Essential Research: 52-48 to Labor

More evidence of a narrowing trend federally from Essential Research, albeit based on small shifts in the primary vote.

The Guardian reports the first result from Essential Research in three weeks has Labor’s two-party lead at 52-48, down from 53-47 last time. The changes on the primary vote are slight, with the Coalition up a point to 38% and Labor steady on 36% (CORRECTION: the Coalition is steady, and Labor down two). The Guardian report notes that Essential has changed the provider of the online panel from which its respondents are drawn from YourSource to Qualtrics, without changing the underlying methodology. Perhaps relatedly, the sample size is identified as 1652, where in the past it has been a little over 1000. The Guardian provides no further findings from attitudinal questions – we’ll see if the release of the main report later today provides anything on that front, along with the minor party primary votes.

UPDATE: Full report here. No change for the minor parties, with the Greens on 10% and One Nation on 7%. The poll was conducted between January 23 and January 31 – I’m not sure if this was a contingency for the long weekend, but in the past Essential’s field work dates have been Thursday to Sunday. Other findings:

• When presented with a number of explanations for a lack of gender parity in politics, the most favoured responses relate to the failures of political parties, and the least favoured relates to “experience and skills”. Gender quotas for parties have 46% support and 40% opposition, with age interestingly more determinative of attitudes here than gender.

• There are a number of questions on Australia Day, the most useful of which is a finding that 52% support a separate national day to recognise indigenous Australians, including 15% who want that day to replace Australia Day, with 40% opposed.

• Respondents were presented with various groups and asked who they felt they would prefer to see win the election. The most interesting findings are that the media was perceived as favouring the Coalition by 32% and 25%; that despite all the recent talk, pensioners were perceived to favour Labor by a margin of 42% to 28%; and that families with young children were perceived as favouring Labor by 50% to 21%.

UPDATE 2: It turns out that both the longer field work period and the larger sample were a one-off, to it will be back to Thursday to Sunday and samples of a bit over 1000 in future polls.

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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  4. I guess people tuned out a bit over the break.

    It would be useful if we could track undecided, they are what caused the landslide in Vic.

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    lizzie @ #2814 Tuesday, February 5th, 2019 – 3:56 am


    In that video, ScoMo reminds me of Franco Cozzo the furniture salesman.
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    One of the comments:

    Big Kev has more credibilty

    And the first question to Pastor Fozzie:

    What are you going to do for a job after the election?

    It might actually be worth tuning in to see what kind of questions the Pastor gets.

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  8. Optimism that the government is about to do something about the banks perhaps? A 48 does seem a bit unwarranted. I don’t get how we can trust them.

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    “The capitalist model is that businesses have no responsibility other than to maximise profits to shareholders.”

  10. PuffyTMD @ #4 Tuesday, February 5th, 2019 – 7:35 am

    What the hell? 52-48?

    Is the public stupid, mad, all on drugs or a combination of them all?

    What an excellent question.

    That well known social commentator, raconteur and all round jolly good fellow Lleyton Hewitt had the answer all those years ago:-

    The public is stupid ❗ quoth he.

    I suspect that the public, whatever it is, neither knows nor cares that there have been royal commissions investigating the banks, aged care (current), child sexual abuse ⏩ ⏩

    If one considers that a great many (people) get their news of happenings from commercial TV each evening then one would have to arrive at the conclusion that “Dickheads R Us” is the organisation that encompasses the mass of Orstrayan society. Fortitude and optimism in equal parts is required to stay ahead of the depression curve.

    Now to have a look at BK’s Dawn Patrol, and then to Mr. C. Kenny for some comedy ideas.
    ☮ ☕

  11. .@mjrowland68: Following the #BankingRC will the Labor Party stop accepting donations from the banks?@Bowenchris: "Banks donate to all sorts of political parties, as is their right. We believe in greater transparency, we believe in greater disclosure."— News Breakfast (@BreakfastNews) February 4, 2019

    .@mjrowland68: Following the #BankingRC will the Liberal Party stop accepting donations from the banks?@JoshFrydenberg: "Banks are important institutions and as long as the laws are adhered to, they should be free to contribute to political parties of any particular persuasion"— News Breakfast (@BreakfastNews) February 4, 2019

    same same

  12. Polling on a 2PP basis is getting close to …wait for it… same same.

    Given the woefully poor performance of the Govt, Labor should be ashamed of themselves.

  13. @JohnWren1950
    54m54 minutes ago

    Has everyone noticed how #PMScum is treating Frydenberg. He has sidelined him completely for at least a month. Now he’s thrown him to the wolves on the #BanksRC. He’s abandoned Josh to take all the hits. He’s nowhere to be seen, protecting his own brand. #leadership #auspol

  14. …He’s abandoned Josh to take all the hits. He’s nowhere to be seen, protecting his own brand. #leadership #auspol”

    Where the bloody hell is he?

  15. Matt Burke

    The Daily Tele splash is that a huge majority of Labor frontbench don’t personally benefit from cash refunds for excess franking credits.

    “Bill’s team escapes Franking hits.” Message: Bad Bill won’t suffer from the legislation.

  16. This.

    “Frankly, I find it perverse that we send cheques to people with big share portfolios that amount to more than we provide a pensioner with no assets and no other income source,” he said.

    Does NOT equal ‘Same-Same’ with the Coalition government.

  17. Rex Douglas @ #15 Tuesday, February 5th, 2019 – 8:10 am

    Polling on a 2PP basis is getting close to …wait for it… same same.

    Given the woefully poor performance of the Govt, Labor should be ashamed of themselves.

    If the major parties should be ashamed of themselves for polling mid to high thirties, what should a rabble that can only get 9% feel?

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  19. If the major parties should be ashamed of themselves for polling mid to high thirties, what should a rabble that can only get 9% feel?


  20. lizzie says:
    Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at 8:20 am
    Matt Burke

    The Daily Tele splash is that a huge majority of Labor frontbench don’t personally benefit from cash refunds for excess franking credits.
    “Bill’s team escapes Franking hits.” Message: Bad Bill won’t suffer from the legislation.


    Or, they pay income tax.

  21. Steve777 says:
    Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at 8:15 am
    …He’s abandoned Josh to take all the hits. He’s nowhere to be seen, protecting his own brand. #leadership #auspol”

    Where the bloody hell is he?

    Right about now he would be at his pentecostal church praying in tongues, lighting candles, banging Tambourines and begging “Jesus” to give him back his favourite toys – economic responsibility v Shorten for one, blaming refugees on threats to border protection, kicking anything that might cost him votes into the long grass {LGBQTI+ v ‘Freedom of Religion’; the Israel Embassy; acting like a human being with refugees and getting them of the islands, I mean REALLY getting them off; etc etc. and his favourite Abbott stick doll…

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  22. Morning all

    The narrowing of the polls is not really surprising.
    Labor still have their work cut out for them

    The concerns with the falling ppty market etc and the Labor policy re negative gearing unfortunately is not going to help them win comfortably.
    They may just scrape over line.
    I am hoping they have a clear strategy between now and election to articulate their vision.

  23. This essential poll is another footnote in the thesis that the Australian public do not want Shorten as PM. That the ALP are losing the primary vote to the Liberals is some stark evidence. With the government being so poor the ALP primary should be well over 40 and the 2pp somewhere around 55. From these figures it’s clear the public don’t trust Shorten.

  24. The more the Tele and the like carp on about the franking credits, the more they’ll expose the rort for what it is, a lurk for the well off. Keep it up fellas.

  25. My view is the proposed savings to the bottom line with negative gearing and the franking credits etc
    Should result in reducing income tax for workers.

  26. Desperate for some good news this morning, the only thing I can think of is that I now have a functioning Worm Farm. Everything else is, frankly, disaster on stilts.

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    Trump’s State of the Union is even less significant than the State of the Unions offered by recent presidents. Trump lies more than past presidents and has a greater gap between rhetoric and action than most. In other words, it does not matter what he says Tuesday night. In a nanosecond, the words evaporate and we return to Trump tweets, fabrications and attacks.

    Trump’s State of the Union also suffers because he has become a bore — regurgitating the same points, incorporating no new ideas or information (for he is incapable of learning) and spouting the same know-nothingism. He is drearily predictable.

    Bring on Stacey Abrams and the state of the union response!

  28. ““Bill’s team escapes Franking hits.” Message: Bad Bill won’t suffer from the legislation.”

    Some here have said that Rupert is turning to be on the winning side. I’ve seen no evidence of this in the paper editions of the Australian and the Telecrap. This is yet another example of a fabricated story to push a political agenda. You can’t even say it’s lies – the facts stated are likely true, but the story is essentially empty.

    MP’s have high salaries, regardless of party, about $200k for a backbencher, equivalent to a junior to mid-level corporate executive. They have a marginal tax rate at the top bracket, 47% including Medicare levy. If they own shares, they pay income tax on dividends but can offset franking credits that go with their dividends against their total tax liability. Just like anyone else with income who receives dividends. Labor’s changes won’t affect them, nor the majority of share owners, nor anyone who doesn’t own shares.

    Daily Telecrap readers should be offended at this insult to their intelligence.


    The Coalition goes into the election holding 73 seats, 3 short of majority government. The Coalition must retain all their seats and win 3 from opposition parties to win government for a third term. For every seat the Coalition loses in this election it must gain one. The net target is 76 seats.

    The Australian Labor Party goes into the election with 71 seats, five short of majority government. The ALP must retain all 71 seats they had before the election and gain 5 more seats from others parties to win a first term in government. Again, the net target is 76 seats.


    A hot seat is a electorate seat at high risk of being lost by the Party holding the seat with a marginal vote advantage of less than 55.0%

    [eg Chisolm: Liberal 53.4 % v Labor 46.6 percent]


    Electorate Party 2PP % VOTES

    Corangamite VIC LIBERAL 50.03 30
    Capricornia QLD NATIONAL 50.6 1,111
    Gilmore NSW LIBERAL 50.7 1,503
    Forde QLD LIBERAL 50.7 1,062
    Flynn QLD NATIONAL 51.0 1,814
    Robertson NSW LIBERAL 51.1 2,179
    Banks NSW LIBERAL 51.4 2,588
    Petrie QLD LIBERAL 51.7 3,059
    Grey SA LIBERAL 51.9 3,508
    Dickson QLD LIBERAL 52.0 3,275

    ^^^ That’s 10 already

    Hasluck WA LIBERAL 52.0 3,337
    Page NSW NATIONAL 52.3 4,822
    Boothby SA LIBERAL 52.8 2,688
    Dawson QLD NATIONAL 53.4 6,124
    La Trobe VIC LIBERAL 5 3.5 2,886
    Pearce WA LIBERAL 53.6 6,312
    Swan WA LIBERAL 53.6 5,848
    Bonner QLD LIBERAL 53.7 6,095
    Barker SA LIBERAL 54.2 8,119
    Leichhardt QLD LIBERAL 54.0 7,022
    Casey VIC LIBERAL 54.5 9,700
    Cowper NSW NATIONAL 54.5 9,426
    Reid NSW LIBERAL 54.7 8,489


  30. And Fess – that is the crux of why there are so few sitting days — they KNOW that every time parliament sits, the coalition’s stocks fall. They have spent 2 years falling in holes with lack of direction/legislation/credibility on show when parliament sits.

    Morrison thinks that he can adopt Shorten’s practice of staying out of the way when the other side is making a public mess of themselves. One flaw in that idea is that the ALP hasn’t made such a meal of everything it touches, like the coalition has.


    Plus they are down to defending seats they’ve never really had to before like Warringah and Higgins.


    Aha. Yesterday (all my troubles seemed …♫♪♫) while attending the local Eye Hospital (my glaucoma is now back in excellent shape 15/15) my senior son-in-law kept me entertained with various items including his opinion that because this one/that one were elected under whatever rules (US/Australia) then all is well with the world and let’s get on with something else. Hmmmm ❗

    The father figure John Carroll praises (“Blessed transformation of the paternal instinct”, 2-3/2) is very much an upper middle class man: two parents, two incomes, two professionals. While this experiment may produce sons that have insights into their fathers, and while these insights might lead to further benefits in subsequent generations, the same thing is not happening in lower socioeconomic groups where the number of single-parent families is increasing. Mostly these single parents are women. Sons of single-parent mothers may well find themselves excluded from any healthy male role models. Who will paint this picture?

    This refers to an item

    Even over the past 70 years we have seen an evolution, with the standard father becoming far more nurturing than his 50s predecessor. The new father delivers children to school, attends functions there, gets to know teachers, and joins parental gatherings — themselves forms of community that reinforce the shared bonds across generations. At home, he changes nappies, plays with his children and reads to them at night. Other domestic roles too have broadened, with him more likely to share cooking, shopping, entertaining and cleaning duties.

    In another letter from the original item comes this sad tale of hardy sons and daughters fighting for survival in a desperate near death effort —

    Our retirement is comfortable, but not lavish. All my investments are in franked shares. If Labor is elected at the next election and implements its policy of abolishing franking credits our annual income suddenly drops to $61,519 (almost 30 per cent). With the world and Australian economic future not looking too rosy some of these companies could even reduce their dividends. I’m sure you would agree that if you were in my position you would not be happy about this looming scenario. Many of my friends are in a similar financial conundrum and feel the same way as myself.

    Dammit I buggered up the blockquotes. Never mind – she’ll be right mate and this Bank business will be a forgotten memory by Christmas.

    Does anybody remember that timeless work of poetry and romance “All the Rivers Run” * ❓

    Time for this to get dusted off and shown as an Election Advert naturally pointing out the benefits of ………………….(can’t think of anything – somebody is to blame for summat).

    *Sigrid Thornton and John Waters star in a 1984 miniseries about a riverboat captain and her lover in circa-1900 Australia.

    I guess that all the above is really not much about not much.

    Meanwhile the cartoons from BK’s wrap were pretty much on the mark and entertaining.

    I just read Lizzie’s post about the Worm Farm but misread it as a Warm Farm. Global Worming in action I do suppose ❗

    E & OE

  33. Confessions: ‘The polls have narrowed for the coalition because parliament isn’t sitting.’
    That’s the reason I picked 53-47 in Newspoll last week and 52-48 for Essential last night. It will widen when parliament resumes, and widen even more during an election campaign.

  34. Mal is asked if Morrison can win the election. Eyes down, flick from side to side, can’t face the camera, “Ah, well, every election is different…”

  35. Confessions says:
    Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at 9:10 am

    Plus they are down to defending seats they’ve never really had to before like Warringah and Higgins.

    Yep, Kooyong; Flinders; Mallee (the local ladies CWA is really ticked off].. he can’t put out all those fires.

    And now Mr Not-so-goodenuff has opened the gate for Labor in his WA WA land seat by taking kickbacks for flogging WA export businesses to Asian business interests…go get em Ian.

  36. Yep – sitting governments’ numbers improve when the HoR is in recess and people can avoid thinking about politics.

    One of the take outs from doorknocking is the number of people who have no idea about what’s happening – who either assume there must be an election coming up in a couple of weeks because you’re there, or who are surprised to find out that there’s an election coming up in a couple of weeks.

    The average person isn’t interested. The complaint I used to get during RGR was not about instability but that the instability dominated the news, which meant that people couldn’t get away from politics. They want stable and boring because then they never hear anything about what’s going on.

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