Essential Research: 53-47 to Labor

In the first new poll of the year, both major parties are up on the primary vote, yet their leaders’ disapproval ratings have shot upwards.

Essential Research is back in business, its first poll for the new year no change on Labor’s 53-47 lead in the final poll last year. Both major parties are on 38% on the primary votes, which is a two-point improvement for Labor and a one-point improvement for the Coalition. Minor party primary votes will have to wait for the publication of the full report later today. In a spirit of seasonal goodwill, monthly leadership ratings find both leaders well up on disapproval – by five points in Morrison’s case to 39%, and four in Shorten’s case to 47% – while Morrison is up one on approval to 42% and Shorten is unchanged on 35%.

As related by The Guardian, further questions mostly focused on the recent far right rally in St Kilda, the most interesting finding being that 48% thought Scott Morrison “demonstrated poor leadership by not immediately condemning the rally, and those who attended it, in stronger terms”, compared with 36% who disagreed. Only 22% thought it appropriate for Senator Fraser Anning to “use taxpayer money to attend the rally”, with 66% saying it was appropriate; 74% felt there was ”no place in Australian society for the use of racist and fascist symbols used by participants in the rally”, whereas 17% were apparently all in favour of them; and that 73% nonetheless felt that “Australians have the right to peacefully protest, no matter how extreme their views”, while 19% didn’t.

The poll also find 63% support for pill testing, although the question was very particular about the specifics, specifying circumstances in which “trained counsellors provide risk-reduction advice informed by on-site laboratory analysis of people’s drugs”.

UPDATE: Full report here. The Greens are down a point to 10%, and One Nation are steady on 7%.

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. Clem, all I have ever said is that it is nationalist, not crypto fascist. Your explanations seem to tilt more to the latter.

    [I do accept that the subtext of my opinion tilts that way also. I must say it suddenly gives me a strange sense of pride about how little damage Pauline Hansen has managed by comparison]

  2. When a British building labourer is being undercut by a Polish worker and he cannot find work, that is not nationalism mate, that is just basic survival. British unskilled workers are not going to Poland for a job, because the pay rates are too low and the conditions so poor. Now this is happening in Britain. it’s also happening in the building trade here. My mate is a brickie, he used to work regularly on Saturdays and get penalty rates for doing so. Now his boss has Burmese workers. 357 visas…skilled workers apparently. Now he never gets called in on Saturdays, the Burmese do… the reason… he pays them a flat $50 a day to work. Nothing to do with racism, or nationalism, it’s just about shithead exploitative employers taking the piss and running down wages and conditions.

  3. clem attlee @ #2006 Thursday, January 17th, 2019 – 8:54 pm

    When a building labour is being undercut by a Polish worker and he cannot find work, that is not nationalism mate, that is just basic survival. British unskilled workers are not going to Poland for a job, because the pay rates are too low and the conditions so poor. Now this is happening in Britain. it’s also happening in the building trade here. My mate is a brickie, he used to work regularly on Saturdays and get penalty rates for doing so. Now his boss has Burmese workers. 357 visas…skilled workers apparently. Now he never gets called in on Saturdays, the Burmese do… the reason… he pays them a flat $50 a day to work. Nothing to do with racism, or nationalism, it’s just about shithead exploitative employers taking the piss and running down wages and conditions.

    And that is an internal issue for the national Government to deal with.

    Why doesn’t your mate notify the authorities if he’s being stiffed.

    There are minimum pay and conditions, if an employer is not adhering to them then it’s up to the Government to deal with it.

    That’s the way it is in Australia and the UK.

    The only place the EU has in this is that it gives member citizens the right to work anywhere in the EU.

  4. Unionism? It is worker for worker. Unfortunately, the unions have been gutted in Britain. Exploitative employers are to blame. I feel sorry for the Eastern Europeans who are living in over crowded squats and getting shit money, but I also understand low skilled British workers who are sick of being undercut. As I said, the same thing is playing out here albeit on an (as yet) smaller scale.

  5. Mate what world are you living in? If he notified the authorities he would be laid off. Brickies are basically on going casuals and always have been. There is no unionization in housing. Unionism has retreated to big developments.

  6. jenauthor says:
    Friday, January 18, 2019 at 12:07 am

    Cheers jenauthor…very interesting…I actually feel better recently than any time in the last 15 years or more…


    Supporting the use of national boundaries as labour market boundaries is nationalistic, dividing people based on arbitrary lines on maps rather than need or capacity. The EU is a labour market union that needs to also be a wage bargaining union and a social security union to even out supply of and demand for labour. The EU is thus the best way to get pay and conditions in Eastern and Southern Europe up to levels they attract Western and Northern European workers.

    Employers sponsored visas are a whole different kettle of fish, they effectively give employers the power of deportation and thus far too much bargaining power and should be scrapped.

  8. OK Clem, piss weak unions but mainly a shitload of nationalist bullshit = Brexit. I have run out of beer, so thanks for the nationalistic outpouring that proved my point.

  9. So do you support the Change the Rules campaign? I know I do. All this has been allowed to happen by Thatcher’s, Blair’s and Howard’s neo liberal labour law agenda.

  10. Question… what have you proved, apart from being a practiced verbaler? As I stated above, I am a Remainer. Can you read?

  11. There is only him, his boss and the two Burmese workers. BTW. they are not in the union and do not care about being exploited. They think they are in nirvana. He has tried speaking with them.

  12. France and Germany are getting ready for a hard Brexit.
    In France

    …about 50 million euros will be invested in French airports and ports… In addition, Philippe announced the recruitment of around 600 customs officers and veterinarians.

    In Germany

    We have a plan for an unregulated Brexit, and we will continue to intensify it.

    Apologies for the rough translations. But the sense I get is that the EU is done negotiating.

    This is a German news outlet, so grain of salt, but a key concern appears to be for Germans living in Britain. Legislation is being completed for Germans living in Britain who want to stay in Britain and British living in Germany who want to stay in Germany. The result would be that Germans staying in Britain would have to become British (in order for Britain to let them stay and work) and this would terminate their German citizenship. British in Germany would have to surrender their British citizenship and become German.

  13. There is only him, his boss and the two Burmese workers. BTW. they are not in the union and do not care about being exploited. They think they are in nirvana. He has tried speaking with them.

    I can see your mate is in a bad place. And if that is life in Britain I can better understand their desire to leave the EU. Thanks for your explanation.

  14. Ha, ha, sorry Late Riser, he is Australian. It is much worse in Britain. Just used him as an example that similar things are at work here.

  15. I’ve been away for a few weeks.

    I take it, from all the Lambie bashing by the Greens here, that she is now perceived as a threat to the Greens in the coming election?


  16. clem attlee, No I got he was in Australia, and his story made sense. It helped to put a face on the British EU problem. Thanks for persevering.

  17. She’s always had those views.

    As someone else insinuated, she’s a clone of Pauline Hanson, although blessed with brain cells numbered in low double digits, rather than being cerebrally mono cellular.

    Her whole political style stank from the beginning of her political posturing.

    Why is she been singled out now, a loser, out of Parliament, particularly by Green supporters who had little to say about her previously?

  18. frednk @ #1904 Thursday, January 17th, 2019 – 9:14 pm

    There is two fundamental problems with beef:
    1) It can kill you.
    2)It wrecks fences.

    Solvable problems:

    1) Don’t go in the bull paddock
    2) Put in decent fences, augmented with electric fences if need be.
    3) Make sure they have plenty of feed and water and shelter.

    And if you do go in the bull paddock, the blokes and dogs up here know what they are doing.

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    Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani on Wednesday moved the goal posts during a stunning CNN interview in which he allowed that some members of President Donald Trump’s campaign may have conspired with the Russian government.

    Washington Post reporter Aaron Blake has taken a look back at past defenses of the Trump campaign’s dealings with Russia, and he found that Giuliani’s admission is the largest departure yet from the “no collusion” line of defense, but it’s far from the only one.

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  22. Pentagon officials ‘unnerved’ after Trump’s national security team keeps asking for plans to attack Iran: CNN

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  23. Trump retaliates against Pelosi by canceling upcoming overseas Congressional trip

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  24. Lindsey Graham’s ‘360 degree turnaround‘ on Trump shows senator is ‘compromised’: congresswoman

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    “Over the last three years, we have seen many times where Senator Lindsey Graham has told us how dangerous this president could be if he was given the opportunity to be in the White House,” Omar said. “All of a sudden he has made not only 180° turn around, but a 360° turn around.”

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