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:

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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?

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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?

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On the cross-tabs, men are split 44/45 while women are split 38/43.

The net approvals come in like this:

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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?

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If another global financial crisis develops in the next few years, which leader and party do you think would be best to handle it?

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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

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