Mar 11, 2013

Essential: Gillard falls further, and voters hate privatisation

Julia Gillard has returned to the approval rating lows of mid-2012, even as voters indicate there are opportunities for Labor to capitalise on key issues. Gillard is now equally non-preferred as PM to Tony Abbott.

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

The Prime Minister’s approval rating with voters has worsened, but the collapse in Labor’s vote appears to have stabilised, according to today’s Essential Report.

Julia Gillard’s net approval rating, which peaked in mid-January at net minus 8 points, is at its worst since August last year, with 36% of voters approving of her performance and 56% disapproving, up a point from net minus 19 points in February. Tony Abbott’s approval rating has lifted by a point and his disapproval rating has fallen by two points, giving him a net approval rating of minus 14 points. Abbott and Gillard are now equal on preferred Prime Minister, on 39% each, a fall of two points for the Prime Minister and the Opposition Leader’s best outcome since August.

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6 thoughts on “Essential: Gillard falls further, and voters hate privatisation

  1. zut alors

    Voters really do hate privatisation, ask Anna Bligh. In vain we tried to tell her.

  2. Bill Hilliger

    And so voting Anna Bligh out because she wanted to flog off public assets. We now have can-do-nuemann flogging off the same public assets. Joe Hookey has vowed to flog off medibank, and yes, we’re voting for that lot. You betcha!

  3. David Hand

    Here we have more push polling from the ALP research unit. Adding the quantum of people on 457 visas to be 10 times that of asylum seekers simply plays on voters antipathy towards immigration in general.

    This is a classic case of framing the question to deliver the required answer.

  4. shepherdmarilyn

    All these polls are worthless. When the hell are we going to stop having this crap presented as gospel news?

  5. Joel

    Indeed, the less facts that voters have their hands on, the better their votes will be. Nasty, grubby, things, those so-called “facts”. Best to leave them well out of the picture. Look, typhoid!

  6. MJPC

    So voters hate privatisation and they want to vote out the Labout party and vote in the LNP to whom privatisation is a God at whose alter they will sacrifice any service or infrastructure that the tax payers paid for (and, unfortunately, the Labour party is not averse to worship either).
    I am with shepherdmarilyn, the poles are crap no matter what they say. They are created by the media organisations to be fed upon by the media organisations. Evidence today’s with the PM back in the +% over Mr Abbott. When it was the other way around the chattering classes waxed lyrical about the end of Labour (helped along by innacurate assessment of the WA election). Now the poll results have changed they are waxing lyrical about Labour is finished because the WA results said so (but not the latest polls). Give us a break; it’s just so much BS!

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