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Essential Report

Feb 8, 2010

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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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6 thoughts on “Essential Report – MySchool and Climate Change

  1. John

    That’s a staggering amount of visits to MySchool in just a couple of weeks – almost half of all parents of school kids.

  2. David Richards

    They can use the BIG TAX ON EVERYTHING back at Tony Abbott – as the taxpayers have to foot the total bill for whatever his plan actually does.. so either a BIG NEW TAX… or BIG NEW SPENDING CUTS.

    Where’s the money coming from Tony? BIG NEW TAX or BIG NEW CUTS? If CUTS – what is going to be cut and where? I bet it won’t be military equipment or overseas deployment costs that would be cut.

  3. Gary Bruce

    [Effectively, twice as many people ‘don’t know’ that support the ALP policy.
    This is a victory in itself for Tony Abbott.]
    He actually needs to win the policy argument to win the election. All the government has to do is muddy the waters. Don’t worry, Tony’s uncosted and unpaid option will be costed by the government and the tax people will pay under him calculated. It won’t be pretty.

  4. Andrew Norton » Blog Archive » Does My School change parental opinion on schools?

    […] over-react to information that is only a very partial account of a school’s activities. As Pollytics blog reports today, Essential Research has started to explore parental reaction, though with only 242 people in […]

  5. Mr Squiggle

    Regading the ETS questions, the biggest number is that 39% “don’t know”.

    Effectively, twice as many people ‘don’t know’ that support the ALP policy.

    This is a victory in itself for Tony Abbott. He doesn’t need big support for his CC policy, (although support for LNP policy is higher than the ALP policy in this poll) he simply needs to inject the idea that there are many ways to attack the problem.

  6. Nipper Quigley

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

    So there we have it.
    Both Labor and Coalition supporters believe that Climate Change needs to be addressed!
    What a confused bunch the LNP voting mob are. One week CC doesn’t exist – the next week they’re supporting Abbott’s policies to combat it. ROLF.

    Or are some Coalition voters in the disapprove column?

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