This week’s Essential Report has the primaries running 49 (up 1) /36 (down 1) to Labor, washing out into a two party preferred of 59/41 the same way – a 1 point gain to the ALP. The Greens are on 8 (steady), while the broad “Others” come in with 7 (steady). This comes from a two week rolling sample of 2177, washing out into an MoE that maxes out around the 2.1% mark.

The additional questions this week were the big approval ratings breakdowns Essential does, employment and salary experience over the last 12 months and the Beazley/Nelson appointments. These additional questions came from a sample 1293 deep, giving us an MoE that maxes out around the 2.7% mark.

To start the ball rolling, we’ll dive into the approvals.

Do you strongly approve, approve, disapprove or strongly disapprove of the job Kevin Rudd/Malcolm Turnbull is doing as Prime Minister/Leader of the Opposition?

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On the cross-tabs we have:

People’s opinion of the job Rudd is doing as Prime Minister followed party lines – 95% of Labor voters approve of the job Rudd is doing as Prime Minister and 55% of Coalition voters disapprove. However, 35% of Coalition voters approve of the job Rudd is doing as Prime Minister.

People’s opinion of the job Turnbull is doing as Opposition Leader followed party lines – 71% of Labor voters disapprove of the job he is doing as Opposition Leader and 51% of Coalition voters approve of the job he is doing. 32% of Coalition voters disapprove of the job Turnbull is doing as leader of the Opposition.

Are you working in the same position for the same employer as you were 12 months ago or in a different position or with a different employer?

employer1Essential tells us on the cross tabs:

Non union members were more likely than union members to be with a different employer than they were 12 months ago (19% v 11%).

Males were more likely than females to be in a different position but with the same employer (12% v 9%).

People earning a lower salary compared to what they were 12 months ago were more likely to be with a different employer (49%), while people on a higher income than they were 12 months ago were more likely to be in the same position with the same employer (77%).

Compared to 12 months ago, is your average weekly salary much higher, a little higher, exactly the same, a little lower or much lower?

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On the cross-tabs we have:

Union members were more likely than non union members to indicate that compared to 12 months ago, their average salary is much/a little higher (61% union members v 41% non union members).

Females were more likely than males to indicate their average salary is much/a little higher (48% females v 43% males).

People who are with the same employer as they were 12 months ago were more likely than those who are with a different employer to indicate that their salary has increased (48% same position/same employer, 52% different position/same employer v 29% different employer).

Self employed (31%) and part-time workers (25%) were more likely to be on a little/much lower salary than they were 12 months ago.

Do you approve or disapprove of the appointment of former Labor Party Leader Kim Beazley as Ambassador to the USA?

Do you approve or disapprove of the appointment of former Liberal Party Leader Brendan Nelson as Ambassador to the European Union, Belgium and Luxembourg?

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The cross-tabs tell us:

67% of Labor voters and 45% of Coalition voters approve of the appointment of Beazley as Ambassador to the USA.

Respondents aged 55 years and over were more likely than those aged 18 – 24 to approve of Beazley’s appointment (67% v 27%).

Labor voters were slightly more likely than Coalition voters to approve of the appointment of Nelson as Ambassador to the EU (57% v 53%).

21% of Coalition voters disapprove of the appointment.

Respondents aged 55 years and over were more likely than those aged 18 – 24 to approve of Nelson’s appointment (66% v 27%).

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