This weeks Essential Report has the primaries running 44 (down 1) / 38 (steady) to Labor, washing out into a two party preferred of 55/45 the same way – a one point gain to the Coalition since last weeks Essential. The Greens are on 10 (up 1), while the broad “Others” are on 8 (steady). This comes from a rolling two week sample of 1868, giving us an MoE that maxes out around the 2.3% mark.

Additional questions this week focused on climate change policy and the My School website. These additional questions came from a sample of 1033, giving us an MoE that maxes out around the 3% mark.

Do you approve or disapprove the Liberal Party’s new policy on addressing climate change announced by Tony Abbott this week?

libclimatechangepolicyOn the cross-tabs, Essential says:

Coalition voters were more likely to approve the Liberal Party’s policy to address climate change (68%), while Labor and Green voters were more likely to disapprove (51% Labor, 47% Green).

Males were more likely to approve of the Coalitions’ policy (44%), while females were more likely to indicate they don’t know (49%).

The results here are consistent with what we saw earlier today in the Nielsen – Abbott’s policy of direct action using a climate change fund is generally popular with the caveat that there’s an awful lot of people that don’t know a thing about it.

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Which party do you think has the best policy for addressing climate change?

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The brackets are the December question response wording.

On the cross-tabs, Essential tells us:

Results followed party lines – Coalition voters were more likely to think the Liberal Party has the best policy (58%), Labor voters were more likely to think Labor (44%), and Green voters were more likely to think the Greens have the best policy for addressing climate change (78%).

Males were more likely to think that the Liberal Party has the best policy (32%), while females were more likely to indicate that they don’t know which party has the best policy for addressing climate change (48%).

People aged 55 years and over were more likely to favour the Liberal Party’s policy when it comes to addressing climate change policy (37%), while people aged 25 – 34 were more likely to favour Labor (22%).

In December 2009, Essential Research put a similar question to the Australian public asking people to indicate whose position on the ETS and addressing climate change they most agree with. The results obtained this week are reasonably similar to those obtained previously for both the Liberal Party and the Greens. However the most notable difference is the result for Labor, with a 5% decrease since December.

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Have you visited the Government’s “My School” website which provides detailed information about all the schools in Australia.

myschool1On the cross-tabs, we have:

People aged 25 – 34 (32%) and 35 – 44 (37%) were more likely to have visited the Government’s My School website.
People with dependent children were more likely than those that don’t have dependent children to have visited the My School website (41% v 13%).

49% of people with children in public schools and 46% of those with children in private schools have looked at the My School website.

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What was the main reason you visited the My School website?

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After seeing the information on your school or your children’s school, do you now have a higher or lower opinion of the school?

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There were no cross-tabs for these last two.

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