This week’s Essential Report comes with primaries steady at 50/35 to the ALP, washing out into a 1 point improvement for Labor on the two party preffered to come in at 60/40. This is from a rolling two week sample of 1783 for an MoE around the 2.3% mark.

Essential also asked 3 sets of additional questions for the week using a sample of 1011 (for a MoE of around 3%)

First up was nuclear power.

Do you support or oppose Australia developing nuclear power plants for the generation of electricity?

On the crosstabs Essential said:

Men were significantly more likely than women to support Australia developing nuclear power plants for the generation of electricity (57% v 30% strongly support/support). 28% of men were opposed compared to 40% of women.
Respondents aged 50 years and over were most likely to support/strongly support the development of nuclear power plants (52%).
Coalition voters were most likely to strongly support/support Australia developing nuclear power plants for the generation of electricity (64%), while Labor voters were split on the issue – 39% strongly support/support and 39% oppose/strongly oppose.

As a major exporter of uranium do you agree or disagree that Australia has a responsibility to take back and dispose of nuclear waste from the countries we export to?

On the crosstabs:

Men were most likely to strongly disagree/disagree that Australia has a responsibility to take back and dispose of nuclear waste from the countries we export to (59%) as were respondents aged 50 years and over (61% strongly disagree/disagree).

The next set of questions were about Prime Minister/US Presidential relations.

Do you think the close relationship between John Howard and George Bush was of benefit or of no benefit to Australia?

Do you think a close relationship between Kevin Rudd and Barack Obama will be of benefit or of no benefit to Australia?

On the crosstabs for these, Essential said:

72% of Labor voters and 79% of Green voters thought the close relationship between John Howard and George Bush was of no benefit to Australia, while 57% of Coalition voters thought the relationship was of benefit to Australia.

Respondents aged 18 – 24 were most likely to think that a close relationship between Kevin Rudd and Barack Obama will be of benefit to Australia (77%), as were Labor voters (70%). Among Liberal voters, 59% agreed it would be of benefit to Australia.

Finally, Essential ran a question on what the date of Australia Day is actually all about – the results are pretty funny in the context of people having hissyfits over suggestions the date be moved:

Do you know why 26th January was chosen for celebrating Australia Day?

Respondents aged 50 years and over were the most likely cohort to select the correct response (49%)

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