Feb 4, 2014

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.

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

Recent revelations of corruption within individual trade unions has done little to damage perceptions of the importance of unions to working people, new polling from Essential Research shows. And voters are broadly happy with Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s choice for Governor-General, Peter Cosgrove.

Some 61% of voters believe unions are important for workers, compared to 30% who believe they’re unimportant. That’s up from 57%-34% in December, despite media stories about corruption on the part of Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union officials and the government suggesting there was a need for a royal commission into unions. Liberal voters don’t share the view — only 44% believe unions are important for working people, compared to 50% who say they aren’t. Overall, 45% believe workers are better off when unions are stronger, compared to 27% who think workers are worse off; this is up from 43%-29% in May last year. For Liberal voters, 46% believe workers are worse off when unions are strong.

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2 thoughts on “Essential: unions undented by revelations; Cosgrove a popular pick

  1. Steven Grant Haby

    Cosgrove is the perfect appointment for an incompetent government… white, male and ex military.

    However he has several awkward questions to answer e.g. his complete f***p of the East Timor issue, the allegations of abuse and bastardry under his watch when he was in charge at Duntroon and furthermore some allegations that he participated in bastardry and bullying when a cadet at Duntroon in the 1960s.

    This will likely be leaked slowly in coming months and lead to his downfall.

    He is a bully first and foremost and should be run out of town.

    Less said about his time on the Qantas board.

  2. MJPC

    40% of Liberals think workers are worse off when unions are strong.
    BK, I think you have misinterpreted the results; should’nt that say 100% of Liberal party governments amd tea party lite followers think bosses are worse off when unions are strong?

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