1. voters taking advantage of the “free hit” they get against a Government in by-elections;
    2. the reluctance of voters to ditch a new member after one term (or less than one term);
    3. the poor candidates fielded by the Libs.

    Nah. You’ve neglected to factor in that PHON preferences are being overallocated to the Coalition, and that pollsters haven’t themselves factored in all the young people who enrolled for the marriage equality survey-thingy.

    53-54 2PP to Labor is more plausible than 51.

  24. Given the unrelenting blatant anti Labor/union tone of just about everything which makes it to air/print this result neither staggers, amazes nor surprises me.

  25. The Holt article (Stephen Holt tells us why Matthias Cormann could be our next Prime Minister. https://www.canberratimes.com.au/national/why-matthias-cormann-could-be-our-next-prime-minister-20180731-p4zulq.html ), making the analogy between Cormann and Gorton, is interesting. It is the only way I can see of the non-rabid members of the GRASPers saving the Nation Building Family furniture. I look forward to the appearance of the Cormannator in a cast off leather jacket.

    What say other Bludgers?

  26. lizzie @ #32 Wednesday, August 1st, 2018 – 8:33 am

    C@t

    Any reaction to the MasterChef final? 🙂

    Don’t tell me the result! 😀

    I nobly decided to go to Sydney and see Thomas Frank, American author and journalist for The Guardian:
    https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/jul/30/donald-trump-worst-politician-ever-on-path-to-re-election-thomas-frank-says

    in conversation with Kristina Kenneally and Wayne Swan. So I forwent the Masterchef Finale, knowing that I could watch it at 1pm today as well. So I still don’t know and don’t want to know until I’ve watched it later on. 🙂

  27. rhwombat @ #34 Wednesday, August 1st, 2018 – 8:41 am

    The Holt article (Stephen Holt tells us why Matthias Cormann could be our next Prime Minister. https://www.canberratimes.com.au/national/why-matthias-cormann-could-be-our-next-prime-minister-20180731-p4zulq.html ), making the analogy between Cormann and Gorton, is interesting. It is the only way I can see of the non-rabid members of the GRASPers saving the Nation Building Family furniture. I look forward to the appearance of the Cormannator in a cast off leather jacket.

    What say other Bludgers?

    You mean like this?

    🙂

  28. C@tmomma@7:54am
    This is the same dynasty girl, who said Brexit is good for UK because OZ can do Free trade deals with UK who dismissed Mayo opinion polls as fake( the only single seat polls which were accurate). My point is her judgement.

  29. Oh dear.

    WA Liberal leader Mike Nahan has revealed his discovery that he is still a US citizen because of an unresolved tax dispute with the country’s Internal Revenue Service (IRS), sparking renewed scrutiny of his leadership.

    Dr Nahan recently returned from a period of leave, during which questions were raised about the eligibility of state MPs who travel on foreign passports or renew a foreign passport while in Parliament.

    In his absence, the Opposition Leader’s staff told journalists he was not a dual citizen.

    But on Tuesday, Dr Nahan moved to “correct the record”, explaining how he had requested proof his application to renounce his citizenship had been approved, only to discover it had not been accepted because of the tax dispute.

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-07-31/mike-nahan-is-dual-us-citizen-embroiled-in-tax-dispute-with-irs/10057092

  30. rhwombat @ #34 Wednesday, August 1st, 2018 – 8:41 am

    The Holt article (Stephen Holt tells us why Matthias Cormann could be our next Prime Minister. https://www.canberratimes.com.au/national/why-matthias-cormann-could-be-our-next-prime-minister-20180731-p4zulq.html ), making the analogy between Cormann and Gorton, is interesting. It is the only way I can see of the non-rabid members of the GRASPers saving the Nation Building Family furniture. I look forward to the appearance of the Cormannator in a cast off leather jacket.

    What say other Bludgers?

    Gut reaction. He talks funny. I can’t see the Libs giving him the keys.

  31. adrian@8:50am
    As long as MSM are in thrall of MT. Their ignored so many of his failures and they will still ignore it because of opinion polls.
    Also, did you notice deathly silence of Rex and Pegasus on this grant scandal?

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