Essential Research: leadership ratings, ICAC, emissions targets

An improvement in both leaders’ personal ratings from Essential Research, plus strong support for a federal ICAC and more ambitious emissions targets.

The Guardian reports the fortnightly Essential Research survey includes the pollster’s monthly leadership ratings, which find significant improvement in both leaders’ ratings. Scott Morrison is up four on approval to 54% and down three on disapproval to 37%, while Anthony Albanese is up four to 41% and down two to 34%. Morrison’s lead as preferred prime minister is 45-29, down from 47-26.

The poll also finds 78% would support a federal anti-corruption body, with only 11% opposed. Contrary to suggestions Gladys Berejiklian’s resignation would sap enthusiasm for the idea, 47% said it had made them more supportive, compared with 21% for less supportive.

Other questions focus on carbon emissions targets and climate change, including a finding that 68% support of a more ambitious target for 2030 and net zero by 2050, compared with 13% who did not favour targets and 19% who were unsure. Fifty-nine per cent agreed climate change was caused by human activity while 30% favoured the alternative of a normal fluctuation in the earth’s climate, which in both cases is up three since June (Essential asks this question on a semi-regular basis), presumably reflecting a drop in an uncommitted response. Forty-two per cent said Australia was not doing enough (down three) compared with 31% for enough (up one) and 15% for too much (up three).

The Guardian’s report relates further results on climate change, and the poll presumably included the regular questions on federal and state government COVID-19 management. All will be laid out neatly in Essential Research’s report later today.

UPDATE: Full release 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.

1,105 comments on “Essential Research: leadership ratings, ICAC, emissions targets”

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  1. Jaeger @ #1077 Wednesday, October 13th, 2021 – 10:48 pm

    Do it! Do it! Alert the TV news crews like the Coalition does to Labor!

    It’s been done before; he’ll just get another one.

    Liquidators holding Palmer jet hostage (2016)

    Liquidators for Queensland Nickel are refusing to hand over Clive Palmer’s private jet unless he pays back the money the company spent on it.

    I’m not sure if the two Mineralogy MD-82 jets are still rotting at Brisbane airport; they had clocked up over $100k in parking fees in 2019, and hadn’t flown in ten years?

    Really!?! Don’t they have a tow away policy? Couldn’t they refuse to give him landing rights until he pays up? Honestly, it’s just too easy for some business types to get away with blue murder.

  2. It seems as though the Herald Sun is the worst of the worst these days. They accepted and ran this ad:

    News Corp’s Melbourne tabloid the Herald Sun has run an advertisement describing climate change as a “furphy” on the third day of a company-wide editorial series that explores the benefits of a carbon-neutral economy.

    The advertisement was paid for by The Climate Study Group, which is led by two former directors of the Institute of Public Affairs, Tom Quirk and Bob Officer. Mr Quirk was previously director of the Australian Environment Foundation, the IPA-founded think tank chaired by Tom Bostock which features climate sceptic Peter Ridd among its ranks.

    … “Policy must also not impede building new efficient coal and/or nuclear power stations,” the advertisement states. It ran on page 19 in the Herald Sun, but did not run in other key tabloids such as The Daily Telegraph and The Courier-Mail.

    Not much is known about The Climate Study Group, which has for years paid for ads to appear in The Australian. A 2017 advertisement by the group used Socratic questioning to disprove claims of human-caused climate change.

  3. Looking like Labor has done pretty well out of gambling industry largesse, any wonder gambling kept going through covid and the likes of Albo said in parliament an investigation into Crown as called for by Andrew Wilkie was not required.

    Some massive amounts of money here
    I’m still amazed at how shit both the Liberal and Labor parties are considering how much money they suck up in donations. Seems to disprove that big money buys you quality people and outcomes. Seems more like it attracts mercenary bastards with more self interest than public interest.

    Jackpot: How the gambling industry cashed in on political donations


    These payments to the Shoppies, the CFMMEU and the Canberra Labor Club — totalling more than $615 million — are disclosed in associated entity returns lodged with the AEC. The majority of payments are categorised as “Other Receipt” or “Unspecified”.

    The ABC has excluded these payments from the overall analysis of gambling contributions because it isn’t clear how much of this funding has wound up in the political system.

    Disclosure rules require associated entities to disclose their payments, debts and receipts. This includes electoral expenditure, political donations and details of receipts and debts above the disclosure threshold.

    All receipts must be disclosed, even if they do not benefit a political party.

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