This week’s Essential Report comes in with the Coalition leading on the primaries 44 (up 2)/ 39 (down 2), washing out into a two party preferred of 51/49 to Labor – a 1 point gain to the Coalition since last week. The Greens are steady on 10, while the broad “Others” are down 1 to 7. This comes from a rolling two week sample of 2160, giving us an MoE that maxes out around the 2.1% mark.
That makes our all pollster chart come in like this – showing Essential bucking the trend a bit:
Additional questions this week looked at approvals, better party to handle a variety of issues, the GFC and political participation and engagement. These additional questions came from a sample of 1001, giving us an MoE that maxes out around the 3.1% mark.
Do you approve or disapprove of the job Julia Gillard is doing as Prime Minister?
On the cross-tabs, men are split 44/46 while women are split 48/34
Do you approve or disapprove of the job Tony Abbott is doing as Leader of the Opposition?
On the cross-tabs, men are split 44/45 while women are split 38/43.
The net approvals come in like this:
Over the last few weeks, which of the following types on involvement have you had in the Federal election campaign?
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How important are the following in deciding which party you will vote for?
If another global financial crisis develops in the next few years, which leader and party do you think would be best to handle it?
On the cross-tabs, among those under 55 years of age Labor leads 46/30 while among those aged 55 and over, the Libs lead 48/36