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Essential: nannies, retaliation against Indonesia and retirement

While voters continue to look askance at the government’s capacity to handle foreign relations, its nannies policy might be a winner, Essential Report reveals.

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Essential: little faith in the Coalition’s fiscal courage

Voters don’t have much faith the government has a plan to return to surplus — though they’re in no hurry, Essential Report finds.

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Essential: everyone thinks the budget will be bad for them

Voters expect the coming budget will be good for the wealthy and business, but bad for the rest of us — but that’s still better than last year’s budget, today’s Essential Report shows.

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Essential: voters still (really) down on Abbott

Tony Abbott continues to be deeply unpopular with voters, today’s Essential Report shows, but Bill Shorten has failed to capitalise on it.

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Younger Australians embracing VPNs

Australians are embracing measures to protect themselves against online surveillance as government and corporations seek to strip their privacy away.

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Essential: going off the grog, and what will support you in retirement?

Australians are drinking less, or not at all, but oppose more taxes on alcohol. And they’re increasingly uncertain about their retirement income, Essential Report shows.

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Essential: what voters want on tax reform

Voters’ idea of tax reform is very different from economists’, today’s Essential Report shows.

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NSW Coalition cruising to victory on voter trust

The NSW Coalition is headed for what should be an easy win, Essential Research polling shows — reflecting the strong trust voters have in its ability to handle major issues.

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Voters: you want our data? Get a warrant.

Voters strongly support requiring that agencies get a warrant before searching through their personal data.

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Essential: voters sour on the economy and Hockey

Voters are gloomy about the state of the economy, but they want a stronger Renewable Energy Target, not a watered down one, this week’s Essential Report shows.

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Essential: what intergenerational report?

Nearly half of voters haven’t even heard of the intergenerational report and another quarter haven’t heard much, according to today’s Essential Report poll.

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Voters agree: tax big companies more, not less

Voters are unanimous in believing multinational companies should be paying more tax. In fact, partisan differences seem to disappear when it comes to tax.

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Essential: Abbott up, kind of — and new Iraq venture opposed

Voters are opposed to Australia’s return to Iraq, while Tony Abbott has improved his standing with voters to merely terrible, in today’s Essential Report.

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Essential: voters endorse Abbott on national security

Voters strongly back Tony Abbott on terrorism and want less freedom in exchange for security, today’s Essential poll finds. But the Coalition is still well adrift of Labor.

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Essential: voters unimpressed with Abbott’s Indonesian diplomacy

A certain fortress mentality is evidenced in today’s Essential Report, with voters less likely to rate relations with all our major trading partners as important.

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Essential: the Abbott goes deep underground edition

Tony Abbott has achieved new lows in his personal approval rating, including with Liberal voters, today’s Essential Report shows.

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Essential: voters continue to mark the government down

The government continues to fall in voters’ estimation on important policy issues, but a large number of voters still think it’s too soft on asylum seekers, Essential Report shows.

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Essential: Voters split on Iraq, ABC most trusted institution

Voters oppose an increase in Australia’s role in Iraq, and the ABC is the country’s most trusted institution, Essential Report shows.

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Essential: Abbott won’t last as leader, and changing climate views

Voters don’t believe Tony Abbott will be around the lead the Coalition at the next election, today’s Essential Report suggests, as the government ends the year trailing Labor.

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How what we see as important splits us up as voters

Different issues have different priorities for different voters — but some unite us, creating an opportunity for the government if it can take it.

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Essential: Abbott ends year with a collapse

The Prime Minister has plumbed new depths in approval as voters sour on the economy, their own circumstances and politics in general, Essential’s latest report shows.

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Essential: you haven’t kept faith with us, PM

Voters reject the Prime Minister’s contention that he has “fundamentally kept faith” with them, and see more positive attributes in the Opposition Leader, today’s Essential Report shows.

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Essential: Labor set for Victorian win on health and education

Labor is poised to win government in Victoria, on the back of voter trust on health and education, an Essential Research poll shows.

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Essential: Abbott’s international foray underwhelms voters

After an intensive focus on international issues, the government has gone backwards in voter estimation of its performance, Essential Report shows.

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Essential: thumbs up for an FTA with China, though voters aren’t sure why

Voters back a free trade agreement but appear confused about who will benefit, this week’s Essential Report shows, while it seems partisanship affects how people view the asylum seeker issue.

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