This week’s Essential Report has the primaries running 47 (down 3) /37 (up 2) to Labor, washing out into a two party preferred of 58/42 the same way – a two point gain to the Coalition since last week. Both the Greens and the broad “Others” came in on 8% a piece – unchanged from last week. This came from a rolling two week sample of 1845 for an MoE that maxes out around the 2.3% mark.

Apart from question about Turnbull, the additional bits to chew the fat on this week by Essential all related to annual leave. These ran from a sample of 1021, giving us an MoE than maxes out around the 3.1% mark.

Which statement do you think most accurately reflects Malcolm Turnbull’s time as leader of the Opposition?

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On the cross-tabs, Essential says:

Results reflected party lines – Labor voters were more likely to think that Turnbull hasn’t got the temperament to be a leader of a major party (78%), while Coalition voters were more likely to think Turnbull is capable of being leader, and given more time to develop his skills and experience, he could be a good leader (68%). However, a significant number of Coalition voters think that Turnbull hasn’t got what it takes to be a leader of a major party (32%).

People aged 55 years and over were more likely to think that Turnbull is capable of being a good leader, he just needs more time (50%), while respondents aged 25 -34 were more likely to think Turnbull hasn’t got what it takes to be a leader of a major party (69%).

Most employees in Australia are entitled to take four weeks paid annual leave after each 12 months of work. Do you think this is a sufficient or do you think Australian workers should get more?

annualleaveOn the cross-tabs we have:

Labor and Coalition voters were more likely to think that four weeks paid annual leave is sufficient (59% Labor, 71% Coalition), while Green voters were more likely to think Australian workers should get more (45%).

People aged 55 years and over were more likely to think that four weeks paid annual leave is sufficient (84%), while people aged 35 years or less were more likely to think Australian workers should get more annual leave (61%).

Full-time workers were more likely than part-time workers to think Australian workers should get more annual leave (44% v 37%).
People earning $1000 – $1600 per week were more likely than those in other income groups to think Australian workers should get more annual leave (42%).

Thinking about your job, how much annual leave do you get from your employer?

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The cross-tabs have us:

People on lower incomes were more likely to get less than four weeks annual leave from their employer (49% earning $600 per week or less, 38% earning $600 – $1000 per week). People on higher incomes were more likely to get four weeks annual leave ($1600 + per week 69%). 23% of people earning $1600 per week or more receive five weeks or more annual leave from their employer.

Full-time workers were more likely than part-time workers to get four weeks annual leave from their employer (72% v 45%).

64% of non union members and 58% of union members get four weeks annual leave from their employer. Union members were more likely than non union members to get five weeks or more annual leave from their employer (32% v 14%).

Do you agree or disagree that you feel pressured by your employer, or because of your workload, to NOT take your annual leave?

annualleave3The cross-tabs tell us:

People aged 25 -34 were more likely than those in other age groups to agree that they feel pressured by their employer or because of workload to not take annual leave (42%).

Full-time workers were slightly more likely than part-time workers to agree that they feel pressured to not take annual leave (29% v 23%).

People earning $1000 – $1600 per year were more likely to agree that they feel pressured by their employer or because of workload to not take their annual leave (34%), while 55% of people earning $1600 per week disagree that they feel pressured not to take their annual leave.

Union members were more likely than non union members to disagree that they feel pressured by their employer or because of their workload to not take annual leave (60% v 47%).

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