This week’s Essential Report has the primaries running 47 (down 2) / 37 (up 2) to Labor, washing out for a two party preferred of 57/43 – a two point gain to the Coalition since last week. This comes from a two week rolling sample of 1885, giving us an MoE that maxes out around the 2.3% mark.

It’s a good start to the polling cycle for Turnbull.

Essential Report also asked additional questions this week on best perceived achievement of the Rudd government, school performance, tax cuts and Liberal Party leadership. These additional questions ran from a sample of 1086, giving us an MoE maxing out around the 3% mark.

Which of the following do you think was the most important action taken by the Rudd Labor Government since their election in 2007?

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Essential says on the cross-tabs:

Labor voters were more likely to think that taking action to address the global financial crisis was the most important action taken (29%), followed by getting rid of WorkChoices (27%).

Coalition voters were more likely to think that more funding for schools was the most important action taken (26%), followed by delivering tax cuts (22%).

Green voters were more likely to think that the getting rid of WorkChoices was the most important action taken (29%), followed by taking steps to address climate change (22%).

Respondents in full time work were more likely than those in other employment situations to think that getting rid of WorkChoices was the most important action taken by the Rudd Labor Government (21%).

From July, the Government has introduced income tax cuts which they promised during the 2007 election campaign. These tax cuts are $5.77 a week for those earning between $35,000 and $64,000 while workers on incomes between $80,000 and $180,000 will get between $2.88 a week and $41.35 a week. Do you approve or disapprove of these tax cuts?

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The cross-tabs have us:

Both Labor (66%) and Coalition (65%) voters support the tax cuts recently introduced by the Federal Government.

Respondents on higher incomes were more likely to strongly support/support the tax cuts recently introduced by the Federal Government (70% earning $1600+ per week), while respondents on lower incomes were more likely to disapprove of the tax cuts (26% earning $600 or less per week).

Thinking about education – one way to measure a school’s performance is to base it on the percentage of students passing standard tests during or at the end of the school year. Another way is to measure the improvement students in the school made during the year. In your opinion, which is the best way to measure the school’s performance — the percentage passing the tests or the improvement shown by the students?

schoolperfOn the cross-tabs, Essential says:

Labor and Green voters were more likely to think that the best way to measure a schools performance is by the improvement shown by the students during the year (61% Labor, 70% Green); while Coalition voters were more likely to think that the best way to measure a schools performance is by the percentage passing tests (38%).

Females were more likely than males to think that the best way to measure a schools performance is by the improvement shown by the students during the year (65% v 53%).

Do you think the federal Liberal Party should elect a new leader or should Malcolm Turnbull remain leader at least until the next election?

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The cross-tabs state:

65% of Labor voters think that the federal Liberal party should elect a new leader, while 52% of Coalition voters think that Malcolm Turnbull should remain leader.
Older voters were more likely to think that Malcolm Turnbull should remain leader (45% of 65+ year olds), while respondents aged 45 – 54 were more likely to think the federal Liberal Party should elect a new leader (57%).

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