Prime Minister Tony Abbott's response to the MH17 atrocity has been strongly endorsed by voters and has lifted the Coalition's vote, today's Essential Report shows, while incentives for renewable energy are voters' preferred climate change policy now that the carbon price has been repealed.
Abbott's handling of the downing of the airliner was endorsed across all voting groups, with just 13% voicing disapproval and 67% approving, with even voters normally strongly antipathetic toward Abbott, such as Greens and other/Palmer United voters, indicating approval.
On whether Russian President Vladimir Putin should be permitted to attend the G20 meeting in Brisbane in November, 49% of voters say he shouldn't while 29% say he should, with little difference between voters of different parties. Sixty-two per cent of voters say Australia should adopt further sanctions against Russia if it is found to have been involved; 46% want to sever diplomatic relations, but just 28% think it's a good idea to provide support to Ukraine.
Two-thirds of voters do not expect their power bills to fall as a result of the carbon price repeal, with just 33% saying they expect them to decrease, despite the Coalition insisting massive savings awaited consumers and Clive Palmer claiming to have guaranteed price cuts as a condition of his support for repeal. In the absence of a carbon price, voters prefer the apparently pain-free policy of encouraging renewable energy to replace it.