Australians have reacted positively to Peter Costello’s interview with Laurie Oakes on the Sunday program in which he outlined his views on a vision for the country and the need for concrete policies and a plan, according to the Crikey/Roy Morgan Reactor – the online real time reaction device based on an Australia-wide sample of 483 electors.

Coalition supporters – the blue line – reacted positively and consistently as the Treasurer outlined the need for a vision for the future of the country that involves dealing with climate change, water, building a first-class education system, keeping the tax burden low and providing work for everyone who wants it.

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Labor supporters – the red line – who typically react negatively the moment any Coalition spokesperson appears, were just a little below “neutral”, but not nearly as strongly negative as they typically are to any government spokesperson or message.

Supporters of both parties responded to type in their reaction to Julia Gillard and Joe Hockey as they criticised their opponents on Meet the Press.

ALP supporters reacted negatively to Costello when he talked about going back to the ‘bad days’ of wage claims, inflation, interest rate hikes, recession and ultimately disemployment, what union Rudd stands for and the need to keep the IR reforms with the fairness test.

More information on reactor is available from Roy Morgan Research.

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