Mar 5, 2014

Essential: Coalition back into the lead despite underwhelming voters

While voters aren't impressed by the government, the Coalition has regained its lead -- and there remains a substantial core of voters who want to get even tougher on asylum seekers.

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

The Coalition has regained its lead over Labor, according to polling from Essential Research, but the number of voters who are unimpressed with the government has lifted significantly.

The Coalition’s primary vote has lifted two points to 44%, while Labor (38%) and the Greens (8%) have each lost a point, which puts the government back in the lead in two-party preferred terms, 51%-49%.

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9 thoughts on “Essential: Coalition back into the lead despite underwhelming voters

  1. klewso

    40% reckon this government performed worse than they expected?
    They don’t study the form guide?

  2. klewso

    They haven’t disappointed me. They’re Right at home “in the mud”.

  3. wayne robinson

    What’s the margin of error in the survey? The difference between 59% and 62% isn’t much. If its a 3% error, it could be that more than 62% of Labor voters want business subsidies cut. And less than 59% of coalition votes want it cut too.

  4. Philip Argy

    This private school vs public school nonsense has got to stop – surely Crikey of all sources can be objective.

    On average the taxpayer contributes about $12,000 for each public school student and about $2,000 for each non-government school student. If public funding to non-government schools was reduced, with a consequential increase in school fees, a percentage of parents would be forced to move their kids to public schools, with a consequential INCREASE in net cost to the taxpayer.

    Is it really so hard for the media to present that simple factual truism?

  5. Leigh Chapman

    Essential Research has the LNP in front? that’s a big swing from Rupert’s Newspoll that had Labor leading 52% to 48% earlier in the week and ReachTel Labor 53% to 47%, I think Essential’s poll is just an aberration.

  6. CML

    Agree with Leigh. Still don’t know anyone who would vote for the ‘Cons’ again!
    What is really weird about this poll is the number of people who say that the government is performing worse than they had expected (increased), yet the number who would vote for them, at this point of time, has decreased????
    Go figure!!

  7. CML

    Sorry – has NOT decreased?

  8. Itsarort

    I thought the most interesting stat was the disparity between the Greens and Labor on Welfare Support. Perhaps Greens voters are more likely to be found wearing suits and sipping lattes than hugging trees and sporting dreadlocks…

  9. Dez Paul

    That the polls are all over the shop is not surprising, given the govt and opposition are as well.

    I suspect both major parties strategy is to keep it that way and hope that wavering voters lean their way in the absence of any certainty at the next election.

    Smoke and mirrors mean no clarity or vision, but sadly it seems to work.

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