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Essential: support for curbs on political ads, voters down on Palmer

Voters strongly support caps on political advertising spending, today’s Essential Report shows, and they’re not enthusiastic about Clive Palmer having the Senate balance of power.

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Essential: over-55s climate deniers, everyone hates Direct Action

Climate denialism is very closely linked to age, new polling from Essential Research finds. But support for the federal government’s “Direct Action” plan is minimal across the board.

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Essential: thumbs down to knights and dames, but RDA splits voters

Voters are split on changes to the Racial Discrimination Act, today’s Essential Report finds, while even those who favour deregulation want more regulation in those areas that affect them personally.

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Essential: we think we’re highly taxed; Labor claws back voter esteem

Australians believe they’re highly taxed compared internationally, and that it’s getting worse, today’s Essential Report finds.

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Essential: little concern over a Liberal bluewash

Voters aren’t particularly concerned about the prospect of more Liberal-led governments at COAG. Meanwhile, Essential Research finds support for Tony Abbott’s government improving.

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Essential: strong opposition to offshoring of Qantas

Voters are deeply hostile to offshoring of Qantas jobs, while Bill Shorten continues to creep up on Tony Abbott, new polling from Essential Research reveals.

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Essential: Coalition back into the lead despite underwhelming voters

While voters aren’t impressed by the government, the Coalition has regained its lead — and there remains a substantial core of voters who want to get even tougher on asylum seekers.

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Tony Abbott’s challenge: sell a courageous call on Qantas

Tony Abbott has made the right call on Qantas. But it’s a tough sell in the face of Labor opposition — and convincing voters will be important to his government’s prospects.

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Essential: voters back RET, not so happy about Qantas

Voters back the current Renewable Energy Target, today’s Essential Report shows, while they rate the government poorly across most issues.

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Essential: Labor (finally) into the lead — and we don’t care about Schapelle

Labor has moved into the lead for the first time in three years in this week’s Essential Report. It may be because voters are increasingly worried about losing their jobs.

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Essential: voters divided over which industries to assist

Voters are all for industry assistance, this week’s Essential Report finds, but which industries should be assisted depends on which way you vote.

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Essential: unions undented by revelations; Cosgrove a popular pick

Tony Abbott’s selection of Peter Cosgrove as the next governor-general has been well-received by voters, today’s Essential Report finds.

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Essential: voters down on privatisation and the unemployed

Voters remain deeply opposed to any privatisation, even of things they’ve never heard of, this week’s Essential Report shows. And the view that the Newstart payment is too low isn’t widely shared by voters.

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Essential: public backs Abbott’s asylum seeker ‘war’

An Essential poll has found the Coalition’s tough line on asylum seekers is popular with the public, who don’t think most are genuine refugees. And people remain fairly evenly split on whether anthropogenic climate change is real.

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Trust in media: ABC still leads, Telegraph takes a hit

Few media have fared well in voters’ trust in 2013, but some outlets have fared much worse than others. News Corp’s The Daily Telegraph remains Australia’s least-trusted news outlet.

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Essential: government avoids fallout from Holden

Voters appear resigned to the fate of Holden and don’t blame the government for it — and Greens voters appear the most economically rationalist on the issue, Essential Research has found.

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Essential: no to GST on imports, and our changing TV habits

Today’s Essential Report shows opposition to reducing the GST threshold for goods purchased online, and looks at how we now view TV and films.

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Essential: no, there’s no Labor revival

Voters don’t expect much the Abbott government when it comes to Indonesia — and they think damage as already been done, today’s Essential Report shows. But the public is fine with spying. Oh — and can the ‘Labor revival’ stories please. It’s not happening.

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Essential: voters underwhelmed by govt’s asylum seeker handling

Voters are unhappy with the government’s handling of the asylum seeker issue, the latest Essential Report shows, but Labor’s trustworthiness on policy has taken a battering.

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Essential: and the winner is … Joe Hockey

Tony Abbott’s approval rating is heading backwards on his first sitting day as Prime Minister.

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Essential: voters like Abbott (not on entitlements) and do you fileshare?

Tony Abbott continues to improve in voters’ estimation, and partisanship dominates our views on climate change policy.

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Essential: same-sex marriage opposition falls

Opposition to same-sex marriage is fading, and Tony Abbott’s approval is picking up, today’s Essential Report finds.

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Essential: pollie entitlements — and which is the most corrupt industry?

Voters think backbenchers are overpaid and don’t deserve many of their entitlements, but think they’re less corrupt than politicians elsewhere, today’s Essential Report shows.

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Essential: we’re warming to the Coalition’s Direct Action approach

With the arrival of the Abbott government, voters appear more disposed toward his climate action policy. But Essential Research finds voters want to be told when the boats arrive.

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Essential: Abbott in positive territory; who cares about cabinet women?

Tony Abbott has finally achieved a net approval rating, while men aren’t too fussed about the number of women in cabinet, according to new polling from Essential Research.

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