Every major pollster in the country backed the wrong horse at the election. Why did they all get it so wrong, and how do we know if we can trust them again?
The power of polling has been used to shape political narratives and bring down prime ministers — but what does it mean now that we know the foundations are more flimsy than anyone thought?
Voters say 2016 was a terrible year for Australian politics, and 2017 isn't shaping up to be much better, according to Essential.
Who are the best and worst ministers? And is violence due to racism and religious intolerance rising or falling? Essential Report has the answers.
Most Australians believe they're middle class -- and class shapes our priorities when it comes to policies, this week's Essential Report shows.
While the roots of populism in Australia appear economic, they also reflect a nostalgia for an Australia that can never come again.
Voters have dramatically soured on Malcolm Turnbull as his party's leader and Julie Bishop is poised to benefit, Essential Report shows.
Voters support the government's bill to prevent refugees from ever obtaining a visa to Australia, today's Essential Report shows, while a substantial chunk of Australian men would vote for Donald Trump.
Despite successfully "stopping the boats", the Coalition's ownership of the asylum seeker issue as a political weapon has vanished, allowing Labor more space to differentiate itself.